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Totally, Tenderly, Tragically, by Phillip Lopate

Review by Jeffrey M. Anderson

Buy Totally, Tenderly, Tragically, by Phillip Lopate

I had never heard of Lopate when I bought this book, but he's one of our greatest personal essayists. Like me, he formed a passionate and non-stop love affair with the movies and began that most noble of sports -- writing about them. This book collects essays from when Lopate was young and wrote about the 1963 New York Film Festival, to more recent articles about Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt (1963) and an interview with great Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. It's a bit of a highbrow book, but it's passionate and insightful at the same time. Lopate has taught himself everything he'll need to know about going to the movies and he still loves it.

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