Robin Wood is a founding editor of CineAction! and the author of numerous works, including Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan (Columbia, 1985) and Sexual Politics and Narrative Film: Hollywood and Beyond (Columbia, 1998). He is professor emeritus at York University, Toronto, and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Cinema Studies.
Concerned mostly with film, but also with literature, music, and
pedagogy, this long-lost book of humanistic criticism integrates
aesthetics, morals, and politics in a set of precise, resonant
analyses of Welles, Hawks, Mizoguchi, Tolstoy, and others, while
vividly challenging the hegemony of theory."--Bruce Kawin "author
of Mindscreen and The Mind of the Novel and professor of English
and film at the University of Colorado at Boulder "
Few serious thinkers about cinema have been untouched by Robin Wood's singular insights. These strikingly varied, richly rewarding essays demonstrate the ongoing importance of his deeply felt yet rigorously argued views, reaffirming and revitalizing his commitment to film criticism as an exacting, eclectic, and ultimately indispensable art."--David Sterritt "author of Guiltless Pleasures and chairman of the National Society of Film Critics "
Personal Views reminds us on every page that Robin Wood has always been, as he still is, a great film critic who unfailingly connects films and ideas in unexpected and provocative ways. These essays exemplify the value of thinking critically about movies, the ways we experience them, and their impact on society and culture."--Wiliam Rothman "professor of motion pictures and director of the graduate program in film studies at the University of Miami and author of Hitchcock: The Murderous Gaze, The "I" of the Camera, and Documentary Film Classics "
Robin Wood's Personal Views reminds us that experience is never out of date. His essays-erudite, mature, and carefully styled-strike me again today with the freshness and the depth of the films that so took hold of him. I'm grateful for what he has felt and for such candid reflection on those feelings."--Dudley Andrew "R. Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature at Yale University "
Wood is one of the truly individual critics of our time, and Personal Views remains among his greatest accomplishments."--Film International