A Haunting ‘Conversation’ (an excerpt)by Vincent Canby, 1974 
Have you considered the possibility that everything that’s ever been said in this world might still be echoing somewhere, maybe rattling around within the interior of a stone, a tree trunk or at the bottom of the sea?
Though becoming increasingly faint, the sounds shall never disappear entirely and one day, perhaps, there will be equipment Sensitive enough to retrieve and record mankind’s oral history. In 24 abridged volumes it would make a perfect introductory offer to a book club.
Or even a book club all of its own.

 A Haunting ‘Conversation’ (an excerpt)
by Vincent Canby, 1974 

Have you considered the possibility that
everything that’s ever been said in this world
might still be echoing somewhere,
maybe rattling around within
the interior of a stone, a tree trunk
or at the bottom of the sea?

Though becoming increasingly faint,
the sounds shall never disappear
entirely and one day, perhaps,
there will be equipment Sensitive enough
to retrieve and record mankind’s oral history.
In 24 abridged volumes it would make
a perfect introductory offer to a book club.

Or even a book club all of its own.

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Because Bergman is a man who loves women without identifying with them, his film is full of the sort of wonder and speculation experienced by a tourist in a strange land that he knows well, but that will never be his own.
— Vincent Canby in his Dec. 22, 1972 review for the New York Times

Because Bergman is a man who loves women without identifying with them, his film is full of the sort of wonder and speculation experienced by a tourist in a strange land that he knows well, but that will never be his own.

— Vincent Canby in his Dec. 22, 1972 review for the New York Times

Mr. Nicholson dominates the film with what amounts to an anthology of swaggers optimistic, knowing, angry, foolish and forlorn. It’s by far the best thing he’s ever done. If anything it’s almost too good in that it disguises with charm the empty landscape of the life it represents.
— Vincent Canby, in his February 11, 1974 New York Times review of The Last Detail (1973), directed by Hal Ashby, pictured above on the set of the film with Otis Young and Jack Nicholson

Mr. Nicholson dominates the film with what amounts to an anthology of swaggers optimistic, knowing, angry, foolish and forlorn. It’s by far the best thing he’s ever done. If anything it’s almost too good in that it disguises with charm the empty landscape of the life it represents.

— Vincent Canby, in his February 11, 1974 New York Times review of The Last Detail (1973), directed by Hal Ashby, pictured above on the set of the film with Otis Young and Jack Nicholson

Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger Than Paradise looks as if it had been left on the windowsill too long. Shot in 16- millimeter black-and-white, and now blown up to 35 millimeter, its images appear to have been aged by the sun and by general neglect until they’ve faded into a uniform shade of gray. When, occasionally, there’s a splotch of comparatively pure black or white, the effect is disorienting until you recognize what Mr. Jarmusch is up to - that is, discovering the ludicrously sublime in the supremely tacky. The film, a prize-winner at this year’s Cannes festival, is something quite special.
— Vincent Canby, in his Sept. 29, 1984 New York Times review
(image via fuckyeahmovieposters)

Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger Than Paradise looks as if it had been left on the windowsill too long. Shot in 16- millimeter black-and-white, and now blown up to 35 millimeter, its images appear to have been aged by the sun and by general neglect until they’ve faded into a uniform shade of gray. When, occasionally, there’s a splotch of comparatively pure black or white, the effect is disorienting until you recognize what Mr. Jarmusch is up to - that is, discovering the ludicrously sublime in the supremely tacky. The film, a prize-winner at this year’s Cannes festival, is something quite special.

— Vincent Canby, in his Sept. 29, 1984 New York Times review

(image via fuckyeahmovieposters)