Author: Manny Farber
Original publication date: 1971
Things to know before diving into Negative Space: Farber, one of the most idiosyncratic film critics, was a painter. He fixated on form and structure rather than plot, character, or mood. And last but definitely not least, dear reader, he writes like a guy fixated on form. It's gonna get weird, especially if you're used to capsule reviews and maybe columns of text in an Intro to Film textbook.
Let his formalist's approach to language wash over you and prepare to think about how you watch movies differently. Prepare to think about form as content—what does this cut mean, or what does it mean if there hasn't been a cut—far more than were. —RS