Academic journal article CineAction

End(ing) Notes: Richard Lippe

Academic journal article CineAction

End(ing) Notes: Richard Lippe

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CineAction began as a response to the rejection of the practice of film criticism in the heyday of privileging theory in academic study. The magazine was intended to illustrate the value of criticism through a close reading of a film's style and content. It was a process of evaluation that provided insights into the construction and meaning of a work. It was conceived as a political forum that included challenging the then contemporary theoretical notion that ideology was monolithic and, as such, put into question the possibility of political change.

Our other goal was to produce a serious-minded magazine that wasn't arcane and elitist in its nature; instead, we wanted to provide an open-minded reader with a magazine that was accessible while retaining its integrity., and sense of purpose. CineAction was meant to be wide ranging in its content, embracing the medium in all its manifestations, whether it be the Hollywood cinema, the art film, the documentary film or other cinematic formats.

As an editor, I have found the experience of putting an issue of the magazine together as an adventure which has been demanding at times but also gratifying and rewarding. As for the latter, it has led to connecting with writers, both seasoned and beginnings, who are insightful critics, enthusiastic about film, and inspiring to read. …

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