New York: The Macmillan Company, 1967. First Edition, First Printing. INSCRIBED by John Simon on the front free end paper: "For the Brittonica / of book lore -- / from / John Simon March 7, 1972." A collection of Simon's bracing, literate, and often controversial film criticism, comprising reviews he wrote in the 1960s plus some essays prepared especially for this volume, including a long essay on Godard. At the time of publication in 1967, Simon was the film reviewer for The New Leader and the drama critic of The Hudson Review. 8vo, 316 pages. Fine in a Near Fine dust jacket that has a small crease at the bottom of the front flap. Signed copies of this volume are not often found in the market, especially copies as beautiful as this one. SCARCE SIGNED. Item #1125
In his introduction, Simon defends film criticism: "Without criticism there would be no dialogue, and it is staggering to contemplate what would have been the history--if any--of government, education, philosophy, psychiatry, and other important disciple of learning...without the chance of both sides being heard and hearing each other."