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Manny Farber

Emanuel “Manny” Farber (February 20, 1917-August 18, 2008) was an American painter, film critic and academic. His film criticism has appeared during stints at The New Republic (from 1942), Time (1949), The Nation (1949-54), New Leader (1958-59), Cavalier (1966), Artforum (1967-71).

  • FilmJanuary 10, 2009

    From Here to Eternity

    Actually, what will be shown from here to eternity will be Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr cavorting on the beach.

    Manny Farber

  • FilmJanuary 10, 2009


    Thanks to a good pair of elevator shoes, the famously diminutive Alan Ladd walks tall into battle against an evil cattle baron.

    Manny Farber

  • FilmJanuary 8, 2009

    The Third Man

    Something was rotten in postwar Vienna, but it wasn't Graham Greene's brilliant screenplay.

    Manny Farber

  • FilmJanuary 3, 2009

    Sunset Boulevard

    Silent screen star Norma Desmond gets one more close-up.

    Manny Farber

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  • FilmJanuary 2, 2009

    The Quiet Man

    That's John Wayne, who used to speak with his fists and has to brandish them once again to win the girl of his dreams.

    Manny Farber

  • FilmJanuary 1, 2009

    Roman Holiday

    The blacklisted Dalton Trumbo wrote this romantic comedy about a queen who in Gregory Peck's arms would much rather be part of the working class--that's a Marxist message for you.

    Manny Farber