Jonathan Baumbach

Shots in the Dark

Collected Film Criticism

by Jonathan Baumbach

Edited by Miriam Bale

Novelist and critic Jonathan Baumbach was a contributor to Film Culture in the late 1950s, and then was the film critic for The Partisan Review from the 1970s through the early 1980s. His essays touched on a range of interests, including the legacy of French New Wave, the rise of New Hollywood, and the critical reputation of Pauline Kael. Though he was a contemporary of Kael, Andrew Sarris and others in the “Golden Age” of film criticism, Baumbach’s writing on cinema has never before been collected in one place. Shots in the Dark will bring this significant body of work together for the first time. Edited by film critic and programmer Miriam Bale, this collection will also include an interview with Baumbach, a personal essay about the relationship of cinema to his fiction writing, and reflections on acting in a movie directed by his son, filmmaker Noah Baumbach.

Coming April 2015

Jonathan Baumbach is the son of a painter and the father of a filmmaker, a photographer, and a film theorist. He has had cameo appearances in several of his son, Noah’s films. Shots in the Dark is his 17th book and second book of criticism. His novels include A Man to Conjure With, Reruns, Separate Hours and YOU or The Invention of Memory. He will have a book of short stories out later this year. He is a former two time chairman of The National Society of Film Critics.