By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

Joe Morgenstern

“I got into this odd pursuit starting as a reporter, then I gravitated toward entertainment stories. I was a foreign correspondent, then I saw an opening at the Herald Tribune to be a ninth-string movie critic and off-Broadway critic, so I didn’t at the very outset take myself seriously enough to think of someone like James Agee as a model for who I might be. I was working out my chops as a writer. When I started at the Wall Street Journal twenty-one years ago, I discovered that I had very limited space to work in and that on a given week, all I had were 750 words, with maybe four important movies to write about. That’s when I went back and started seriously looking at Graham Greene and Agee’s short stuff. It was a revelation to me that you could do justice to a film in a paragraph, if it’s the right film and the right paragraph.”
~ Joe Morgenstern

 

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