New York: E.P. Dutton, 1968. First Edition, one of 1500 copies printed. "The American Cinema" introduced auteur theory to America when it was published in 1968, and sparked a long and famous debate between Sarris and Pauline Kael. Auteur theory sees a film director (rather than the producer, studio, screenwriters, or actors) as the author of a film, and was one of the founding principles used by the directors in the French New Wave (Truffaut, Godard, Chabrol, Rohmer, et al). Using the new thinking in this book, Sarris re-evaluated the pantheon of important American directors who had made films between 1929 and 1968.
Fine in an about Fine dust jacket. A touch of offsetting to the front endpapers, owner initials on the front endpaper, and only the most minute wear to the jacket. Extremely uncommon in this condition.