WORD Presents Noah Gittell

05/23/2024 - 6:45pm

 

Featuring Field of DreamsThe Bad News BearsA League of Their Own, and more: a probing and entertaining work at the intersection of pop culture and sports

Baseball has always been a symbol as much as a sport. With a blend of individual confrontation and team play, a luxurious pace, and an immaculate urban parkland setting, it offers a sunny rendering of the American Dream, both the hard work that underpins it and the rewards it promises. 

Film, America's other national pastime, which magnifies and mythologizes all it touches, has long been the ideal medium to canonize this aspirational idea. 

Baseball: The Movie is the first definitive history of this film genre that was born in 1915 and remains artistically and culturally vital more than a century later. Writer and critic Noah Gittell sheds light on well-known classics and overlooked gems, exploring how baseball cinema creates a stage upon which the American ideal is born, performed, and repeatedly redefined.

Traversing history and mythmaking, cynicism and nostalgia, this thoroughly researched book takes readers on a multifaceted tour of baseball on film.

 

About the Author

Noah Gittell is a culture critic who has written for publications including The Atlantic, The Ringer, GQ, Esquire, The Guardian, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is a regular film critic for the Washington City Paper and a frequent contributor to BBC. He is also a mainstay at Smithsonian Associates, where he lectures several times a year on various film topics.

 

In conversation with

John DeMarsico, SNY's broadcast director for Mets baseball, has been with the network since 2009. He studied film at North Carolina State University, where he was also a member of the baseball team.

 

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Baseball: The Movie By Noah Gittell, John Sayles (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Noah Gittell, John Sayles (Foreword by)
$30.00
ISBN: 9781637272640
Availability: In stock at Brooklyn or Jersey City -- click for more details
Published: Triumph Books - May 14th, 2024

Featuring Field of DreamsThe Bad News BearsA League of Their Own, and more: a probing and entertaining work at the intersection of pop culture and sports

Baseball has always been a symbol as much as a sport.


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