I sought out Phillip Lopate's book of film criticism and essays, Totally Tenderly Tragically (1998), due to the fact that he wrote some engaging notes for the Criterion editions of Kenji Mizoguchi's Ugetsu and Mikio Naruse's When A Woman Ascend the Stairs-two directors who rise in my esteem after every film I see by them. Furthermore, the title of his collection comes from one of Jean-Luc Goddard best films, Contempt. There are thoughtful pieces on Mizoguchi ("Kenji Mizoguchi") and Naruse ("A Taste for Naruse") here as well. Again, I found affinity with Lopate on other directors and critics as well: with Antonioni ("Anticipation of LaNotte: The "Heroic" Age of Moviegoing" and ""Anotonioni's Conaca"-which inspired me to see it), Goddard ("Contempt: The Story of a Marriage"), Truffant ("truffaut's The Woman Next Door"), Yasujiro Ozu ("Three Ozu Films from the Fifties"), Sidney Lumet ("Sidney Lumet, or The Necessity for Compromise"), Pauline Kael ("The Passion of Pauline Kael") and Andrew Sarris ("The Gallant Andrew Sarris"). I was also inspired to seek out other films and explore the oveure of several other directors as well: ("Diary of a Country Priest:Films as Spiritual Life"-Robert Bresson), his passion for Fassbinder (but not Despair-"Fassbinder's Despair"), Luchino Visconti ("The Operatic Realism of Luchino Visconti"-I ordered five of his films on Lopate's recommendation), John Cassavetes ("The Legacy of John Cassavetes"). In general, I share an afinity in my taste for art films, but Lopate is strikingly intolerant of modern and mainstream Hollywood productions. For example, in "The 32nd New York Film Festival" he reveals that he does not appreciate Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, Wong Kar-wai's Chungking Express, and has special contmept for Krzsztof Kieslowski's Red. That being said I found the overall collection of essays inspiring, thought-provoking, and entertaining. Two of the standout pieces were the appreciation of Naruse and the profile on Pauline Kael. So I will seek out more of Lopate's essay collections in the future.