The Press: Mincing a Dead Horse

During the 3½ years that William K. Zinsser reviewed films for the New York Herald Tribune, he habitually criticizedt the movies with a boldness commendable but rare in his breed. If Zinsser thought a movie was poor, he said so. A Farewell to Arms was, in his view, "vulgar to the point of nausea." He found South Pacific to be "arty and distracting." Ten days after this last comment ran in the Herald Tribune, the disrespectful Zinsser was no longer reviewing movies; he was writing editorials.

In his new book, Seen Any Good Movies Lately? (Doubleday; $3-75), ex-Critic Zinsser takes up in...

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