Jacques Tourneur: The Cinema of Nightfall

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McFarland, 1998 - Performing Arts - 328 pages
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At least three of director Jacques Tourneur's films--Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie and The Leopard Man--are recognized as horror classics. Yet his contributions to these films are often minimized by scholars, with most of the credit going to the films' producer, Val Lewton.
A detailed examination of the director's full body of work reveals that those elements most evident in the Tourneur-Lewton collaborations--the lack of monsters and the stylized use of suggested violence--are equally apparent in Tourneur's films before and after his work with Lewton. Mystery and sensuality were hallmarks of his style, and he possessed a highly artistic visual and aural style. This insightful critical study examines each of Tourneur's films, as well as his extensive work on MGM shorts (1936-1942) and in television. What emerges is evidence of a highly coherent directorial style that runs throughout Tourneur's works.

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Chris Fujiwara is the author of" Jacques Tourneur: The Cinema of Nightfall" and a film critic for the" Boston Phoenix" and other publications. He is currently at work on a study of the films of Jerry Lewis.

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