Body and Soul: The Cinematic Vision of Robert Aldrich

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Scarecrow Press, Jan 1, 2004 - Performing Arts - 381 pages
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Body and Soul explores the work of Robert Aldrich, a producer and director responsible for several notable films, including The Flight of the Phoenix, The Dirty Dozen, Too Late the Hero, The Longest Yard and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Author Tony Williams examines the relationship of Aldrich's films to the Cultural Front movement of the 1930s as well as to the blacklist of the 1950s. He also delineates Aldrich's attempts to follow the progressive ideals of such mentors as Jean Renoir, Lewis Milestone, and Charlie Chaplin. From the noir classic Kiss Me Deadly to the controversial thriller Twilight's Last Gleaming, Body and Soul focuses on the dilemmas both personal and political that affect individuals in all of Aldrich's films."
 

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Contents

ODETS AND ALDRICH
17
ENTERPRISE AND AFTER
47
TELEVISION WORK
78
APOCALYPTIC NOIR
110
THE WESTERN ODYSSEY
159
MELODRAMA AUTHORITARIANISM AND HYSTERIA
190
THE PRIVATE WAR OF ROBERT ALDRICH
237
THE GAME OF SELFRESPECT
267
TWILIGHTS LAST GLEAMING
302
CONCLUSION
321
THE LAST DAYS OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH
335
FILMOGRAPHY
349
BIBLIOGRAPHY
361
INDEX
373
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
381
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Tony Williams is Professor of English at Southern Illinois University, where he is the head of Film Studies. He has written a number of books on film, including critical studies on George Romero and Larry Cohen.

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