Warning Shadows: Home Alone with Classic Cinema

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W. W. Norton & Company, Apr 19, 2010 - Performing Arts - 368 pages

A brilliantly insightful and witty examination of beloved and little-known films, directors, and stars by one of America’s most esteemed critics.

In his illuminating new work, Gary Giddins explores the evolution of film, from the first moving pictures and peepshows to the digital era of DVDs and online video-streaming. New technologies have changed our experience of cinema forever; we have peeled away from the crowded theater to be home alone with classic cinema. Recounting the technological developments that films have undergone, Warning Shadows travels through time and across genres to explore the impact of the industry’s most famous classics and forgotten gems. Essays such as “Houdini Escapes! From the Vaults! Of the Past!,” “Edward G. Robinson, See,” and “Prestige and Pretension (Pride and Prejudice)” capture the wit and magic of classic cinema. Each chapter—ranging from the horror films of Hitchcock to the fantastical frames of Disney—provides readers with engaging analyses of influential films and the directors and actors who made them possible.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
13
PART TWO DIRECTORS AND STARS
35
The John Ford Code
42
The Evil That Men Do
86
Michael Curtizs Doris Day Period
90
Anthony Mann of the West
94
Sam Fullers Pulp Cinema
101
Akira Kurosawas Deep Focus
106
A Rosetta Stone for the 1950s BenHur The Man Who Fell to Earth Bad Timing
246
John Hustons Novel Approach Under the Volcano
250
Lights Camera Talk Tennessee Williams
254
Maxiseries A Dance to the Music of Time Fabio Montale
259
MUSICALS
263
Pennies from Heaven The Threepenny Opera
267
Habit Forming The Busby Berkeley Collection
271
Smilin Them to Death Hallelujah The Green Pastures Cabin in the Sky
275

Red Harvests
110
God Is in the House Maybe
114
Heroes Villains and Idiots
122
Sidney Lumets Family Plots
127
The Magical Unreality of Lech Majewski
135
Edward Yangs Family Ties
140
Houdini Escapes From the Vaults Of the Past
144
Joan Crawford Is Dangerous
148
Bette Davis Bigger Than Life
152
The Serenity of Alice Faye
156
Edward G Robinson See
161
Falcons and Fascists
167
Lets Be Frank
171
No More Mr Nice Guy
176
Hes Alive
180
PARTTHREE MOVIES BY GENRE
185
BIOPICS
187
Lust for Lives Young Mr Lincoln Lust for Life
192
Felonious Munch Edvard Munch
197
Hitlers Magic Flute Hamsun Hunger
202
FANTASY HORROR
206
It Wasnt Beauty Killed the Beast King Kong Grass Chang
210
Masters and Grandmasters The Thief of Bagdad Icons of Adventure
214
Urban Legend Blade Runner
218
Carnivores Dark Sky Films
222
COMEDY
226
Road Warrior Trafic
230
LITERARY ADAPTATIONS
234
An Unhappy Film in Its Own Way Anna Karenina 238 40 Classics and SemiClassics Illustrated Literary Classics Collection
242
Screen Legend Collection
279
Techniglory The Tales of Hoffman Rodgers Hammerstein Gregory Hines
282
Casting Doubts Fiddler on the Roof Presenting Lily Mars
287
How Jazzed Can You Get? Passing Through A Great Day in Harlem Blues in the Night Pete Kellys Blues
291
Lost and Found
295
Group Portrait
298
Mining the Misery
301
THE DISNEY AND ANTIDISNEY VERSION
304
Dog Days Lady and the Tramp Hayao Miyazaki Max and Dave Fleischer
308
Uncle Walts Prairie Home Companion TrueLife Adventures
314
CRIME NOIR
318
Elementary Charlie Chan Michael Shayne
323
To Coin a Genre Kinos Film Noir
328
New Grubb Streets Film Noir Classic Collection Vol 4
333
The Deadly Forties I Wake Up Screaming When Strangers Marry
337
Who Is Harry Lime? The Third Man
343
Joker Ace in the Hole
347
Salvage Jobs Affair in Trinidad The Garment Jungle
351
Mob Mentality Mafioso Excellent Cadavers
355
WAR AGITPROP
359
Love the Warriors Overlord The Guns ofNavarone The Caine Mutiny
363
Theater of the Absurd Merrills Marauders
367
In Search of Lost Time Muriel La belle captive
371
A Soviet Guide to Cuba I Am Cuba
375
The Redmen Are Coming Indianerfilmes
379
Recalling the Future of Nuclear War The War Game Culloden
383
Index
387
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Gary Giddins is the Executive Director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the City University of New York. He was the Village Voice jazz columnist for over 30 years and remains a preeminent jazz critic who received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award, and the Bell Atlantic Award for Visions of Jazz: The First Century in 1998. His other books include Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams: The Early Years, 1903–1940, which won the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award and the ARSC Award for Excellence in Historical Sound Research; Weatherbird: Jazz at the Dawn of Its Second Century; Faces in the Crowd; Natural Selection; Warning Shadows; and biographies of Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker. He has won an unparalleled six ASCAP–Deems Taylor Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Peabody Award in Broadcasting.

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