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 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 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 characters in many of Aldrich's most important films.
...an admirable and rigorous addition to film studies in general and to an understanding of the films of Aldrich in particular. In the space of 350 densely argued and superbly documented pages the author makes out a persuasive case for seeing the director as an auteur...--Reynold Humphries, Professor of Film Studies, University of Lille III
Series: Scarecrow Filmmakers (Paperback)
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 11th August 2004
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97 x 2.21
Weight (kg): 0.49