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
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Chapter One: Odets and Aldrich Chapter 4 Chapter Two: Enterprise and After Chapter 5 Chapter Three: Television Work Chapter 6 Chapter Four: Apocalyptic Noir Chapter 7 Chapter Five: The Western Odyssey Chapter 8 Chapter Six: Melodrama, Authoritarianism, and Hysteria Chapter 9 Chapter Seven: The Private War of Robert Aldrich Chapter 10 Chapter Eight: The Game of Self-Respect Chapter 11 Chapter Nine: Twilight's Last Gleaming Chapter 12 Chapter Ten: Conclusion Chapter 13 Appendix: The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah Chapter 14 Filmography Chapter 15 Bibliography Chapter 16 Index Chapter 17 About the Author