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Description - Movie Love In The Fifties by James Harvey

A masterly work of American film and cultural history by a critic who, "like Pauline Kael, has the gift of describing actors with terrific acuity. "-New York Times. "What I set out to do is to help you see movies better, to experience them more deeply and sharply and richly," says James Harvey. And his critical method-reading a movie moment by moment, scene by scene-reveals new layers of meaning in even the most familiar films. See how 1940s film noir evolves into 1950s melodrama; how the femme fatale of the 1940s (think Barbara Stanwyck) becomes blander and blonder (think Doris Day) and then younger and sexier (yes, Marilyn); and how the new boy-men-Clift, Brando, Dean-finally steal the show. Harvey also discusses the directors: Hitchcock, Ophuls, Kazan, Welles. Comprehensive, vivid, and charismatic, Movie Love in the Fifties is a fresh look at the films, directors, and actors of a dynamic decade. "Whether he's escorting us through Nicholas Ray's Bitter Victory, Douglas Sirk's Imitation of Life, Orson Welles's Magnificent Ambersons, or any one of a dozen other great films from the period, Harvey lends us an astuteness of analysis and a power of observation that we couldn't have had on our own. "-Wendy Lesser, The American Prospect

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306811777
ISBN-10: 0306811774
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 159mm x mm)
Pages: 464
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - James Harvey

James Harvey is a playwright, essayist, critic, and author several books on the movies. His most recent work has appeared in the New York Review of Books and the Threepenny Review. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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