Body and Soul

Body and Soul

The Cinematic Vision of Robert Aldrich

Book - 2004
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In this critical study of the director and producer of such films as The Dirty Dozen, Kiss Me Deadly and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Williams (English, Southern Illinois U.) places Aldrich in his cultural and social context. Williams explores Aldrich's relationship to the cultural front of the 1930s, the blacklist of the 1950s and to his mentors and contemporaries. In addition to his study of Aldrich's personal and political dilemmas, Williams provides careful and insightful readings of his films. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
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.

Rowman and Littllefield
Body and Soul concentrates on the creative and cultural dilemmas—both personal and political—that affect the individuals in Aldrich's films.

Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780810849938
Characteristics: ix, 381 p. ; 22 cm

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