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John Huston's Filmmaking

John Huston's Filmmaking


Part of Cambridge Studies in Film

  • Date Published: December 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521586702

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  • John Huston's Filmmaking offers an analysis of the life and work of one of the greatest American independent filmmakers. Always visually exciting, Huston's films sensitively portray humankind in all its incarnations, chronicling the attempts by protagonists to conceive and articulate their identities. Fundamental questions of selfhood, happiness and love are intimately connected to the idea of home, which for the filmmaker also signified a congenial place among other people in the world. In this study, Lesley Brill shows Huston's films to be far more than formulaic adventures of masculine failure, arguing instead that they demonstrate the close connection between humanity, the natural world, and divinity.

    • First extended characterisation in English of Huston's film authorship
    • Includes detailed analyses of a dozen films and a summary of current scholarship
    • Unique extended analyses of Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, Fat City, and other works
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    'In this thoughtful study Brill accounts for Huston's critical neglect by pointing the finger squarely at 50s and 60s auteur critics …'. Sight and Sound

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521586702
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.395kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. What We Are Alone is Not Enough: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
    The Man Who Would Be King
    The African Queen
    Part II. Are They Ready To Go Home?: The Misfits
    The Night of the Iguana
    Let There Be Light
    Part III. Trying to Account for Themselves: Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
    The Maltese Falcon
    Reflections in a Golden Eye
    Part IV. The Heart of the Problem: Freud
    Fat City
    Part V. Huston's Adieux: The Dead
    An Open Book.

  • Author

    Lesley Brill, Wayne State University, Michigan

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