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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0306811774
ISBN-13: 9780306811777
Sku: 30980809
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.25H x 5.5L x 1.25T
Pages:  448
Age Range:  NA
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
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Discusses the transition from the film noir of the 1940s to the characteristic styles of the 1950s, describing the works of top period directors and actors.Discusses the transition from the film noir of the 1940s to the characteristic styles of the 1950s, describing the works of top period directors and actors.
"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
This study addresses the concept and depiction of love in films from the 1950s, examining it in the context of both the cinema and the societal conventions of the time. A New York Times Notable Book for 2002.


New York Times Book Review
"Against the pressure critics face these days to report on box-office grosses or crank out quick, silly punditry on the state of the culture, he defends the honor of the passionate mind. The downside to Harvey's freedom is that the general points he's making are sometimes hard to grasp. But when a thesis does intermittently appear, it's thought-provoking...Though Harvey is not the first to make these observations, he's a deft synthesizer who brings together strains of film criticism that usually repel each other...[I]n the tradition of Pauline Kael, he composes charmingly excitable sentences, which often rely on italics for emphasis. And he responds viscerally and entertainingly to actors, reading body language and gauging sex appeal and celebrating those who somehow preserved their unaccountable strangeness." - Sarah Kerr 01/06/2002

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0448
Product attributePublisher:   Da Capo Press
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