Films of Samuel Fuller: If You Die, I'll Kill You

Films of Samuel Fuller: If You Die, I'll Kill You

by Lisa Dombrowski
     
 

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ISBN-10: 081956866X

ISBN-13: 2900819568662

Pub. Date: 03/31/2008

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

A cigar-chomping storyteller who signaled “Action!” by shooting a gun, Samuel Fuller has been lionized as one of the most distinctive writer/directors ever to emerge from Hollywood. In such films as The Steel Helmet, Pickup on South Street, Shock Corridor, and The Big Red One, Fuller gleefully challenged classical and generic norms—and often

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A cigar-chomping storyteller who signaled “Action!” by shooting a gun, Samuel Fuller has been lionized as one of the most distinctive writer/directors ever to emerge from Hollywood. In such films as The Steel Helmet, Pickup on South Street, Shock Corridor, and The Big Red One, Fuller gleefully challenged classical and generic norms—and often standards of good taste—in an effort to shock and arouse audiences. Tackling war, crime, race, and sexuality with a candor rare for any period, Fuller’s maverick vision was tested by Hollywood’s transition from the studio system to independent filmmaking. Now, in the first full account of all of the director’s audaciously original work, author Lisa Dombrowski brings his career into new relief. The Films of Samuel Fuller features close analysis of Fuller’s pictures and draws on previously untapped production and regulatory files, script notes, and interviews to explore how artistic, economic, and industrial factors impacted Fuller’s career choices and shaped the expression of his personal aesthetic. Fans of Fuller and American cinema will welcome this in-depth study of a provocative director who embodied both the unique opportunities and challenges of postwar filmmaking.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900819568662
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2008
Series:
Wesleyan Film
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
The Fuller Biographical Legend     4
Fuller as Storyteller     10
Movement and Conflict     17
The Lippert Years, 1948-1951     24
The Marketplace for Low-Budget Films     25
Early Experiments: I Shot Jesse James and The Baron of Arizona     28
Establishing a Voice: The Steel Helmet     39
The Fox Years, 1951-1956     52
The Trade-offs of Studio Filmmaking     54
Return to War: Fixed Bayonets     56
Complete Independence: Park Row     62
Brutality: Pickup on South Street     67
Classical Style: Hell and High Water and House of Bamboo     77
The Globe Years, 1956-1961     93
The Challenges of Independence     94
No Holds Barred: Run of the Arrow, China Gate, Forty Guns, and Verboten!     97
Sensational Style: The Crimson Kimono and Underworld, U.S.A.     121
The Freelance Years, 1961-1964     141
Return to War: Merrill's Marauders     142
Adult Exploitation: Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss     148
Fuller Goes to Vietnam: The Rifle     168
The Final Battles, 1956-1997     171
Critical Recognition, Professional Frustration     171
Loose Ends: Shark! and Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street     177
A Personal Journey: The Big Red One     184
Inciting Controversy: White Dog     191
In Exile: Thieves After Dark and Street of No Return     196
Conclusion     203
Notes     207
Filmography     227
Bibliography     233
Index     239

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