Fearing the Dark: The Val Lewton Career / Edition 1

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Cat People (1942) and I Walked with a Zombie (1943) established Val Lewton's hauntingly graceful style where suggestion was often used in place of explicit violence. His stylish B thrillers were imitated by a generation of filmmakers such as Richard Wallace, William Castle, and even Walt Disney in his animated Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949). Through interviews with many of Lewton's associates (including his wife and son) and extensive research, his life and output are thoroughly examined.

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well researched, insightful and rewarding
The Other Side of Show Business
a definitive study of his career...the finest study of the subject I have read. Perceptive, revealing and extensively researched. My favorite show business book of 1995
Details the career, films, and life of director Lewton, drawing on interviews with Lewton's family and associates. Discusses Lewton's early years in Russia and Hollywood, 10 of his horror thrillers, and his collaborations with other directors. Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786417094
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/9/2003
  • Edition description: ALT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 581
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Edmund G. Bansak lives in Wales, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 1
Preface 3
1 Rites of Passage: Lewton's Early Years 5
2 Emigres and Icons: Dark Visionaries and Hollywood Wonders 30
3 Apprenticeship: Selznick and Lewton 43
4 Out of Left Field: The Orson Welles Connection 70
5 Staking the Territory 88
6 Cat People 121
7 I Walked with a Zombie 141
8 The Leopard Man 162
9 The Seventh Victim 181
10 The Ghost Ship 202
11 The Curse of the Cat People 222
12 Youth Runs Wild and Mademoiselle Fifi 241
13 Isle of the Dead 263
14 The Body Snatcher 281
15 Bedlam 305
16 Fellow Travelers 326
17 The Sincerest Form of Flattery 362
18 Closed Doors 399
19 Jacques Tourneur 419
20 Mark Robson 441
21 Robert Wise 461
22 Dark Legacy 492
Filmography 531
Bibliography 539
Index 543
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