The Films of Johnny Depp

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Since his rise to fame in the television series 21 Jump Street in 1987 and his subsequent transition to film acting, Johnny Depp has received constant criticism for his choice of roles—at least until his popular turn in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. This book aims to reveal the ways in which Depp's choices of film roles, though often considered eccentric, allowed him to develop into the representative film actor of his time. It organizes all of Depp's films chronologically, narrating in the process his transition from underestimated teenage pretty boy to bona fide Hollywood hotshot. Along the way, the book addresses Depp's relationship to earlier film actors, especially to Marlon Brando and the silent comics; the influence of Depp's androgynous sexuality on both his choice of roles and his acting; and his relationships with directors Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton.

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Editorial Reviews

Midwest Book Review
deserves ongoing recommendation...definitive...a powerful tribute
informative and entertaining for both film scholars and enthusiasts
Journal of Popular Culture
"Parrill's prose is witty and frankly fun to read. He writes in a style that is accessible to all film fans interested in Depp but includes enough analysis to satisfy the scholar. His discussions of Depp's films are incisive, and the author uses his extensive historical film knowledge to analyze the actor's performances. Parrill has produced the definitive discussion of Johnnny Depp's work to 2009"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786440221
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/11/2009
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

William B. Parrill is an emeritus professor of English and communication at Southeastern Louisiana University. He is a founding editor of the journal Louisiana Literature and has written extensively on films and contemporary literature.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 3

The Films

1984: A Nightmare on Elm Street: Baby Face 15

1985: Private Resort: Horny Crunchies Winner 17

1985: Lady Blue, "Birds of Prey,": TV Episode 18

1986: Platoon: Learning the Craft 19

1986: Slow Burn: Film Noir Lite 21

1987-1990: 21 Jump Street: Teenage Heartthrob 22

1989: Cry-Baby: The Rebel 42

1990: Edward Scissorhands: Cutting Edge Drama 45

1991: Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare: Opra Noodlemantra 50

1991: Into the Great Wide Open: A Music Video 51

1992: Arizona Dream: A Foreigner's Dream 51

1993: Benny & Joon: The Silent Clown 55

1993: What's Eating Gilbert Grape: The Caregiver 57

1994: Ed Wood: "The Worst Director of all Time" 61

1995: Don Juan DeMarco: The Great Lover 64

1995: Dead Man: The Voyage of Life of a Stupid White Man 68

1995: Nick of Time: Barely 76

1996: The Brave: "One Hour of Anything" 78

1996: Cannes Man: Cameo Man 83

1997: Donnie Brasco: The Gangster Lover 84

1998: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Gonzo Journalism 89

1998: LA Without a Map: The Ghost of Johnny Depp 99

1999: The Source: Kerouac and Company 100

1999: The Astronaut's Wife: Inside Man 101

1999: Sleepy Hollow: Heads Will Roll 103

2000: The Ninth Gate: Rare Book Man 106

2000: Chocolat: Rowing in Eden 114

2000: The Man Who Cried: Romance on Horseback 117

2000: Before Night Falls: Bon Bon and Victor 120

2001: Blow: The Entrepreneur 124

2001: From Hell: Pipe Dreams127

2003: Once Upon a Time in Mexico: The Man with Three Arms 131

2003: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: The Pirate King 134

2003: Lost in La Mancha: The Great Storm 141

2004: Finding Neverland: The Boys of Summer 144

2004: Secret Window: Again the Double 150

2004: The Libertine: Rake Rochester 153

2005: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Dracula on the Verge of a Sex Change 160

2005: Tim Burton's Corpse Bride: Migratory Body Parts 164

2006: Happily Ever After: Elevator Ride 166

2006: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest: The Return of the King 167

2007: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End: Straining Credulity 169

2007: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 173

2009: Public Enemies: Number One 182

Filmography 187

Bibliography 199

Index 205

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