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Jacques Tourneur: The Cinema of Nightfall

Jacques Tourneur: The Cinema of Nightfall

by Chris Fujiwara
     
 

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At least three of director Jacques Tourneur's films--Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie and The Leopard Man--are recognized as horror classics. Yet his contributions to these films are often minimized by scholars, with most of the credit going to the films' producer, Val Lewton. A detailed examination of the director's full body of work reveals that those elements

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At least three of director Jacques Tourneur's films--Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie and The Leopard Man--are recognized as horror classics. Yet his contributions to these films are often minimized by scholars, with most of the credit going to the films' producer, Val Lewton. A detailed examination of the director's full body of work reveals that those elements most evident in the Tourneur-Lewton collaborations--the lack of monsters and the stylized use of suggested violence--are equally apparent in Tourneur's films before and after his work with Lewton. Mystery and sensuality were hallmarks of his style, and he possessed a highly artistic visual and aural style. This insightful critical study examines each of Tourneur's films, as well as his extensive work on MGM shorts (1936-1942) and in television. What emerges is evidence of a highly coherent directorial style that runs throughout Tourneur's works.

Editorial Reviews

Martin Scorsese
Tourneur was a great director, fully deserving of the thoroughly researched and perceptive treatment he receives from Chris Fujiwara.
Kim Newman
Every director of importance deserves a book-length, in-depth study. Jacques Tourneur remains underrated, but fully merits this treatment. In this book, Chris Fujiwara has set out the reasons why we should take Tourneur seriously, not merely for the accepted classics, but for a great deal of interesting, surprising and powerful work in horror, noir and the Western.
Jonathan Rosenbaum
This is likely to be the best book about Jacques Tourneur that we can hope to find. I value it not only for the depth and thoroughness of its research, but also because it's a critical appreciation, not the simple gushing of a fan. Chris Fujiwara makes plenty of fine distinctions between major and minor works, and his judgements seem both considered and sound. As an example of sophisticated and nuanced auteurism, with a sharp feeling for style, I'd place this book alongside Gunning on Lang and Naremore on Minnelli. It belongs on the shelf of everyone who wants to explore this fascinating and neglected filmmaker.
Booknews
Recounts the career of Jacques Tourneur as the director of four French films, 20 MGM shorts and 29 studio films, identifying common themes sewn throughout his work. Some of his movies are , and . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Public Library Quarterly
interesting...important
SFRA Review
this intelligent, thorough study must be considered as definitive
San Francisco Examiner Magazine
excellent

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476608112
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
05/03/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
7 MB

Meet the Author

Chris Fujiwara is a freelance writer. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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