The Graham Greene Film Reader: Reviews, Essays, Interviews and Film Stories


(Applause Books). An anthology of reviews, essays, interviews & film stories by this legendary writer.

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(Applause Books). An anthology of reviews, essays, interviews & film stories by this legendary writer.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Payn, who performed as an actor and singer in several Coward plays, lived with the playwright as part of his extended family for 30 years and now administers his estate. Written with Barry Day, an advertising executive, this effusively affectionate memoir of Coward (1899-1973), best known for his sophisticated comedies (Blithe Spirit, Private Lives), is a giddily gossipy account of the luminary's long theatrical career and glittering social life. Renowned actors-Beatrice Lillie, Gertrude Lawrence, Laurence Olivier and Lunt and Fontaine-performed in Coward plays and were also friendly with Payn. Drawing on Coward's diaries and his own recollections, Payn reveals some unflattering details and settles a few scores (e.g., Rex Harrison was tiresome offstage, and Beatrice Lillie forgot her lines). The memoir includes a transcript of a 1961 conversation between Coward and Judy Garland, as well as previously unpublished essays by Coward on the theater. Photos not seen by PW. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Although it occupied a short span of his writing career, Greene's stint as a film reviewer had a lasting influence on other film writers. This volume gathers Greene's reviews, along with essays, lectures, and letters on film. As with critic James Agee, the reviews are valuable for insights into Greene's aesthetic credos, even though many of the films reviewed are obscure and difficult to find today. As an unusual number of Greene's novels were filmed, the book includes several Greene film treatments, and a listing of all films made from Greene's fiction. Although many of these films are considered classics, sadly, Greene seemed to have lost interest in films in later life. The editor explains that for Greene, film "which had hitherto guaranteed a way of escape, were now something to be escaped from." More wide-ranging than Graham Greene on Film (LJ 1/1/73), this work is recommended for academic and large film collections.-Stephen Rees, Bucks Cty. Free Lib., Levittown, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557831880
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Series: Film Reader Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 748
  • Sales rank: 1,135,974
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 2.07 (d)

Table of Contents

At the Super-Cinema 3
Rien que les heures 4
Spectator Reviews 5
Night and Day Reviews 200
Spectator Reviews 250
The Average Film 385
The Province of the Film: Past Mistakes and Future Hopes 387
A Film Technique: Rhythms of Space and Time 390
A Film Principle: Sound and Silence 392
Film Aesthetic: Its Distinction for Drama - The Province of the Screen 394
The Middlebrow Film 397
The Genius of Peter Lorre 403
Is It Criticism? 404
Subjects and Stories 409
Film Lunch 418
Ideas in the Cinema 421
Movie Parade 1937 424
Preface to The Third Man 429
Preface to The Fallen Idol 434
Charlie Chaplin: An Open Letter 436
London Diary 438
A Tribute to Korda 439
Ballade for a Wedding 440
The Novelist and the Cinema - A Personal Experience 441
Memories of a Film Critic 445
Preface to Three Plays 456
Film Fragments 462
My Worst Film 473
Screen Dreams 475
Pigs Be British 481
A Grammar of the Film 484
Wings over Wardour Street 486
Films and the Theatre 490
Movie Memories 492
The Extraordinary Profession 493
The Future's in the Air 499
The New Britain 504
The Cinema: a Radio Talk 511
The Spanish Talks 515
The Screenwriter 522
Graham Greene: On the Screen 524
The John Player Film Lecture 530
Guardian Film Lecture 539
6 Letters 565
No Man's Land 581
The Stranger's Hand 623
Introduction to The Tenth Man 666
Jim Braddon and the War Criminal 668
Nobody to Blame 671
The Blue Film 681
All But Empty 686
App. I The Films of Graham Greene 691
App. II Unseen Greene 699
App. III Other Film Books 711
Notes 715
Index of Films 723
Index of Names 730
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