×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Jacques Tourneur: The Cinema of Nightfall
     

Jacques Tourneur: The Cinema of Nightfall

by Chris Fujiwara, Martin Scorsese (Foreword by)
 

See All Formats & Editions

As the director of Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie, and Night of the Demon, Jacques Tourneur crafted three horror classics which, decades later, have lost none of their power to frighten audiences. And his 1947 film Out of the Past is still acknowledged as the quintessential film noir. Yet Tourneur himself remains underappreciated and his contribution to cinema

Overview

As the director of Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie, and Night of the Demon, Jacques Tourneur crafted three horror classics which, decades later, have lost none of their power to frighten audiences. And his 1947 film Out of the Past is still acknowledged as the quintessential film noir. Yet Tourneur himself remains underappreciated and his contribution to cinema history neglected. Many of his films, however, reveal a fluid artistry absent from the routine studio fare of the era. Working in a variety of genres, from Westerns (Canyon Passage) and spy films (Berlin Express) to swashbucklers (The Flame and the Arrow) and melodramas (Experiment Perilous), Tourneur imposed a personal cinematic vision that emphasized mystery and sensuality. In the first in-depth exploration of Tourneur's entire career, Chris Fujiwara offers a detailed film-by-film analysis of this influential director's work.

About the Author: Chris Fujiwara is a freelance writer whose work frequently appears in Hermenaut and the Boston Phoenix. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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
From the Publisher
“interesting...important”—Public Library Quarterly; “this intelligent, thorough study must be considered as definitive”—SFRA Review; “excellent”—San Francisco Examiner Magazine; “comprehensive study...thoughtful, meticulously researched study...highly readable”—Film & Film Culture; “a valuable examination of one of Hollywood’s most neglected talents”—Film Review; “a worthy, well-written and -researched tribute”—Bright Lights Film Journal; “perceptive, impeccably-documented...the author elaborates...with an ease and command of critical language that makes every page diverting”—RetroVision; “Tourneur’s place in film history cannot be overexaggerated...excellently written foreword by none other than Martin Scorsese. The biographical section of the book is riveting in its detail...horror film fans will be most interested in Fujiwara’s analysis...obviously essential for a Tourneur fan...thorough, unique, and perceptive”—Monsters from the Vault; “the first in-depth exploration of Tourneur’s entire career…detailed…informative…immensely readable…insightful…comprehensive…essential…well researched”—Cult Movies; “combines a fan’s enthusiasm with a scholar’s rigour…thoroughly researched and perceptive”—Rue Morgue; “immensely readable...fascinating account of the Cat People auteur’s life, work and unique approach to filmmaking”—VideoScope; “wise, well-written and invaluable”—Shock Cinema; “fascinating...informative”—Mad About Movies; “a lot of work went into this book...and it shows”—Classic Images; “everything by the underappreciated French born director is covered”—Psychotronic; “comprehensive”—AB Bookman’s Weekly; “the first real look at Tourneur’s career...very interesting”—Little Shoppe of Horrors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801865619
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Edition description:
JOHN HOPKI
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Chris Fujiwara is a freelance writer. He lives in Tokyo, Japan.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews