A Splurch in the Kisser: The Movies of Blake Edwards

A Splurch in the Kisser: The Movies of Blake Edwards

by Sam Wasson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819569776
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Series: Wesleyan Film
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 370
Sales rank: 1,058,598
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

SAM WASSON is currently working on a book about Breakfast at Tiffany’s. He lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Matters of Introduction
Prologue: Breaking In, 1922-1955
BLAKE BEGINS, 1955-1959
Bring Your Smile Along (1955)
He Laughed Last (1956)
Mister Cory (1957)
This Happy Feeling (1958), The Perfect Furlough (1959)
BLAKE BUILDS, 1959-1962
Operation Petticoat (1959)
High Time (1960)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Experiment in Terror (1962)
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
BLAKE BLOSSOMS, 1963-1968
The Pink Panther (1964)
A Shot in the Dark (1964)
The Great Race (1965)
What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966)
Gunn (1967)
The Party (1968)
BLAKE BURNS, 1968-1974
Darling Lili (1970)
Wild Rovers (1971), The Carey Treatment (1972)
The Tamarind Seed (1974)
PANTHER PICTURES (BLAKE BANKS)
Sellers Lives: Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
Sellers Lives On: Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)
Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)
Son of the Pink Panther (1993)
BLAKE BOOMS, 1979-1982
“10” (1979)
S.O.B. (1981)
Victor/Victoria (1982)
BLAKE BREAKS, 1983-1988
The Man Who Loved Women (1983)
Micki + Maude (1984)
A Fine Mess (1986)
That’s Life! (1986)
Blind Date (1987)
Sunset (1988)
BLAKE BOWS, 1989-1991
Skin Deep (1989)
Switch (1991)
Epilogue: Making Out, October 24, 1993
Appendix: Filmography
Appendicitis: How to Make a Blake Edwards Movie
Notes
Recommended Reading
Index

What People are Saying About This

Ed Sikov

“Reading Wasson’s book is like having a couple of beers with your friend, the Blake freak. I was continually amazed at the exacting nature of the descriptions of shots and sequences and the intelligence of the analysis that grows out of them.”

Andrew Sarris

“Sam Wasson has undertaken nothing less than the critical resurrection of Blake Edwards, whose 40-film career, by turns good, great, bad, but never indifferent, has been ridiculously underrated by the critical establishment. Wasson very readably displays the scholarly background, writing skills, historical sophistication and balanced judgment to succeed in his objective. One hopes this impressive work will inspire a splurge of revivals and retrospectives of this more than intermittently hilarious filmmaker.”

From the Publisher

"Sam Wasson has undertaken nothing less than the critical resurrection of Blake Edwards, whose 40-film career, by turns good, great, bad, but never indifferent, has been ridiculously underrated by the critical establishment. Wasson very readably displays the scholarly background, writing skills, historical sophistication and balanced judgment to succeed in his objective. One hopes this impressive work will inspire a splurge of revivals and retrospectives of this more than intermittently hilarious filmmaker." —Andrew Sarris, film critic, The New York Observer

"Reading Wasson's book is like having a couple of beers with your friend, the Blake freak. I was continually amazed at the exacting nature of the descriptions of shots and sequences and the intelligence of the analysis that grows out of them." —Ed Sikov, author of Mr. Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers

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