The American Cinema: Directors and Directions, 1929-1968

The American Cinema: Directors and Directions, 1929-1968

by Andrew Sarris

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The American Cinema: Directors and Directions, 1929-1968 by Andrew Sarris

The auteur theory, of which film criticAndrew Sarris was the leading American proponent, holds that artistry in cinema can be largely attributed to film directors, who, while often working against the strictures of studios, producers, and scriptwriters, manage to infuse each film in their oeuvre with their personal style. Sarris's The American Cinema, the bible of auteur studies, is a history of American film in the form of a lively guide to the work of two hundred film directors, from Griffith, Chaplin, and von Sternberg to Mike Nichols, Stanley Kubrick, and Jerry Lewis. In addition, the book includes a chronology of the most important American films, an alphabetical list of over 6000 films with their directors and years of release, and the seminal essays "Toward a Theory of Film History" and "The Auteur Theory Revisited." Over twenty-five years after its initial publication, The American Cinema remains perhaps the most influential book ever written on the subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306807282
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 08/01/1996
Pages: 392
Sales rank: 657,465
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Andrew Sarris is film critic for theNew York Observer and professor of cinema at Columbia University. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Circle. Mr. Sarris has been the film citic for the Village Voice, editor-in-chief of Cahiers du Cinema in English, and an associate editor of Film Culture. He is the author of The Films of Josef von Sternberg, Interviews with Film Directors, The Film, Confessions of a Cultist, The Primal Screen, The John Ford Movie Mystery, and Politics and Cinema.

Table of Contents

Preface 15(4)
Introduction 19(20)
Pantheon Directors
39(44)
Charles Chaplin
40(2)
Robert Flaherty
42(1)
John Ford
43(6)
D. W. Griffith
49(3)
Howard Hawks
52(4)
Alfred Hitchcock
56(5)
Buster Keaton
61(2)
Fritz Lang
63(2)
Ernst Lubitsch
65(3)
F. W. Murnau
68(1)
Max Ophuls
69(4)
Jean Renoir
73(1)
Josef Von Sternberg
74(3)
Orson Welles
77(6)
The Far Side of Paradise
83(40)
Robert Aldrich
84(1)
Frank Borzage
85(2)
Frank Capra
87(1)
George Cukor
88(2)
Cecil B. De Mille
90(1)
Blake Edwards
91(2)
Samuel Fuller
93(1)
Gregory La Cava
94(1)
Joseph Losey
95(3)
Anthony Mann
98(1)
Leo Mccarey
99(1)
Vincente Minnelli
100(2)
Otto Preminger
102(5)
Nicholas Ray
107(2)
Douglas Sirk
109(1)
George Stevens
110(1)
Erich Von Stroheim
111(1)
Preston Sturges
112(5)
King Vidor
117(2)
Raoul Walsh
119(4)
Expressive Esoterica
123(22)
Budd Boetticher
124(1)
Andre De Toth
125(1)
Stanley Donen
126(1)
Clive Donner
127(1)
Allan Dwan
128(1)
Tay Garnett
129(1)
Seth Holt
130(1)
Phil Karlson
131(1)
Joseph H. Lewis
132(1)
Alexander Mackendrick
133(1)
Robert Mulligan
134(1)
Gerd Oswald
135(1)
Arthur Penn
135(1)
Lowell Sherman
136(1)
Donald Siegel
137(1)
Robert Siodmak
138(1)
John M. Stahl
139(1)
Frank Tashlin
140(1)
Jacques Tourneur
141(1)
Edgar G. Ulmer
142(1)
Roland West
143(2)
Fringe Benefits
145(10)
Michelangelo Antonioni
146(1)
Luis Bunuel
146(1)
Claude Chabrol
147(1)
Rene Clair
148(1)
Rene Clement
149(1)
Sergei Eisenstein
149(1)
G. W. Pabst
150(1)
Roman Polanski
151(1)
Roberto Rossellini
152(1)
Francois Truffaut
152(1)
Luchino Visconti
153(2)
Less Than Meets The Eye
155(16)
John Huston
156(2)
Elia Kazan
158(1)
David Lean
159(1)
Rouben Mamoulian
160(1)
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
161(1)
Lewis Milestone
162(1)
Carol Reed
163(1)
William Wellman
164(1)
Billy Wilder
165(2)
William Wyler
167(1)
Fred Zinnemann
168(3)
Lightly Likable
171(18)
Busby Berkeley
172(1)
Henry Cornelius
173(1)
John Cromwell
173(1)
Michael Curtiz
174(2)
Harry D'Arrast
176(1)
Delmer Daves
176(1)
Edmund Goulding
177(1)
Byron Haskin
178(1)
Henry Hathaway
178(2)
Garson Kanin
180(1)
Burt Kennedy
180(1)
Alexander Korda
181(1)
Zoltan Korda
182(1)
Mitchell Leisen
182(1)
Mervyn Le Roy
183(1)
Franklin Schaffner
184(1)
George Sidney
185(1)
Andrew L. Stone
186(1)
Charles Walters
186(1)
James Whale
187(2)
Strained Seriousness
189(16)
Richard Brooks
190(1)
Jack Clayton
190(1)
Jules Dassin
191(1)
Richard Fleischer
191(1)
Bryan Forbes
192(1)
John Frankenheimer
193(1)
Sidney J. Furie
194(1)
Norman Jewison
194(1)
Stanley Kubrick
195(1)
Richard Lester
196(1)
Albert Lewin
197(1)
Sidney Lumet
197(1)
Karel Reisz
198(1)
Tony Richardson
199(1)
Robert Rossen
199(2)
John Schlesinger
201(1)
John Sturges
201(1)
Robert Wise
202(3)
Oddities, One-Shots, and Newcomers
205(22)
Lindsay Anderson
206(1)
George Axelrod
206(1)
John Boorman
207(1)
Marlon Brando
207(1)
Peter Brook
208(1)
John Cassavetes
209(1)
James Clavell
209(1)
Harold Clurman
209(1)
Francis Ford Coppola
210(1)
Roger Corman
210(1)
Desmond Davis
211(1)
Theodore J. Flicker
211(1)
Bernard Girard
211(1)
Robert Gist
212(1)
Curtis Harrington
212(1)
Harvey Hart
213(1)
Ben Hecht and Charles Macarthur
213(1)
Howard Hughes
213(1)
Gene Kelly
214(1)
Buzz Kulik
214(1)
Charles Laughton
215(1)
Irving Lerner
215(1)
Ida Lupino
216(1)
Robert Montgomery
216(1)
Mike Nichols
217(1)
Christan Nyby
218(1)
Robert Parrish
218(1)
Sam Peckinpah
219(1)
Frank Perry
219(1)
Abe Polonsky
220(1)
Stuart Rosenberg
220(1)
Elliot Silverstein
221(1)
Alexander Singer
221(1)
Jack Smight
222(1)
Peter Tewksbury
222(1)
Peter Watkins
223(1)
John Wayne
223(1)
Jack Webb
224(1)
Paul Wendkos
224(1)
Cornell Wilde
225(1)
Michael Winner
225(1)
Bud Yorkin
226(1)
Subjects for Further Research
227(10)
Clarence Brown
228(1)
Tod Browning
228(1)
James Cruze
229(1)
Paul Fejos
230(1)
Sidney Franklin
231(1)
William K. Howard
231(1)
Rex Ingram
232(1)
Henry King
233(1)
Malcolm St. Clair
234(1)
Victor Seastrom
235(1)
Maurice Tourneur
236(1)
Make Way for the Clowns!
237(14)
W. C. Fields
238(1)
Jerry Lewis
239(6)
Harold Lloyd
245(1)
The Marx Brothers
246(2)
Mae West
248(3)
Miscellany
251(18)
Michael Anderson
252(1)
Laslo Benedek
252(1)
John Brahm
253(1)
Jack Conway
253(1)
Hubert Cornfield
254(1)
William Dieterle
255(1)
Roy Del Ruth
255(1)
Gordon Douglas
256(1)
Philip Dunne
257(1)
Victor Fleming
258(1)
Jack Garfein
259(1)
Stuart Heisler
259(1)
Stanley Kramer
260(1)
Joshua Logan
260(1)
David Miller
261(1)
Jean Negulesco
262(1)
Joseph M. Newman
262(1)
Elliott Nugent
263(1)
Arch Oboler
264(1)
Richard Quine
264(1)
Leslie Stevens
265(1)
Edward Sutherland
265(1)
Burt Topper
266(1)
W. S. Van Dyke
266(1)
Don Weis
267(1)
Terence Young
268(1)
Afterword: The Auteur Theory Revisited 269(10)
Directorial Chronology 1915--1967 279(32)
Directorial Index 311

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