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Bob Rafelson : hollywood maverick

Author: Jay Boyer
Publisher: New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, ©1996.
Series: Twayne's filmmakers series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this in-depth analysis of Bob Rafelson's eight films, Jay Boyer discusses the ideas and technique of this maverick director, whose Five Easy Pieces has long been cited by cultural historians as encapsulating the conflicted, cynical mood of the Vietnam-era generation. Boyer takes a particularly close look at the search for identity that seems to consume most of Rafelson's characters, from the members of the
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Boyer, Jay.
Bob Rafelson.
New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, ©1996
(OCoLC)605984746
Online version:
Boyer, Jay.
Bob Rafelson.
New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, ©1996
(OCoLC)607888529
Named Person: Bob Rafelson; Bob Rafelson; Bob Rafelson
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jay Boyer
ISBN: 0805746137 9780805746136 0805746129 9780805746129
OCLC Number: 35229191
Description: xvii, 143 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: The search for understanding --
Problems of identity: Head and Five Easy Pieces --
The partnering of opposites: The King of Marvin Gardens and Stay Hungry --
Partnerings and passions: The Postman Always rings Twice and Black Widow --
The quest for identity: Mountains of the Moon and Man Trouble.
Series Title: Twayne's filmmakers series.
Responsibility: Jay Boyer.

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In this in-depth analysis of Bob Rafelson's eight films, Jay Boyer discusses the ideas and technique of this maverick director, whose Five Easy Pieces has long been cited by cultural historians as encapsulating the conflicted, cynical mood of the Vietnam-era generation. Boyer takes a particularly close look at the search for identity that seems to consume most of Rafelson's characters, from the members of the media-created musical group the Monkees in Rafelson's first film, Head, to the British explorer Sir Richard Burton in Mountains of the Moon, which Rafelson considers his best film. Boyer offers provocative discussions of The King of Marvin Gardens, which has been hailed for the extraordinary performances Rafelson was able to elicit from his actors, and The Postman Always Rings Twice, the casting and making of which became something of a Hollywood cause celebre.

Boyer also examines the long artistic relationship the director has had with actor Jack Nicholson, who served as the inspiration for several Rafelson characters (most notably Bobby Dupea in Five Easy Pieces), and with various cinematographers, including Laszlo Kovacs.

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