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Reflections in a male eye : John Huston and the American experience

Author: Gaylyn Studlar; David Desser; John Huston
Publisher: Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Book : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In a career that spanned six decades, the legendary John Huston directed 38 films, including The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The African Queen, Prizzi's Honor, and The Dead, as well as three documentaries on the experience of World War II combat and its aftereffects.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Reflections in a male eye.
Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1993
(OCoLC)622441850
Named Person: John Huston; John Huston; John Huston
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gaylyn Studlar; David Desser; John Huston
ISBN: 1560981946 9781560981947 1560982926 9781560982920
OCLC Number: 27035740
Notes: Includes an interview with, and short stories by Huston.
Filmography: p. 279-306.
Description: xvi, 311 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The wartime films of John Huston : film noir and the emergence of the therapeutic / David Desser --
Revisiting the recordings of wars past : remembering the documentary trilogy of John Huston / Gary Edgerton --
Havana episode : the revolutionary situation of We Were Strangers / Robert Sklar --
Traven, Huston, and the textual treasures of the Sierra Madre / John Engell --
The undeclared war : political Reflections in a Golden Eye / Stephen Cooper --
John Huston and The Maltese Falcon / James Naremore --
Heroic, antiheroic, aheroic : John Huston and the problematical protagonist / Martin Rubin --
Mastery through masterpieces : American culture, the male body, and Huston's Moulin Rouge / Virginia Wright Wexman --
Shadowboxing : Fat City and the malaise of masculinity / Gaylyn Studlar --
John Huston : a biographical sketch / David Desser --
Encounter with Rui Nogueira and Bertrand Tavernier (an interview with John Huston) / Ruth Hottell --
"Fool" (from the American Mercury) / John Huston --
"Figures of Fighting Men" (from the American Mercury) / John Huston --
"Undirectable Director" (from Life magazine) / James Agee --
"John Huston" (from The American Cinema) / Andrew Sarris --
"Johnny, We Finally Knew Ye" (from the Village Voice) / Andrew Sarris.
Responsibility: edited by Gaylyn Studlar and David Desser.

Abstract:

In a career that spanned six decades, the legendary John Huston directed 38 films, including The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The African Queen, Prizzi's Honor, and The Dead, as well as three documentaries on the experience of World War II combat and its aftereffects.

Despite his achievements, Huston's work has often been spurned by movie critics and film scholars. This anthology, the first in-depth study of Huston's films since his death in 1987, challenges the conventional wisdom through a vigorous reassessment of the director's work. Bringing together recent essays, classic pieces by Andrew Sarris and James Agee, as well as two Huston short stories and an interview with the filmmaker, Reflections in a Male Eye explores the ideology of Huston's films, their social and political backdrop, and his vision of the American male.

Arguing that Huston's point of view was revealed subtly through his selection of topics and direction, Robert Sklar, Gary Edgerton, John Engell, and Stephen Cooper contend that it was the historical and political context of Huston's films - not just directorial personality - that gave his work a distinct stamp. Other contributors, among them James Naremore, Martin Rubin, and Virginia Wright Wexman, examine the representation of masculinity, the image of the male body, and the use of problematical heroes in Huston's films. They consider such issues as male bonding, sensitivity, powerlessness, and failure alongside Huston's questioning of American idealism and traditional male gender roles.

Reflections in a Male Eye includes a complete filmography covering Huston's work as actor, director, and screenwriter and numerous stills and frame enlargements.

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