9780299228347

Escape Artist : The Life and Films of John Sturges

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  • ISBN13:

    9780299228347

  • ISBN10:

    0299228347

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-02-28
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
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Summary

Escape Artist-based on Glenn Lovellrs"s extensive interviews with John Sturges, his wife and children, and numerous stars including Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, and Jane Russell-is the first biography of the director of such acclaimed films asThe Magnificent Seven,The Great Escape, andBad Day at Black Rock. Lovell examines Sturgesrs"s childhood in California during the Great Depression; his apprenticeship in the editing department of RKO Pictures, where he worked on such films asGunga DinandOf Human Bondage; his service in the Army Air Corps in World War II; and his emergence as one of the first independent producer-directors in Hollywood. Chronicling the filmmakerrs"s relationships with such luminaries as Spencer Tracy, James Garner, Yul Brynner, and Frank Sinatra,Escape Artistinterweaves biography with critical analyses of Sturgesrs"s hits and misses. Along the way, Lovell addresses the reasons why Sturges has been overlooked in the ongoing discussion of postwar Hollywood and explores the directorrs"s focus on masculinity, machismo, and male-bonding in big-budget, ensemble action films. Lovell also examines Sturgesrs"s aesthetic sensibility, his talent for composing widescreen images, and his uncanny ability to judge raw talent-including that of Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn, all of whom began their careers in Sturgesrs"s movies. This long overdue study of a major Hollywood director will find a welcome home in the libraries of film scholars, action movie buffs, and anyone interested in the popular culture of the twentieth century. "Pick up a copy of film critic and scholar Glenn Lovell's terrific new Sturges biography,Escape Artist.. . . I can't urge you enough to check out this interview-rich, aesthetically and culturally perceptive look at the filmmaker and his work."-Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News "Lovellrs"s list of interviewees reads like a whors"s who of Hollywood and they obviously provided rich source material for this full-scale biography and career survey."- Leonard Maltin "This long overdue study of a major Hollywood director will find a welcome home in the libraries of film scholars, action movie buffs, and anyone interested in the popular culture of the twentieth century."-Turner Classic Movies (TCM.com)

Author Biography

Glenn Lovell is the former film critic for the San Jose Mercury News. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Variety, and Columbia Journalism Review. He teaches film studies at De Anza College and other schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. He contributed to Tender Comrades: A Backstory of the Hollywood Blacklist, by Patrick McGilligan and Paul Buhle.

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Foreword
Sturges with a Blast of Rum
Youth
RKO
War & Wyler
Columbia Years
MGM
A Walk in the Sun
At Sea
Gun for Hire
The Pack, Plus One
The Mirisch Years
Roadshows
Epilogue
Acknowledgments Filmography
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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