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Robert Wise : shadowlands /
Wes D. Gehring.
Indianapolis : Indiana Historical Society Press, 2012.
xxvii, 322 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0871952963 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780871952967 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Indianapolis : Indiana Historical Society Press, 2012.
0871952963 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780871952967 (cloth : alk. paper)
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The early years -- A career detour: 1930s Hollywood -- Orson Welles -- Val Lewton and becoming a director -- Lewton and Maupassant: a template picture -- Wise's first noir classic: Born to kill -- Signature cinema: the set-up -- Life after RKO: The day the earth stood still and genre diversity -- Melodrama in various war settings: Run silent, run deep as metaphor -- "portraits" and biographies doubling as melodramas and/or noirs -- Wise's brass-ring decade: the 1960s -- Filmmaking: "a terribly expensive paint box" -- Epilogue.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [315]-322) and filmography (p. [287]-292).
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Appeared in Choice on 2013-04-01:
Filmmaker Robert Wise (1914-2005)--perhaps best known for directing big-budget musicals like The Sound of Music and West Side Story--is not usually associated with Indiana. However, Gehring (Ball State Univ.), the foremost authority on Hoosier entertainers (with previous biographies on James Dean, Carole Lombard, and Red Skelton), ably demonstrates how Wise's midwestern roots influenced his film career. Particularly thorough are the chapters on Wise's early work with Orson Welles and Val Lewton and on Wise's subsequent successes in genres as diverse as science fiction, horror, film noir, and war melodrama. Having written or edited more than 30 books on film, Gehring knows much about the Hollywood scene, which makes his misspellings of names like Joseph Cotten, Richard Rodgers, Erich von Stroheim, and Darryl Zanuck all the more disappointing. The lack of an index also detracts from the book's utility. Nevertheless, the book is a welcome addition to the literature, providing greater depth on Wise's character than either Richard Keenan's The Films of Robert Wise (CH, Mar'08, 45-3681) or Justin Busch's Self and Society in the Films of Robert Wise (CH, Feb'11, 48-3166). Summing Up: Recommended. With the above reservations. All readers. J. I. Deutsch George Washington University
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