The File on Robert Siodmak in Hollywood: 1941-1951 PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Joseph Greco

The File on Robert Siodmak in Hollywood: 1941-1951

Publication date: October 2005
ISBN: 9781599420813
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Robert Siodmak, who is considered the master of film noir thrillers and crime melodramas, has long been seen as a mere "assignment director," never an artist in complete control of his work. J. Greco's study of Siodmak's Hollywood career dispels this view and presents a unique perspective on the studio system and the director who used cunning to get his own way within it. He incorporates both archival evidence and stylistic analysis to show a distinct correlation between the production histories of Siodmak's studio films and the director's central artistic purpose. Shedding new light on the career of this important film maker, this book is worthwhile reading for the film scholar, the lover of film noir, and the fan of Siodmak's work. A book on Robert Siodmak needs an introduction. Although he worked ten years in Hollywood, 1941 to 1951, and made 23 movies, many of them widely popular thrillers and crime melodramas, which critics today regard as classics of film noir, his name never became etched into the collective consciousness. Not like Alfred Hitchcock's name, the director with whom he was inevitably compared as a potential rival. Today Siodmak is remembered as the director who launched the careers of Ava Gardner and Burt Lancaster. Anyone who knew him knows he loved making movies, especially on sound stages, and hated shooting on city streets. He liked only his commercial successes, and the film he made with friend Charles Laughton. And on the set he often wore a blue blazer which had on the back his Polish name spelled phonetically: SEE-ODD-MACK. Now, it is time to open the file on Robert Siodmak, to give this master of suspense and film noir the considerate attention that for too long he has not received.
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