A Little Solitaire: John Frankenheimer and American Film

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Murray Pomerance, R. Barton Palmer
Rutgers University Press, Aug 11, 2011 - Performing Arts - 324 pages
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Think about some commercially successful film masterpieces--The Manchurian Candidate. Seven Days in May. Seconds. Then consider some lesser known, yet equally compelling cinematic achievements--The Fixer. The Gypsy Moths. Path to War. These triumphs are the work of the best known and most highly regarded Hollywood director to emerge from live TV drama in the 1950s--five-time Emmy-award-winner John Frankenheimer.

Although Frankenheimer was a pioneer in the genre of political thrillers who embraced the antimodernist critique of contemporary society, some of his later films did not receive the attention they deserved. Many claimed that at a midpoint in his career he had lost his touch. World-renowned film scholars put this myth to rest in A Little Solitaire, which offers the only multidisciplinary critical account of Frankenheimer's oeuvre. Especially emphasized is his deep and passionate engagement with national politics and the irrepressible need of human beings to assert their rights and individuality in the face of organizations that would reduce them to silence and anonymity.

 

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Contents

Compromised Agency
29
Stealth Sexuality and Cult Status
48
John Frankenheimers Rape of Europa
62
Action and Abstraction in Ronin
78
Late FrankenheimerPolitical Frankenheimer
91
John Frankenheimers War on Terror
103
Environmentalism versus Progress?
117
Le Grand Prix de Rome and Grand Prix
129
Structuring Emptiness in All Fall Down
184
John Frankenheimers
199
The Gypsy Moths and
214
Frankenheimer and the Science FictionHorror Film
229
A Jew Who Could Be Any Man
244
Jonah
262
A Chronology
279
Works Cited and Consulted
287

Birdman of Alcatraz
145
Walking the Line with the Fille Fatale
157
Contributors
299
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Murray Pomerance is a professor in the department of sociology at Ryerson University and the author or editor of more than a dozen books, including Johnny Depp Lives Here (Rutgers University Press). He is the coeditor of the Star Decades and Screen Decades series (Rutgers University Press).
R. Barton Palmer is the Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University, where he directs the film studies program. He is the author, editor, or general editor of numerous books including Larger than Life: Movie Stars of the 1950s (Rutgers University Press).

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