Jacques Tourneur by Chris Fujiwara
The Cinema of Nightfall

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At least three of director Jacques Tourneur's films--Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie and The Leopard Man--are recognized as horror classics. Yet his contributions to these films are often minimized by scholars, with most of the credit going to the films' producer, Val Lewton. A detailed examination of the director's full body of work reveals that those elements most evident in the Tourneur-Lewton collaborations--the lack of monsters and the stylized use of suggested violence--are equally apparent in Tourneur's films before and after his work with Lewton. Mystery and sensuality were hallmarks of his style, and he possessed a highly artistic visual and aural style. This insightful critical study examines each of Tourneur's films, as well as his extensive work on MGM shorts (1936-1942) and in television. What emerges is evidence of a highly coherent directorial style that runs throughout Tourneur's works.

About Chris Fujiwara

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Chris Fujiwara's other books include "Jacques Tourneur: The Cinema of Nightfall", "Defining Moments in Movies: The Greatest Films, Stars, Scenes, and Events That Made Movie Magic" (as general editor), and "Jerry Lewis". He has written on film for numerous anthologies, magazines, and newspapers.
Published May 3, 2011 by McFarland. 340 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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