Action, Action, Action: The Early Cinema of Raoul Walsh (Suny Series) (Paperback)

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Director of over 150 films from 1912 to 1964, Raoul Walsh was a core figure in Hollywood from its beginnings to the end of the studio system. Perhaps best known for such films as The Big Trail (starring John Wayne in his first leading role), High Sierra, and White Heat, Walsh cut his teeth under D. W. Griffith, and, like his contemporary John Ford, found a style and signature in his silent cinema and early talkies. Through close analysis of seven of his films, six shot between 1915 and 1933 and one a remake from 1956, and stressing the visual character of their settings and situations, Tom Conley examines how composition and montage--or action--often overtake the crisp narratives these films convey. Rife with contradiction, they ask us to see what makes them possible and how they contend with prevailing codes. Films discussed include Regeneration (1915); Sadie Thompson (1928) and a likely avatar, The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956); The Cock-Eyed World (1929); The Big Trail (1930); Me and My Gal (1932); and The Bowery (1933).

About the Author

Tom Conley is Abbott Lawrence Lowell Professor in the Departments of Art, Film, and Visual Studies and Romance Languages and Literature at Harvard University. His many books include Film Hieroglyphs: Ruptures in Classical Cinema; An Errant Eye: Poetry and Topography in Early Modern France; and Cartographic Cinema.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781438488868
ISBN-10: 1438488866
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication Date: December 2nd, 2022
Pages: 274
Language: English
Series: Suny Series