Classic study of a filmmaker's career, now including every Mann film. Back in print—new and expanded edition.
Director of such often-revived films as Winchester '73, The Glenn Miller Story, and El Cid, Anthony Mann enjoyed a lasting and important career as one of Hollywood's premier filmmakers. Mann's Westerns, noir pictures, and epics are admired and studied by fans and scholars alike, and he was an expert in the fundamental elements of cinema (movement and placement of the camera, composition in the frame, and careful editing). Jeanine Basinger's Anthony Mann, which places the director's visual style at the center of its analysis, was among the first formal studies of any filmmaker, and it set a standard in the field over twenty-five years ago. Long out of print and much in demand, this pioneering book is now available again, featuring complete coverage of those Mann films not discussed in the original work, as well as over fifty rare film stills. Wesleyan is proud to issue this expanded edition of an essential text, making it available to new generations of filmgoers and readers.
Foreword to Original Edition
The Career of Anthony Mann
Mann on the Mark
Mann in the Dark
Mann of the West
Mann and Stewart: Out of the West
The Epic Mann
Two Majors: Men in War and God's Little Acre
"Basinger's study of Mann was a major force in bringing serious critical attention to his films, and it is a pleasure to welcome its return. Her close readings, together with her intelligent and often witty comments, represent (as all her work does) film scholarship at its very rare best—clear thinking, clean writing, canny observation."~Richard Schickel, author and film critic, Time
"Thank the film gods that the only serious book in English about Mann is a brilliant one. I am grateful to Basinger's clear-eyed analysis for helping me go ever deeper into the work of one of my absolute favorite directors."~Alexander Payne, co-writer/director, Sideways