Abraham Polonsky : interviews / edited by Andrew Dickos.

by Polonsky, AbrahamLooking glass; Dickos, Andrew, 1952-Looking glass.

Series: Conversations with filmmakers series: Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2013]Description: xxvii, 201 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 1617036609; 9781617036606.Subject(s): Polonsky, Abraham -- Interviews | Authors, American -- 20th century -- InterviewsLooking glass | Motion picture producers and directors -- United States -- InterviewsLooking glass | Screenwriters -- United States -- InterviewsLooking glass
Contents:
The best years of our lives: a review (1947) ; Odd Man Out and Monsieur Verdoux (1947) ; Hemingway and Chaplin (1953) ; A Utopian Experience (1962) / Abraham Polonsky -- Conversations with Abraham Polonsky (1962 & 1968) / William S. Pechter -- Interview with Abraham Polonsky (1968) / Eric Sherman and Martin Rubin -- Interview with Abraham Polonsky (1969) / Michel Delahaye -- Interview with Abraham Polonsky (1970) / Michel Ciment and Bertrand Tavernier -- Interview with Abraham Polonsky (1970) / Jim Cook and Kingsley Canham -- How the blacklist worked in Hollywood (1970) ; Making movies (1971) / Abraham Polonsky -- Abraham Polonsky: interview (1971) / James Pasternak and F. William Howton -- On John Garfield (1975) / Abraham Polonsky -- "A pavane for an early American": Abraham Polonsky discusses Tell them Willie boy is here (1980/2011) / Joseph McBride -- Interview with Abraham Polonsky and Walter Bernstein (1993) / Robert Siegel -- Interview with Abraham Polonsky (1997) / Paul Buhle, Dave Wagner.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 192-193) and index.Includes filmography.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Abraham Polonsky (1910-1999), screenwriter and filmmaker of the mid-twentieth-century Left, recognized his writerly mission to reveal the aspirations of his characters in a material society structured to undermine their hopes. In the process, he ennobled their struggle. His auspicious beginning in Hollywood reached a zenith with his Oscar-nominated screenplay for Robert Rossen's boxing noir, Body and Soul (1947), and his inaugural film as writer and director, Force of Evil (1948), before he was blacklisted during the McCarthy witch hunt.


Polonsky envisioned cinema as a modern artist. His aesthetic appreciation for each technical component of the screen aroused him to create voiceovers of urban cadences--poetic monologues spoken by the city's everyman, embodied by the actor who played his heroes best, John Garfield. His use of David Raksin's score in Force of Evil , against the backdrop of the grandeur of New York City's landscape and the conflict between the brothers Joe and Leo Morse, elevated film noir into classical family tragedy.


Like Garfield, Polonsky faced persecution and an aborted career during the blacklist. But unlike Garfield, Polonsky survived to resume his career in Hollywood during the ferment of the late sixties. Then his vision of a changing society found allegorical expression in Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here , his impressive anti-Western showing the destruction of the Paiute rebel outsider, Willie Boy, and cementing Polonsky as a moral voice in cinema.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 192-193) and index.

Includes filmography.

The best years of our lives: a review (1947) ; Odd Man Out and Monsieur Verdoux (1947) ; Hemingway and Chaplin (1953) ; A Utopian Experience (1962) / Abraham Polonsky -- Conversations with Abraham Polonsky (1962 & 1968) / William S. Pechter -- Interview with Abraham Polonsky (1968) / Eric Sherman and Martin Rubin -- Interview with Abraham Polonsky (1969) / Michel Delahaye -- Interview with Abraham Polonsky (1970) / Michel Ciment and Bertrand Tavernier -- Interview with Abraham Polonsky (1970) / Jim Cook and Kingsley Canham -- How the blacklist worked in Hollywood (1970) ; Making movies (1971) / Abraham Polonsky -- Abraham Polonsky: interview (1971) / James Pasternak and F. William Howton -- On John Garfield (1975) / Abraham Polonsky -- "A pavane for an early American": Abraham Polonsky discusses Tell them Willie boy is here (1980/2011) / Joseph McBride -- Interview with Abraham Polonsky and Walter Bernstein (1993) / Robert Siegel -- Interview with Abraham Polonsky (1997) / Paul Buhle, Dave Wagner.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Andrew Dickos is author of Street with No Name: A History of the Classic American Film Noir , Intrepid Laughter: Preston Sturges and the Movies , and, recently, Honor Among Thieves: The Cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville . He is editor of Abraham Polonsky: Interviews , a commentator on Paramount Home Entertainment's DVD of Preston Sturges's The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, and the contributor on film noir to the Columbia World of Quotations .

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