Body and Soul explores the work of Robert Aldrich, a producer and director responsible for several notable films, including The Flight of the Phoenix, The Dirty Dozen, Too Late the Hero, The Longest Yard and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Author Tony Williams examines the relationship of Aldrich's films to the Cultural Front movement of the 1930s as well as to the blacklist of the 1950s. He also delineates Aldrich's attempts to follow the progressive ideals of such mentors as Jean Renoir, Lewis Milestone, and Charlie Chaplin. From the noir classic Kiss Me Deadly to the controversial thriller Twilight's Last Gleaming, Body and Soul focuses on the dilemmas-both personal and political-that affect individuals in all of Aldrich's films.
Tony Williams is Professor of English at Southern Illinois University, where he is the head of Film Studies. He has written a number of books on film, including critical studies on George Romero and Larry Cohen.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Chapter One: Odets and Aldrich Chapter 4 Chapter Two: Enterprise and After Chapter 5 Chapter Three: Television Work Chapter 6 Chapter Four: Apocalyptic Noir Chapter 7 Chapter Five: The Western Odyssey Chapter 8 Chapter Six: Melodrama, Authoritarianism, and Hysteria Chapter 9 Chapter Seven: The Private War of Robert Aldrich Chapter 10 Chapter Eight: The Game of Self-Respect Chapter 11 Chapter Nine: Twilight's Last Gleaming Chapter 12 Chapter Ten: Conclusion Chapter 13 Appendix: The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah Chapter 14 Filmography Chapter 15 Bibliography Chapter 16 Index Chapter 17 About the Author