The Films of Fred Zinnemann
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Offers new perspectives on the work of a major filmmaker while making a significant contribution to the study of American cinema.
Fred Zinnemann, celebrated director of such classic films as High Noon, From Here to Eternity, and A Man for All Seasons, is studied here in a book-length work for the first time. Zinnemann's fifty-year career includes twenty-two feature films, which are characterized by an unshakable belief in human dignity, a preoccupation with moral and social issues, a warm and sympathetic treatment of character, and consummate technical artistry. In discussing such issues as the role of Zinnemann's documentary aesthetic throughout his career, the relationship between his life and his art, his use and construction of history, and the central importance of women characters in his films, The Films of Fred Zinnemann lends new perspectives to the work of a major filmmaker and makes a significant contribution to the study of American cinema.
Arthur Nolletti Jr. is Professor of English at Framingham State College. He is coeditor, with David Desser, of Reframing Japanese Cinema: Authorship, Genre, History.
"Zinnemann is unquestionably among the most respected and acclaimed directors of the postwar period. That the director of such films as The Men, From Here to Eternity, High Noon, The Nun's Story, A Man for All Seasons, and Julia has been critically ignored is hard to believe. Finally, however, this huge gap has been filled. The Films of Fred Zinnemann demonstrates convincingly and eloquently the intelligence, craftsmanship, political engagement, and, above all, humanism that makes Zinnemann not simply one of the most important neglected filmmakers of his era, but one of the most intelligent and interesting of any filmmaker of his era." — David Desser, University of Illinois
"No other book covers Zinnemann's work in this way, and the interview with Zinnemann is one of the most extensive I've seen, alone worth the price of admission. " — James Morrison, North Carolina State University