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04.14.2014 | 3 days ago | Posted at 09:15 AM

New Book Explores the Movies that Shape Opinion

By David Luhrssen
  Mark Sachleben’s book, World Politics on Screen: Understanding International Relations through Popular Culture (University Press of Kentucky), explores the relation between film (along with TV) and American perceptions of war, foreign affairs and our place in the world. Do motion pictures reflect politics, shape politics or both? The answer should be clear enough: polit...
03.04.2014 | 44 days ago | Posted at 08:40 AM
By David Luhrssen
  The lives of the first tier of stars and directors from Hollywood’s golden age have been written—over and over again in many cases. Writers seeking fertile fields are forced to find points of interest in the second tier. This was the challenge facing Christina Rice in writing Ann Dvorak: Hollywood’s Forgotten Rebel (University Press of Kentucky). The subject of h...
12.30.2013 | 108 days ago | Posted at 09:38 AM

Biography of a Celebrated Hollywood Director

By David Luhrssen
  Gabriel Miller states his case repeatedly in William Wyler: The Life and Films of Hollywood’s Most Celebrated Director (University Press of Kentucky): “Few directors could match Wyler’s range, his psychological subtlety, his sensibility, or his humanism.” Actually, it seems that most authors undertaking biographies of filmmakers from Hollywood’s golden age feel ...
10.31.2013 | | Posted at 02:58 PM

A second look at an underrated director

By David Luhrssen
  This past January, as the University Press of Kentucky was publishing my biography of director Rouben Mamoulian, Mamoulian: Life on Stage and Screen, I learned that another book on the neglected auteur was scheduled for publication this spring. I must confess I was a bit nervous over reading Joseph Horowitz’s “On My Way”: The Untold Story of Rouben Mamoulian, George Gershwin,...
10.28.2013 | | Posted at 09:23 AM

Biography of “Ireland’s First Hollywood Superstar”

By David Luhrssen
  Maureen O’Hara had Gone with the Wind to thank for her name. Born Maureen FitzSimmons, the comely Dublin lass got her start on stage and on Radio Eieran; her film career began unpromisingly with a blink-and-miss-her cameo in a mediocre English movie musical. But she caught the eye of Charles Laughton; the great actor treated her as a daughter and brought her along with him to Hol...
02.15.2013 | | Posted at 09:35 AM
By David Luhrssen
  Paul A. Cantor brings an explicitly political perspective to The Invisible Hand in American Culture: Liberty vs. Authority in American Film and TV (University Press of Kentucky). And it’s a perspective that carries him far from departmental meetings at the University of Virginia, where he teaches English, and into the heart of debates over America’s past, present and futu...
01.03.2013 | | Posted at 12:47 PM

A Golden-Curled Idol of Hollywood's Golden Years

By David Luhrssen
  Twenty-first century film buffs might know Mae Murray from only one movie, Erich von Stroheim’s The Merry Widow (1925), but in the 1920s she was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Michael G. Ankerich has written the first entirely reliable narrative of her life in Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips (University Press of Kentucky). He will probably have the last word on the ...
12.21.2012 | | Posted at 12:03 PM

A New Look at Mary Pickford

By David Luhrssen
  Mary Pickford was the first film star and the most powerful woman in Hollywood by 1920, yet by 1930 her reputation was already fading from changing fashion and the coming of sound. Afterward, Pickford was under appreciated by film historians and mocked as a golden-curled melodrama queen by critics who never saw her movies--a problem she helped cause by withdrawing her surviving ...