Watching Them Be: Star Presence on the Screen from Garbo to Balthazar by James Harvey (Paperback / softback, 2015)
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- DescriptionAn intimate, thought-provoking exploration of the mysteries of star presence in cinema One does t go to see them act, ' wrote James Baldwin about the great iconic movie stars Wayne and Davis and Bogart, one goes to watch them be ' . . . Of course. It seems obvious . . . Where else besides the movies do you get to see other persons so intimately, so pressingly, so largely even? Where else such intense and close, such sustained and searching looks as you have of these strangers on the screen, whoever they really are? In life you try t to stare; but at the movies that's exactly what you get to do, two hours or more safely, raptly, even blissfully. It's this sort of amplified, heightened, sometimes transcendent seeing that James Harvey explores in Watching Them Be. Marvelously vivid and perceptive, and impressively erudite, this is his take on how aura is communicated in movies. Beginning where Roland Barthes left off with the face of Greta Garbo and ending with Robert Bresson's Au hasard Balthazar, Harvey moves nimbly and expertly through film history, celebrating actors and directors who have particularly conveyed a feeling of transcendence. From Marlene Dietrich to John Wayne to Robert De Niro, from Nashville to Jackie Brown to Masculine Feminine and the implicitly or explicitly religious films of Roberto Rossellini and Carl Theodor Dreyer, this is one man's personal, deeply felt account of the films that have changed his life. They will also, Harvey suggests, change yours.
- Author BiographyJames Harvey is a playwright, an essayist, a critic, and the author of several books on the movies, including Movie Love in the Fifties and Romantic Comedy in Hollywood. His most recent work has appeared in The New York Review of Books and The Threepenny Review. He is a professor emeritus at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he teaches literature and film, and he has previously taught film at the University of California at Berkeley, the New School, and Sarah Lawrence College. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
- Author(s)James Harvey
- PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
- Date of Publication08/09/2015
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFarrar, Straus and Giroux
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight454 g
- Width145 mm
- Height218 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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