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The Films of Joseph H. Lewis

Edited by Gary D. Rhodes Foreword by Francis M. Nevins

Film History, Film Theory and Criticism, Filmmakers

Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series

Published: September 2012
ISBN: 9780814334621
Pages: 304 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 30 black and white images
Published: September 2012
ISBN: 9780814335994

This exceptional anthology brings Lewis into focus, giving his career the critical attention and re-evaluation that it has deserved.

— Ian Conrich

Joseph H. Lewis enjoyed a monumental career in many genres, including film noir and B-movies (with the East Side Kids) as well as an extensive and often overlooked TV career. In The Films of Joseph H. Lewis, editor Gary D. Rhodes, PhD. gathers notable scholars from around the globe to examine the full range of Lewis's career. While some studies analyze Lewis's work in different areas, others focus on particular films, ranging from poverty row fare to westerns and "television films." Overall, this collection offers fresh perspectives on Lewis as an auteur, a director responsible for individually unique works as well as a sustained and coherent style.

Essays in part 1 investigate the texts and contexts that were important to Lewis's film and television career, as contributors explore his innovative visual style and themes in both mediums. Contributors to part 2 present an array of essays on specific films, including Lewis's remarkable and prescient Invisible Ghost and other notable films My Name Is Julia Ross, So Dark the Night, and The Big Combo. Part 3 presents an extended case study of Lewis's most famous and-arguably-most important work, Gun Crazy. Contributors take three distinct approaches to the film: in the context of its genre as film noir and modernist and postmodernist film; in its relationship to masculinity and masochism; and in terms of ethos and ethics.

The Films of Joseph H. Lewis offers a thorough assessment of Lewis's career and also provides insight into film and television making in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Scholars of film and television studies and fans of Lewis's work will appreciate this comprehensive collection.

Gary D. Rhodes, PhD, is a film historian, filmmaker, and a lecturer of film studies at the Queen's University of Belfast. His films include Lugosi: Hollywood's Dracula and Banned in Oklahoma. Rhodes is also the author of The Perils of Moviegoing in America and Emerald Illusions: The Irish in Early American Cinema.

Contributors: Lance Duerfahrd, Michael E. Grost, David J. Hogan, Brian Hoyle, Christopher Justice, Michael Lee, Hugh S. Manon, Francis M. Nevins, Gary D. Rhodes, Marlisa Santos, Robert Singer, Phillip Sipiora, Brian Taves, Yannis Tzioumakis, Tony Williams

Contributors Include:
Brian Hoyle, Brian Taves, Christopher Justice, David J. Hogan, Francis M. Nevins, Gary D. Rhodes, Hugh S. Manon, Lance Duerfahrd, Marlisa Santos, Michael E. Grost, Michael Lee, Phillip Sipiora, Robert Singer, Tony Williams, Yannis Tzioumakis

A genre filmmaker with a creative and visual style that set him apart from many of his B movie contemporaries, Joseph H. Lewis is a director who has remained neglected for far too long. This exceptional anthology brings Lewis into focus, giving his career the critical attention and re-evaluation that it has deserved.

– Ian Conrich, fellow in film studies at the University of Essex and co-editor of New Zealand Filmmakers (Wayne State University Press, 2007)