Anthony Mann

The Film Career


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About the Book

This detailed study of the career of Anthony Mann argues Mann’s prominence and influence alongside contemporaries like John Ford. Mann (1906–1967), who was active in Hollywood and Europe, directed or produced more than 40 films, including The Fall of the Roman Empire and God’s Little Acre. Best known for his work in the film noir and western genres and his films starring Jimmy Stewart, Mann later moved into Cold War and epic films. The book features a filmography and 49 photographs.

About the Author(s)

William Darby is the author of several books on cinema. He teaches English at Wayne County Community College and Henry Ford Community College in Detroit, Michigan.

Bibliographic Details

William Darby
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 304
Bibliographic Info: 49 photos, notes, filmography, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3839-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5448-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii
Introduction      1

1. In Search of Anthony Mann      5
2. Mann and the B Film      26
3. Mann and Film Noir      48
4. Mann and the Western      92
5. Mann and the 1950s      166
6. Mann and Epic Films      201
7. Mann and the Century of Total War: The Heroes of Telemark (1965) and A Dandy in Aspic (1968)      239
8. Mann and the Critics      254

Filmography      267
Chapter Notes      281
Selected Bibliography      283
Index      287

Book Reviews & Awards

“Darby fills most of the book with close analysis of the films themselves and it is critical to be familiar with them in order to benefit from his intelligent readings and the subtle comparisons he is able to draw across Mann’s oeuvre. As a result of Darby’s seriousness of purpose, his book is a worthy companion to the films, rather than a superficial introduction to Mann’s style”—