King Vidor in Focus

On the Filmmaker’s Artistry and Vision

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About the Book

King Vidor (1894–1982) had the longest career of any Hollywood director, and his works include some of the most dramatic, sublime moments in the history of American cinema. Regarded by many film historians as one of the greatest of silent era filmmakers—especially for masterworks The Big Parade, The Crowd, and Show People—Vidor is nonetheless one of the most underrated of Hollywood’s “old masters” in terms of his overall career. His sound era films include Hallelujah, Street Scene, The Champ, The Stranger’s Return, Our Daily Bread, Stella Dallas, The Citadel, Northwest Passage, Duel in the Sun, Beyond the Forest, The Fountainhead, Ruby Gentry and War and Peace. He also helped to establish the Screen Directors Guild and served as its first president.
This book charts the ways in which Vidor’s vast, complex body of work ranges over diverse genres and styles while also expressing his recurring personal interests in spirituality (especially Christian Science), aesthetics, metaphysics, social realism, and the myth of America. The first book since 1988 to give a comprehensive view of Vidor’s career, it discusses his artistic evolution in a way that appeals to the general reader as well as to the film scholar.

About the Author(s)

Kevin L. Stoehr is an associate professor of humanities and the chair of the Division of Humanities in the College of General Studies at Boston University. He lives in Wells, Maine.
Cullen Gallagher is a writer, film scholar, literary critic, and musician living in Brooklyn, New York. His nonfiction has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Paris Review, and Not Coming to a Theater Near You.

Bibliographic Details

Kevin L. Stoehr and Cullen Gallagher
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 60 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2024
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7009-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5249-8
Imprint: McFarland