Author Spotlight

Robert Polito

Robert Polito is a poet, essayist, editor, and biographer. His recent books include the poetry collection Hollywood & God and Farber on Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber, which he edited. He received a National Book Critics Circle Award for Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson, and is also the author of the poetry collection Doubles, as well as A Reader’s Guide to James Merrill’s “The Changing Light at Sandover.” The founding director of the graduate writing program and the Riggio Honors Program, Writing and Democracy, at the New School in New York, he served as president of the Poetry Foundation in Chicago from 2013 to 2015.

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Some Detours to Detour
Some Detours to Detour

Obsessed with Edgar G. Ulmer’s B-movie masterpiece from the first time he saw it, writer Robert Polito dives deep into the past to unravel the mysteries surrounding a film that almost never existed.

By Robert Polito

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Dont Look Back: Everybody Loves You for Your Black Eye
Dont Look Back: Everybody Loves You for Your Black Eye

In Dont Look Back, legendary documentary filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker employs his revolutionary new camera and Direct Cinema style to capture the multiple essences and contradictions of a young Bob Dylan making his way across England in 1965.

By Robert Polito

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À propos de Jean and Boris
À propos de Jean and Boris

City symphony or spa burlesque? Polemic or caprice? From the outset, even in his manifesto lecture “Towards a Social Cinema,” delivered to the Groupement des Spectateurs d’Avant-Garde at Paris’s Le Vieux-Colombier before what was only th…

By Robert Polito

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The Naked Kiss: Fractured Fairy Tales
The Naked Kiss: Fractured Fairy Tales

In his Life Studies poem “To Speak of Woe That Is in Marriage,” Robert Lowell wrote of “free-lancing out along the razor’s edge,” a lean, glamorous, tense phrasing that invokes the Samuel Fuller of the early sixties—a director suddenly…

By Robert Polito

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Shock Corridor: Lindywood Confidential
Shock Corridor: Lindywood Confidential

By 1963, when he started filming Shock Corridor on a rented soundstage, Samuel Fuller had come ruefully and puckishly to view himself as a “Lindy,” a diminutive for Charles Lindbergh designating a prostitute who, like the famous aviator, opera…

By Robert Polito

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Mouchette: Girl, Interrupted
Mouchette: Girl, Interrupted

“Between thought and expression”—as Lou Reed wrote in the Velvet Underground song “Some Kinda Love”—“lies a lifetime.” Mouchette, and maybe all Robert Bresson’s inexhaustible, majestic films, transpire in that puzzling space “betw…

By Robert Polito

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