Author Spotlight

Robert Polito

Robert Polito’s books include the poetry collection Hollywood & God as well as Farber on Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny Farber. Savage Art, his biography of noir novelist Jim Thompson, received the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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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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