A splurch in the kisser : the movies of Blake Edwards / Sam Wasson
Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 2009.
Call No: 81EDW WAS Author: Wasson, Sam Source: US Place: Middletown, Connecticut Publisher: Wesleyan University Press PubDate: 2009 PhysDes: xii, 353 p. : ill. ; 24 cm Subject: EDWARDS, BLAKE; CRITICISM; HOLLYWOOD; BLIND DATE (US, Blake Edwards, 1987); BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (US, Blake Edwards, 1961); CAREY TREATMENT, THE (US, Blake Edwards, 1972); CURSE OF THE PINK PANTHER (US, Blake Edwards, 1983); FINE MESS, A (US, Blake Edwards, 1986); GREAT RACE, THE (US, Blake Edwards, 1965); MAN WHO LOVED WOMEN, THE (US, Blake Edwards, 1983); MICKI AND MAUDE (US, Blake Edwards, 1984); PARTY, THE (US, Blake Edwards, 1968); PINK PANTHER, THE (US, Blake Edwards, 1964); REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER (UK, Blake Edwards, 1978); SHOT IN THE DARK, A (UK, Blake Edwards, 1964); SKIN DEEP (US, Blake Edwards, 1989); S.O.B. (US, Blake Edwards, 1981); SON OF THE PINK PANTHER (US, Blake Edwards, 1993); SUNSET (US, Blake Edwards, 1988); SWITCH (US, Blake Edwards, 1991); TRAIL OF THE PINK PANTHER (UK, Blake Edwards, 1982); VICTOR/VICTORIA (UK, Blake Edwards, 1982) Summary: "With one of the longest and most controversial careers in Hollywood history, it's about time for Blake Edwards, a director of raving chutzpuh, to take hist seat at the table of greats. His rambunctious filmography remains an artistic force on par with Hollywood's greatest comic directors: Chaplin, Lubitsch, Sturges, and Wilder. Like Wilder, Edward's propensity for hilarity is double-helixed with pain, and in films like Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Pink Panther, and even days of Wine and Roses, we can hear him off-screen, laughing in the dark. And yet, despite those enormous successes, he was at one time considered a Hollywood villain. After his marriage to Julie Andrews, Edwards's Darling Lili nearly sunk both of them and brought Paramount Pictures to its knees. Almost overnight, Blake became an industry pariah, which ironically fortified his sense of satire, and allowed him to simultaneously fight the Hollywood tide as he rode it. Employing keen visual analysis, meticulous research, and troves of interviews and production files, Sam Wasson delivers the first complete account of one of the maddest figures Hollywood has ever known." - BOOK JACKET Notes: Includes filmography.; Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN: 9780819569158 Donation: Donated by Senses Of Cinema, 2009 Contents: Prologue: Breaking in, 1922-1955 -- Blake begins, 1955-1959 -- Blake builds, 1959-1962 -- Blake blossoms, 1963-1968 -- Blake burns, 1968-1974 -- Panther pictures (Blake banks) -- Blake booms, 1979-1982 -- Blake breaks, 1983-1988 -- Blake bows, 1988-1991 -- Epilogue: Making out, October 24, 1993. More info