Fearing the Dark: The Val Lewton Career

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McFarland, Jan 1, 2003 - Performing Arts - 581 pages
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Cat People (1942) and I Walked with a Zombie (1943) established Val Lewton's hauntingly graceful style where suggestion was often used in place of explicit violence. His stylish B thrillers were imitated by a generation of filmmakers such as Richard Wallace, William Castle, and even Walt Disney in his animated Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949). Through interviews with many of Lewton's associates (including his wife and son) and extensive research, his life and output are thoroughly examined.
  

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Contents

Preface
3
Selznick and Lewton
43
The Orson Welles Connection
70
FIVE Staking the Territory
88
six Cat People
121
Walked with a Zombie
141
EIGHT The Leopard Man
162
NINE The Seventh Victim
181
TWELVE Youth Runs Wild and Mademoiselle Fifi
241
THIRTEEN Isle of the Dead
263
FOURTEEN The Body Snatcher
281
FIFTEEN Bedlam
305
SIXTEEN Fellow Travelers
326
SEVENTEEN The Sincerest Form of Flattery
362
EIGHTEEN Closed Doors
399
NINETEEN Jacques Tourneur
419

TEN The Ghost Ship
202
ELEVEN The Curse of the Cat People
222

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Edmund G. Bansak lives in Wales, Massachusetts.

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