John Sayles, Filmmaker: A Critical Study and Filmography, 2d ed.

John Sayles, Filmmaker: A Critical Study and Filmography, 2d ed.

by Jack Ryan

Paperback(2nd ed.)



In 1980, art house audience word of mouth about an unusual new movie, Return of the Secaucus Seven, launched the career of director John Sayles and with him the era of the independent filmmaker. Sayles has remained a maverick, writing, directing, editing and even acting in his own films.
This fully updated revision of the author’s 1998 first edition chronicles Sayles’ entire career—including the story of his inauspicious beginning as a second-string actor and his work in fiction, theatre, music videos and television. A chapter is devoted to each of Sayles’ feature films, offering background material on production funding, a plot sketch, an analysis of important characters, and a look at the language, setting, and politics. Each chapter also traces Sayles’ technical development—his camera work, editing, musical arrangement and mise-en-scène. The book includes a complete filmography and a bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786435517
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Series: Performing Arts/Film
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jack Ryan is an associate professor in the Department of English at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. He publishes regularly in Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Preface to the Second Edition ix

Introduction 1

1. A Storyteller: From Literature to Film 5

2. Outside and Inside the Production System 38

3. An Escaped Slave, the Boss, and Union History 76

4. Cityscapes: Baseball’s Lost Souls and Urban Renewal 113

5. The Power of the Physical World: From Soap Opera Diva to Celtic Myth 144

6. Borders: Texas, the Academy, and Mexico 175

7. Commodities: Real Estate and Babies 214

8. Human Geography: Business-as-Usual Politics, Stagolee’s Blues Redux, and a Commitment to Independence 258

Filmography 297

Bibliography 303

Index 311

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