Ridley Scott: A Critical Filmography

Ridley Scott: A Critical Filmography

by William B. Parrill




Ridley Scott, the director of such seminal films as Blade Runner, Alien and Thelma & Louise, is one of the most important directors of the last fifty years. Unlike many directors, Scott has been remarkably transparent about his craft, offering the audience glimpses into his creative process. This book explores Scott’s oeuvre in depth, devoting a chapter to his 22 primary works, from his first effort, Boy and Bicycle (1962), through Robin Hood (2010). Topics discussed include the critical reception of the films, and the ways in which Scott’s works function as cinematic mediators of issues such as religion, women’s rights and history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786458660
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/15/2011
Pages: 189
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The late William B. Parrill was an emeritus professor of English and communication at Southeastern Louisiana University. He was a founding editor of the journal Louisiana Literature and wrote extensively on films and contemporary literature.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 3

1. Boy and Bicycle (1962): Playing Hooky 25

2. Adam Adamant Lives! (1966): The League of Uncharitable Ladies 28

3. The Duellists (1977): En Garde! 30

4. Alien (1979): Ripley on Call 36

5. Blade Runner (1982): At the Thanhauser Gate 43

6. Legend (1985): I Only Wanted to Touch One. Where’s the Harm in That? 58

7. Someone to Watch Over Me (1987): Is It Love, Mike? 63

8. Black Rain (1989): One Big Gray Area 68

9. Thelma & Louise (1991): On the Road: One Insult Too Far 74

10. 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992): I Think We Have Returned to Eden 85

11. White Squall (1996): A Meterological Phenomenon of the Imagination 91

12. G. I. Jane (1997): Wild Thing 94

13. Gladiator (2000): There Was Once a Dream That Was Rome 100

14. Black Hawk Down (2001): Bird Down in the City 108

15. Hannibal (2001): Hannibal the Cannibal 116

16. Matchstick Men (2003): Mean Street Men in Bright Colors 125

17. All the Invisible Children (2005): “Jonathan”: The Rediscovery of Life Through Childhood 129

18. Kingdom of Heaven (2005): Jerusalem: The Center of the World for Forgiveness 131

19. A Good Year (2006): Postcards from Provence 138

20. American Gangster (2007): Cops Kill Cops They Can’t Trust 142

21. Body of Lies (2008): Closing Time 150

22. Robin Hood (2010): The Outlaw Returns to History 154

Filmography 161

Bibliography 165

Index 173

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