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While the title of Silver's book promises a look at the life of film director Robert Aldrich, the book is really an analysis of his films. While there is a short introduction to his life, followed by a brief analysis of each of his films, which seem like they were short pieces brought together in the book, the book suffers from a lack of cohesion.
Robert Aldrich directed some classic films like Kiss Me Deadly (1955) - which is one of the best Noirs - Attack (1956), Whatever Happened To Baby Jane (1962), The Dirty Dozen (1967), Ulzana's Raid (1972), The Emperor of The North Pole (1973), and The Longest Yard (1974), but he also made some interesting dogs like Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977). A lot of people thought him a B movie director but many people, especially in Europe, thought him an artist and Auteur. He was certainly a guy who did ...more
Alain Silver has co-written and co-edited a score of books including The Samurai Film, The Noir Style, The Vampire Film, Raymond Chandlers Los Angeles, director studies of David Lean and Robert Aldrich, and four Film Noir Readers. His articles have appeared in numerous film journals, newspapers, and online magazines. He holds a Ph.D. from UCLA and is a member of the Writers Guild of America west a ...moreMore about Alain Silver