Triumph and Retrospect

Paul Buhle and Dave Wagner

in A Very Dangerous Citizen

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780520223837
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936928 | DOI:
Triumph and Retrospect

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Movies are “magic” in an anthropological sense. The thought was not original, but Polonsky gave it a fresh meaning, although it was far more in practice than in theory. Force Evil had transcend the “paralysis of naturalism” by realizing naturalism completely. It could have been made only under the best of conditions and certainly not during the blacklist era or the following periods of imitation art films and overblown spectaculars. Polonsky's spare paragraphs might have inspired a new generation of radical film artists and critics. In 1969, his first directorial effort in twenty years was released to critical praise and condemnation alike.

Keywords: Polonsky; director; film; artist; critic

Chapter.  20906 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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