William B. Parrill – Ridley Scott: A Critical Filmography (2011)

Ridley Scott: A Critical Filmography
by William B. Parrill
Paperback: 189 pages
Publisher: McFarland & Company (July 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0786458666
ISBN-13: 978-0786458660

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

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.

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