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Sterritt, David

Works: 52 works in 214 publications in 2 languages and 13,165 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Interviews  Comedy films  Film adaptations  Gangster films  Fantasy films  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Horror films 
Roles: Author, Commentator, Editor, Interviewer, Other, Host
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by David Sterritt
Mad to be saved : the Beats, the '50s, and film by David Sterritt( )

12 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and held by 2,463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Film critic David Sterritt presents an interdisciplinary exploration of the Beat Generation, its intersections with mainstream and experimental film, and the interactions of all of these with American society and the culture of the '50s. Examining American society in the '50s, Sterritt balances the Beat countercultural goal of rebellion through both artistic creation and everyday behavior against the mainstream values of conformity and conservatism, growing worry over cold-war hostilities, and the "rat race" toward material success." "After an introductory overview of the Beat Generation, its history, its antecedents and its influences, Sterritt shows the importance of "visual thinking" in the lives and works of major Beat authors, most notably Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs. He turns to Mikhail Bakhtin's dialogic theory to portray the Beat writers - who were inspired by jazz and other liberating influences - as carnivalesque rebels against what they perceived as a rigid and stifling social order." "Showing the Beats as social critics, Sterritt looks at the work of '50s photographers Robert Frank and William Klein; the attack against Beat culture in the pictures and prose of Life magazine; and the counterattack in Frank's film Pull My Daisy, featuring key Beat personalities. He further explores expressions of rebelliousness in film noir, the melodramas of director Douglas Sirk, and other Hollywood films." "Finally, Sterritt shows the changing attitudes toward the Beat sensibility in Beat-related Hollywood movies like A Bucket of Blood and The Beat Generation; television programs like Route 66 and The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, nonstudio films like John Cassavetes's improvisational Shadows and Shirley Clarke's experimental The Connection; and radically avant-garde works by such doggedly independent screen artists as Stan Brakhage, Ron Rice, Bruce Connor, and Ken Jacobs, drawing connections between their achievements and the most subversive products of their Beat contemporaries."--Jacket
Screening the Beats : media culture and the Beat sensibility by David Sterritt( )

8 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 1,487 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Film critic David Sterritt's Screening the Beats: Media Culture and the Beat Sensibility showcases the social and aesthetic viewpoints of lynchpin Beat writers Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, and Allen Ginsberg, juxtaposing their artistry with 1950s culture and achieving what Kerouac might have called a "bookmovie" riff. In clear prose, Sterritt captures the raw energy of the Beats and joins in their celebration of aesthetic freakishness. Tapping into the diversified spirit of the Beat Generation and its nuanced relationship with postwar American culture, Sterritt considers how the Beats variously foreground, challenge, and illuminate major issues in Hollywood and avant-garde film, critical and cultural theory, and music in the mass-media age."--Jacket
The cinema of Clint Eastwood : chronicles of America by David Sterritt( )

15 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"He became a movie star playing The Man With No Name, and today his name is known around the world. Measured by longevity, productivity, and profits, Clint Eastwood is the most successful actor-director-producer in American film history. This book examines the major elements of his career, focusing primarily on his work as a director but also exploring the evolution of his acting style, his long association with screen violence, his interest in jazz, and the political views - sometimes hotly controversial - reflected in his films and public statements. Especially fascinating is the pivotal question that divides critics and moviegoers to this day: is Eastwood a capable director with a photogenic face, a modest acting talent, and a flair for marketing his image? Or is he a true cinematic auteur with a distinctive vision of America's history, traditions, and values? From A Fistful of Dollars and Dirty Harry to Million Dollar Baby and beyond, The Cinema of Clint Eastwood takes a close-up look at one of the screen's most influential and charismatic stars."--Publisher information
The B list : the National Society of Film Critics on the low-budget beauties, genre-bending mavericks, and cult classics we love( )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 904 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Once the B movie was the Hollywood stepchild, the underbelly of the double feature. Today it is a more inclusive category, embracing films that fall outside the mainstream by dint of their budgets, their visions, their grit, and occasionally - sometimes essentially - their lack of what the culture cops call "good taste."" "Featuring the choicest noir, neo-noir, science fiction, horror, western, midnight movies, and more - from critics like David Ansen, Jami Bernard, Roger Ebert, Carrie Rickey, Richard Schickel, and Kenneth Turan - the films in The B List are offbeat, unpredictable, and decidedly idiosyncratic."--Jacket
The films of Alfred Hitchcock by David Sterritt( Book )

22 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in English and held by 782 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Alfred Hitchcock is one of the few filmmakers to combine a strong reputation for high-art filmmaking with great mass-audience popularity. This introduction to his oeuvre provides an overview of a long and prolific career. David Sterritt examines, among other issues, the varied influences on his work; the themes that run through many of his films; the overlooked importance of his presence within his films, including his famous cameo appearances and the characters who "represent" him within the story; his fascination with performance and the ambiguities of illusion and reality; and the question of viewing the filmmaker and his work through the auteur theory. Also discussed is the relationship between Hitchcock as a serious, even tormented, artist and Hitchcock as a magician with a weakness for cinematic practical jokes. Sterritt then provides in-depth analysis of key Hitchcock films: Blackmail, his first talkie; Shadow of a Doubt, one of his personal favorites; The Wrong Man, which questions the nature of guilt and innocence; Vertigo, arguably his most profound work; Psycho, his most savage look at the nature of evil; and The Birds, his last masterpiece and one of his most widely misunderstood films."--Jacket
A bout de souffle = Breathless by Jean-Luc Godard( Visual )

2 editions published in 2001 in French and English and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of Michel, a handsome young criminal, who is on the run after stealing a car and killing a policeman. He hides out in the Paris apartment of his American girlfriend and together they dodge the police, make love and steal cars to finance a trip to Italy. As the police net tightens, Michel becomes more desperate and his girlfriend commits the ultimate act of betrayal
Spike Lee's America by David Sterritt( Book )

18 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spike Lee has directed, written, produced, and acted in dozens of films that present an expansive, nuanced, proudly opinionated, and richly multifaceted portrait of American society. As the only African-American filmmaker ever to establish a world-class career, Lee has paid acute attention to the experiences of racial and ethnic minorities. But white men and women also play important roles in his movies, and his interest in class, race, and urban life hasn't prevented his films from ranging over broad swaths of the American scene in stories as diverse as the audiences who view them. His defining trait is a willingness to raise hard questions about contemporary America without pretending to have easy answers; his pictures are designed to challenge and provoke us, not ease our minds or pacify our emotions. The opening words of his 1989 masterpiece Do the Right Thing is a vibrant and provocative engagement not only with the work of a great filmmaker, but also with American society and politics
The Beats : a very short introduction by David Sterritt( Book )

12 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this Very Short Introduction, David Sterritt offers a concise overview of the social, cultural, and aesthetic sensibilities of the Beats, bringing out the similarities that connected them and also the many differences that made them a loosely knit collective rather than an organized movement. Figures in the saga include Neal Cassady, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, John Clellon Holmes, Carolyn Cassady, and Gary Snyder. As Sterritt ranges from Greenwich Village and San Francisco to Mexico, western Europe, and North Africa, he sheds much light on how the Beats approached literature, drugs, sexuality, art, music, and religion. Members of the Beat Generation hoped that their radical rejection of materialism, consumerism, and regimentation would inspire others to purify their lives and souls as well. Yet they urged the remaking of consciousness on a profoundly inward-looking basis, cultivating "the unspeakable visions of the individual, " in Kerouac's phrase. The idea was to revolutionize society by revolutionizing thought, not the other way around. This book explains how the Beats used their antiauthoritarian visions and radical styles to challenge dominant values, fending off absorption into mainstream culture while preparing ground for the larger, more explosive social upheavals of the 1960s. More than half a century later, the Beats' impact can still be felt in literature, cinema, music, theater, and the visual arts. This compact introduction explains why
The films of Jean-Luc Godard : seeing the invisible by David Sterritt( Book )

17 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this study, David Sterritt offers an introductory overview of Godard's work as a filmmaker, critic, and video artist. In subsequent chapters, he traces Godard's visionary ideas through six of his key films
Life is sweet( Visual )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An amusing portrait of a working-class family in a suburb just north of London, an irrepressible mum and dad and their night-and-day twins, a bookish good girl and a sneering layabout. A vivid, lived-in story of ordinary existence, in which even modest dreams (such as the father's desire to open a food truck) carry enormous weight. Perched on the line between humor and melancholy
Jean-Luc Godard : interviews by Jean-Luc Godard( Book )

7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"I am trying to change the world," film-maker Jean-Luc Godard told critic Gene Youngblood some thirty years ago. He has pursued his revolution in works ranging from the explosive Breathless to the eloquent Contempt to the controversial Hail Mary and the postmodern Histoire(s) du cinema, shaking up conventional formulas with boldly innovative approaches to every aspect of cinema and video - including film criticism via provocative essays in Cahiers du Cinema and interviews dating to the early years of his career. This book presents a varied selection of his conversations with critics, scholars, and journalists, spanning the 1960s to the 1990s and illuminating key facets of his life work and ideas
Seconds( Visual )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sinister thriller from the fractured 1960s that concerns a middle-aged businessman dissatisfied with his suburban existence, who is urged (and blackmailed) to undergo a strange and elaborate procedure that will grant him a new life as a reborn
Robert Altman : interviews by Robert Altman( Book )

9 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Terry Gilliam : interviews by Terry Gilliam( Book )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Week end by Jean-Luc Godard( Visual )

5 editions published between 1967 and 2005 in French and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Particular visión del cataclismo de la burguesía a cargo del polémico y genial director francés. Una fábula apocalíptica, desencantada y satírica, definida como un nuevo viaje de Gulliver a través del colapso de la sociedad de consumo representada en una joven pareja de burgueses
Rock 'n' roll movies by David Sterritt( )

5 editions published in 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rock 'n' Roll Movies presents an eclectic look at the many manifestations of rock in motion pictures, from teen-oriented B-movies to Hollywood blockbusters to avant-garde meditations to reverent biopics to animated shorts to performance documentaries. Acclaimed film critic David Sterritt considers the diverse ways that filmmakers have regarded rock 'n' roll, some cynically cashing in on its popularity and others responding to the music as sincere fans, some depicting rock as harmless fun and others representing it as an open challenge to mainstream norms
Time bandits by Terry Gilliam( Visual )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A boy named Kevin escapes his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarves. Armed with a map stolen from the Supreme Being, they plunder treasure from Napoleon and Agamemnon; but Evil is watching their every move. A giddy fairy tale, a revisionist history lesson, and a satire on technology gone awry
Le petit soldat = The little soldier by Jean-Luc Godard( Visual )

2 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in French and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set during the Algerian War, [the film] follows Bruno Forestier, a disillusioned young deserter who becomes involved in the French nationalist movement. He is ordered to kill an Algerian sympathizer, and although he does not hold deep political beliefs, commits the murder and undergoes torture when captured. At the same time, he meets and falls in love with a woman who he does not know is fighting for the other side"--Container
Sweet movie( Visual )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Miss Canada wins the contest of the "most virgin" Miss Monde 1984 and the prize is marriage to a milk industry tycoon along with his 50 billion dollars fortune. During their honeymoon, Miss Canada does not accept the "golden" penis of her husband, and with the help of black man Jeremiah Muscle, she runs away to Paris. There she meets a Latin singer, El Macho, they have intercourse in the Eiffel Tower and get stuck together. She moves to a weird anarchic community and later becomes an actress working in a chocolate advertisement. Meanwhile, the revolutionary, pedophile, and mad killer Anna Planeta makes candy in her boat while sailing through the canals of a city that seems to be Amsterdam. She meets the sailor Potemkin and they have a torrid affair. Meanwhile, she uses her candies to seduce young boys and kill her lovers. In the middle of the story, what seems to be footage of a Nazi doctor and a slaughter in a war with many dead bodies is presented. Makavejev's bizarre and pointedly satirical vision is totally uncompromising and filled with shocking images, looking at sex in all its complexities
Guiltless pleasures : a David Sterritt film reader by David Sterritt( Book )

7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 207 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Guiltless Pleasures: A David Sterritt Film Reader collects his most incisive essays from 1970 to the present. The collection emphasizes films and filmmakers that are often overlooked or undervalued because they stray from ordinary norms of commercial cinema. Sterritt focuses on such rewarding challenges as the avant-garde masterpieces of Stan Brakhage, the unsettling videos of Robert Wilson, and the violent, disturbing films of Gaspar Noe. Sterritt writes equally well and insightfully on mainstream Hollywood films."--Jacket
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The films of Alfred Hitchcock
Screening the Beats : media culture and the Beat sensibilityThe B list : the National Society of Film Critics on the low-budget beauties, genre-bending mavericks, and cult classics we loveThe films of Alfred HitchcockA bout de souffle = BreathlessThe films of Jean-Luc Godard : seeing the invisibleJean-Luc Godard : interviewsRobert Altman : interviewsTerry Gilliam : interviewsGuiltless pleasures : a David Sterritt film reader
Alternative Names
David Sterritt American film critic

David Sterritt Amerikaans auteur

Дэвид Стеррит американский кинокритик

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French (8)