Using The Same Mix Of Accessibility And Insider Knowledge He Used So Successfully In Complicated Women, Author And Film Critic Mick LaSalle Now Turns His Attention To The Men Of The Pre Code Hollywood Era.The Five Years Between 1929 And Mid 1934 Was A Period Of Loosened Censorship That Finally Ended With The Imposition Of A Harsh Production Code That Would, For The Next Thirty Four Years, Censor Much Of The Life And Honesty Out Of American Movies Dangerous Men Takes A Close Look At The Images Of Manhood During This Pre Code Era, Which Coincided With An Interesting Time For Men The Culmination Of A Generation Long Transformation In The Masculine Ideal By The Late Twenties, The Tumult Of A New Century Had Made The Nineteenth Century S Notion Of The Ideal Man Seem Like A Repressed Stuffed Shirt, A Deluded Optimist The Smiling, Confident Hero Of Just A Few Years Before Fell Out Of Favor, And The New Heroes Who Emerged Were Gangsters, Opportunists, Sleazy Businessmen, Shifty Lawyers, Shell Shocked Soldiers Men Whose Existence Threatened The Status Quo In This Book, LaSalle Highlights Such Household Names As James Cagney, Clark Gable, Edward G Robinson, Maurice Chevalier, Spencer Tracy, And Gary Cooper, Along With Lesser Known Ones Such As Richard Barthelmess, Lee Tracy, Robert Montgomery, And The Magnificent Warren William Together They Represent A Vision Of Manhood Exuberant And Contentious And Humane Than Anything That Has Followed On The American Screen.
Mick LaSalle is an American film critic and the author of two books on pre code Hollywood As of March 2008 update , he has written in excess of 1550 reviews for the San Francisco Chronicle, 1 and he has been podcasting them since September 2005 2 LaSalle is the author of Complicated Women Sex and Power in Pre Code Hollywood, a history critical study of the actresses who worked in the film industry between 1929 1934 It was published by Thomas Dunne Books in 2000 In his review in The New York Times, Andy Webster called it an overdue examination of a historic conflict between Hollywood and would be monitors of morality and added LaSalle has an avuncular but informative style, and makes his points with a relaxed economy 3 The book served as the basis for the documentary film Complicated Women, directed by Hugh Munro Neely and narrated by Jane Fonda, which originally was broadcast by Turner Classic Movies in May 2003 LaSalle provided commentary for and served as Associate Producer of the project 4 LaSalle s follow up to Complicated Women was Dangerous Men Pre Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man, published by Thomas Dunne in 2002.LaSalle has lectured on film subjects at various film festivals, including those in the Hamptons, Denver, Las Vegas, and Mill Valley and at New York City s Film Forum and San Francisco s Castro Theatre For several years he taught a film course at the University of California, Berkeley, and now when teaches film courses at Stanford University.In the late 1990s, LaSalle was the on air film critic for KGO TV He is a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, 5 and was a panelist at the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Venice Film Festivals He was also a panelist at the 2009 Berlin film festival In addition to his reviews, he answers film related questions in the Chronicle column Ask Mick LaSalle.
- 272 pages
- Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man
- Mick LaSalle
- 07 December 2018 Mick LaSalle