The Call of the Heart: John M. Stahl and Hollywood Melodrama

Charles Barr (Editor) Bruce Babington (Editor)

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John Libbey & Company
Publish Date
November 07, 2018
6.5 X 9.3 X 0.6 inches | 1.4 pounds
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About the Author

Bruce Babington taught film for many years at Newcastle University. His publications include co-authored works with Peter W. Evans on Hollywood genres (the Musical, the Comedy of the Sexes. The Biblical Epic), and books on the British and New Zealand cinemas. His latest are The Sports Film: Games People Play and The Family Film in Global Cinema (co-edited with Noel Brown).

Charles Barr worked for many years at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, and has since taught in St Louis, Dublin and Galway. He was joint writer, with Stephen Frears, of Typically British, Channel 4s centenary programme on British cinema. Publications include Ealing Studios and English Hitchcock; his most recent book is Hitchcock, Lost and Found: the Forgotten Films, co-authored with Alain Kerzoncuf.



As a resource for those interested in Stahl's work, this book is invaluable and likely to prove definitive for many years: it easily makes a case for upgrading his status, and captures much of what makes him a compelling and subtle master of narrative.

"--Sight & Sound


We must warmly welcome this enterprising collection, which fills many gaps and updates our knowledge of a major film-maker of the silent period and beyond.