The Sting

The Sting From Melville to Madoff the Confidence Man is an essential American archetype George Roy Hill s film The Sting treats this theme with a characteristic dexterity The movie was warmly received in

  • Title: The Sting
  • Author: Matthew Specktor Sean Howe
  • ISBN: 9781593762797
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Paperback
  • From Melville to Madoff, the Confidence Man is an essential American archetype George Roy Hill s 1973 film The Sting treats this theme with a characteristic dexterity The movie was warmly received in its time, winning seven Academy Awards, but there were some who thought the movie was nothing than a slight throwback Pauline Kael, among others, felt Hill s film wasFrom Melville to Madoff, the Confidence Man is an essential American archetype George Roy Hill s 1973 film The Sting treats this theme with a characteristic dexterity The movie was warmly received in its time, winning seven Academy Awards, but there were some who thought the movie was nothing than a slight throwback Pauline Kael, among others, felt Hill s film was mechanical and contrived a callow and manipulative attempt to recapture the box office success of Robert Redford and Paul Newman s prior pairing, Butch Cassidy The Sundance Kid Matthew Specktor s passionate, lyric meditation turns The Sting on its head, on its side, and right side up in an effort to unpack the film s giddy complexity and secret, melancholic heart Working off interviews with screenwriter David S Ward and producer Tony Bill, and tacking from nuanced interpretation of its arching moods and themes to gimlet eyed observation of its dizzying sleights of hand, Specktor opens The Sting up to disclose the subtle and stunning dimensions sexual, political, and aesthetic of Hill s best film Through Specktor s lens, The Sting reveals itself as both an enduring human drama and a meditation on art making itself, an ode to the necessary pleasure of being fooled at the movies.

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    1. I enjoy short series such as this one on film, "A Novel Approach to Cinema." This book was entertaining and almost great. It was intelligently written with an interesting perspective, behind-the-scenes details, and a passion for the film. A couple of things turned me off: the author's use of bad language (in an attempt to be cool?)--I'm all for it when it fits, but this was just awkward--and a strange fixation on the homoerotic, which I felt bordered on bigotry in a couple of remarks.

    2. Best one of the series so far. (Yeah, I know they only put out five books, but the others have been so uneven) This was a decent look at a popular film, with research and thought and some (but not too much) memoir. I always liked this movie, watched it whenever it was on TV and so I had a good point of reference. The author did a good job interviewing people involved in the movie and really taking a critical eye of it. For a wee book, this was a nice well rounded look at a movie about con artist [...]

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