Screen Savers: 40 Remarkable Movies Awaiting Rediscovery
Boris Karloff will forever be Frankenstein's Monster, but is that any reason for us to overlook his later great horror film Isle of the Dead (1945)? An Oscar was George Clooney's reward for Syriana (2005), but isn't the underrated war film Three Kings (1999) still his best movie? Woman of the Year (1942) introduced the team of Tracy and Hepburn, yet didn't their later Pat and Mike (1952) resoundingly surpass it? Jeff Bridges has long been one of our best actors, so why didn't anyone take notice of his sleeper Bad Company (1972)? The lasting impact of Psycho (1960) unfairly overshadows Anthony Perkins's great work in the darkly comic thriller Pretty Poison (1968), while Stanley Kubrick's later work keeps his terrific caper The Killing (1956) from attaining classic status.Can you really say you love Audrey Hepburn if you haven't seen her at her most radiant in Stanley Donen's gem Two for the Road (1967)?
Screen Savers: 40 Remarkable Movies Awaiting Rediscovery puts the spotlight on these and other superb yet underappreciated movies spanning the twentieth century. Essential stars and directors are represented here, not for their undisputed marvels but for other equally wonderful films that warrant overdue or renewed recognition: Cover Girl, They Came to Cordura , Portrait of Jennie, The Seventh Cross, The Lusty Men, Hail the Conquering Hero, Rambling Rose, Time after Time, and many others.
Author John DiLeo offers full-bodied appraisals of each of his selections in Screen Savers: 40 Remarkable Movies Awaiting Rediscovery, breezily combining scholarly acumen with a film fanatic's passion. DiLeo utilizes his lively, accessible style and sharp, insightful critical eye, venturing beyond obvious choices and whetting our appetites to see these vital movies. Be they underseen , dismissed, or taken-for-granted in their day, the films in Screen Savers: 40 Remarkable Movies Awaiting Rediscovery deserve a place of honor in our film heritage.
Screen Savers: 40 Remarkable Movies Awaiting Rediscovery is John DiLeo's third book. His first book was And You Thought You Knew Classic Movies (St. Martin's, 1999), hailed by Pauline Kael as the smartest movie quiz book I've ever seen. His second book was 100 Great Film Performances You Should RememberBut Probably Don't (Limelight Editions, 2002), which Adolph Green called a valuable and touching work. TCM host Robert Osborne said, in the Hollywood Reporter, that the book delightfully throws the spotlight on some remarkable film work, and the Washington Post 's reaction was, Not only is this helpful criticism, but 100 Great Film Performances can serve as balm for anyone who has ever been disgruntled by the Academy's choices on Oscar night. John has been a contributing book reviewer for the Washington Post 's Book World and currently writes DVD and film-book reviews in three monthly columns, appearing in Milford Magazine (PA), Allegany Magazine (MD), and Central Voice ( Harrisburg , PA ). He frequently hosts classic-film series, appears on radio programs, conducts film-history seminars, and has been an annual participant in the Black Bear Film Festival in the Poconos where he interviewed Farley Granger (2005) and Arlene Dahl (2006) on the festival's stage. His website is johndileo.com. Born in 1961 in Brooklyn , John was raised on Long Island and graduated from Ithaca College in 1982 with a B.F.A.
Paperback, 360 pages