From the editor and writers of Bright Lights Film Journal
Action! Interviews with Directors from Classical Hollywood to Contemporary Iran
(Anthem Art and Culture), by Gary Morris (Editor), Bert Cardullo (Introduction), Jonathan Rosenbaum (Foreword). London and New York: Anthem Press, 2009.
"I dare anyone to squeeze between two covers a more varied, useful and flat out entertaining sampling of the personalities that make the seventh art the liveliest."
David Hudson,
Matthew Kennedy
San Francisco, CA, USA
Matthew Kennedy Matthew Kennedy is the author of Marie Dressler: A Biography (McFarland, 1999), Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory: Hollywood's Genius Bad Boy (University Press of Wisconsin, 2004), and Joan Blondell: A Life Between Takes (University Press of Mississippi, 2007). He is also a film critic for Bay Area Reporter and has contributed articles to Performing Arts magazine, San Francisco Chronicle and glbtq, the online encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer culture. He has been seen teaching cultural anthropology at the City College of San Francisco and film history at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. For more blather, please visit
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