John Huston:
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Journal Articles

Articles and Books on Individual films


Agee, James.
"Undirectable director: John Huston (1950)." In: Awake in the dark : an anthology of American film criticism, 1915 to the present / edited by David Denby. 1st ed. New York : Vintage Books, 1977.
Main Stack PN1995.A861
Moffitt PN1995.A861

Benayoun, Robert.
John Huston, presentation par Robert Benayoun. Textes et propos de John Huston, Filmographie, theatrographie, bibliographie. Paris, Seghers, 1966. Huston, John, 1906 Cinema d'aujourd'hui, 44
Main Stack PN1993.C4 v.44 NRLF #: $D 60 058

Brill, Lesley
John Huston's filmmaking / Lesley Brill. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997. Cambridge studies in film.
Main Stack PN1998.3.H87.B76 1997

Brion, Patrick.
John Huston : biographie, filmographie illustree, analyse critique Paris : Martini`ere, 2003.
MAIN: PN1998.3.H87 B77 2003;

Cohen, Allen, 1935-
John Huston : a guide to references and resources / Allen Cohen, Harry Lawton. New York : G.K. Hall ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1997. Reference publication in film.
Main Stack PN1998.3.H87.C65 1997

Fernandez Heredero, Carlos.
John Huston/ Carlos Fernandez Heredero. Madrid : Ediciones J.C., 1984. Coleccion directores de cine ; no. 14
Main Stack PN1998.A3.H74 1984 NRLF #: B 3 569 664

Grobel, Lawrence.
The Hustons : the life and times of a Hollywood dynasty / Lawrence Grobel. Updated ed. New York, N.Y. : Cooper Square Press, 2000.
Main Stack PN1998.3.H87.G76 2000
Main Stack PN1998.3.H87.G76 2000

Grobel, Lawrence.
The Hustons / Lawrence Grobel. New York : C. Scribner's Sons, c1989.
Main Stack PN1998.3.H87.G76 1989
Moffitt PN1998.3.H87.G76 1989

Hammen, Scott.
John Huston Main Stack PN1998.A3.H791 1985

Huston, John
John Huston : interviews / edited by Robert Emmet Long. Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2001. Conversations with filmmakers series.
Main Stack PN1998.3.H87.A5 2001

Huston, John
An open book / John Huston 1st ed New York : Knopf, 1980
Main Stack PN1998.A3.H75 1980
Moffitt PN1998.A3.H75 1980

John Huston [par] Freddy Buache [et al.] [Lyon, SERDOC, 1966] Premier plan, 41
Main Stack PN1993.P7 no.41

"John Huston"
In: Conversations with the great moviemakers of Hollywood's golden age at the American Film Institute / edited and with an introduction by George Stevens, Jr. New York : A. A. Knopf, 2006.
Full text available online [UCB users only]

Kaminsky, Stuart M.
John Huston, maker of magic / Stuart Kaminsky. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1978.
Main Stack PN1998.A3H795 NRLF

Madsen, Axel.
John Huston / by Axel Madsen Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1978
Main Stack PN1998.A3.H798

McCarty, John
The films of John Huston / by John McCarty. Secaucus, N.J. : Citadel Press, c1987.
Main Stack PN1998.A3.H799 1987

Nolan, William F.
John Huston, king rebel , by William F. Nolan. Los Angeles, Sherbourne Press [1965]
Main Stack PN1998.A3.H8 N6 NRLF #: B 3 569 669

Perspectives on John Huston
Edited by Stephen Cooper. New York : G.K. Hall ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1994. Perspectives on film.
Main Stack PN1998.3.H87.P47 1994

Reflections in a male eye : John Huston and the American experience
Edited by Gaylyn Studlar and David Desser. Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, c1993.
Main Stack PN1998.3.H87.R44 1993
Moffitt PN1998.3.H87.R44 1993

Tuska, Jon.
"John Huston." In: Encounters with filmmakers : eight career studies / Jon Tuska. New York : Greenwood Press, 1991. Contributions to the study of popular culture ; no. 29
Main Stack PN1998.2.T8 1991
Moffitt PN1998.2.T8 1991

Journal Articles

Agee, J.
"Undirectable director." [John Huston]. Life v. 29 (September 18 1950) p. 128-30+

Bachmann, G.
"How I make films: an interview with J. Huston." Film Quarterly v. 19 no. 1 (Fall 1965) p. 3-13
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Buckley, Michael
"John Huston." Films in Review Vol XXXVI nr 4 (Apr 1985); p 210-220
Bio-filmographic article on US director/actor J.H.

Costanzo, Angelo (ed.). Custer, Elizabeth Penn (introd.).
"Film Career of John Huston." Proteus: A Journal of Ideas. 7 (2) 1990 Fall., Book Publication Date: 1990.
Introduces a special issue on and pays tribute to the illustrious career of US filmmaker John Huston (1906-87), who aspired to live life to the fullest, and who pursued careers as a boxer, soldier, painter, actor, writer, director, and art collector.

Drew, B.
"John Huston: at 74 no formulas."American Film Vol V nr 10 (Sept 1980); p 38-42, 44, 66-67
A survey of J.H.'s career in films from his autobiography 'An open book

Farber, M.

Hollywood's fair-haired boy." [John Huston]. The Nation v. 168 (June 4 1949) p. 642

Gagne, Nicole V.
"Where Is The Other Side of the Wind? or Quien es mas macho: Orson Welles, John Huston, or Ernest Hemingway?." Cineaste: America's Leading Magazine on the Art and Politics of the Cinema. 29 (1): 4-7. 2003 Winter
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Garrett, Greg.
"Let There Be Light and Huston's film noir." Proteus: A Journal of Ideas. 7 (2): 30-33. 1990

Grobel, Lawrence.
"'We Were All John's Children'." Proteus: A Journal of Ideas. 7 (2): 5-8. 1990 Fall
"The author recalls time he spent in the company of US film actor and director John Huston (1906-87) and the relationship that developed while he was in the process of writing a book about the Huston family in the mid-1980's. Huston treated everyone he worked with, knew, and came into contact with like family." [America: History and Life]

Haskell, Molly.
"John Huston's Heart of Light and Darkness." Proteus: A Journal of Ideas. 7 (2): 1-4. 1990 Fall

Jameson, Richard T.
"John Huston." Film Comment Vol XVI nr 3 (May-June 1980); p 25-56
Analyzes the major 11 works of John Huston's career as a film director.

Jones, D.
"Beating the devil." Films & Filming Vol XIX nr 4 (Jan 1973); p 26-32
A critical review of his career and films.

Millar, Gavin
"John Huston." Sight & Sound Vol L nr 3 (Summer 1981); p 203-205
A consideration of Huston's work, on the occasion of the publication of his autobiography, 'An open book'.

Persico, Joseph E.
"An Interview with John Huston." American Heritage 1982 33(3): 8-15.
John Huston discusses his early career, his difficulties with McCarthyism, and his successes and failures as a movie director.

Phillips, Gene D.
"Talking with John Huston."Film Comment Vol IX nr 3 (May-June 1973); p 15-19
J.H. examines his whole career.

Reck, T.
"Huston meets the eye."Film Comment Vol IX nr 3 (May-June 1973); p 6-11
Examination of J.H.'s career discerning certain themes and defending his craftsmanship

Taylor, John Russell
"John Huston: the film-maker as dandy."Films & Filming nr 383 (Aug 1986); p 23-26
Appreciation of J.H.'s career as screenwriter, director and actor.

Wyatt, Ernest. Rowden, Ginny.
"John Huston's Obsessive Characters." Proteus: A Journal of Ideas. 7 (2): 34-41. 1990 Fall


Ansen, David
"A Hollywood iconoclast, a world-class director; the high life and sardonic art of John Huston." (obituary) Newsweek Sept 7, 1987 v110 p71(1)

Buckley, M.
"Obituary."Films in Review v. 38 (November 1987) p. 567

Canby, Vincent
"John Huston: spinner of late-night tales." (overview of works) The New York Times Sept 6, 1987 v136 s2 pH15(N) pH15(L) col 1 (31 col in)
Flint, Peter B.
"John Huston, film director, writer and actor, dies at 81." (obituary) The New York Times August 29, 1987 v136 p1(N) p1(L) col 1 (47 col in)

"John Huston, RIP." (obituary) National Review Oct 9, 1987 v34 p21(2) (597 words)

"Huston, John." (obituary) Current Biography Oct 1987 v48 p57(1)

Schulz-Keil, Wieland
"Huston." (remembering John Huston) Film Comment Sept-Oct 1987 v23 n5 p18(1)

Books & Articles on Individual Films

The African Queen

"African Queen." (review) Film Comment v. 16 (May/June 1980) p. 40-3

"African Queen." (review) The New Republic v. 126 (March 10 1952) p. 21

"African Queen." (review) Newsweek v. 39 (March 3 1952) p. 88

"African Queen." (review) The New Yorker v. 28 (February 23 1952) p. 85

"African Queen." Theatre Arts v. 36 (February 1952) p. 48-9+

Angermeyer, Charles. Chitty, Arthur Ben. Martin, Father.
"African Queen Panel." In: Remembering James Agee / edited by David Madden and Jeffrey J. Folks. 2nd ed. Athens : University of Georgia Press, c1997.
Main Stack PS3501.G35.Z86 1997

Brill, Lesley.
"The African Queen and John Huston's Filmmaking." Cinema Journal. 34 (2): 3-21. 1995 Winter.
"Calls for an auteurist reading of John Huston's career, marking "The African Queen" as atypical in its focus on romance and lack of character complexity." [FIAF]

Fultz, James R.
"A Classic Case of Collaboration: The African Queen."
UC users only Literature/Film Quarterly. 10 (1): 13-24. 1982

Meyers, Jeffrey.
"Bogie in Africa." American Scholar 1997 66(2): 237-250.
"For Humphrey Bogart, his experience filming the African Queen in 1951 in the Belgian Congo was at once adventurous, comic, and romantic, and the resultant film was his best. The author examines his interaction with wife Lauren Bacall, co-star Katherine Hepburn, and director John Huston and other aspects of the making of the film, as well as Bogart's reaction to winning an Academy Award for his role." [America: History and Life]


Ansen, D.
"Annie." [film Reviews]. Newsweek v. 99 (May 24 1982) p. 82+

Corliss, R.
"Annie." [film Reviews]. Time v. 119 (May 24 1982) p. 75

Crist, J.
"Annie." [film Reviews]. Saturday Review v. 9 (June 1982)

Kael, P.
"Annie." [film Reviews]. The New Yorker v. 58 (May 31 1982) p. 82-4

Kauffmann, S.
"Annie." [film Reviews]. The New Republic v. 186 (June 9 1982) p. 22-3

O'Toole, L.
"Annie." [film Reviews]. Maclean's v. 95 (May 31 1982) p. 57

Westerbeck, C.L.J.
"Annie." [film Reviews]. Commonweal v. 109 (June 18 1982) p. 371-2

The Asphalt Jungle

"Asphalt Jungle." Film Comment v. 16 (May/June 1980) p. 38-40

"Asphalt Jungle." The New Yorker v. 26 (June 17 1950) p. 54

"Asphalt Jungle." Newsweek v. 35 (June 12 1950) p. 88+

Hughes, Howard.
"'If you want fresh air, don't look for it in this town' - The Asphalt Jungle (1950)." In: Crime wave: the filmgoers' guide to the great crime movies / Howard Hughes. London ; New York : I.B. Tauris ; New York : Distributed by Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
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Telotte, J.P.
"Fatal Capers. Strategy and Enigma in Film Noir." Journal of Popular Film and Television, XXIII/4, Winter 96; p.163-170.
Studies classic and recent noir 'caper' films, gauging changes and persistence in the genre. Focuses on "Reservoir Dogs", "The Killers", "Criss Cross", "The Asphalt Jungle" and "The Killing".

Thomson, David.
"The 'Hood, the Bad and the Ugly." Sight and Sound, vol. 16, no. 11, pp. 8, November 2006
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Whitehall, Richard. "Some Thoughts on Fifties Gangster." Velvet Light Trap Winter74 Issue 11, p17-19

Battle of San Pietro

Bertelsen, Lance.
"San Pietro and the 'Art' of War." Southwest Review. 74 (2): 230-256. 1989 Spring
"Describes the December 1943 battle of San Pietro, fought by a Texas division during the Italian campaign of World War II, and examines two accounts of the dirty and horrible life of the infantry, Ernie Pyle's memorable newspaper dispatch "The Death of Captain Waskow" and John Huston's documentary film, San Pietro, as artistic renderings of unspeakable horror and as conforming to earlier literary and cinematic representations of combat." [America History and Life]

Edgerton, Gary.
"Revisiting the Recordings of Wars Past: Remembering the Documentary Trilogy of John Huston." Journal of Popular Film and Television. 15 (1): 27-41. 1987 Spring.

Garrett, Greg.
"John Huston's The Battle of San Pietro." War, Literature, and the Arts. 5 (1): 1-12. 1993 Spring-Summer.

Hammen, S.
"At war with the army." Film Comment Vol XVI nr 2 (Mar-Apr 1980); p 19-23
Discusses John Huston's World War II documentary war trilogy, 'Report from the Aleutians', 'Battle of San Pietro' and 'Let there be light' and censorship of the latter.

Haskew, Michael E. .
"San Pietro Capturing the Face of War." Military History Dec 2000 v17 i5 p50

Mackenzie, Midge .
"An antiwar message from the army's messenger; John Huston was asked to help inspire troops facing combat; instead, he made films showing its horrors." ('Battle of San Pietro') The New York Times April 16, 2000 pAR23(N) pAR23(L) col 1 (26 col in)

Murphy, William T.
"John Ford and the Wartime Documentary." Film & History Feb1976, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p1-8, 8p
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The Dead

Barolsky, Paul.
"Joyce's Distant Music." Virginia Quarterly Review: A National Journal of Literature and Discussion. 65 (1): 111-18. 1989

Barry, Kevin
The dead / Kevin Barry. Cork, Ireland : Cork University Press, 2001. Ireland into film.
Main Stack PN1997.D372.B37 2001

Brill, Lesley.
"Other Dubliners: John Huston's The Dead and Joyce's 'The Dead'." GRAAT: Publication des Groupes de Recherches Anglo-Americaines de l'Universite Francois Rabelais de Tours. 23: 25-32. 2001.

Brown, William Lansing; Mustaphalli, Selena.
"Anamnesis in 'The Dead' and Hiroshima Mon Amour: The Loss of First Loves." West Virginia University Philological Papers 2001; 47: 56-62.

Burkdall, Thomas L.
"Cinema Fakes: Film and Joycean Fantasy." In: Joyce in the Hibernian metropolis : essays / edited by Morris Beja and David Norris. pp: 260-69. Columbus, Ohio : Ohio State University Press, c1996.
Main Stack PR6019.O9.Z6343 1996

Canby, Vincent
"The dead." (movie reviews) The New York Times Dec 17, 1987 v137 p24(N) pC19(L) col 1 (25 col in)

Cardullo, Bert
"The Dead." (movie reviews) The Hudson Review Wntr (beginning of year) 1989 v41 n4 p710(4)

Carson, John F.
"John Huston's The Dead: An Irish Encomium." Proteus: A Journal of Ideas. 7 (2): 26-29. 1990 Fall
"was a tribute not only to Irish writer James Joyce, the author of the original story, but also to the west of Ireland, a place that provided Huston with many fond memories." [America: History and Life]

Frizler, Paul.
"John Huston's Film of James Joyce's 'The Dead'." Proteus: A Journal of Ideas. 7 (2): 22-25. 1990 Fall
"Reviews John Huston's last film, The Dead, based on the story by Irish writer James Joyce. This 1987 film was important to Huston for it was Joyce's works that inspired Huston to become a writer." [America: History and Life]

Gibbons, Luke.
"'The Cracked Looking Glass' of Cinema: James Joyce, John Huston, and the Memory of 'The Dead'." Yale Journal of Criticism: Interpretation in the Humanities. 15 (1): 127-48. 2002 Spring
" John Huston's 1987 adaptation of James Joyce's "The Dead" creates a visual world for the voice of Lily, the servant, to express the story's cultural underworld. Both works remind modern consciousness of how the remembered past has shaped moral history." [Expanded Academic Index]

Howes, Marjorie.
"Tradition, Gender, and Migration in 'The Dead,' or: How Many People Has Gretta Conroy Killed?." Yale Journal of Criticism: Interpretation in the Humanities. 15 (1): 149-71. 2002 Spring
" James Joyce's "The Dead" and John Huston's 1987 film adaptation of this story suggest that the female characters, while victims of male authority, are not completely subject to tradition and rise above exploited status. These characters can be seen as migratory, while the men are largely inarticulate failures." [Expanded Academic Index]

Hughes, Rebecca. O'Hara, Kieron.
"The Filmmaker as Critic: Huston's Under the Volcano and The Dead." In: Joyce/Lowry : critical perspectives / Patrick A. McCarthy and Paul Tiessen, editors. Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c1997.
Main Stack PR6019.O9.Z667 1997

Kakutani, Michiko

John Huston's legacy.." (final film based on James Joyce's 'The Dead') The New York Times Dec 13, 1987 v137 s2 pH1(N) pH1(L) col 2 (45 col in)

Kauffmann, Stanley
"The dead." (movie reviews) The New Republic Dec 21, 1987 v197 n25 p26(3) (1440 words)

Meljac, Eric Paul.
"Dead Silence: James Joyce's "The Dead" and John Huston's Adaptation as Aesthetic Rivals." Literature Film Quarterly, 2009, Vol. 37 Issue 4, p295-304, 10p
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Mills, Moylan C.
"Huston and Joyce : bringing "The Dead" to the screen." In: Contemporary Irish cinema : from The quiet man to Dancing at Lughnasa / edited by James MacKillop. 1st ed. Syracuse, N.Y. : Syracuse University Press, 1999. Irish studies (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Main Stack PN1993.5.I85.C66 1999

O'Shea, Michael J.
"'Raiders and Cinemen Too': Joyce on Video." James Joyce Literary Supplement. 4 (1): 21-23. 1990 Spring

Pederson, Ann.
"Uncovering The Dead: A Study of Adaptation."
UC users only Literature/Film Quarterly. 21 (1): 69-70. 1993

Pilipp, Frank.
"Narrative Devices and Aesthetic Perception in Joyce and Huston's 'The Dead'." Literature/Film Quarterly. 21 (1): 61-68. 1993
Two considerations of Huston's success in adapting Joyce's short story.

Rafferty, Terrence.
"James Joyce and John Huston's Joyous Gathering." (Arts and Leisure Desk) The New York Times Nov 2, 2003 p10 col 01 (7 col in)

Scheinfeld, M.
"The dead."Films in Review Vol XXXIX nr 1 (Jan 1988); p 43-44

Schulz-Keil, W.; Walker, Beverly
"Huston."Film Comment Vol XXIII nr 5 (Sept-Oct 1987); p 18-26
On "The dead", incl. a discussion of director John Huston's approach to filmmaking. Actress Anjelica Huston discusses her father and her own career.

Shout, John D.
"Joyce at Twenty-Five, Huston at Eighty-One: The Dead." Literature/Film Quarterly. 17 (2): 91-94. 1989
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Simon, John
"The dead." (movie reviews) National Review Jan 22, 1988 v40 n1 p64(2) (950 words)
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Tiessen, Paul.
"Literary Modernism and Cinema: Two Approaches." In: Joyce/Lowry : critical perspectives / Patrick A. McCarthy and Paul Tiessen, editors. pp: 159-76. Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c1997.
Main Stack PR6019.O9.Z667 1997

Walsh, Michael .
"John Huston raises The Dead; in California, the director puts Joyce's classic story on film." Time March 16, 1987 v129 p92(2) (1115 words)

Whelan, Kevin.
"The memories of "The Dead". The Yale Journal of Criticism Spring 2002 v15 i1 p59(39)


Huston, John
Juarez / edited with an introduction by Paul J. Vanderwood Madison, Wis. : Published for the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research by the University of Wisconsin Press, 1983 Wisconsin/Warner Bros. screenplay series.
Main Stack PN1997.J76.H8 1983

Key Largo

Auerbach, Jonathan
"Cuba, gangsters, vets, and other outcasts of the islands : The chase and Key Largo." In: Dark borders : film noir and American citizenship / Jonathan Auerbach. Durham [N.C.] : Duke University Press, 2011.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.F54 A947 2011

"Key Largo." (review) The Nation v. 167 (July 31 1948) p. 137

"Key Largo." (review) The New Republic v. 119 (August 2 1948) p. 30

"Key Largo." (review) The New Yorker v. 24 (July 24 1948) p. 38

"Key Largo." (review) Newsweek v. 32 (July 26 1948) p. 84-5

"Key Largo." (review) Time v. 52 (August 2 1948) p. 72+

Let There Be Light

Brill, Lesley.
"Let There Be Light." In: John Huston's filmmaking / Lesley Brill. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.H87 B76 1997

Garrett, Greg.
"Let There Be Light and Huston's film noir." Proteus: A Journal of Ideas. 7 (2): 30-33. 1990

Garrett, Greg.
"Let There Be Light and Huston's film noir." Proteus: A Journal of Ideas. 7 (2): 30-33. 1990

Garrett, Greg.
"Muffling the Bell of Liberty: Censorship and the World War IIDocumentary." JASAT (Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas) vol. 22. 1991 Oct. pp: 63-73.

Jones, Kent
"To Tell the Truth: Let There Be Light." Reverse Shot Online July/August 2003

Morgan, C. A. III
"From Let There Be Light to Shades of Grey: the construction of authoritative knowledge about combat fatigue (1945-48)." In: Signs of life : cinema and medicine / edited by Graeme Harper and Andrew Moor. London ; New York : Wallflower Press, 2005.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.P44 S54 2005

Redfern, Erin Elisabeth.
The neurosis of narrative: American literature and psychoanalytic psychiatry during World War II Northwestern University, 2003, 219 pages.
24 page preview.

Stastny, Peter
"From Exploitation to Self-Reflection: Representing Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities in Documentary Film." Literature and Medicine 17.1 (1998) 68-90
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Turnour, Quentin
"In the Waiting Room: John Huston's Let There Be Light." Senses of Cinema Issue 6, May 2000

The Maltese Falcon

Abramson, Leslie H.
"Two Birds of a Feather: Hammett's and Huston's The Maltese Falcon." Literature/ Film Quarterly, vol. 16 no. 2. 1988. pp: 112-118.
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Notes on John Huston's cinematic approach to his adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's 'The Maltese falcon'.

Bauer, Stephen F.
"The Detective Film as Myth: The Maltese Falcon and Sam Spade." American Imago: A Psychoanalytic Journal for Culture, Science, and the Arts, vol. 35. 1978. pp: 275-96.

Benaquist, L.
"Function and index in Huston's The Maltese falcon."Film Criticism Vol VI nr 2 (Winter 1982); p 45-50
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Applies principles of structural analysis to the study of "The Maltese falcon".

Bottiggi, William D.
"The Importance of 'C - ing' in Earnest: A Comparison of The Maltese Falcon and Chinatown." Armchair Detective: A Quarterly Journal Devoted to the Appreciation of Mystery, Detective, and Suspense Fiction, vol. 14 no. 1. Winter 1981. pp: 86-87.

Cooper, S.
"Sex/Knowledge/Power in the Detective Genre." Film Quarterly, XLII/3, Spring 89; p.23-31.
Four detective films - "The Maltese falcon", "The big heat", "Chinatown", "Angel heart" - used to discuss characteristics of male-female relationships within the genre, notably the woman's withholding of knowledge sought by the man.

Edelman, Lee.
"Plasticity, paternity, perversity: Freud's 'Falcon,' Huston's 'Freud.' (filmmaker John Huston's 'The Maltese Falcon')." American Imago 51.n1 (Spring 1994): 69(36).
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Gale, Steven H.
"'The Maltese Falcon': Melodrama or Film Noir?" Literature-Film Quarterly v24, n2 (April, 1996):145 (3 pages).
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"John Huston effectively establishes his film "The Maltese Falcon" as a film noir and not a melodrama in the opening shots of the statuette, San Francisco and the office of Spade and Archer. Film noir is distinguished by its interest in social context and its emphasis on the dark side of its characters. The opening shots present San Francisco as the context and present the names on the office door in reverse, suggesting all is not well. The final scenes of the film would be superfluous to a melodrama but were essential to the film noir because they resolved questions about Spade's character." [Expanded Academic Index]

Cooper, S.
"Sex/Knowledge/Power in the Detective Genre." Film Quarterly, XLII/3, Spring 89; p.23-31.
Four detective films - "The Maltese Falcon", "The Big Heat", "Chinatown", "Angel Heart" - used to discuss characteristics of male-female relationships within the genre, notably the woman's withholding of knowledge sought by the man.

Gates, Philippa.
"The Three Sam Spades: The Shifting Model of American Masculinity in the Three Films of The Maltese Falcon." Framework: The Journal of Cinema & Media, Spring2008, Vol. 49 Issue 1, p7-26, 20p,
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Gow, Gordon
"Pursuit of the falcon."Films & Filming Vol XX nr 6 (Mar 1974); p 56-58
A comparison of the three versions of the Hammett novel 'The Maltese falcon'.

Knight, Deborah
"On Reason and Passion in The Maltese Falcon." In: The philosophy of film noir Edited by Mark T. Conard ; foreword by Robert Porfirio. Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c2006.
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Main Stack PN1995.9.F54.P55 2006

The Maltese falcon: John Huston, director
William Luhr, editor. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, c1995. Rutgers films in print; v. 22
Main Stack PN1997.M256743.M36 1995

"Maltese falcon." Scribner's Commentator v. 11 (December 1941) p. 108

"Maltese falcon." Time v. 38 (October 20 1941) p. 100

"Maltese falcon." The New Republic v. 105 (October 20 1941) p. 508

"Maltese falcon." Commonweal v. 34 (October 17 1941) p. 614

"Maltese falcon." Newsweek v. 18 (October 13 1941) p. 66

Maxfield, James F.
"'La belle dame sans merci' and the neurotic knight: characterization in 'The Maltese Falcon.'" Literature-Film Quarterly v17, n4 (Oct, 1989):253 (8 pages).
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Draws parallels between the John Huston version of "The Maltese falcon" and the imagery in Keats' poem 'La belle dame sans merci'.

Mooney, William.
"Sex, Booze, and the Code: Four Versions of The Maltese Falcon." Journal of Film and Video, 62:3 (Fall 2010) Issue 1, p54-70, 17p
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Mooney, William. "Sex, Booze, and The Code: Four Versions of The Maltese Falcon." Literature Film Quarterly, 2011, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p54-70, 17p UC users only

Naremore, James
"John Huston and 'The Maltese falcon'." Literature/Film Quarterly Vol I nr 3 (Summer 1973); p 239-249
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Focuses on the film 'The Maltese Falcon,' directed by John Huston. View of Sarris on 'The Maltese Falcon'; Huston's films that have depended on simple visual symbolism and sharp contrasts of character; Reason L. B. Mayer believed that Huston was a realist.

Stern, Lesley.
""Paths that wind through the thicket of things".(things in the cinema)." Critical Inquiry 28.1 (Autumn 2001): 317(38).
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Tomasulo, Frank P.
"The Maltese Phallcon: The Oedipal Trajectory of Classical Hollywood Cinema." In: Authority and Transgression in Literature and Film. / edited by Bonnie Braendlin and Hans Braendlin. pp:78-88. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, c1996.
Main Stack PN56.A87.A87 1996

Turner, George
"The Maltese falcon: a tale thrice filmed." American Cinematographer v. 78 (Apr. 1997) p. 101-6
"The Maltese Falcon, a classic noir story written by Dashiell Hammett, was filmed three times between 1931 and 1941. The film rights of the story were purchased by the head of the Warner Bros.-Vitaphone story department in 1930. The first version of The Maltese Falcon, which appeared in 1931, was a fast-paced Warner Bros. crime drama. The second version, a near parody that borrowed from the plot of the novel but strayed afar elsewhere, reached theaters in August 1936 as Satan Met A Lady. The final version, The Maltese Falcon, which was directed by John Huston in 1941, is widely considered to be a masterpiece of adaptation, direction, performance, and photography. Each of the three versions is discussed." [Art Abstracts]

Wexman, Virginia Wright
"Kinesics and Film Acting: Humphrey Bogart in "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Big Sleep"."Journal of Popular Film and Television, VII/1, 78; p.42-55.
An analysis of H.B.'s acting style based on his use of 'body language or kinesics'.

The Misfits

Brill, Lesley.
"The Misfits and the Idea of John Huston's Films." Proteus: A Journal of Ideas. 7 (2): 9-17. 1990 Fall.,

Glotfelty, Cheryll.
"Old Folks in the New West: Surviving Change and Staying Fit in The Misfits." Western American Literature. 37 (1): 26-49. 2002 Spring

Kaplan, Louise J.
"Fits and Misfits: The Body of a Woman." American Imago: Studies in Psychoanalysis and Culture. 50 (4): 457-80. 1993 Winter.

McIntyre, A.T.
"Making The misfits [or, Waiting for Monroe]."Esquire v. 55 (March 1961) p. 74-81

Kouvaros, George.
"The Misfits: What Happened around the Camera." Film Quarterly. 55 (4): 28-33. 2002 Summer
Discusses how the essay by Serge Toubiana and the photographs in 'The Misfits: story of a shoot' provide an insight into the history of the film.

Moby Dick

Bryant, John
"Rewriting Moby-Dick: Politics, Textual Identity, and the Revision Narrative." PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, vol. 125, no. 4, pp. 1043-1060, 1148, 2010 Oct
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Metz, Walter C.
"The Cold War's "undigested apple-dumpling": Imaging Moby-Dick in 1956 and 2001." Literature/Film Quarterly. 2004. Vol. 32, Iss. 3; p. 222 (7 pages)
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Stone, Edward.
"Ahab Gets Girl, or Herman Melville Goes to the Movies." Literature Film Quarterly, Spring75, Vol. 3 Issue 2, p172, 10p
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Prizzi's Honor

Ansen, David
Prizzi's honor." (movie reviews) Newsweek , June 17, 1985 v105 p89(1)

Bauman, Rebecca
"The sexual politics of loyalty in John Huston's Prizzi's honor." In: Mafia movies : a reader / edited by Dana Renga. Toronto ; Buffalo [N.Y.] : University of Toronto Press, c2011.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.M23 M34 2011

Canby, Vincent
Prizzi's honor." (movie reviews) The New York Times , June 23, 1985 v134 s2 pH17(N) pH17(L) col 1 (27 col in)

Chanko, Kenneth M.
"Prizzi's honor."Films in Review Vol XXXVI nr 8-9 (Aug-Sept 1985); p 428-429

Engel, Leonard.
"Irony and Sentiment in Prizzi's Honor: Shades of Spade in the '80's." Proteus: A Journal of Ideas. 7 (2): 18-21. 1990 Fall.

Esposito, Dawn.
"Gloria, Maerose, Irene, and Me: Mafia Women and Abject Spectatorship." MELUS: The Journal of the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. 28 (3): 91-109. 2003 Fall.,

Ferraro, Thomas J.
"Blood in the Marketplace: The Business of Family in the Godfather Narratives." In: The Invention of ethnicity / edited by Werner Sollors. pp: 176-208 New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.
Main Stack PS153.M56.I58 1991
Moffitt PS153.M56.I58 1991

Kael, Pauline
"Ripeness." In: State of the art / Pauline Kael. 1st ed. p. 375-82 New York : Dutton, c1985.
Main Stack PN1995.K2527 1985
Moffitt PN1995.K2527 1985

Kauffmann, Stanley
Prizzi's honor." (movie reviews) The New Republic July 8, 1985 v193 p24(2) (1191 words)

Maslin, Janet
Prizzi's honor." (movie reviews) The New York Times , June 9, 1985 v134 s2 pH21(N) pH21(L) col 1 (35 col in)

McDowell, Edwin
"Hollywood and the novelist - it's a fickle romance, at best." The New York Times July 14, 1985 v134 s2 pH1(N) pH1(L) col 5 (86 col in)

Merkin, Daphne
Prizzi's honor." (movie reviews) The New Leader, July 1, 1985 v68 p20(3)

Rafferty, Terrence
"House odds." Sight & Sound Vol LIV nr 4 (Autumn 1985); p 255-257
A consideration of J.H.'s work, esp. his new film "Prizzi's honor".

Schickel, Richard
Prizzi's honor." (movie reviews) Time , June 10, 1985 v125 p83(1) (600 words)

Seitz, Michael H.
Prizzi's honor." (movie reviews) The Progressive August 1985 v49 p38(1)

Walsh, Michael
"Prizzi's opera." Film Comment Vol XXI nr 5 (Sept-Oct 1985); p 4,6
Points out the many (unacknowledged) references to opera in "Prizzi's honor"

Welsch, Tricia
"Yoked together by violence: Prizzi's honor as a generic hybrid." Film Criticism Vol XXII nr 1 (Fall 1997); p 62-73
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" John Huston's 'Prizzi's Honor' is a hybrid of gangster film, film noir, and screwball comedy that reflected anxiety about the power of women in the 1980s. Gangster films traditionally ignore the significance of marriage, film noir rejects it, and screwball comedy affirms marriage's regenerative possibilities. 'Prizzi's Honor' begins by following romantic comedy considerations and concludes with dominant gangster values that find the woman too threatening to absorb, forcing her husband to kill her." [Expanded Academic Index]

Welsch, Tricia
"Yoked together by violence: Prizzi's honor as a generic hybrid." In: The gangster film reader / edited by Alain Silver and James Ursini.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1995.9.G3 G36 2007
Pacific Film Archive PN1995.9.G3 G29 2007
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Zavarzadeh, Mas'ud.
"The New Woman as Mafia Hit Man: John Huston's Prizzi's Honor." North Dakota Quarterly. 56 (1): 154-164. 1988 Winter

The Red Badge of Courage

DeBona, Guerric.
"Masculinity on the Front: John Huston's The Red Badge of Courage (1951) Revisited."Cinema Journal. 42 (2): 57-80. 2003 Winter.,
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"John Huston's "Red badge of courage" (1951) is examined as an example of literary capital under the strain of Cold War politics, the changing face of MGM, and a maverick director. Archival material reproduced and explicated in this essay suggests what might have been." [FIAF]

Lothe, Jakob
""John Huston's The red badge of courage." In: Nineteenth-century American fiction on screen / edited by R. Barton Palmer. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Main Stack PN1997.85.N54 2007

Ross, L.
"Onward and upward with the arts [making of the movie, Red badge of courage]." The New Yorker v. 28 (May 24 1952) p. 32-6+

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Engell, John.
"The Treasure of the Sierra Madre: B. Traven, John Huston and Ideology in Film Adaptation." Literature/Film Quarterly. 17 (4): 245-252. 1989
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Ginna, Robert Emmett Jr.
"In search of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre." American Scholar Autumn 2002 v71 i4 p75(15) (7512 words)
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"Relates an investigation into the origins of the screenplay of director John Huston's The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1947) as adapted from the translated 1927 novel of the same title by B. Traven. Contrary to the author's assumption that the screenplay had been solely authored by Huston, it was discovered that many writers worked on it, including Robert Rossen. The article also discusses the identity of B. Traven." [America: History and Life]

Graebner, William .
"Fathers and Sons: An Exploration of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre." Literature/Film Quarterly. 2004. Vol. 32, Iss. 1; pg. 30, 9 pgs
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McKee, Patrick; McLerran, Jennifer.
"The old prospector; The Treasure of the Sierra Madre as exemplar of old age in popular film." International Journal of Aging & Human Development, 1995, Vol. 40 Issue 1, p1, 8p

Miller, Gabriel
"The treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948, John Huston)." In: Screening the novel : rediscovered American fiction in film / Gabriel Miller New York : F. Ungar Pub. Co., c1980
Main Stack PN1997.85.M5
Moffitt PN1997.85.M5

Valenti, Peter.
"The Treasure of the Sierra Madre: Spiritual Quest and Studio Patriarchy." In: Image & likeness : religious visions in American film classics / edited by John R. May. New York : Paulist Press, c1992. Isaac Hecker studies in religion and American culture.
Main Stack PN1995.5.I46 1992

Under the Volcano

Binns, Ronald
"Filming Under the Volcano." In: Malcolm Lowry eighty years on / edited by Sue Vice. London : Macmillan, 1989.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PR6023.O96 Z717 1989

Binns, Ronald; Hagen, W. M.; Steward, Richard; Neelley, Julius
"John Huston's Under the Volcano." The Malcolm Lowry Review, vol. 15, pp. 45-67, Fall 1984

Hughes, Rebecca; O'Hara, Kieron
"The Filmmaker as Critic: Huston's Under the Volcano and The Dead." In: Joyce/Lowry : critical perspectives / Patrick A. McCarthy and Paul Tiessen, editors. Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, c1997.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PR6019.O9 Z667 1997

Insdorf, Annette
"The Art of Adaptation: Guy Gallo Discusses Under the Volcano." Cineaste: America's Leading Magazine on the Art and Politics of the Cinema, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 10-11, 1984

Kauffmann, Stanley.
"Stanley Kauffmann on films: under the volcano." New Republic, Jul 18/25 1988, Vol. 199, p26-27, 2p

Konigsberg, Laura
"Orlac and the Bloody Handle of the Infernal Machine: The Aesthetics of Film and Fascism in Under the Volcano." Malcolm Lowry Review, vol. 45-46, pp. 154-67, 1999 Fall-2000 Spring

McCarthy, Todd
"Cracking the Volcano." In: John Huston : interviews / edited by Robert Emmet Long. Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2001.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1998.3.H87 A5 2001

Binns, Ronald
"Filming Under the Volcano." Vice, Sue (ed.). 1989. Malcolm Lowry Eighty Years On. (pp. 108-24). New York: St. Martin's, viii, 162 pp.

Williams, Joy
"A Brick: The Movie Version of Under the Volcano." Shenandoah: The Washington & Lee University Review, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 84-92, 1984

Wise Blood

Bernstein, Matthew
"John Huston's Wise Blood." In: Twentieth-century American fiction on screen / edited by R. Barton Palmer. Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Main (Gardner) Stacks PN1997.85 .T547 2007

Canby, Vincent
"Wise blood." (movie reviews) The New York Times March 2, 1980 v129 s2 pD19 col 1 (28 col in)

Edelman, Rob
"Wise blood." Films in Review Vol XXXI nr 2 (Feb 1980); p 115-116

Klein, Michael.
"Visualization and Signification in John Huston's Wise Blood: The Redemption of Reality."
UC users only Literature/Film Quarterly. 12 (4): 230-236. 1984

McEntee, Jason T.
"The Novel-to-Film Translatability of Satire in the The Day of the Locust and Wise Blood." Quarterly Review of Film and Video. 17 (3): 229-43. 2000 Oct
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Menides, L.J.
"John Huston's Wise Blood and the Myth of the Sacred Quest." Literature/Film Quarterly IX/4, 81; p.207-212.
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Explores the film's parallels to elements in "The Grapes of Wrath" and their common theme of the hero's mythic journey.

Pulleine, Tim
"Wise blood." Sight & Sound Vol XLIX nr 1 (Winter 1979-80); p 56-57

Tarantino, Michael
"Wise blood."Film Quarterly Vol XXXIII nr 4 (Summer 1980); p 15-17

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