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“A balanced portrait of a man and a panorama of his times, told with exceptional grace.”— Kirkus Reviews

In the first full-length biography of Murphy, Susan Delson gives full rein to an American original whose life was as audacious as his films. As expertly chronicled here, Murphy caromed between film and
the other arts, between Hollywood and other culture capitals—Greenwich Village, Harlem, London, and Paris—hobnobbing with some of the era's leading lights, including Ezra Pound, Man Ray, Duke Ellington, and Charlie Chaplin, while leaving many a scrape and scandal in his wake. Delson pays close attention to Murphy's cinematic style, which favored visual play over narrative and character, and she offers provocative new insights into his two most important works, Ballet mécanique and The Emperor Jones. A lively portrait, Dudley Murphy, Hollywood Wild Card provides a fascinating perspective on the evolution of the classic Hollywood aesthetic, the development of the film industry, and the century's broader cultural currents.

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Dudley Murphy, Hollywood Wild Card is also available at these and other independent bookstores:

  • NEW YORK: Museum of Modern Art mezzanine bookstore
  • BOSTON: Museum of Fine Arts bookstore
  • WASHINGTON, DC: National Gallery of Art bookstore
  • LOS ANGELES: Diesel Books, Malibu