"Basinger's study of Mann was a major force in bringing serious critical attention to his films, and it is a pleasure to welcome its return. Her close readings, together with her intelligent and often witty comments, represent (as all her work does) film scholarship at its very rare best - clear thinking, clean writing, canny observation." - Richard Schickel, author and film critic, Time"
“Thank the film gods that the only serious book in English about Mann is a brilliant one. I am grateful to Basinger’s clear-eyed analysis for helping me go ever deeper into the work of one of my absolute favorite directors.” (Alexander Payne, co-writer/director, Sideways)