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A Splurch in the Kisser: The Movies of Blake Edwards (Wesleyan Film) Hardcover – October 1, 2009
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“Sam Wasson has undertaken nothing less than the critical resurrection of Blake Edwards, whose 40-film career, by turns good, great, bad, but never indifferent, has been ridiculously underrated by the critical establishment. Wasson very readably displays the scholarly background, writing skills, historical sophistication and balanced judgment to succeed in his objective. One hopes this impressive work will inspire a splurge of revivals and retrospectives of this more than intermittently hilarious filmmaker.” (Andrew Sarris, film critic, The New York Observer)
“Reading Wasson’s book is like having a couple of beers with your friend, the Blake freak. I was continually amazed at the exacting nature of the descriptions of shots and sequences and the intelligence of the analysis that grows out of them.” (Ed Sikov, author of Mr. Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers)
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talent and influences that shaped Blake Edwards film scripts and directing/camera style. I learned a lot and have
a deeper appreciation of Blake Edwards films. Read this book and then re-watch Blake Edwards movies you will
see things that you didn't see before.
Wasson's emphasis is at times more analytical than I would have liked (his descriptions of shots and scenes can go on a little too long), but his prose is never dull, nor is it impersonal or jargony - sometimes it's even funny, which is rare for a book of this kind.
Overall this is a smart, surprisingly fun look at an astoundingly long and dynamic Hollywood career. Splurch is as charming as it is insightful.