Gun Crazy Context: Joseph H. Lewis DIRECTOR

15|02|2017
Week 3

So I wanted to look a little into the work of our movie’s director to expand our views on Gun Crazy and comparing it to its own time. Our movie’s director was Brooklyn born and son to Russian-Jewish immigrants. Originally in the hope of becoming an actor, Lewis moved to Hollywood in 1927 with this brother where he could only get work as a camera assistant, a touch of fate really, as he stuck with this and got to work releasing low-budget B-Westerns. He moved through a few genres during his career, including Horror, Western and Film Noir.His Western work included both film and television.

US Film Noir was massive in its time, so it’s odd how difficult it is to find theory reflections on the genre that aren’t in comparison to the modern world and without paying money for a whole book.

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