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  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: BFI Publishing (19 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851709664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851709666
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.7 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 565,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robin Wood is the author of many pioneering books on the cinema, among them Howard Hawks (1968/81) Hitchcock's Films Revisited (1969/2002) and Sexual Politics and Narrative Film: Hollywood and Beyond (1998).

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. W. Shipley on 15 Oct 2003
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I recently bought the BFI Rio Bravo book by Robin Wood, whose work I have always respected. Having studied film at Uni, I've seen many of Hawks' films and read many of Robin Wood's books and this one does not disappoint.
Rio Bravo is one of my favourite films but I must confess that I was first drawn to it because the cast included one of my favourite entertainers, Dean Martin. However, the whole cast of this film is brilliant and Robin Wood's in-depth exploration of Howard Hawks' work is also an entertainment in itself. Not everyone can be a film critic, unfortunately - I only wish I could be but for me, Robin's book was un-put-downable.
I urge all film buffs to buy it!! I have several of these BFI film companions and find them invaluable. I don't always agree with their content but on this occasion, I do. Well done, Robin!
10/10.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Fenwick on 19 Oct 2005
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You might not always agree with the author's assessments and comments, but there is a lovely warmth which flows through this book, that allows you to question the author's appraisal whilst reassessing your own. This is no academically rigid 'this is the way it is', style of criticism... but something more akin to a quiet discussion of a much-loved, mutually-appreciated classic film, whilst sitting around the friendly glow of a campfire. I liked it. Very much.
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Almost Gets the Job Done 14 May 2004
By Michael Samerdyke - Published on Amazon.com
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This was, apart from a few flaws, a very enjoyable book about one of the most enjoyable movies of all time. Wood's pleasure in "Rio Bravo" is apparent on every page. He points out the similarities between "Rio Bravo" and "Only Angels Have Wings" and "To Have and Have Not." He brilliantly demolishes the "High Noon" left wing- "Rio Bravo" right wing dichotomy that so many repeat without thinking. His analysis of key scenes is right on the money.
Yet there are flaws. There is a passage that compares Howard Hawks to Jean Paul Sartre that just didn't work for me. Likewise, Wood's discovery of a gay context between Dude and Colorado failed to convince. However, my biggest gripe is that Wood goes on and on about how Feathers is the most vulnerable and touching of Hawks' heroines, and he never mentions the fact that "Rio Bravo" was co-written by Leigh Brackett, who was a woman! Indeed, Wood seems supremely uninterested in the circumstances of how the film was made, which bothered me. It was as if everything just sprang from Hawks' forehead.
However, this didn't take away from the fun of the book, which reflects the fun of the movie.
Rio Bravo (BFI Film Classics) Review 10 Sep 2013
By Entharsis - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very deep and informative book by Robin Hood that is a must see for all fans of Howard Hawks' masterpiece.
A favorite western. 6 Jun 2013
By Michael Chicvara - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie is one of my favorite westerns. The Duke and Dean Martin, what can be better? This book is a must for a fan of the movie.
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