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Hollywood, Rock Hudson, and the Idea of the Hero

Hollywood, Rock Hudson, and the Idea of the Hero

Chapter:
(p.143) Chapter Seven Hollywood, Rock Hudson, and the Idea of the Hero
Source:
The Films of Douglas Sirk
Author(s):
Tom Ryan
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496817983.003.0010

Like his better-known work, these adventure films point to Sirk’s love affair with American populist art, which he took very seriously. All are genre films about men who find themselves in positions of leadership in times of turmoil, characters whom one might conventionally regard as heroes. And they’re all played by Rock Hudson who brings to them a distinct and very human vulnerability.

Keywords:   The Western, Indigenous Americans, Revolution, the hero, Costume and character

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