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Todd HaynesTodd Haynes:  Contemporary Film Directors
by Rob White
Univ. of Illinois Press. 176 pages, $22.



THIS SERIES, “Contemporary Film Directors,” has proven a brilliant way for different writers to assess, analyze, and illuminate the work of a single filmmaker. Highlights of the series include James Morrison’s book on Roman Polanski, Sean O’Sullivan’s take on Mike Leigh, and Emma Wilson’s on Atom Egoyan. These are now joined by Rob White’s in-depth examination of one of the most vital filmmakers identified as part of the New Queer Cinema movement, Todd Haynes, whose best-known movies include such transgressive entries as Poison (1991), Safe (1995), and Far From Heaven (2002).

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