At least three of director Jacques Tourneurs films--Cat People, I
Walked with a Zombie and The Leopard Man--are recognized as horror
classics. Yet his contributions to these films are often minimized
by scholars, with most of the credit going to the films producer,
Val Lewton. A detailed examination of the directors full body of
work reveals that those elements most evident in the
Tourneur-Lewton collaborations--the lack of monsters and the
stylized use of suggested violence--are equally apparent in
Tourneurs films before and after his work with Lewton. Mystery and
sensuality were hallmarks of his style, and he possessed a highly
artistic visual and aural style. This insightful critical study
examines each of Tourneurs films, as well as his extensive work on
MGM shorts (1936-1942) and in television. What emerges is evidence
of a highly coherent directorial style that runs throughout
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