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Arthur PennAmerican Director$
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Nat Segaloff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813129761

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813129761.001.0001

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Arthur Penn
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Nat Segaloff

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813129761.003.0025

At a symposium at Dartmouth College, Arthur Penn articulated that while the artist is often perceived to be the one who is least able to judge his own work, this defies the nature of the creative process since an artist has to deconstruct first before he constructs. This final chapter looks into the speech delivered by Arthur Penn at the symposium on May 20, 1968. It examines how this speech contained valuable insights that are both perceptive and reflective. This speech reveals how Arthur Penn did not initially envision himself to be inclined towards the film “industry” since technical norms had already been established. It also reveals more about the experience of Hollywood films as European films were entering the scene, and how the American filmmaker had to face a wide variety of different conflicts and dilemmas.

Keywords:   Dartmouth College, creative process, film industry, technical norms, Hollywood films, American filmmaker

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