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Robert Mulligan


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Lasse Hallström
George Roy Hill
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Delbert Mann
David Miller
Mike Newell
Richard Quine
Herbert Ross
Peter Weir
Fred Zinnemann
Director / Producer
1925 - 2008
Born August 23, The Bronx, New York, New York, USA
Key Genres: Drama, Comedy, Horror  TSPDT Rating: 6
Key Collaborators: Alan J. Pakula (Producer), Robert Surtees (Cinematographer), Aaron Stell (Editor), Natalie Wood (Leading Player), Folmar Blangsted (Editor), Elmer Bernstein (Composer), Albert Brenner (Production Designer), Henry Bumstead (Production Designer), Lou Frizzell (Character Player)
Recommended: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Worth a Look: Love with the Proper Stranger (1963), The Other (1972)
Links: [ IMDB ] [ All-Movie Guide ] [ Film Reference ] [ Film Journal Feature: Introduction / American Directors: Robert Mulligan / Consciousness and Racial Conscience in the Work of Robert Mulligan ]
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1,000 Greatest Films: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Ain't Nobody's Blues But My Own: Summer of '42 (1971)
  "Unfortunately, despite the high quality of Robert Mulligan's films, there has been not even a minor re-evaluation of the director as a significant artist who has a consistency of themes (such as his association of puberty and violence) - this neglect despite the fact that To Kill a Mockingbird remains one of the most well-respected and emotionally engaging films in the American cinema...Ultimately, Mulligan's taste may be too fine and his feelings too sentimental to attract contemporary regard in a culture which thrives on the sexy, profane conflicts of a Pulp Fiction. " - Charles Derry (The St. James Film Directors Encyclopedia, 1998)  
  "There is something wrong with a thirty-five-year career of twenty movies that is still indistinct and tentative...Just as he lacks artistic character, so his films do not live in the memory. Professional compromise seems always to round off initial promise. Although attempting to deal with anguish and loneliness, the films are irresolute, neat, and appealing - unwilling to probe their audience sufficiently." - David Thomson (The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, 2002)  
  "Mulligan has never quite become the major American director that once seemed probable, and has been outstripped in reputation by his one-time producer/partner, Alan J. Pakula...Many of his most promising projects, despite good casts and obviously thorough spadework by the director, have been less than successful: total conviction has evaded him since his early years in the cinema." - David Quinlan (Quinlan's Film Directors, 1999)  


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