Gene D. Phillips
|Gene D. Phillips
|Occupation||priest, professor, and author|
|Organization||Society of Jesus|
|Known for||books on filmmakers, literature and film|
Gene D. Phillips, S.J. (born 1935) is an American author, educator, and Catholic priest. Phillips has been a prolific author of biographical books on filmmakers, and has published extended interviews with many filmmakers including Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Fritz Lang, and Joseph Losey.
Phillips was raised near Springfield, Ohio. He received his A.B. and M.A. (1957) degrees from Loyola University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Fordham University in 1970. Phillips is a member of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), and was ordained a priest in 1965. His decision to become a Jesuit at age 17 was strongly affected by his viewing of the film The Keys of the Kingdom (1944) as a boy. Since 1970 Phillips has taught at Loyola University of Chicago. He has written or edited more than 20 books on filmmakers and film (see bibliography); several of these have been reviewed by major newspapers.
Phillips has served on juries at the Cannes, Berlin, and Chicago International Film Festivals. He has been a member of the editorial board for the journal Literature/Film Quarterly since its founding in 1973; this journal claims to be "the longest standing international journal devoted to the study of adaptation" (i.e. the adaptation of literature to film).
- The Movie Makers: Artists in an Industry. Burnham Inc Pub. 1973. ISBN 978-0-911012-43-9.
- Graham Greene: Films of His Fiction. Teachers' College Press. 1974. ISBN 978-0-8077-2376-0.
- Stanley Kubrick: A Film Odyssey. Popular Library. 1977. ISBN 978-0-445-04101-1.
- Evelyn Waugh's Officers, Gentlemen, and Rogues: The Fact Behind His Fiction. Nelson-Hall Publishers. 1977. ISBN 978-0-88229-495-7. Reviewed by James F. Carens.
- Ken Russell. Twayne. 1979. ISBN 978-0-8057-9266-9.
- The Films of Tennessee Williams. Art Alliance Pr. 1980. ISBN 978-0-87982-025-1.
- Hemingway and Film. Ungar Publishing Co. 1980. ISBN 978-0-8044-6644-8.
- John Schlesinger. Twayne Publishers. 1981. ISBN 978-0-8057-9280-5.
- George Cukor. Twayne. 1982. ISBN 978-0-8057-9286-7.
- Alfred Hitchcock. Twayne. 1984. ISBN 978-0-8057-9301-7. Reviewed by Karen Jaehne. Subscription required.
- Fiction, Film and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Loyola University Press. 1986. ISBN 978-0-8294-0500-2.
- Conrad and Cinema: The Art of Adaptation. Peter Lang. 1997. ISBN 978-0-8204-3915-0.
- Exiles in Hollywood: Major European Film Directors in America. Lehigh University Press. 1998. ISBN 978-0-934223-49-2.
- Major Film Directors of the American and British Cinema. Lehigh University Press. 1999. ISBN 978-0-934223-59-1.
- Creatures of Darkness: Raymond Chandler, Detective Fiction, and Film Noir. University Press of Kentucky. 2000. ISBN 978-0-8131-9042-6. Reviewed by A. Mary Murphy.
- Fiction, Film, and Faulkner: The Art of Adaptation. Univ. of Tennessee Press. 2001. ISBN 978-1-57233-166-2.
- (editor) Stanley Kubrick: Interviews. University Press of Mississippi. 2001. ISBN 978-1-57806-297-3.
- (edited with Rodney Hill) The Encyclopedia of Stanley Kubrick. Checkmark Books. 2002. ISBN 978-0-8160-4389-7. Reviewed by Richard Schickel.
- Godfather: The Intimate Francis Ford Coppola. University Press of Kentucky. 2004. ISBN 978-0-8131-2304-2. Reviewed by Richard Simon Chang.
- (edited with Rodney Hill) Francis Ford Coppola: Interviews. University Press of Mississippi. 2004. ISBN 978-1-57806-666-7.
- Beyond the Epic: The Life and Films of David Lean. University Press of Kentucky. 2006. ISBN 978-0-8131-2415-5. Reviewed by Gregory McNamee.
- Some Like It Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder. University Press of Kentucky. 2009. ISBN 978-0-8131-2570-1. Reviewed by Laurence Raw.
- Boudreau, Abbie (2001). "Vocation stories: Rev. Gene D. Phillips, S.J.". Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus. Archived from the original on 2006-03-05.
- Kearney, George (Summer 2004). "Nothing Succeeds Like Excess: Fr. Gene D. Phillips, SJ, Reacts to Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ" (PDF). Partners Magazine (Chicago and Detroit Provinces of the Society of Jesus): 13–15.
- Phillips, Gene D. (2000). "Interview: Fritz Lang Remembers". In Haller, Robert A. Fritz Lang 2000. Anthology Film Archives.
- "Gene D. Phillips, S.J.". Loyola University of Chicago. Retrieved 2011-06-12.
- Chang, Richard Simon (August 15, 2004). "Books in Brief: Nonfiction". The New York Times.
The book is more of a fan companion than a true cinematic study.Review of Godfather: The Intimate Francis Ford Coppola.
- Schickel, Richard (December 18, 2005). "Kubrick, in Action". The Los Angeles Times.
The same volume contains an invaluable collection of production photos as well as every significant interview Kubrick granted (more of these, and more intriguing, than you might imagine), although it is burdened by largely plodding essays on each film, many of them by Gene D. Phillips, a fan masquerading as a critic.Brief review of The Encyclopedia of Stanley Kubrick.
- McNamee, Gregory (December 6, 2006). "Beyond the Epic.(Book review)". The Hollywood Reporter.
The great crafter of epic films comes in for respectable--and admirably thorough--treatment in this overdue biography.Review of Beyond the Epic: The Life and Films of David Lean.
- "Literature/Film Quarterly - about us". Salisbury University. Retrieved 2011-06-20.
- Carens, James F. (Spring 1976). "Gene D. Phillips, S. J.". Evelyn Waugh Newsletter X (1).
Gene D. Phillips, S. J., gives us a sympathetic account of Waugh's career and a careful exposition of the novels, as he sees them, in terms of Roman Catholic morality and theology.
- Jaehne, Karen (Autumn 1985). "Seven Director Studies". Film Quarterly 39 (1): 49–52. doi:10.1525/fq.1985.39.1.04a00160. JSTOR 1212288.
Gene D. Phillips, a.k.a. Father Phillips of Loyola University, brings a fascinating Jesuit perspective to Hitchcock who claimed that three years of studying with the Jesuits terrified him to death so that his subsequent life's work was to terrify others. ... Phillips's attention to "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" provides a very good guide through the television years, leaving one wishing he had focused the entire book on the subject and used the films only in reference to the TV refinements.
- Murphy, A. Mary (Spring 2001). "Gene D. Phillips. Creatures of Darkness: Raymond Chandler, Detective Fiction, and Film Noir". Rocky Mountain Review.
Phillips provides a solid starting place for those who wish to become conversant with detective fiction. His stated purpose is "to examine the relationship of film and fiction as reflected in the screen versions of the work of one novelist" (xxiii), but he very shortly finds himself unable to remain within those self-described parameters -- and, for the most part, thankfully so.
- Raw, Laurence (December 2010). "Some Like It Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder by Gene D. Phillips". The Journal of American Culture 33 (4): 352–353. doi:10.1111/j.1542-734X.2010.00756_18.x.
Nonetheless, the book makes a convincing case for identifying Wilder as one of the most penetrating, if somewhat cynical, commentators on American culture in the mid-twentieth century, focusing in particular on issues such as the relationship between the media and society (Ace in the Hole, The Front Page), the obsession with getting ahead (The Apartment), and the nature of stardom (Sunset Boulevard, Kiss Me, Stupid).Subscription required.