Published to coincide with the centenary of his birth, this is an examination of the personal concerns which Howard Hawks brought to his films, and which enabled him to stamp his distinctive signature on what once appeared to be a random assortment of genre pieces. Hawks's discussion of his working methods in this frequently irreverent book ...Read MorePublished to coincide with the centenary of his birth, this is an examination of the personal concerns which Howard Hawks brought to his films, and which enabled him to stamp his distinctive signature on what once appeared to be a random assortment of genre pieces. Hawks's discussion of his working methods in this frequently irreverent book represents a master class in the practical art of film direction.Read Less
Very Good+ in Near Fine DJ: Book shows indications of careful use: slight spine lean; minimal wear; a bit of toning at the front and rear endpapers; binding secure; text clean. DJ shows only the mildest rubbing; a short crease at the inside front flap; price intact; mylar-protected. Overall, remains clean, sturdy, and quite presentable. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. Slightly oblong 12mo. 189pp. First Ed; Second Printing. Hardback with DJ. Howard Winchester Hawks (1896-1977) was an American film director, producer and screenwriter of the classic Hollywood era. He is popular for his films from a wide range of genres such as Scarface (1932), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), Sergeant York (1941), To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), Red River (1948), The Thing from Another World (1951), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), and Rio Bravo (1959). In 1975, Hawks was awarded an Honorary Academy Award as "a master American filmmaker whose creative efforts hold a distinguished place in world cinema" and, in 1942, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for Sergeant York. Only upon the ascension of the critics in the French New Wave movement and the American "auteur" directors of the 1970s would Hawks be examined and revered to as a master filmmaker. One of those future advocates would be director Peter Bogdanovich, who as a child was completely enthralled by Hawks' classic Western drama "Red River" (1948), a film that marked Hawks' first collaboration with John Wayne and the first work in a motion picture by Montgomery Clift. The tale of an aging and intractable rancher (Wayne) and his falling out with his adopted son (Clift) during an arduous cattle drive, the film garnered Wayne newfound respect in Hollywood and helped launch Clift to major stardom. Addressing his job as a filmmaker, Hawks famously quipped that a good director was "someone who doesn't annoy you, " and that a good film basically consisted of "three good scenes, and no bad ones." All of this was his intentionally folksy way of saying that a good director lets the material and the actors tell the story without drawing attention to the man behind the camera. Thus, it came as no surprise that for decades he was viewed as a more workmanlike director when compared to his flashier contemporaries, John Ford and Alfred Hitchcock. "I read Hawks on Hawks" with passion. I am very happy that this book exists." François Truffaut.
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Near Fine. 0520043448. Near fine in green cloth in a close to Nf. dj. (Top edge lightly foxed. 1"-inch tear at upper edge of rear panel of dj. at flap fold with light attendant creasing. A few tiny edge nicks in dj. ) (G)
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