Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel

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University Press of Kentucky, 17 квіт. 2009 р. - 440 стор.
Hal Ashby (1929Ð1988) was always an outsider, and as a director he brought an outsiderÕs perspective to Hollywood cinema. After moving to California from a Mormon household in Utah, he created eccentric films that reflected the uncertain social climate of the 1970s. Whether it is his enduring cult classic Harold and Maude (1971) or the iconic Being There (1979), AshbyÕs artistry is unmistakable. His skill for blending intense drama with off-kilter comedy attracted A-list actors and elicited powerful performances from Jack Nicholson in The Last Detail (1973), Warren Beatty and Julie Christie in Shampoo (1975), and Jon Voight and Jane Fonda in Coming Home (1979). Yet the man behind these films is still something of a mystery. In Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel, author Nick Dawson for the first time tells the story of a man whose thoughtful and challenging body of work continues to influence modern filmmakers and whose life was as dramatic and unconventional as his films. Ashby began his career as an editor, and it did not take long for his talents to be recognized. He won an Academy Award in 1967 for editing In the Heat of the Night and leveraged his success as an editor to pursue his true passion: directing. Crafting seminal films that steered clear of mainstream conventions yet attracted both popular and critical praise, Ashby became one of the quintessential directors of the 1970s New Hollywood movement. No matter how much success Ashby achieved, he was never able to escape the ghosts of his troubled childhood. The divorce of his parents, his fatherÕs suicide, and his own marriage and divorceÑall before the age of nineteenÑled to a lifelong struggle with drugs for which he became infamous in Hollywood. And yet, contrary to mythology, it was not AshbyÕs drug abuse that destroyed his career but a fundamental mismatch between the director and the stifling climate of 1980s studio filmmaking. Although his name may not be recognized by many of todayÕs filmgoers, Hal Ashby is certainly familiar to filmmakers. Despite his untimely death in 1988, his legacy of innovation and individuality continues to influence a generation of independent directors, including Wes Anderson, Sean Penn, and the Coen brothers, who place substance and style above the pursuit of box-office success. In this groundbreaking and exhaustively researched biography, Nick Dawson draws on firsthand interviews and personal papers from AshbyÕs estate to offer an intimate look at the tumultuous life of an artist unwilling to conform or compromise.
 

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The story of how a troubled boy from Utah who rarely watched films became the director of Being There and Harold and Maude, challenging Hollywood with his progressive attitude.FilmInFocus editor ... Читати огляд повністю

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Prologue
1
1 Enter Hal
2
2 The Artist as a Young Man
15
3 Los Angeles
26
4 Doors Open
42
5 The Family Man
60
6 Norman
68
7 Motion Picture Pioneers of America
74
17 Double Feature
200
18 Being There
216
19 Lookin to Get Out
227
20 Like a Rolling Stone
244
21 Getting Out
257
22 Old Man
268
23 The Sluggers Wife
276
24 8 Million Ways to Die
293

8 1968
85
9 Where Its At
98
10 The Director
106
11 Harold and Maude
120
12 Nicholson
133
13 The Last Detail
140
14 Shampoo
152
15 Glory Bound
165
16 Coming Home
182
25 The Last Movie
311
26 Starting Over
319
27 Do Not Go Gentle
333
Filmography
343
Notes
355
Index
385
Photo section
405
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Nick Dawson is editor at FilmInFocus.com and writes a weekly interview column, The Director Interviews, for Filmmaker magazine. Originally from the UK, he has written on film for Empire, Uncut, the London Times, and the Scotsman.

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