Charlton Heston's Hollywood: 50 Years of American Filmmakingby Charlton Heston, Jean-Pierre Isbouts
Presenting a rare look at American moviemaking through the eyes of one the living legends of the screen, "Charlton Heston's Hollywood" surveys postwar Hollywood--the actors and directors who have shaped the industry, the major historical events, and the ever-changing tastes of the movie-going public. 150 photos. 150 sketches by Heston.
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A very entertaining book about Charlton Heston's film career, his life, and the history of Hollywood and the film industry. I found the book a very easy read, lavishly illustrated with photos and sketches from movie sets, off camera, stage plays, and Heston's family life. I particularly enjoyed reading the inside accounts of such key movie events as the making of The Ten Commandments, and the trials, tribulations and excitement of filming the chariot race in Ben Hur, which the book agrees with me is perhaps the greatest scene in movie history. The commentary on all of the many actors Heston worked with in his long career is also wonderful to read for any movie fan. Particularly moving were the comments about Edward G. Robinson's final scene (both in shooting the movie and of his career) in the movie Soylent Green where his character dies. It is a very moving scene, and Heston provides additional information about the scene and Robinson that brought tears of joy and sadness when I read it. The book also answers my questions about why Heston never entered the political arena, which I have always been confused about, since I always thought a Senatorial seat from California was his for the asking. In his explanation, he makes his love of acting abundantly clear. One fault with the book in my opinion is that it is just too short, and this causes some disappointment about information that is obviously missing. For instance, the fact that Heston worked with Yul Brynner on The Ten Commandments and The Buccaneer is mentioned, but no further comments about Brynner as a friend, actor or person follows, someone I was looking forward to reading about. The book also omits any comment at all about the 1980 movie The Awakening, which Heston starred in, except in the listing of his film credits in the back of the book. I thought The Awakening was one of Heston's better movies, and it is one of my favorites. On second thought, maybe he over acted a bit in that movie and wanted us all to forget about it. Overall, though, this is a wonderful book. Highly recommendeed to any fans of Hollywood history, or of Charlton Heston and his many, many movies.