Films of George Roy Hill

Films of George Roy Hill

by Andrew Horton
     
 

As late as 1976, George Roy Hill was the first and only director to have two films on the all-time top ten box office hits: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting (both starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman). A filmmaker with a diverse background in music, drama and television, Hill proved to be a popular storyteller in a variety of genres. His

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As late as 1976, George Roy Hill was the first and only director to have two films on the all-time top ten box office hits: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting (both starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman). A filmmaker with a diverse background in music, drama and television, Hill proved to be a popular storyteller in a variety of genres. His films are tied to important American themes and reflect an ironic, bittersweet vision of life.

The book begins with a discussion of the way Hill's films often make their most important statements on the subtextual level. The stories entertain, but the subtext is often disturbing, contradictory, unresolved. Hill felt that all of his major characters "create an environment, a fantasy, an illusion, and then go on to make it happen." It continues by tracing the thematic characteristics that are consistent with Hill's depiction of protagonists who create their own environments and then attempt to inhabit them. Then, individual chapters study in detail the art, craft and style of each of his films, including Thoroughly Modern Millie, Slaughterhouse Five, A Little Romance, The World According to Garp, Little Drummer Girl and Hill's last film Funny Farm.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786419319
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
11/09/2004
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the original edition1
1"Creating an environment" : a thematic overview7
2Growing up amused : early life, television, and theater23
3A period of adjustment : Period of adjustment and Toys in the attic33
4New directions : The world of Henry Orient43
5Who's in control? Hawaii and Thoroughly modern Millie55
6"Just so we come out ahead" : Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid67
7Unstuck in time : Slaughterhouse five83
8The big con : The sting99
9The corruption of sport : The great Waldo Pepper and Slap shot113
10Innocence revisited : A little romance135
11A womb-to-tomb personal epic : The world according to Garp147
12"I am a map of the Middle East" : The little drummer girl165
13"One of those small miracles" : Funny farm175
14Conclusions and remembrances183

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