Films of George Roy Hill

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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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Film and History
the book is clear, unpretentious and affectionate. Horton knew his subject well, and he has written a fine tribute to a versatile craftsman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786419319
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/9/2004
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Horton is the Jeanne H Smith Professor of Film and Video Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Also an award winning screenwriter and author of numerous books on film, screenwriting and culture, he lives in Norman, Oklahoma.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the original edition 1
1 "Creating an environment" : a thematic overview 7
2 Growing up amused : early life, television, and theater 23
3 A period of adjustment : Period of adjustment and Toys in the attic 33
4 New directions : The world of Henry Orient 43
5 Who's in control? Hawaii and Thoroughly modern Millie 55
6 "Just so we come out ahead" : Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 67
7 Unstuck in time : Slaughterhouse five 83
8 The big con : The sting 99
9 The corruption of sport : The great Waldo Pepper and Slap shot 113
10 Innocence revisited : A little romance 135
11 A womb-to-tomb personal epic : The world according to Garp 147
12 "I am a map of the Middle East" : The little drummer girl 165
13 "One of those small miracles" : Funny farm 175
14 Conclusions and remembrances 183
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