Hal Ashby: Interviews

Overview

Hal Ashby (1929-1988) is considered to be the lost genius of the New Hollywood generation. While his name does not bear the familiarity of, say, Robert Altman or Martin Scorsese, his diverse films are among the best known and most beloved of the era. From the cult classic Harold and Maude (1971) to the iconic political satire Being There (1979), from the subversive sex comedy Shampoo (1975) to the anti-Vietnam War romance Coming Home (1979), Ashby rejected mainstream conventions...

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Overview

Hal Ashby (1929-1988) is considered to be the lost genius of the New Hollywood generation. While his name does not bear the familiarity of, say, Robert Altman or Martin Scorsese, his diverse films are among the best known and most beloved of the era. From the cult classic Harold and Maude (1971) to the iconic political satire Being There (1979), from the subversive sex comedy Shampoo (1975) to the anti-Vietnam War romance Coming Home (1979), Ashby rejected mainstream conventions while his films attracted both popular and critical praise.

A true actors' director, Ashby drew A-list stars and elicited powerful performances from Jack Nicholson in The Last Detail (1973), Warren Beatty and Julie Christie in Shampoo, Jon Voight and Jane Fonda in Coming Home, and Peter Sellers in Being There.

Hal Ashby: Interviews for the first time brings together the best interviews conducted over the course of Ashby's career. Ashby discusses his filmmaking philosophy, memories of working his way up the Hollywood ladder in the 1950s, and his troubled productions in the 1980s.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604735659
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Series: Conversations with Filmmakers Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,428,670
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Dawson is a contributing editor for Filmmaker magazine. He is also the associate editor for the FilminFocus website, a freelance film journalist, and author of Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel, the first biography of the director.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Chronology xv

Filmography xix

Breaking Out of the Cutting Room Hal Ashby 3

Director Hal Ashby's Office Is a House with Psychedelic Walls Steve Toy 11

Director Charges Studio Was Afraid of Maude Marilyn Beck 14

Robert David Crane and Christopher Fryer Hal Ashby 16

Shampoo: Film &Filmmaker A. Leigh Charlton 23

Film Guru Ashby Enjoys View from the Mountain Will Jones 28

Hal Ashby Interview Larry Salvato Dennis Schaefer 33

Gambling on a Film about the Great Depression Aljean Harmetz 43

That Special Okie Southwest Flavor, That Humor David Sterritt 49

Hal Ashby Tay Garnett 53

Positive Thinking Ralph Appelbaum 61

Cinema Chat with Hal Ashby Richard Fernandez 78

Dialogue on Film: Hal Ashby James Powers 83

Hal Ashby: Satisfaction in Being There Jordan R. Young Mike Bruns 99

Whatever Happened to Hal Ashby? Dale Pollock 106

"Directed by William Wyler" Interview Scott Berg 114

How to Kill a Movie Michael Dare 123

Index 133

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