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Huston, We Have a Problem: A Kaleidoscope of Filmmaking Memories
     

Huston, We Have a Problem: A Kaleidoscope of Filmmaking Memories

by Oswald Morris, Geoffrey Bull, Michael Caine and Sir Sidney Lumet (Foreword by)
 

In this captivating memoir, 'scar®-winning cinematographer 'swald ("'ssie") Morris looks back over his 58-film career as Director of Photography for such front rank directors as John Huston, Carol Reed, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Stanley Kubrick, Ronald Neame, Vittorio De Sica, Franco Zeffirelli, Norman Jewison and Sidney Lumet. Though he eschews "kiss-and-tell,"

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In this captivating memoir, 'scar®-winning cinematographer 'swald ("'ssie") Morris looks back over his 58-film career as Director of Photography for such front rank directors as John Huston, Carol Reed, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Stanley Kubrick, Ronald Neame, Vittorio De Sica, Franco Zeffirelli, Norman Jewison and Sidney Lumet. Though he eschews "kiss-and-tell," 'ssie provides many personal and amusing insights into the making of many films, including Moulin Rouge, Moby Dick, The Guns of Navarone, Lolita, The Hill, Fiddler on the Roof, The Man Who Would be King and Oliver! Morris photographed many of the top stars—Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Sophia Loren, Marlon Brando, Humphrey Bogart, Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, James Mason, Paul Newman, Michael Caine, and Sean Connery, among others—and relates a fund of intimate anecdotes about them. He also recounts his run-ins with legendary producer, David O. Selznick, who battered him with his infamous memos throughout the making of Stazione Termini, Beat The Devil and A Farewell to Arms. Morris also offers many technical revelations about making films in the pre-digital era, including groundbreaking innovations and camera tricks. For all those interested in the history of film, both at a personal and technical level, this is a rich and rewarding look into the world of cinema.

Editorial Reviews

Image Technology
This is a great read, written in a witty and 'can't put down' style....Congratulations to 'ssie, Geoffrey Bull and all concerned for producing a fine book.
The Big Reel
Here's a bit of good news. 'swald Morris has written his memoirs. Who's he? You almost surely don't know, but in this case, that's a good thing. He's one of that legion of film personnel who have contributed to some of the best films of the past 50 years but almost never bothered to pass along their recollections before going out of this world forever. Film history just got a little richer.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810857063
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Series:
Scarecrow Filmmakers Series , #124
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

'swald Morris was Director of Photography on nearly 60 films, including Sleuth, Oliver! and The Wiz, the latter two of which earned him Academy Award® nominations. In 1972 he won the 'scar® for Best Cinematography for his work on Fiddler on the Roof. In 1998, he was awarded the OBE for "services to cinematography and the film industry." Geoffrey Bull is a freelance writer with 20 years of experience on several UK newspapers and specializes in writing about film, books, and the theater.

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