John Huston: Interviews

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This collection of interviews brings the filmmaker John Huston vividly to life in his own words. Huston (1906-1987) had an extraordinary career that spanned more than forty years and nearly fifty films. Among these are such classics as The Maltese Falcon, Key Largo, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The African Queen, The Night of the Iguana, Prizzi's Honor, and The Dead.

In these interviews ranging from 1952 to 1985 Huston talks about his approach to directing, the influence of...

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Overview

This collection of interviews brings the filmmaker John Huston vividly to life in his own words. Huston (1906-1987) had an extraordinary career that spanned more than forty years and nearly fifty films. Among these are such classics as The Maltese Falcon, Key Largo, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The African Queen, The Night of the Iguana, Prizzi's Honor, and The Dead.

In these interviews ranging from 1952 to 1985 Huston talks about his approach to directing, the influence of painting upon his camera work, his association with stellar actors (Humphrey Bogart, Montgomery Clift, Errol Flynn, Marilyn Monroe, and others), his beginnings in Hollywood as a screenwriter, and the influence that the authors James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway had on his movies. Full of anecdotes about writers, directors, and actors with whom he collaborated, John Huston appears here as a man who had a rich, full life-amateur boxer, vagrant artist, painter, big-game hunter, director, and born storyteller.

As a filmmaker particularly identified with the literary masterworks he transformed into cinema (Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood, James Joyce's The Dead, Herman Melville's Moby Dick, and Tennessee Williams's The Night of the Iguana), Huston explores literary influences on his films. For him the act of writing is essential and basic. "I don't make a distinction between writing and direction," he says. "But to write and to direct one's own material is certainly the best approach. The directing is kind of an extension of the writing."

Huston is known also for his innovative interaction with actors. In 1952 he said, "The trick is in the writing and casting. If you cast the right people, using only good actors, and adjust the script to suit the actors you've chosen, then it's best to leave them to work out their own gestures and movements. Your job is to explain to them the effect you want, and your skill lies in being able to do that exactly and vividly."

The Huston who emerges from these interviews is a gifted raconteur, an admirable professional, and indeed a figure whose real life matched his prodigious legend.

Robert Emmet Long is an independent scholar and freelance writer. His books include Ingmar Bergman: Film and Stage and The Films of Merchant Ivory. He lives in Fulton, N.Y.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Part of an acting dynasty that included his father, Walter Huston, and daughter Angelica Huston, screenwriter-turned-director John Huston (The Dead; Prizzi's Honor) lived life large as an itinerant painter, gambler, drinker, romancer, big-game hunter and, ultimately, enormous Hollywood legend. In John Huston: Interviews, editor Robert Emmet Long (Ingmar Bergman; The Films of Merchant Ivory) gathers 21 interviews with Huston that span the years 1952 to 1985 nearly the length of his entire career in which the director reveals aspects of his personal life as freely as he discusses his distinguished career. Long provides a fitting introduction, followed by a chronology of Huston's life and career and a filmography. ( Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578063284
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Series: Conversations with Filmmakers Series
  • Pages: 186
  • Sales rank: 990,570
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology
Filmography
Interview with Huston 3
Paris in the 90s 8
An Encounter with John Huston 12
Huston: "I Direct as Little as Possible" 19
A Talk with John Huston 21
The Innocent Bystander 30
Talking with John Huston 36
John Huston 44
John Huston Talking to Rosemary Lord 50
John Huston Finds That the Slow Generation of King Has Made It a Richer Film 56
Watching Huston 60
An Interview with John Huston 65
Interview with John Huston 74
John Huston 83
John Huston, Grand Old Man of American Film 87
John Huston: At 74 No Formulas 90
Saints and Stinkers: The Rolling Stone Interview 100
Dialogue on Film with John Huston 125
Cracking the Volcano 132
Two Encounters with John Huston 135
Playboy Interview: John Huston 150
Index 181
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