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In An Open Book, this veteran of five marriages, innumerable friendships, practical jokes, horses, love affairs, and intellectual obsessions tells his own story in his own way. It is direct, unadorned, complete—and wonderful reading. Here is Huston on stage for the first time at age three, dressed in an Uncle Sam suit; in the ring at eighteen, boxing for small purses; selling his first short story to H.L. Mencken; down and out in London; acting in Greenwich Village; going to Hollywood to work for Jack Warner as a...

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Overview

In An Open Book, this veteran of five marriages, innumerable friendships, practical jokes, horses, love affairs, and intellectual obsessions tells his own story in his own way. It is direct, unadorned, complete—and wonderful reading. Here is Huston on stage for the first time at age three, dressed in an Uncle Sam suit; in the ring at eighteen, boxing for small purses; selling his first short story to H.L. Mencken; down and out in London; acting in Greenwich Village; going to Hollywood to work for Jack Warner as a writer; directing his first picture, The Maltese Falcon; filming dangerous combat scenes in the Aleutians and in Italy; and making over forty years worth of movies, from Key Largo to The Man Who Would Be King. And the stories behind those movies are often as exciting as the movies themselves, featuring such notables as Hemingway, Selznick, Sartre, Hepburn, Monroe, Flynn, Welles, Gable, Bogart, Clift, and Brando. An Open Book is alive with John Huston’s presence: his boldness and daring, his candor and style, and the spontaneity with which he followed his dreams to their ultimate destination, the well-deserved acclaim of a world enchanted by his work.

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Library Journal
Famous as a film director par excellence, Huston had a private life that was often as adventurous-and tumultuous-as one of his celluloid creations. Though LJ's reviewer found the book less candid than the title suggests, it will still raise an eyebrow or two and provides ``more material for film historians to chew on than any other book about this fascinating man'' (LJ 9/1/80).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306805738
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Pages: 444
  • Sales rank: 494,962
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

John Huston (1906–1987) directed 41 films, including The Red Badge of Courage, The African Queen, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and Prizzi’s Honor, and acted in some twenty others. One of the most admired, colorful, and adventurous personalities of American movies, he has been the subject of many books and stories, only some of them true.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2003

    Not too candid but a great read.

    Huston has a moving tender story about a capuchin monkey he had as a teenager. The little creature that he truly loved ended up hanged (accidentally) The author seems unaware but it was almost a parable for women who got mixed up with him. Nevertheless this a great read particularly about his early life. You won't get much dirt or almost anything about his post puberty love life. The picture is of an extremely talented man who didn't believe work was anything more than a path to a full life. It will whet your appetite for more.

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