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Film crazy : interviews with Hollywood legends
McGilligan, Patrick.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
viii, 279 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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PN1998.2 .M434 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Biographer Patrick McGilligan interviews legendary stars and directors of Hollywood's Golden Age in FILM CRAZY.Patrick McGilligan, the acclaimed biographer of George Cukor, Robert Altman, Jack Nicholson, Fritz Lang and Clint Eastwood, has interviewed many of Hollywood's biggest stars and most important directors.In FILM CRAZY, McGilligan shares some of his fascinating interviews with screen luminaries from his salad days as a young journalist working the Hollywood beat.He rides the presidential campaign bus with Ronald Reagan, visits Alfred Hitchcock on the set of the Master of Suspense's last film, "Family Plot," meets George Stevens at the Brown Derby and conducts the last interview with the director of "Shane" and "Giant." Other interview subjects captured for posterity include rough-and-ready pioneer directors William Wellman and Raoul Walsh; likeable actor Joel McCrea; actress - and the only female director of her era - Ida Lupino; French legend Rene Clair; and lowly-contract- writer-turned-studio-mogul Dore Schary.FILM CRAZY is a must for film students, scholars and professionals.

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Booklist Review

"We often felt like angels of death," McGilligan says of himself and his assistants, when they met the screen legends interviewed in this book, for most of the aged luminaries were in their eighties at the time. They debriefed some of the greatest names in film history, such as Hitchcock, William Wellman, Dore Schary, Joel McCrea, and Ida Lupino, and they caught Ronald Reagan during the 1976 campaign. With a book like this one, great subjects make great reading. Take Raoul Walsh. He started out acting in silents because he could ride a horse. After apprenticing at D. W. Griffith's immortal knee, he directed some fine silent films (The Thief of Baghdad, What Price Glory?, The Honor System). When the talkies arrived, he directed Cagney, Bogart, and Flynn in classic he-man stuff. Or take Ida Lupino, more appreciated now than in her prime, who provides insight into the distaff side of Hollywood's golden age. Great subjects; great reading. Film history comes alive immediately and joyfully, perhaps even for the most casual film fans. --Mike Tribby

Library Journal Review

Before cable, videos, and DVDs, the only way to see many old films was through a film archive. Eminent film biographer McGilligan (Fritz Lang; Cagney: The Actor as Auteur) is a self-described film crazy who caught the bug at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research archives in the late Sixties and early Seventies. There, the author and fellow film crazies had access to prints of every Warner Brothers, RKO, and Republic motion picture, and they would bask in their good fortune as they watched an early William Wellman or Jimmy Cagney film. In the book reviewed here, McGilligan, after a brief introduction, offers a series of interviews that he conducted during the Seventies and Eighties. His one-on-one question-and-answer process lends new insight into the lives and works of such film greats as Alfred Hitchcock and George Stevens. He also includes short biographical sketches and filmographies for each subject interviewed. Essential reading for the true film buff and scholar, this book is for academic and public libraries."Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Cty. Free Libs., Salinas, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.