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Howard Hawks: Interviews

Howard Hawks: Interviews
Your Price: $24.00 CDN
Author: Scott Breivold
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 215
Pub. Date: 2006
ISBN-10: 1578068339
ISBN-13: 9781578068333

About the Book:

Howard Hawks: Interviews is a diverse collection offering valuable access to the life and career of one of the most fiercely independent filmmakers in the history of Hollywood.

Howard Hawks (1896-1977) is one of America's great film directors. During a career that spanned fifty years and produced more than forty films, this writer, producer, and director made highly successful movies and managed to maintain remarkable artistic control during a time when studio moguls usually ruled. Hawks conquered virtually every genre, including action/adventure, comedy, western, film noir, gangster, science fiction, and musical films.

The remarkable diversity of his work may have kept Hawks from being as easily recognized as his contemporaries Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford. Howard Hawks brought a unique stamp to all of his films by mixing dramatic and comedic elements, manipulating gender conventions, emphasizing story and dialogue, and eschewing cinematic trickery and sentimentality. His classic oeuvre includes films such as:
Only Angels Have Wings,
His Girl Friday,
Sergeant York,
Bringing Up Baby,
The Big Sleep,
Red River,
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and
Rio Bravo.

This collection of interviews takes the reader from talks with his admirers in the French press to revealing discussions late in his life. By his own admission, Howard Hawks was above all a storyteller. These interviews are replete with entertaining anecdotes.

What people say:

"The only difference between comedy and tragedy is point of view." — Howard Hawks

About the Author:

Scott Breivold is an associate librarian at California State University, Los Angeles, and director of the university library's music and media center. He is the editor of Howard Hawks: Interviews.