In Film Crazy, acclaimed biographer Patrick McGilligan shares some of his finest interviews with film luminaries from his salad days as a young journalist working the Hollywood beat. He goes on the set with Hitchcock during the making of the Master of Suspense's last film, Family Plot, gets intimate with an ailing George Stevens (the director of Shane, The Giant, The Greatest Story Ever Told) at the Brown Derby, and rides the campaign trail with Ronald Reagan, and more. Film Crazy is a must have for any film buff.
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Patrick McGilligan is the editor of the Popular Backstory series. A resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he is also the author of several biographies on noted filmmakers George Cukor, Robert Altman, and Fritz Lang, the last of which was named a Notable Book of The Year by the New York Times.From Booklist:
"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
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