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Who the Devil Made It

Bogdanovich, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0679447067 / ISBN 13: 9780679447061
Published by Knopf, New York, 1997
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First edition, so stated. Book is square and tight, appears unread. Text unmarked, boards sharp--spines bumped only flaw. Jacket is not price-clipped (original price $39.95). Brodart-protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000101

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Title: Who the Devil Made It

Publisher: Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Peter Bogdanovich, award-winning director, screenwriter, actor and critic, interviews 16 legendary directors over a 15-year period. Their richly illuminating conversations combine to make this a riveting chronicle of Hollywood and picture making. A Literary Guild Selection. 62 photos.


The title comes from an exchange between filmmakers Howard Hawks and Peter Bogdanovich. Asked which directors he preferred, Hawks replied, "I liked almost anybody that made you realize who in the devil was making the picture." Hawks is talking about distinctive directorial personality, about movies that bear the stamp of a filmmaker's character. This book collects 16 interviews Bogdanovich conducted with some of the best directors working in the golden age of Hollywood. All of them, from the famous--Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, Chuck Jones, and Hawks himself--to the lesser known but equally wonderful Leo McCarey, George Cukor, Josef von Sternberg, and Edgar G. Ulmer--had a remarkable and inimitable style. In their interviews, they provide insight into their craft and a view of Hollywood's golden age that is informative, anecdotal, and often hysterically funny.

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