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Picture by Lillian Ross


by Lillian Ross

Other authors: Anjelica Huston (Foreword)

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in the vein of what john gergory dunne did some years later with THE STUDIO (about 20th century fox in 1967) ... here ross becomes in 1950 a participant observer closely recording the development and filming of john huston's version of stephen crane's RED BADGE OF COURAGE. decisions about shots, and scripts, and casting ... the drama, observed from a distance. an important piece of the intellectual history (the dramaturgy if you will) of film in general and this film in particular.
  msteketee | Aug 17, 2009 |
Classic New Yorker journalism ... Miss Ross is the master of the fly-on-the-wall writing style ... Follow John Huston through the conception, filming and release of The Red Badge of Courage ... yawn.
  athenasowl | Aug 2, 2009 |
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In the spring of 1950, when New Yorker staff writer Lillian Ross heard that John Huston was planning to make a film of Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage, she decided she would follow the movie's progress "in order to learn whatever I might learn about the American motion-picture industry." What resulted was Picture, which Newsweek has called "the best book on Hollywood ever published." Picture received raves from the worlds of film and literature in equal measure for its unforgettable portrait of the language, the ways, and the preoccupations of Hollywood: Charlie Chaplin called Picture "brilliant and sagacious" and legendary editor William Shawn termed it "the definitive book on the Hollywood community." Little wonder, then, that when the Top 100 Works of U.S. Journalism of the Twentieth Century were chosen by the New York University Department of Journalism and a distinguished panel that included David Brinkley, Pete Hamill, Jeff Greenfield, Mary McGrory, and Morley Safer, Picture had an honored place on that list.

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When Lillian Ross, a New York journalist, heard that John Huston was planning to make a film of Stephen Crane's "The Red Badge of Courage", she resolved to follow the film's progress in order to learn about the American cinema industry. The book presents a portrait of how the making of a major film, based on an American classic and directed by a leading director, was hindered by the inadequacies of studio heads.… (more)

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