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Hawks on Hawks Paperback – July 16, 1982


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; n Second edition edition (July 16, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520045521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520045521
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,232,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A cogent and entertaining series of observations. Hawks's astuteness in story construction and his mastery of film technique are manifest in his production anecdotes, and his analyses of actors' personalities are insightful." -- Film Quarterly, reviewing a previous edition or volume



"[D]ifferent from most film books about personalities.... The author really knew Howard Hawks, interviewed the crusty old director; the crust and insight come through in these interviews. There are going to be many biographies of Howard Hawks, but they will all lean heavily on this book; the pioneer so honestly reveals himself and the people with whom he worked." -- Los Angeles Times, reviewing a previous edition or volume

About the Author

Joseph McBride is a film historian and associate professor in the Cinema department at San Francisco State University. His many books include Searching for John Ford, Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success, Steven Spielberg: A Biography, Hawks on Hawks, Whatever Happened to Orson Welles?: A Portrait of an Independent Career, as well as the critical studies John Ford (1974, with Michael Wilmington) and Orson Welles. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Samerdyke on September 3, 2002
Even if you have seen Hawks interviewed on "The Men Who Made the Movies," or have read other interviews with him, HAWKS ON HAWKS is still quite interesting and enjoyable. If you need to understand the essence of Hawks quickly, this is the book to read. We get Hawks' account of his career, the moguls he dealt with, the stars he liked and disliked, his thoughts about movies after he became inactive. Todd McCarthy's Howard Hawks The Gray Fox of Hollywood is a more thorough portrait of the man, and it is good to check Hawks' stories against the research in that book, but HAWKS ON HAWKS is still very charming.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Wilson on July 3, 2000
Overlooked for years by the Hollywood establishment, today Howard Hawks is remembered as one of the cinema's greatest artists. The candid interviews contained in this book are funny, insightful and just plain enjoyable. Hawks discusses Bogart, Wayne, Bacall, and numerous other actors he worked with during his career, as well as commenting on his most famous films including Red River, The Big Sleep, and Bringing Up Baby. Especially noteworthy are the sections where he discusses the "Hawksian Woman", the Western and his fellow director and friend John Ford. A must for Hawks' fans.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NYC Lap Swimmer on July 27, 2013
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Although this is published by a university press, it's more for the film buff. Hawks is by turns characteristically snide and funny, but there is no depth to these interviews. Serious researchers/academics will find little here to interest them.
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