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Million Dollar Movie Hardcover – April 11, 1995

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 626 pages
  • Publisher: Random House; Reprint edition (April 11, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679434437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679434436
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #910,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This outspoken, splendidly rambling memoir is the great British director's (d. 1990) follow-up to his A Life in the Movies. While the earlier volume discusses the making of the eccentric and opulent Red Shoes (1948) and Black Narcissus (1947), Powell chronicles here a career in decline, one bottoming out with the much-derided Peeping Tom (1960), a study of voyeurism to be celebrated only by a later generation of filmmakers-among them Francis Ford Coppola, who serenaded a delighted Powell in a Manhattan restaurant, and Scorsese, who spurred reappraisal of Powell's career. To Powell, Hollywood executives were "chair polishers" myopically focused on the bottom line; he and collaborator Emeric Pressburger, on the other hand, were artists for whom the box-office "grosses are too gross." The book is buoyant and unpretentious, full of affectionate anecdotes about actors Jennifer Jones, Michael Redgrave and Dirk Bogarde; larger-than-life producers Samuel Goldwyn and Alexander Korda; and figures great and obscure-Henri Matisse, Hitchcock, even Powell's beloved dogs, who take over the narration at strategic points-that reflect Powell's exuberance and generosity. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

British film director Powell is best known for The Red Shoes (1948), made, as virtually all his important films were, in close collaboration with writer Emeric Pressburger. The second volume of Powell's memoirs (the first was A Life of Movies: An Autobiography, LJ 4/1/87) begins in 1948 as the Archers (as Powell and Pressburger called their company) was riding high after the success of The Red Shoes. Unfortunately, Powell's career then began a downward spiral, hastened in 1960 by the scathing reception accorded Peeping Tom (1959). Later appreciation by American cineastes such as Martin Scorsese (who provides an introduction here) revived Powell's reputation. Powell, who died in 1990, is a witty and literate memoirist who might well be remembered for these books as mcuh as for his films. For larger film collections.
Thomas Wiener, formerly with "American Film"
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 1996
Format: Hardcover
This is the 2nd part of Michael Powell's auto-biography.

Now regarded as one of the most important British Movie
Makers (The Red Shoes, The Life & Death of Colonel Blimp,
A Matter of Life & Death, Tales of Hoffmann etc etc).
Here Michael tells his own colourful story.

Often quoted by Martin Scosese as a major influence on his
work (and later a personal friend).
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I don't know whether you have read the first volume of Michael Powell's autobiography (this is the second), but get to it fast, because these two books are the best Hollywood bios I have ever read. He's full of beans, writes superbly, entertains, and gives of himself in full measure. He's got lots to say about the work, his particular contributions, the big personalities he knew and worked with. I revel in it.
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