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Raoul Walsh: The True Adventures of Hollywood's Legendary Director (Screen Classics) Hardcover – May 5, 2011
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"Walsh spun outlandish yarns about his early life, which was colorful enough not to need embellishment. In this extensively researched biography, Moss works hard to separate the teller from the tale."―
"Although Raoul Walsh is now a half-forgotten name in film history, many of his films are still fondly remembered, and this well-written and -researched biography―which benefits from the author's access to scholars and Walsh's family and friends―should help restore luster to his reputation."―Library Journal
"Moss's work shares much more than Walsh's life. It carries us through the epic history of the American film industry."―San Francisco Book Review
"Raoul Walsh was Hollywood's forgotten man. . . . Only now, 30 years after his death, has he been accorded a biography."―Wall Street Journal
"Moss chronicles with dogged research, astute critical observation, and psychological insight"―philly.com
"Moss uncovers some amazing facts and rich anecdotes to color her portrait of this singular movie pioneer."―Wimgo Movies
"Raoul Walsh is one of the finest film books of the year, and an essential addition to your cinema bookshelf."―National Board of Review
"A highly readable biography of this legendary filmmaker with more than 150 films to his credit."―King Features Syndicate, Inc.
"Moss had access to Walsh papers and family stories not previously brought to print and deeply researched this vivid biography of the action-minded but often subtle master."―San Diego Reader
"Moss chronicles [Walsh's life] with dogged research, astute critical observation, and psychological insight."―The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Moss's book is an important step forward in Walsh scholarship―her superb research uncovers reams of production history."―Film Comment
"Moss . . . has done an admirable job of examining Walsh's life and accomplishments, sorting out the myths and reestablishing his place in the American pantheon."―The Washington Post
"This book bursts with facts, color, and charm, and along the way provides the reader with a clear sense of how the director's character infused his art."―Choice
"This is a book made out of affection, respect and lengthy research - and surely we have waited long enough for a proper account of the life and work of Raoul Walsh in English."―Sight and Sound
"Moss brings Walsh to life expertly, mining his many contradictions as she separates mythic chaff from factual wheat to give use the fullest portrait of Walsh we are ever likely to get."―Directors Guild of America Quarterly
"Moss went through archives, talked to survivors, and read memos, letters, reviews, interviews and autobiographies. The scope of this research is the book's lasting achievement. Walsh was a boisterous and engaging character, and the book does make him come alive. After finishing the book, it is hard not to miss him. ― Frames Cinema Journal"―Fredrik Gustafsson, Frames Cinema Journal
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One of the popular by-products of 1970's era television was a series called THE MEN WHO MADE THE MOVIES. One of the segements that made a huge impression on me was Richard Schickel's interview with Walsh and the accompanying review of his career. It was a mesmerizing moment when I saw this feisty old man talk about some of my favorite movies and his approach to film making which was focused less on the cerebral and more on telling a compelling story that aimed to be exciting.
Author Moss has done a magnificent job of researching Walsh and committing his life and art to paper. If his marriages, sort of hard-living ways and his personal and professional relationships with his actors weren't as interesting as they were, his movies alone would be enough to hook this reader. For all the artsy commentaries that film directors are known for today, coming in contact with the rough-and-tumble Walsh even in book form is a treat. Walsh and so many of his contemporaries made it up as they went along and laid the foundation for great storytelling on many scales. Walsh has been dead for 31 years or so and is buried under an unassuming marker in the Simi Valley. It's great to know that he has not been overlooked or forgotten.
To Walsh's great grandaughter: READ THIS BOOK!
This is biography at its very best. Moss digs in and comes up with a vivid portrait of Walsh. He's right there on the page -- on every page of this book. She has researched her subject extremely well! If you finally want to know who Walsh REALLY was, look no further than this fascinating biography of this fascinating man!
I was very surprised to find out that Mr Walsh was behind the camera for over 150 films from 1915 to 1976! That is amazing, and speaks to a work ethic not often seen today. That also speaks to a different time, when directors, not only actors were placed under contract for multiples of years. However, whatever the reason, Raoul Walsh was a force to reckon with. His overwhelming view of any production, and ability to get the best out of any actor was well known. His friends, who were difficult for others, like Mr Flynn, Bogart, and Barrymore, knew him and worked with him.
The resulting body of work is only part of the story. Behind the camera, he was a complex man who, during his creative peak, was untouchable. Just like John Ford, and Howard Hawks, they had their say, and their way. But then, the industry was different. He was a compulsive gambler. He was very organized, and intelligent. He loved his family, but remained aloof and disconnected from his children. Film was his world, people sometimes got in the way. His wives, all three of them, put up with a certain amount of avoidance while he gambled and traveled. He was restless, yet longed for companionship, which he attained with his friends.
I love the intimate look at Raoul Walsh, with rare insights gleaned from a variety of first person sources and photos rarely seen. The filmography is welcome and will soon grace my 'must buy' list.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author does a poor job of writing this biography of an interesting movie director. She liberally quotes his autobiography. Read morePublished 14 months ago by babyboomerlarry
This was given as a gift to my husband who LOVES old movies. He thoroughly enjoyed the book. I ordered it for Christmas and it arrived in the condition promised and in plenty of... Read morePublished on February 10, 2013 by Trixie
It was a very intersting book. Mr Walsh was a great director, but not a particularly nice person. But for someone who loves classic old movies, it is a very good read.Published on February 2, 2013 by jbkap930