Who the Devil Made It: Conversations with ... Hardcover – March 11, 1997
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Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Publisher : Knopf; 1st edition (March 11, 1997)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 849 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0679447067
- ISBN-13 : 978-0679447061
- Item Weight : 3 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 2.25 x 10 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,037,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mr. Bogdanovich lays out a verbatim, "inside" exchange between Frank Tashlin and Jerry Lewis during the crafting and shooting of a sequence, that's worth the kindle price of this book. These are interviews for those interested in how the picture makers and the talent did it.
I won't try to mention all of the talented directors in this book but it contains info on some that there is very little scholarship on. Leo Mc Carey, Frank Tashlin and Don Siegel, for example, give great insight into the process of "getting the work" and the way the studios and production heads operated in the so called golden age of Hollywood.
The common denominator is that most of these directors held many different jobs at the studios before ascending to the director's chair. They knew how the studio worked, what resources were available without beating your budget to death and most importantly, how to physically make and post a picture. It was a different time indeed.