So You Wanna Be a Director?
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Informative, highly entertaining.
Disturbing expose of the disruptions and foul tactics carried out by left controlled British teamster unions involved in movie making to further their cause to the detriment of the industry.
I would highly recommend The Man behind The Gong -the Arthur J Rank Biography(out print hard to find but well worth the effort to secure a copy) who also experienced similar disruptive behavoir
by Unions and punitive tax regimen imposed by the then labor Govenment of Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
Apart from the machinations of the productions we also get a great insight to the personalites and
stars of the day.
Buy It, it's a great book.
The writing style is straightforward and personal- Mr Annakin relates stories of his personal and working relationships, as well as giving you a peek inside the behind the scenes world of movie making- the deals, the politics, the dreams and the frustrations.
His candour includes telling stories such as that of a famous Hollywood star who deliberately destroyed a valuable vintage car after a night of drug taking.
This is a good book for those who aspire to movie making, as well as those who have enjoyed Mr Annikin's films.
Top international reviews
For those seeking insight into the world of international filmmaking this is a book for you, a definite must read. Ken describes his colorful, event-filled life directing scores of important films throughout the world.
ACROSS THE BRIDGE with Rod Steiger was one of the greatest film noir works ever. When Zanuck needed a director of talent and experience to direct the Nornandy Landing scenes in THE LONGEST DAY he called on Ken. THE SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON, set in Trinidad-Tobago and starring John Mills, was one of the highest grossing films of all time. Ken's film THIRD MAN ON THE MOUNTAIN for Walt Disney was Disney's all-time favorite movie.
This is a book written by a remarkable man about his great achievements.
I realise that filming in the heyday of British cinema during the 50's and 60's was a much different beast. Reading this book, Ken rather innocently describes everything that went on behind and around the camera. It really is a reminder of a different age entirely and little wonder that Jimmy Saville got away with what he did for so long. The fame game really was exploited by some and the attitudes towards women and getting the job done are from a different century; the nineteenth to be more precise.
After he'd killed a bear and lost several horses shooting one picture, shed a few crocodile tears about their loss and screamed at his wife to drop their newly adopted baby for the sake of his ropey production, I put the book down. I'd read enough. Now I feel like having a shower to wipe the dirt off my mind.
If you're interested in how such films got made back then, you need to read this book (I gave it three stars merely for this) but be warned, it's quite a shocker in places. Thankfully its not quite like this any more although the biz still has its fair share of wrong uns.