This is Ronnie Maasz's account of his more than fifty years in the film business as a cameraman. With candid humor, Maasz offers a light-hearted collage of the international locales, quirky people, exciting events, and special effects gone wrong that the author encountered during his noteworthy film career. He includes his impressions of working with talented performers including Janet Leigh, Sir Michael Caine, Christopher Lee, and Sir Laurence Olivier, as well as renowned directors Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Tony Richardson, and John Huston.
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 336 g
Dimensions: 224 x 145 x 16 mm
Cameraman Ronnie Maasz may not be well known outside the business, yet this doesn't mean that his anecdotes are any less entertaining than those of the big names he's worked with on such classics as The Entertainer and The Guns of Navarone. Featuring encounters with the likes of Laurence Olivier, David Niven and John Huston, the book has a very impressive roll call. As for the cameraman's many hair-raising adventures, they would make a great movie in themselves. In fact whilst summing up at the end, Maasz reveals that during his career he was 'almost blown up in Morocco, surrounded by a terrorist group in Africa, partially drowned in Malta, and lucky enough to survive two plane crashes.' Then comes the punchline: 'I even worked with Michael Winner.' On that count alone the book is well worth reading. Great fun! * Film Review *
A fascinating account of more than half a century spent rubbing shoulders with some of the giants in world cinema. * Taunton Times *