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Straight from the Horse's Mouth: Ronald Neame, an Autobiography - The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series 98 (Paperback)
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Straight from the Horse's Mouth: Ronald Neame, an Autobiography - The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series 98 (Paperback)

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Paperback 328 Pages / Published: 27/09/2003
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Now in Paperback! Straight from the Horse's Mouth provides a fascinating, first-hand account of a unique filmmaker, who began his career as assistant cameraman on Hitchcock's first talkie, Blackmail, and went on to direct Maggie Smith, Judy Garland, Walter Matthau, and many other prominent performers. The book includes tales of the on-and-off-the-set antics of comedian George Formby, and original accounts of his experiences working with Noel Coward and David Lean. This is not simply an autobiography, but rather a history of British cinema from the 1920s through the 1960s, and Hollywood cinema from the 1960s through the present.

Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810848993
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 217 x 143 x 23 mm


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Ronald Neame's life story reads like a veritable Who's Who of the movie business. * The Director's Guild Of America *
The name Ronald Neame should be a household word...A virtual who's-who history of the film business, here and in England, since the beginning of sound films...it's a book that deserves a read by anyone interested in the endlessly fascinating process of filmmaking, especially those who, like Neame, pursue their passion with class, style and wit. * The Hollywood Reporter *
Both amusing and informative...Cinematographers will delight in the many colorful stories Neame relates about filmmaking in this engaging autobiography, and it's required reading for anyone interested in the history of British film. * American Cinematographer *
Yours is an extraordinary life, and I found the book enthralling. It encompasses so much of our film history, and for you to have mastered three great film crafts, to have worked with Hitch, Coward, Lean, Guinness, Powell, and Pressburger, even Garland and Formby, and to have been responsible for such magnificent films as The Horse's Mouth, Tunes of Glory, and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie places you firmly in the pantheon of great British filmmakers. -- George Perry * London Times *
a charming memoir. -- Kenneth Turan * Los Angeles Times *
Any career that spans across eight decades is quite an achievement, particularly a career that's been so consistently distinguished and adventurous, a career of such passionate pursuits. More than a career, really-a Life. * Martin Scorsese *
You'll enjoy his book. * The Veteran *
Given that Neame collaborated with the likes of David Lean and Noel Coward, he recalls some impressive anecdotes, the choicest of which can be found in his consistently engrossing autobiography. Told in a gentlemanly style, the book provides a valuable first hand record of what it was like to work in the British Film industry in the Thirties and Forties. As for Neame's experiences in Hollywood, they're the icing on the already delicious cake. * Film Review, (Uk) *
Intriguing...I couldn't put it down and read it all in one sitting, as David Lean, who features very heavily would have said 'A bloody good read.' * British Society of Cinematographers Newsletter *
Long-overdue, revealing, and extremely readable * Academy *
An inside story, not about one man, but about the entire fascinating industry in which he worked. * British Heritage *
An invaluable history of British cinema from the 1920s through the 1960s. * Culturevulture.Net *

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