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Being Hal Ashby : life of a Hollywood rebel, Nick Dawson

Label
Being Hal Ashby : life of a Hollywood rebel
Title
Being Hal Ashby
Title remainder
life of a Hollywood rebel
Statement of responsibility
Nick Dawson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Hal Ashby (1929-1988) was always an outsider, and as a director he brought an outsider's perspective to Hollywood cinema. After moving to California from a Mormon household in Utah, he created eccentric films that reflected the uncertain social climate of the 1970s. Whether it is his enduring cult classic Harold and Maude (1971) or the iconic Being There (1979), Ashby's artistry is unmistakable. His skill for blending intense drama with off-kilter comedy attracted A-list actors and elicited powerful performances from Jack Nicholson in The Last Detail (1973), Warren Beatty and Julie Christie in Shampoo (1975), and Jon Voight and Jane Fonda in Coming Home (1979). Yet the man behind these films is still something of a mystery. In Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel, author Nick Dawson for the first time tells the story of a man whose thoughtful and challenging body of work continues to influence modern filmmakers and whose life was as dramatic and unconventional as his films. Ashby began his career as an editor, and it did not take long for his talents to be recognized. He won an Academy Award in 1967 for editing In the Heat of the Night and leveraged his success as an editor to pursue his true passion: dir
  • Crafting seminal films that steered clear of mainstream conventions yet attracted both popular and critical praise, Ashby became one of the quintessential directors of the 1970s New Hollywood movement. No matter how much success Ashby achieved, he was never able to escape the ghosts of his troubled childhood. The divorce of his parents, his father's suicide, and his own marriage and divorce-all before the age of nineteen-led to a lifelong struggle with drugs for which he became infamous in Hollywood. And yet, contrary to mythology, it was not Ashby's drug abuse that destroyed his career but a fundamental mismatch between the director and the stifling climate of 1980s studio filmmaking. Although his name may not be recognized by many of today's filmgoers, Hal Ashby is certainly familiar to filmmakers. Despite his untimely death in 1988, his legacy of innovation and individuality continues to influence a generation of independent directors, including Wes Anderson, Sean Penn, and the Coen brothers, who place substance and style above the pursuit of box-office success. Nick Dawson draws on firsthand interviews and personal papers from Ashby's estate to offer an intimate look at the tumultuous life of an artist unwi
  • "In Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel, author Nick Dawson tells the story of a man whose thoughtful and challenging body of work continues to influence modern filmmakers and whose life was as dramatic and unconventional as his films. Although his name may not be recognized by many of today's filmgoers, Hal Ashby is certainly familiar to filmmakers. Despite his untimely death in 1988, his legacy of innovation and individuality continues to influence a generation of independent directors, including Wes Anderson, Sean Penn, and the Coen brothers, who place substance and style above the pursuit of box-office success. In this biography, Nick Dawson draws on firsthand interviews and personal papers from Ashby's estate to offer an intimate look at the tumultuous life of an artist unwilling to conform or compromise."--BOOK JACKET
Member of
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1980-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dawson, Nick
Dewey number
  • 791.4302/33092
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1998.3.A7635
LC item number
D39 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • filmographies
Series statement
Screen classics
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ashby, Hal
  • Motion picture producers and directors
Label
Being Hal Ashby : life of a Hollywood rebel, Nick Dawson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-384) and index
  • Includes filmography: pages 343-354
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1968
  • Where it's at
  • The director
  • Harold and Maude
  • Nicholson
  • The last detail
  • Shampoo
  • Glory bound
  • Coming home
  • Double feature
  • Prologue
  • Being there
  • Lookin' to get out
  • Like a Rolling Stone
  • Getting out
  • Old man
  • The slugger's wife
  • 8 million ways to die
  • The last movie
  • Starting over
  • Do not go gentle
  • Enter Hal
  • The artist as a young man
  • Los Angeles
  • Doors open...
  • The family man
  • Norman
  • Motion picture pioneers of America
Control code
261177179
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 402 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780813125381
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009001258
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)261177179
Label
Being Hal Ashby : life of a Hollywood rebel, Nick Dawson
Publication
Bibliography note
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 355-384) and index
  • Includes filmography: pages 343-354
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1968
  • Where it's at
  • The director
  • Harold and Maude
  • Nicholson
  • The last detail
  • Shampoo
  • Glory bound
  • Coming home
  • Double feature
  • Prologue
  • Being there
  • Lookin' to get out
  • Like a Rolling Stone
  • Getting out
  • Old man
  • The slugger's wife
  • 8 million ways to die
  • The last movie
  • Starting over
  • Do not go gentle
  • Enter Hal
  • The artist as a young man
  • Los Angeles
  • Doors open...
  • The family man
  • Norman
  • Motion picture pioneers of America
Control code
261177179
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 402 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780813125381
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009001258
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)261177179

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