Film Talk: Directors at Work

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VAL GUEST

The late British filmmaker Val Guest will forever be remembered as the director of three science fiction horror classics from Hammer Films: The Quatermass Xperiment (1955), known as The Creeping Unknown in the United States and given its odd title spelling for the “X” certificate the film received from the British censor for its horrific content; Quatermass II (1957), also known as Enemy from Space; and The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961), an apocalyptic nuclear disarmament thriller. His work ranges from bizarre comedy (Expresso Bongo, 1960) to crime films (Hell Is a City, 1960) to classic British comedy (The Runaway Bus, 1954) and big-budget spectacles (Casino Royale, 1967). Guest gave Peter Sellers his first big break in films and later performed the same service for Woody Allen. In addition to directing some fifty-four feature films, Guest also worked extensively as a journalist for the film trade papers in the 1930s. He wrote the scripts for most of the films he directed, took on scripting chores for other filmmakers, and even composed the songs for some of his musical films. At first typed as a director of domestic British comedies, Guest stumbled into his association with Hammer in the early 1950s with two comedy films; then, despite his initial resistance, he agreed to direct the film that put Hammer on the map as an international studio. Val Guest was married for many years to the actress Yolande Donlan, who figured prominently in his career as a filmmaker. I interviewed Val Guest on July 22, 2001, shortly before The Day the Earth Caught Fire and The Quatermass Xperiment were screened as part of a retrospective of his work at the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles. Val Guest died on May 10, 2006.

WHEELER WINSTON DIXON: The first thing that struck me in looking through all your credits is that, while you have a cult reputation as a horror and science fiction director, it's really not true.

VAL GUEST: No.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • The Old Masters 1
  • Ronald Neame 3
  • Val Guest 23
  • Budd Boetticher 38
  • Albert Maysles 58
  • Cult Visions 81
  • Jack Hill 83
  • Monte Hellman 98
  • Robert Downey Sr 119
  • New Voices 137
  • Takashi Shimizu 139
  • Jamie Babbit 160
  • Bennett Miller 174
  • Kasi Lemmons 188
  • Index 205
  • About the Author 218
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