Film Directors on Directing

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Anthony Harvey

The roll call of fine actors in Anthony Harvey's films is indeed impressive -- Peter O'Toole, Faye Dunaway, George C. Scott, Joanne Woodward, Glenda Jackson, Dirk Bogarde, Liv Ullmann , Martin Sheen, Michael Moriarty, Bette Davis, Nick Nolte, and especially Katharine Hepburn. Harvey calls Hepburn "a remarkable person and a great friend," and has directed her in The Lion in Winter ( 1968), for which she won an Academy Award; the Emmy-winning The Glass Menagerie ( 1973); and the black comedy Grace Quigley ( 1984). The director's affinity for actors stems from his beginnings in his native England. He was born in London on June 3, 1931, and as a teenager played Vivien Leigh's brother Ptolemy in Caesar and Cleopatra ( 1946). He won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, then moved into film editing, becoming one of England's top cutters on such pictures as John and Roy Boulting Private's Progress ( 1956) and I'm Alright, Jack ( 1959); Bryan Forbes' The L-Shaped Room ( 1962) and The Whisperers ( 1965); and most importantly, Stanley Kubrick Lolita ( 1961) and Dr. Strangelove ( 1964).

Harvey's directorial debut, Dutchman ( 1967), won him industry recognition at Cannes, and attracted the attention of Peter O'Toole, who insisted he direct The Lion in Winter, the twelfth-century historical drama with O'Toole as Henry II and Katharine Hepburn as Eleanor of Aquitaine. The picture earned Harvey the prestigious Directors Guild of America Award. Harvey has continued to direct such critically acclaimed features as They Might Be Giants ( 1971) and Eagle's Wing ( 1979), as well as outstanding television films like The Glass Menagerie, The Disappearance of Aimee ( 1976), and The Patricia Neal Story ( 1982).

I interviewed Tony Harvey in March, 1988, in New York City.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface and Acknowledgments ix
  • John G. Avildsen 1
  • Tony Bill 21
  • Michael Cimino 37
  • Abel Ferrara 49
  • James Glickenhaus 57
  • Menahem Golan 75
  • Stuart Gordon 89
  • Ulu Grosbard 101
  • Anthony Harvey 115
  • Dennis Hopper 127
  • Ted Kotcheff 141
  • Adrian Lyne 159
  • John Milius 169
  • Alan Parker 183
  • Franc Roddam 195
  • Mark Rydell 209
  • Susan Seidelman 221
  • Joan Micklin Silver 231
  • James Toback 241
  • FrançOis Truffaut 259
  • Wim Wenders 269
  • Bibliography 279
  • Index 283
  • About the Author 301
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