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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: UKA Press (7 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905796102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905796106
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 416,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Barton Keyes on 6 Jun 2006
Format: Paperback
-- or how to make a film legend, over eight years and without any money.

I consumed this book in the space of one long train journey. By the time I had finished it

1) I really wanted to meet Kevin Brownlow because of the stories he probably missed out of HIHH

2) I knew vastly more about film-making than I did before I started the book.

Kevin Brownlow comes across as one of Nature's gentlemen: the story he tells is principled; unassuming; generous in its praise for those who helped him and remarkably restrained in its condemnation of those who hindered.

It's a very funny book too in its own way and certainly one of the best film memoirs I have ever read.

By the end of the book my admiration for Brownlow and his co-director Andrew Mollo was very deep.

The only irritating thing about the story is that their marathon dedication certainly left me unsettlingly aware of my own shortcomings in terms of perseverance
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Johnson on 1 Nov 2010
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This is a very interesting Book..However you probably should watch the Film "It Happened Here" To have a better understanding of the Book..It shows that determination..can win over adversity..The Film is a masterpiece..In Documentary Style,is dark and enquiring..
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By brian on 18 Feb 2013
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reading the book with great pleasure.i saw the film a few years ago with a commentary at a small cinema club
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By JREwan on 30 April 2012
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This is a very interesting book for anyone who has either been involved with, or is considering getting involved with a low-budget or no-budget film, if they also have aspirations towards commercial distribution; although the content is historical, realistically, the attitudes of the people who are part of the commercial movie-making machine will not have changed a great deal in the intervening period. The more you can do for yourself, so that you do not have to rely on support from people with no artistic vision, the better it will be.

I did think that this book was a bit lightweight, given the complexity of the project, and the contentious nature of the subject matter, but there are plenty of useful photographs, so all in all, it is a good read, especially if you already know the film; if not, it should prove a good incentive to see the film, which is a very creditworthy effort for two young men of such tender years, especially given the period in which it was made.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Well worth a look. 13 Sep 2005
By Sean C. Batton - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book in my university library and picked it up based on what I read from the back cover. I had never heard of this movie but I had read Brownlow's amazing The Parade's Gone By and figured I could spend a few minutes flipping through the pages. The minutes turned into hours and I forfeited my studies to concentrate entirely on this book.

Not only is it a very intersting and exciting account of two teenagers growing up as they try against all odds to make a historically accurate film for no money, but it also addresses issues such as the artist's responsibility to be honest to his subject and what lengths are neccessary to acheive it.

A great autobiographical account, I would highly suggest this book for other film students planning their own films, as well as those interested in film history or the work of Kevin Brownlow. I did eventually see the movie, and felt that my veiwing experienced was enhanced in part from having read this text.
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