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Huston, We Have a Problem: A Kaleidoscope of Filmmaking Memories (Filmmakers) (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series) [Hardcover]

Oswald Morris
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2 Feb 2006 0810857065 978-0810857063
In this captivating memoir, Oscar(R)-winning cinematographer Oswald ("Ossie") Morris looks back over his 58-film career as Director of Photography for such front rank directors as John Huston, Carol Reed, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Stanley Kubrick, Ronald Neame, Vittorio De Sica, Franco Zeffirelli, Norman Jewison and Sidney Lumet. Though he eschews "kiss-and-tell," Ossie provides many personal and amusing insights into the making of many films, including Moulin Rouge, Moby Dick, The Guns of Navarone, Lolita, The Hill, Fiddler on the Roof, The Man Who Would be King and Oliver! Morris photographed many of the top stars-Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Sophia Loren, Marlon Brando, Humphrey Bogart, Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, James Mason, Paul Newman, Michael Caine, and Sean Connery, among others-and relates a fund of intimate anecdotes about them. He also recounts his run-ins with legendary producer, David O. Selznick, who battered him with his infamous memos throughout the making of Stazione Termini, Beat The Devil and A Farewell to Arms. Morris also offers many technical revelations about making films in the pre-digital era, including groundbreaking innovations and camera tricks. For all those interested in the history of film, both at a personal and technical level, this is a rich and rewarding look into the world of cinema.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Education (2 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810857065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810857063
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 925,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a great read, written in a witty and 'can't put down' style...Congratulations to Ossie, Geoffrey Bull and all concerned for producing a fine book. Image Technology Here's a bit of good news. Oswald Morris has written his memoirs. Who's he? You almost surely don't know, but in this case, that's a good thing. He's one of that legion of film personnel who have contributed to some of the best films of the past 50 years but almost never bothered to pass along their recollections before going out of this world forever. Film history just got a little richer. The Big Reel

About the Author

Oswald Morris was Director of Photography on nearly 60 films, including Sleuth, Oliver! and The Wiz, the latter two of which earned him Academy Award(R) nominations. In 1972 he won the Oscar(R) for Best Cinematography for his work on Fiddler on the Roof. In 1998, he was awarded the OBE for "services to cinematography and the film industry." Geoffrey Bull is a freelance writer with 20 years of experience on several UK newspapers and specializes in writing about film, books, and the theater.

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5.0 out of 5 stars HUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM 11 May 2010
Huston We Have A Problem is a first class read about the ups and downs of working in the film business. Morris has us gripped to our chair relating great stories about working with some of the biggest stars and greatest directors. Once picked up,this book will be hard to put down. Well worth the asking price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Bio 7 Oct 2012
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An innovative director of photography and his memoirs. He's not afraid to get into the details of the camera's workings which will be a delight for film technicians everywhere. Behind the scenes of some of history's greatest films. A great companion piece to his mentor, Ronald Neame's, autobiography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An important lifetime 13 May 2007
By C. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
We purchased this book to get to know a man who was a friend to my father.

Flying together during WW2 I only got to know Ossie through my father and laterly after having the priviledge of meeting he and his wife Lee, found he and his career, most fascinating.

I can recommend this book to anyone with an interest in cinematography. It maps out a lifetime career of achievement sharing both the bad times with the very, very good while allowing you to see into the wonderful person who is Oswald Morris.
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