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5.0 out of 5 stars Huston - an Irish hunstman from the Mexican cavalry
John Huston's autobiography 'An Open Book' was written while the author - a film director whose life spanned the period from the earliest days of Hollywood to his eventual death in 1987 - was living, in old age, as something of a recluse in Mexico.

From this quiet, remote, idyllic spot he tells - as he sees it - the story of his own life and the many...
Published on 21 Nov 2006 by Arthur Crown

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2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap nasty edition with extremely poor photo reproduction.
This book is intrinsically a very interesting read. Unfortunately the version sold to me by Amazon has Extremely crudely reproduced photographs. Since there are many of them, and they were originally an important element of the book , the result is a travesty of John Huston's autobiography. Someone should have prevented this cheap jack rip off from being sold as the real...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Huston - an Irish hunstman from the Mexican cavalry, 21 Nov 2006
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This review is from: An Open Book (Paperback)
John Huston's autobiography 'An Open Book' was written while the author - a film director whose life spanned the period from the earliest days of Hollywood to his eventual death in 1987 - was living, in old age, as something of a recluse in Mexico.

From this quiet, remote, idyllic spot he tells - as he sees it - the story of his own life and the many experiences and fotuitous friendships and relationships which he believes had been important in making him the way he was.

It goes back as far as he can go into his own ancestry and the origin of his own name - Huston. It goes deep into the impressions of his own family that he formed as a child and refined as he grew up.

He shares with us his many mistakes, as well as the background to some of his greatest successes - which nominally, are his many great films.

But somehow more important than this is the way he approaches his life and how he tells his own story. At one point he is discussing what actually constitutes the 'style' of a writer and what makes it distinctive. He concludes that what is called a writer's style is straightforwardly a unique artefact of how that person thinks and feels about their life and experience.

This book is full of a polished but intimate candour that illuminates and compliments his long and successful career in film
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must-Read For Film Buffs, 30 Dec 1998
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Here are some great annecdotes (Bogart, Hepburn, Lorrie, Connery, et al.) by one of Hollywood's greatest directors. Huston's private life rivals any script that he ever shot, and his skill and training as a scriptwriter makes this an interesting, articulate volume.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap nasty edition with extremely poor photo reproduction., 20 Sep 2013
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This book is intrinsically a very interesting read. Unfortunately the version sold to me by Amazon has Extremely crudely reproduced photographs. Since there are many of them, and they were originally an important element of the book , the result is a travesty of John Huston's autobiography. Someone should have prevented this cheap jack rip off from being sold as the real thing. Five stars for John Huston, minus five for the producers of this version of the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Its a good read but i have the fealing he only tells 70%, 1 Sep 2013
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As John Huston writes he has lived atleast 3 life times in one and wonders where all the years went. Who ever reads this will not be disappointed , every page there is something happening but I have the fealing that he left out as much as he put in but still a good read I just wish it was a no holds bar read.
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