Straight from the Horse's Mouth: Ronald Neame, an Autobiography

Straight from the Horse's Mouth: Ronald Neame, an Autobiography

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Now in Paperback! Ronald Neame's autobiography takes its title from one of his best-loved films, The Horse's Mouth (1958), starring Alec Guinness. In an informative and entertaining style, Neame discusses the making of that film, along with several others, including In Which We Serve, Blithe Spirit, Brief Encounter, Great Expectations, Tunes of Glory, I Could Go on Singing, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Scrooge, The Poseidon Adventure, and Hopscotch. Straight from the Horse's Mouth provides a fascinating, first-hand account of a unique filmmaker, who began his career as assistant cameraman on Hitchcock's first talkie, Blackmail, and went on to direct Maggie Smith, Judy Garland, Walter Matthau, and many other prominent performers. The book includes tales of the on-and-off-the-set antics of comedian George Formby, and original accounts of his experiences working with Noel Coward and David Lean. This is not simply an autobiography, but rather a history of British cinema from the 1920s through the 1960s, and Hollywood cinema from the 1960s through the present. Aside from Neame's own writing, the book contains original commentary by many of his contemporaries and associates including Alec Guinness, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Shirley MacLaine, Walter Matthau, John Mills and Shelley Winters. Includes more than 40 photos!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781461671428
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/27/2003
Series: The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series , #98
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 328
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Ronald Neame has enjoyed an unparalleled career in the film industry, beginning as an assistant cameraman in his native England in the 1920s, becoming a director of photography with such major motion pictures as Major Barbara, In Which We Serve, and Blithe Spirit, and later graduating to producer and director with Take My Life, The Golden Salamander, The Card, The Man Who Never Was, and some 20 other feature films. Barbara Roisman Cooper is a freelance writer specializing in celebrity profiles for various publications.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Foreword
Part 2 Foreword
Part 3 Introduction
Chapter 4 1 Miss World
Chapter 5 2 Blackmail
Chapter 6 3 Beryl
Chapter 7 4 The Elstree Fire
Chapter 8 5 Quota Quickies
Chapter 9 6 Major Barbara
Chapter 10 7 Noël Coward
Chapter 11 8 Cineguild
Chapter 12 9 Hollywood
Chapter 13 10 Expectations
Chapter 14 11 The Academy
Chapter 15 12 Take My Life
Chapter 16 13 Passionate Friends
Chapter 17 14 Crashing On Regardless
Chapter 18 15 The Magic Box
Chapter 19 16 The Card
Chapter 20 17 The Million Pound Note
Chapter 21 18 The Man Who Never Was
Chapter 22 19 Windom's Way
Chapter 23 20 Alec Guinness
Chapter 24 21 Tunes of Glory
Chapter 25 22 Judy Garland
Chapter 26 23 Ron Pon
Chapter 27 24 Mister Moses
Chapter 28 25 Gambit
Chapter 29 26 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Chapter 30 27 Scrooge
Chapter 31 28 The Poseidon Adventure
Chapter 32 29 Losses and Gains
Chapter 33 30 Walter Matthau
Chapter 34 31 Donna
Part 35 Appendix A: The Films of Ronald Neame
Part 36 Appendix B: Awards and Honors
Part 37 Acknowledgments
Part 38 Index

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