It was a stellar cast gathered to make an epic masterpiecea movie that could be made only by a mad genius And John Wilson was a cinematic genius sent dangerously out of control by the madness of Africa itself The human cost would be awesome, reflecting the tragic legacy for Africa of the white man s ignorance, arroganced passion.
White Hunter Black Heart It was a stellar cast gathered to make an epic masterpiecea movie that could be made only by a mad genius And John Wilson was a cinematic genius sent dangerously out of control by the madness of Afric
Pauline Kael was right This really IS the best book ever written about the movie making process in all it s batshit crazy glory The dialogue is so sharp, and the recall feels so authentic, that Viertel places you in every situation right alongside the characters one of whom is based on himself It s even enjoyable if you ve seen The African Queen , and know a bit about the real people John Huston, Peter Viertel, Sam Spiegel, Humphrey Bogart, Kate Hepburn et al the characters are based on The vei [...]
Perhaps the best book about the battle to make a picture, and the sadistic, egomaniacal pleasures of being a director Modeled on John Huston, and the making of The African Queen.
Welcome to Africa, and into the mind of John Wilson, a movie genius out of control as the madness of Africa asserts itself on him and others The arrogance, stupidity and passion of man is studied in this novel.
So very much better than the movie Don t get me wrong, the movie is good Clint Eastwood made a good film But there was so much left out, that watching the movie again after reading the book was a huge letdown.Viertel tells a great story This is a fictionalized account of John Huston and the story surrounding his making of The African Queen.
Much better than the movie In my personal opinionClint Eastwood is a great actor but the book portrays so much about the story