The Hustons

The Hustons From Walter to John to Anjelica there are three generations of Oscar winners in the remarkable Huston family

  • Title: The Hustons
  • Author: Lawrence Grobel
  • ISBN: 9780684190198
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From Walter to John to Anjelica, there are three generations of Oscar winners in the remarkable Huston family.

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    1. At first I questioned whether it was wise for Grobel to start the book with the final months of John Huston's life (shortly before the book was published). The rest of the book is in chronological order from the time of his grandparents and by the time we get to John Huston being essentially homeless in England we have built up a great deal of sympathy for him. Which was the right way to go about it because after he reaches the heights of success as a movie director he's often a real bastard, es [...]

    2. It’s an entertaining read, but huge. I never thought I’d finish it. What a saga. I especially liked the insight into McCarthyism from Huston’s perspective.

    3. John Huston’s work as a director reads like the canon of American film: The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of Sierra Madre, Key Largo, The Asphalt Jungle, The Red Badge of Courage, The African Queen, Moulin Rouge, Beat the Devil, Moby Dick, Heaven Knows Mr. Allison, The Unforgiven, The Misfits, Night of the Iguana, The Bible, Reflections in a Golden Eye, The Kremlin Letter, Fat City, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, The Man Who Would Be King, Annie, Under the Volcano, The Dead, Wise Blood, [...]

    4. EXHAUSTIVEThis book covers the entire history of film from the thirties through the nineties through the prism of the Huston family and John Huston in particular. no matter what you think of John Huston's films or whether he was a cad or not there is no denying that he was a larger than life character. One of a kind. As such it is fascinating to read about a person utterly unlike anyone you've ever met. Plus if you are at all interested in film this book gives a great perspective on moviemaking [...]

    5. So I finally finished this book - reading almost 800 pages about the Hustons can be a bit much sometimes, but it was an interesting take on a man of huge appetite who cast such an impressive wake that no one really challenged the notion that he could destroy everything in that wake. He sounds like a unique, masterful, selfish, brilliant man who cast a very large shadow over a very old Hollywood family.

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