Secret Lives of Great Filmmakers: What Your Teachers Never Told You about the World's Greatest Directors
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Strange-But-True Tales of Cross-Dressers, Drug Addicts, Foot Fetishists, and Other Legendary Filmmakers.
With outrageous and uncensored profiles of everyone from D. W. Griffith to Quentin Tarantino, Secret Lives of Great Filmmakers reveals the little-known secrets of all your favorite directors. Why did Charlie Chaplin refuse to bathe for weeks at a time? Was Alfred Hitchcock really missing a belly button? Is Walt Disney’s corpse preserved in a state of suspended animation? And why on earth did Francis Ford Coppola direct a 3-D pornographic movie? The legends of the silver screen will never be the same!
student, Peckinpah preferred shooting off guns with his friends to attending class and was constantly getting into fights. When he was seventeen years old, his parents shipped him off to military school, although the discipline didn’t really take. Peckinpah served in the Marines during World War II—without seeing any combat—and didn’t really find an outlet for his pent-up creative energies until after the war, when he enrolled at Fresno State College and started taking theater classes. In 1952,
of his youth in England and attended Jesus College at Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. After working his way up in the movie business from assistant film librarian to director, he made his initial splash with the 1956 sci-fi classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Action films were his real forte, however, and he left his most lasting mark with a series of violent-crime and Western pictures starring his protégé, Clint Eastwood. SAM FULLER (1912–1997) Major Films: Pickup on
Phillips’ car checked for blood and hair samples. He also threatened the folkie’s life with a meat cleaver. FEELING CAVITY’S PULL Maybe the prospect of Polanski returning to Hollywood isn’t such a good idea after all. His most recent foray into mainstream American moviemaking came in 2007, when he played a small role as a bumbling French police inspector in the lowbrow buddy comedy Rush Hour 3. Among other indignities, the part called for Polanski to perform a full-body cavity search on
evoke someone who’s been mainlining the stuff on a daily basis for decades. It didn’t have to end in a haze of hash smoke and half-baked JFK assassination theories. William Oliver Stone (or “Bill Stone,” as he used to like to style himself, thinking his middle name made him seem too effeminate) was in fact a child of privilege. His father, Louis Stone, was a prosperous New York City stockbroker—the model for the character or Gordon Gekko in Wall Street. Grumpy and emotionally distant, Louis
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