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Nice Guys Don't Work In Hollywood (Drag City)


"What other film director has a) created avant-garde films and was part
of Kenneth Anger’s inner circle, b) directed critically acclaimed and
cult-adored horror films like Night Tide and Games, and c) directed
episodes of Charlie’s Angels and Dynasty? The answer can only be CURTIS
HARRINGTON. Nice Guys Don’t Work In Hollywood is a fast-paced view of
Harrington’s journey through the kaleidoscope of the movie business,
acting alternately as personal memoir and cultural history from a
veteran of the entertainment business. In addition, Harrington was
living as a gay man in Hollywood and the book gives a rare peek into the
hidden world of what was then an elite subculture. What sets this
memoir apart is Harrington’s unusual career trajectory. Starting in
1940s avant-garde heyday, Harrington made several deeply intuitive and
evocative films which were heralded by the likes of Maya Deren and Anaïs
Nin. Against all odds, he then became a Hollywood insider, working as
assistant for the infamous Jerry Wald. As a director, he made the cult
classic Night Tide, worked in the Roger Corman stable, and helmed
several of his own distinctive horror films including Games and What’s
the Matter With Helen? In the 1970s and 1980s he began what he called
his descent down the “slippery slope” of television work and soon found
himself directing episodes of Charlie’s Angels and Dynasty. Nice Guys
Don’t Work in Hollywood chronicles this strange arc with wit and campy
style. It is both a serious study of film aesthetics, and a gossipy
tell-all. Along the way, an unlikely cast of characters including Dennis
Hopper, Christopher Isherwood, Shelley Winters, Marilyn Monroe, Stanley
Kubrick, and Aaron Spelling share space with the machinations of the
film and TV business making this a truly unique look at the Hollywood
dream. Photos from throughout Curtis Harrington’s career are included as
well as two supplements: Harrington’s 1949 “Index of the Films of Josef
von Sternberg” originally printed in Sight & Sound magazine, and
the short story “The Secrets of the Sea” which became the basis for
Harrington’s classic film Night Tide." - DRAG CITY

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 12 July, 2013.

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