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William Cameron Menzies

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  • William Cameron Menzies

    Very readable biography of this director/designer with a Scottish background.
    The book is entitled "William Cameron Menzies"
    Last edited by orpheum; 17th May 2017, 09:17 PM.

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    I've always liked his Things to come from 1937, he was one of those director's who could evoke the lavish style of a Hollywood production while working in England. Which given the restrains of the studio system and budgets highlighted his talent. What's the name of the book.

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      The Maze (1953), is one of my favourite horror films, and I still have an old vhs recording from Channel 4. I would love to see it in 3D some day.

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        Nearly half waythroughThere are some mentions of Marcel Carmel in Hollywood.I am now onto the chapter on Things To Come.Fascinating stuff.

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          Originally posted by tv horror View Post
          I've always liked his Things to come from 1937, he was one of those director's who could evoke the lavish style of a Hollywood production while working in England. Which given the restrains of the studio system and budgets highlighted his talent. What's the name of the book.
          William Cameron Menzies:The Shape Of Films To Come by James Curtis - Pantheon books 432 pages.

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          • #6
            Purchased!

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            • #7
              Thanks for the info I have James Curtis' other book on James Whale, a great read.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Gerald Lovell View Post
                Purchased!
                I recently finished this. A highly enjoyable book, full of wonderful information and some lovely illustrations. Admirably, it did not linger on Menzies' philandering and drinking and concentrated on his amazing body of work which was neglected for so long and is now being re-assessed and appreciated.

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                • #9
                  William Cameron Menzies was one of the 6 directors (he was one of the 3 uncredited directors) on Korda's The Thief of Bagdad (1940) but he also got an uncredited directors credit on the IMDb for The Wild Heart (1952), David O. Selznicks bad re-editing of Powell & Pressburger's Gone to Earth (1950). He seems to have been a "gun for hire" on those two occasions

                  Steve

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