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Film Crazy: Interviews With Hollywood Legends

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Film Crazy: Interviews With Hollywood Legends

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Patrick McGilligan
St. Martin's Press
Movies, Nonfiction

We gave it a D+

”We saw ourselves as scholars or historians,” writes author Patrick McGilligan, waxing nostalgically about the ”film craziness” at the University of Wisconsin in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when cinema studies was in its infancy as an academic discipline. If only he’d been more erudite when he conducted the 12 interviews with greats like Alfred Hitchcock, Ida Lupino, and George Stevens that are included in the slapdash collection Film Crazy: Interviews With Hollywood Legends. The mundane, sometimes blathering conversations offer little insight — unless you’re surprised that director Robert Stevenson (Old Yeller, Mary Poppins) liked Walt Disney (”the best executive I ever met in my life”), that Joel McCrea was no Olivier (”I never pretended to be a great actor”), or that William Wellman (Wings, A Star Is Born) misses the golden days of Hollywood (”Where are all the wonderful stars that we had? There are none…”). You’ve heard it all before, better. D+