Blake Edwards: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers Series) by Gabriella Oldham, ISBN-13: 978-1496815668


Blake Edwards: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers Series) by Gabriella Oldham, ISBN-13: 978-1496815668

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  • Publisher: ‎ University Press of Mississippi; 1st edition (December 12, 2017)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1496815661
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1496815668

Blake Edwards (1922-2010) was a multitalented, versatile director constantly exploring who he was, not only in filmmaking but also in life. Often typecast as a comedy director, he also created westerns, thrillers, musicals, and heart-wrenching dramas. His strength as a filmmaker came from his ability to be a triple threat―writer, director, and producer―allowing him full control of his films, especially when the studio system failed him.

Blake Edwards: Interviews highlights how the filmmaker created the hugely successful Pink Panther franchise; his long partnership with award-winning composer Henry Mancini; his principles of comedy as influenced by the comic greats of film history, especially silent comedies; his decades-long marriage and film collaborations with Julie Andrews; and his unique philosophy of life. Continually testing his abilities as a writer, which he considered himself to be above all other professions, Edwards did not hesitate to strip comedy from films that clearly and purposefully explored other genres with sharp, dramatic insight. He created thrilling suspense (Experiment in Terror); rugged westerns (Wild Rovers); riveting drama (Days of Wine and Roses); and bittersweet romance (Breakfast at Tiffany’s). He also created musicals, namely Darling Lili and Victor/Victoria, showcasing the talents of Andrews. In fact, many of these films have been considered some of Edwards’s finest in his appreciable career.

Reinventing himself throughout his sixty-year career, Edwards found new outlets of expression that fueled his creativity to the very end. This long-overdue collection of published interviews explores the ups and downs―and ups again―of a sometimes flawed but always gifted and often surprising filmmaker.

Table of Contents:

Half title
The Edwardian Look
All Set
Blake Edwards: Busted Budgets Are Box Office
Blake Edwards Talks about Budgets, Real and Exaggerated
Blake Edwards Interview—In the Lair of the Pink Panther
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S.O.B.: Blake Edwards’s Blast at His Real-Life Blacklisting
Seminar with Blake Edwards
S.O.B.: Do They Mean the Movie or Blake Edwards?
Portrait: Blake Edwards
Home Movie: Blake Edwards’s Life Is Autobiographical
Director—Writer—Producer—Husband—Father and Former Actor: Blake Edwards
Reconcilable Differences
Blake Edwards Is Up to His Movie Maverick Tricks Again
Director Blake Edwards Displays a Bronze Touch
“I Write on What I Know”: Interview with Blake Edwards
Jimmy Smits and Blake Edwards—Switch’s Real Men
His Pain, His Gain
Topping the Topper: Blake Edwards
The Clouseau Gene
Blake Edwards: In the Pink
Interview with Blake Edwards
An Active Imagination
Proust Questionnaire: Blake Edwards
The Art of Blake Edwards at the Pacific Design Center
Old School

Gabriella Oldham is a writer and educator with a passion for film. Her books include First Cut: Conversations with Film Editors; First Cut 2: More Conversations with Film Editors; Keaton’s Silent Shorts: Beyond the Laughter; Harry Langdon: King of Silent Comedy;and Blake Edwards: Interviews and John Cassavetes: Interviews, both published by University Press of Mississippi.

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