A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2004 - Performing Arts - 592 pages
(Applause Books). Winner of Best Non-Fiction for 2002 Award from the Los Angeles Times Book Review! Samuel Fuller was one of the most prolific and independent writer-director-producers in Hollywood. His 29 tough, gritty films made from 1949 to 1989 set out to capture the truth of war, racism and human frailties, and incorporate some of his own experiences. His film Park Row was inspired by his years in the New York newspaper business, where his beat included murders, suicides, state executions and race riots. He writes about hitchhiking across the country at the height of the Great Depression. His years in the army in World War II are captured in his hugely successful pictures The Big Red One , The Steel Helmet and Merrill's Marauders . Fuller's other films include Pickup on South Street ; Underworld U.S.A. , a movie that shows how gangsters in the 1960s were seen as "respected" tax-paying executives; Shock Corridor , which exposed the conditions in mental institutions; and White Dog , written in collaboration with Curtis Hanson ( L.A. Confidential ), a film so controversial that Paramount's then studio heads Jeffrey Katzenberg and Michael Eisner refused to release it. In addition to his work in film, Samuel Fuller (1911-1997) wrote eleven novels. He lived in Los Angeles with his wife and their daughter. A Third Face was completed by Jerome Henry Rudes, Fuller's longtime friend, and his wife, Christa Lang Fuller. "Fuller wasn't one for tactful understatement and his hot-blooded, incident-packed autobiography is accordingly blunt ... A Third Face is a grand, lively, rambunctious memoir." Janet Maslin, The New York Times ; "Fuller's last work is a joy and an important addition to film and popular culture literature." Publishers Weekly ; "If you don't like the films of Sam Fuller, then you just don't like cinema." Martin Scorsese, from the book's introduction
 

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Detailed, colorful autobiography by one of America's most creative filmmakers.The gritty, uncompromising work of director Fuller (1911-97) has over the years won him a devoted international cult ... Read full review

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Fuller's early days on the east coast, his military career, and his first few years in Hollywood are even more interesting than when he became an established film director with an international ... Read full review

Contents

A Stroke of Good Fortune
3
Plunging in Head First
7
Mamas Boy
12
Manhattan Explorer
17
Run Sammy Run
25
Flash Like a New Comet
39
World of Nevertheless
54
Westward Ho
64
Stuffed with Phalluses
355
I Used My Own Voice
365
Los Angeles Mon Amour
375
Breathing Revenge
382
The Smell of Truth
391
Tempted by Television
398
Love Your Country Despite the Ulcers
403
Want to Be a Lindy?
415

Chaos and Bewilderment
77
Added Zeroes
87
Forget About Greatness
98
The Big Red One
109
Husky
122
Just Stand There
135
Impossible to Feel Blessed
147
Send a Photo to My Mother
162
Detailed Description
176
Death Rained Down
178
Eggs Off a Womans Belly
190
A River of Tears
200
Falkenau
213
Earthquake ofWar
219
The Bubble Will Burst
233
The First Adult Western
244
Earning Some Clout
251
Pursuit of Happiness
267
A Little BlackandWhite Picture
279
Dont Wave the Flag at Me
291
WideScreen Sub Picture
307
Cherry Blossoms and Whirligigs
314
Mato Grosso
324
Wheres Your Pride Ma?
332
Grab Em Slap Em Shak Em Up
345
Two to Tango
427
Sharks
440
Lean Times
446
Off the Radar Screen
450
Turmoil and Waste
456
Making It All Worthwhile
464
The Unmaking of a Klansman
471
Let Them Judge for Themselves
475
FourLegged Time Bomb
484
A Third Face
497
Breadwinner in France
505
Half Full Not Half Empty
512
Sons and Sonsofbitches
518
Being Serious Without Taking It Seriously
526
Still Burning Inside
530
Metamorphosis of a Melody
537
Long Long Thoughts
543
State of Peace
550
Kiss Me Baby
556
Notes
563
The Works of Samuel Fuller
569
Bibliography
575
Acknowledgments
577
Index
579
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