The Men Who Made The Movies Premiere

ARTS CHANNEL – Thursday 17 December, 7.30pm

This extraordinary 6-part series explores the careers of five of Hollywood’s most talented and influential directors: Howard Hawks, King Vidor, George Cukor, Raoul Walsh and Samuel Fuller. Providing a fascinating history of the film industry, each show in the series features exclusive interviews with the director and film clips that demonstrate the genius each man brought to the screen. The series, featuring a new narration by Sydney Pollack, offers personal reminiscences from the directors combined with re-mastered clips featuring the best scenes from most of their best films. It gives an overview of how and why they began their careers, the excitement of their craft, how they define a director’s job and the events they gratefully acknowledge as making their careers.

King Vidor who brought us groundbreaking classics, The Big Parade (1925) The Crowd (1928) and The Champ (1931). Also went on to direct Northwest Passage, Gone with the Wind and War & Peace.
Raoul Walsh, who brought James Cagney’s and Errol Flynn’s characters to life on-screen in White Heat (1949), The Roaring Twenties (1939), They Died With Their Boots On (1941) and Gentleman Jim (1942)
Howard Hawks, who made westerns and action classics like Rio Bravo (1959) Red River (1948) and Scarface (1932) as well as romantic comedies like Bringing Up Baby (1938) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
George Cukor, who directed the greats Katherine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story (1940) and Pat and Mike (1952), Judy Garland in A Star is Born (1954) and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady (1964)
Samuel Fuller who was known for his hard hitting tabloid-influenced storytelling in such movies as The Big Red One (1980), Verboten! (1958) and The Naked Kiss (1964).

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