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Henry Bumstead and the World of Hollywood Art Direction
From a hotel in Marrakech in The Man Who Knew Too Much, to small-town Alabama in To Kill a Mockingbird, to Mission Control in Space Cowboys, creating a fictional, yet wholly believable world in which to film a movie has been the passion and life's work of Henry Bumstead, one of Hollywood's most celebrated production designers. In a career that has spanned nearly seventy ...more
Hardcover, 205 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by University of Texas Press
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What is an art director or production designer? This book explains via the 70-year career of Bumstead, who helped find locations and build sets for Clint Eastwood, Alfred Hitchcock and others. I knew Henry a little and he seems as cheerful in this book as in my encounter with him. This book might have benefited from more specifics on how a set is built, dressed and aged. But the anecdotes are charming.
Henry was the father of a good friend of mine when I lived in Boulder in the 70's and 80's. I read some of this book when I visited her in San Diego in 2007. Henry had died fairly recently. She and I and others were watching the Oscars from Boulder the night he won his second statue for "The Sting".