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White Hunter, Black Heart

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It was a stellar cast gathered to make an epic masterpiece...a movie that could be made only by a mad genius. And John Wilson was a cinematic genius sent dangerously out of control by the madness of Africa itself. The human cost would be awesome, reflecting the tragic legacy for Africa of the white man's ignorance, arrogance...and passion.
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 1st 1987 by Laurel (first published 1953)
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Pauline Kael was right. This really IS the best book ever written about the movie-making process (in all it's batshit-crazy glory).

The dialogue is so sharp, and the recall feels so authentic, that Viertel places you in every situation right alongside the characters (one of whom is based on himself). It's even more enjoyable if you've seen 'The African Queen', and know a bit about the real people (John Huston, Peter Viertel, Sam Spiegel, Humphrey Bogart, Kate Hepburn et al) the characters are ba
Jon Terry
So very much better than the movie. Don't get me wrong, the movie is good. Clint Eastwood made a good film. But there was so much left out, that watching the movie again after reading the book was a huge letdown.

Viertel tells a great story. This is a fictionalized account of John Huston and the story surrounding his making of "The African Queen".
Jon Boorstin
Perhaps the best book about the battle to make a picture, and the sadistic, egomaniacal pleasures of being a director. Modeled on John Huston, and the making of The African Queen.
Much better than the movie ... In my personal opinion...
Clint Eastwood is a great actor but the book portrays so much more about the story
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