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Stunt Man: The Autobiography of Yakima Canutt

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Even before "talkies" came along, Yakima Canutt was thrilling motion-picture audiences with his daring stunts in blood-and-thunder Westerns - and starring in them too. The former rodeo champion stunted in or directed the action of some of the most famous Hollywood films: Stagecoach, Gone with the Wind, Spartacus, and Ivanhoe, to name a few. In Stunt Man, Yakima (with Olive ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by University of Oklahoma Press (first published 1979)
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Amanda G. Stevens
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fascinating, enjoyable look at film history and the career journey of a creative genius and gusty stunt man who impacted the industries of stunt work and second unit filming.

The book's organization and writing could be better. Transitions aren't used often; even a scene-break space would have helped in some chapters. Regardless, the book is worthwhile for anyone interested in Old Hollywood or who knows Yakima Canutt's work and wants to read behind the scenes of his three careers (bronc riding,
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Melissa
Feb 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Autobiography lovers, behind-the-scenes fans
Shelves: auto-biographies
I have just about worn the cover off of the library copy of this book. Yakima Canutt gives us a behind-the-scenes view of life as a rodeo legend, a stuntman, and stunt director. He is well known for the stunt directing of of such movies as _Ivanhoe_, _Spartacus_, and the thrilling chariot race from _Ben Hur_. He also helped direct stunts in family movies, like _Old Yeller_ and _Swiss Family Robinson_, and he gives fascinating anecdotes about each one. Unknown to many, Yakima also appears in what ...more
Jay Steele
May 12, 2010 rated it liked it
I read this for information on stunt men for a project I am writing. Canutt is an icon in the film industry and too humble to brag about his career in film and in rodeo. He merely lays out the things he's done and lets us judge how good he was. A true gentleman.
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