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Nice Guys Don't Work in Hollywood: The Adventures of an Aesthete in the Movie Business

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A charming, often barbed observation of the evolution of American mainstream filmmaking over the course of its first century, this memoir chronicles the unusual, multidecade career trajectory of Curtis Harrington. Conveyed in a witty and campy style, it follows the strange arc of a man who created avant-garde films as part of Kenneth Anger’s inner circle, directed critical ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by Drag City
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Tosh
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
A wonderful memoir by a man of great taste and sort of the bridge between American avant-garde filmmaking and Hollywood. It's strange one doesn't get the sense that Curtis Harrington passed away a couple of years ago by reading "Nice Guys Don't Work In Hollywood." It sounds like he is very much with us, and alas, at least in this book, he is.

For those who are not in the know, Harrington was very much into the underground and overground of American cinema. He knew and worked with everyone from K
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Anthony McGill
NICE GUY REMEMBERS.
Curtis Harrington, avant-garde filmmaker, "B" movie director, devotee of Joseph von Sternberg, commercial television director, writer and unashamedly gay artist in a very straight Hollywood.
Whatever you think of his films, don't miss this fine memoir he has written about his life and career with such deep insight and modesty.

Curtis does come across as a really nice guy (and a surprisingly "normal" one) working his way in and out of the Hollywood jungle. A wonderful portrait of
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Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: film
All of my best work springs directly from my unconscious, almost complete in its original conception, like a waking dream.

A wonderful autobiography by one of my favorite directors, full of behind-the-scenes drama and Old Hollywood gossip.
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