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Howard Hawks & Orson Welles
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Howard Hawks Biography

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Howard Hawks was an American film director who gave us Scarface, Bringing Up Baby, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and El Dorado, among many others. This gives his biography from where he got started to all the great films he directed during his time. He is regarded as one of the best filmmakers of all-time.

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Classical Hollywood Cinema

Classical Hollywood Cinema | Howard Hawks & Orson Welles | Scoop.it

Here's a summary of what Classical Hollywood film style actually is, in case you forgot. ;) It focuses on linear narrative technique, continuity editing, and easy- flowing cinematic space and time. Howard Hawks and Orson Welles' films were produced in the era of Classical Hollywood.

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Classical Hollywood Cinema: Some Distinguishing Stylistic Characteristics

Classical Hollywood Cinema:  Some Distinguishing Stylistic Characteristics | Howard Hawks & Orson Welles | Scoop.it

This gives you a list of specifics for the general style of Classical Hollywood cinema, a style Hawks help define and Welles tested the boundries of.

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"A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet." -Orson Welles

"A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet." -Orson Welles | Howard Hawks & Orson Welles | Scoop.it

Top 5 Orson Welles Directed Films Of All-Time

 

1. Citizen Kane (1941)

 

2. Touch of Evil (1958)

 

3. F for Fake (1973)

 

4. The Stranger (1946)

 

5. The Tragedy of Othello (1952)

 

Orson Welles' filmography can be found here.

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Citizen Kane - Low Angle Shot example

Welle's tested the boundries of Classical Hollywood.  In this scene, cameras were placed below the floor of the set to create these extreme low angle shots far below eye-level. 

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Welles' Citizen Kane - Z-axis scene example

A good example of Welles's innovative optical illusions. Watch as Kane walks deeper and deeper away from the camera.

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Original Trailer for Citizen Kane

Welles himself introduces his 1941 creation here.
The film broke classical Hollywood conventions in numerous ways. It was one of the first films to use miniature sets made to look life size. Cameras were placed in the floor and cloth ceilings were used so the microphones could pick up sound. It has extra long shots and distant camera movements. Welles used makeup on himself to appear to age decades throughout the story. Entire books have been written about the thifilm this film pioneered.

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Movie Review of Citizen Kane

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Describing the film as "close to being the most sensational film ever made in Hollywood," here is a 1941 New York Times review of Welles' film after it's showing at several popular theaters.

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Orson Welles Biography

Orson Welles Biography | Howard Hawks & Orson Welles | Scoop.it

This is a detailed description of Orson Welles' life, death, and accomplishments. It goes into detail of Welles' most famous films and his rocky relationship with Hollywood. 

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Howard Hawks and the Classic Hollywood Era

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A quick run-down of Howard Hawks, his famous films, and the Classical Hollywood era--

 

"Howard Winchester Hawks (May 30, 1896–December 26, 1977) was one the most representatives filmmakers in this period together with Houston, Welles and a never-ending list of great talents and personalities."

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"A master American filmmaker whose creative efforts hold a distinguished place in world cinema."

"A master American filmmaker whose creative efforts hold a distinguished place in world cinema." | Howard Hawks & Orson Welles | Scoop.it

 See Howard Hawks filmography here.

 

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Clip from Hawks' Scarface

Hawks help define the formula for Classical Hollywood filmmaking.  Here we see straightforward, no-nonsense shots and editing. 

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Trailer

A versatile director, Hawks was adept with every genre from comedy to westerns to action films. But he freely admitted that he had no interest in directing large-scale musical numbers. So he turned over the musical sequences in this film to choreographer Jack Cole, and his assistant, Gwen Verdon.

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Movie Review of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"

Movie Review of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" | Howard Hawks & Orson Welles | Scoop.it
Marilyn Monroe with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall at the premiere of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes".
Here is a New York Times article covering the film's 1953 premiere at the Roxy.
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