Nice Guys Don't Work In Hollywood: The Adventures Of An Aesthete In The Movie Business by Curtis HarringtonNice Guys Don't Work In Hollywood: The Adventures Of An Aesthete In The Movie Business by Curtis Harrington

Nice Guys Don't Work In Hollywood: The Adventures Of An Aesthete In The Movie Business

byCurtis Harrington

Paperback | June 18, 2013

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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 critically acclaimed and cult-adored horror films like Night Tide and Games, and then descended down the "slippery slope" of television work by directing episodes of Charlie’s Angels and Dynasty. As a fast-paced view of Harrington's journey through the kaleidoscope of the movie business, it acts alternately as personal memoir and cultural history from a veteran of the entertainment business. As Harrington was living as a gay man in Hollywood, the book additionally gives a rare peek into the hidden world of what was then an elite subculture. Doubling as both a serious study of film aesthetics and a gossipy tell-all, this truly unique look at the Hollywood dream includes an unlikely cast of characters, including Dennis Hopper, Christopher Isherwood, Shelley Winters, Marilyn Monroe, Stanley Kubrick, and Aaron Spelling, as it reveals a portrait of the machinations of the film and television business.

Curtis Harrington was a film and television director whose work included experimental films, horror films, and episodic television. He was a close associate of groundbreaking cult film pioneer Kenneth Anger and is considered one of the forerunners of New Queer Cinema.
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Title:Nice Guys Don't Work In Hollywood: The Adventures Of An Aesthete In The Movie BusinessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.8 inPublished:June 18, 2013Publisher:Drag CityLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1937112071

ISBN - 13:9781937112073

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"There is an afterlife, and this memoir, so very Curtis, is his. Whatever other afterlife his aesthetic soul may have found, his is here. His early love of E.A. Poe and the flickering visions it inspired in him are here tranformed onto the written page, House of Usher to Usher, along with his erotic confessions and his revenge on those he hated. A nice guy did work in Hollywood."  —Jack Larson, actor and screenwriter