John Huston by Lillian Ross
Seven pieces from the New Yorker, collected in one volume for the first time. The essays report on John Huston in New York beginning in 1949, through the Brooklyn shoot of Prizzi's Honor in 1984, with a stop in Rome for the making of The Bible in 1965. The collection concludes with a piece on Anjelica Huston from the set of her directorial debut Bastard Out of Carolina, reminiscing about her father.
Lillian Ross was a staff writer at The New Yorker. She wrote often about moviemakers—including Clint Eastwood, Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa, Oliver Stone, Tommy Lee Jones, Wes Anderson, and Francis Ford Coppola. John Huston was the main character in her classic book, Picture, about the making of the 1951 film The Red Badge of Courage. The book, still in print, is generally acknowledged to be the first time a long factual story was written—the interrelationship of Huston, the director, Gottfried Reinhardt, the producer, Dore Schary, the M-G-M production head and Louis B. Mayer, head of the studio as the main novelistic characters—in fictional form. Ross lived in Manhattan and passed away in 2017 at age 99.