By Michael Binder
The 1st complete biography of the movie encyclopaedist and tv impresario Leslie Halliwell, who in 1965 compiled The Filmgoer's significant other, the 1st one-volume reference ebook dedicated to all points of the cinema.
In his potential as leader shopper for the ITV community, Halliwell was once extra answerable for bringing to British tv displays the most well known movies and indicates of the Nineteen Seventies and 80s, together with The Six Million greenback guy, Charlie’s Angels, The Winds of struggle, Jaws, famous person Wars and the James Bond videos. His merchandising of the cinema via his books and seasons of ‘golden oldies’ on Channel four received him awards from the London movie Critics’ Circle and the British movie Institute, in addition to a posthumous BAFTA.
Film historian Jeffrey Richards stated of 'Halliwell's Horizon', "I loved it greatly. It combines exhaustive learn with serious perception and affectionate regard, bringing Halliwell and his paintings to brilliant life."
'Times' drama critic Irving Wardle stated, "The mix of deep curiosity and thorough examine has produced a desirable tale ... fantastically written."
TV critic Philip Purser wrote, "I am misplaced in admiration. it truly is a good account of his existence and work."
Michael Binder can also be the writer of a gentle sickness: a heritage of movie upkeep and recovery. on hand now on Amazon.
Read or Download Halliwell's Horizon: Leslie Halliwell and his Film Guides PDF
Similar Film Criticism books
For all those that grew up believing that Planet of the Apes explains all there is to learn about politics, that Slade in Flame used to be a savage exposé of the pop international, and that The Exorcist published the which means of lifestyles, you then most likely spent a ways too a lot of your youth on the cinema. simply as most likely, you quickly learned that there has been just one occupation open to you—you'd need to develop into a movie critic.
Accomplishing the 1st complete research of flicks that don't movement, Justin Remes demanding situations the primacy of movement in cinema and checks the theoretical limits of movie aesthetics and illustration. studying experimental motion pictures akin to Andy Warhol's Empire (1964), the Fluxus paintings Disappearing track for Face (1965), Michael Snow's So is that this (1982), and Derek Jarman's Blue (1993), he indicates how immobile movies defiantly show off the static whereas collapsing the bounds among cinema, images, portray, and literature.
Relocating areas is the intense account of a lifestyles steeped in and formed via the movies—part autobiography, half movie research, half social historical past. Jonathan Rosenbaum, one in every of America's such a lot talented movie critics, begun his moviegoing within the Fifties in small-town Alabama, the place his relatives owned and controlled a series of theaters.
Here's a secret: in 1939, whilst the Hollywood Studio approach, on the height of its strength, produced such movies as long past with the Wind, Ninotchka, Stagecoach, The Wizard of oz., Mr. Smith is going to Washington, and Wuthering Heights, the films' number-one box-office appeal used to be now not Gable, Garbo, Wayne, Garland, Stewart, or Olivier.
Extra resources for Halliwell's Horizon: Leslie Halliwell and his Film Guides
Halliwell had extra colleague difficulty with Kevin Goldstein-Jackson, the nearby government who had campaigned for the decentralisation of shopping for. Goldstein-Jackson gave a web page interview for the Sunday autonomous within which he denounced ITV’s festive choices as “rubbish. ” He refused to teach the deliberate Christmas Day motion picture, The Black gap, acquired through Halliwell, allegedly for $750,000, asserting, “It goes to die, i do know it's. It died on the cinema. ” as a substitute, by means of particularly weird and wonderful good judgment, could be the Peter Falk comedy The In-Laws. He went on, “As a ways as i do know Leslie Halliwell is given no price range to paintings to. We’re no longer consulted on no matter if we wish to spend part 1000000 on bring up the giant; we simply get a invoice informing us that we have got to pay such and such quantity via such and one of these time. ” Halliwell answered that The Black gap used to be the “thinking man’s celebrity Wars” and that it did much better on the field workplace than the Falk motion picture, which he recommended was once irrelevant for Christmas Day as a result of its Jewish humour. within the occasion, neither movie made the nearby or national best ten, or certainly the pinnacle 50 for the full month. Halliwell didn't give a contribution very much to Channel 4’s new force for gentle leisure yet he did in some way provide of its preferred exhibits. first of all, the medical institution drama St. in other places, which he defined as “a bobby dazzler, super caliber, an excellent piece of labor. ” it seems that the BBC had acquired the exhibit with out seeing it; then balked on the pilot and “wriggled out of the deal. ” Halliwell observed hours and bagged it for ITV, yet they can no longer discover a appropriate fit in the schedules and so it went to Channel four. Hill highway Blues were proven formerly on Thames yet had by no means been effectively networked, to Halliwell’s annoyance, so he reluctantly passed that over besides. He defined either exhibits as “Slice of lifestyles melodramas … with a wide solid of characters all professionally upstaging one another, on their method to attainable tragedy by the hands of cynically ‘honest’ scriptwriters. ” St. in different places and Hill road Blues frequently drew audiences of round 5 million, which was once high quality for Channel four yet now not within the similar league as ITV, who have been trouncing all-comers on the time. The scores for December 1982 convey ITV declares occupying the pinnacle eighteen locations, the Bond movie Moonraker being the top put movie. the fashion persevered into the 1st week of January with Superman and Jaws 2 beating something proven by way of the competition, and over the next 12 months extra of Halliwell’s purchases could turn out to achieve success. one of the indicates he controlled to maintain carry of for ITV, and in response to his time honoured process of shopping for ‘hokum’, used to be The A-Team, that includes George Peppard top a gang of mercenaries on civilian missions. Halliwell acquired it at the January 1983 L. A. journey, likening it to The soiled Dozen, and it's going to end up a rankings break while it aired that autumn, pulling in over 13 million audience in its Friday night slot. If he by no means did locate that different ‘Kojak’ he used to be searching for – the lengthy operating sequence which used to be well-liked by critics and public alike – then this was once most likely the nearest he got here.