Tag: Hal Ashby

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The American Horizon: Working Life in the New Hollywood

“What is so strange about the New Hollywood renaissance of the 70s is that it took place at a time of acute crisis for the business. It was a signal of the industry’s weakness that these cracks in the veneer were not only permitted but encouraged…”

Jack Ascending: Nicholson’s 1980s

“There has always been a conflict at play in Nicholson’s screen presence: between ‘Nicholson’ and ‘Jack.’ The desire to be taken seriously and the lure of the riotous Jack persona have always done battle across his decades of stardom.”

Adrenaline and Virtuosic Filmmaking: Hal Ashby’s ‘8 Million Ways to Die’

“It’s not the edge of the knife — it’s the business end of the blade.”