Howard Hawks

In this unedited recording, Howard Hawks, the director of 'Scarface' (1932) and 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' (1953), talks about Marilyn Monroe, the role of producers and writers, and his working relationship with Samuel Goldwyn. He also shares his thoughts on the 'studio system', current cinema productions and the early days of Hollywood.

The films of Howard Hawks are now regarded as some of the finest ever produced in Hollywood. They include 'Bringing Up Baby' (1938), 'His Girl Friday' (1939), 'Sergeant York' (1941), 'The Big Sleep' (1946) and 'Rio Bravo' (1958). However, Hawks was only nominated once for an Oscar (for Best Director for 'Sergeant York'). To receive ultimate recognition at the Academy Awards, he had to wait until 1975, when he was given an honorary Oscar for his 'distinguished place in world cinema'. Quentin Tarantino has said that 'His Girl Friday' is one of his favourite films and he hopes to be remembered for a body of work emulating Hawks.

This unedited interview is presented as it was originally recorded. Therefore there are changes in the sound levels and there may be some interruptions and interference from background noise. Parts of this interview were used in the 1974 documentary 'Omnibus:The Golden Touch'.

Recorded circa 1974.

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