Actors and Directors as Portrayed by Actors and Directors
Audiences have long been fascinated with Hollywood as a dream factory. Filmmakers have responded to this by producing films about their own industry. The more successful films are those that explore and explode the myth of the “dream factory.” These films offer a glimpse of what lies behind the cameras, how this powerful industry works, and how they have re-told their own past. This chapter examines three films: Ed Wood (1994) about the film career of Ed Wood, hailed as the worst film director ever; The Aviator (2004) about film and aviation mogul Howard Hughes; and Auto Focus (2002) about the little-known (outside the US) 1960s TV star Bob Crane. Through their striking visual style, narrative structure and performances, these films offer insights into the lives of these troubled men.
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