July 14, 1988 |
Barely done wrangling with John Huston over a rewrite of "The African Queen," screenwriter Peter Viertel produced a novel that is still regarded as a masterpiece of Hollywood literature. Published in 1953, Viertel's "White Hunter, Black Heart" was a thinly fictionalized account of the tense relationship between screenwriter "Pete Verrill" and a romantic, obsessive movie director, "John Wilson."
September 9, 1990 |
'I 've got a little proposition to make you," he said, enjoying the moment. "How would you like to go to Africa?" "Sure, " I said, living up to his notion of me. "Where in Africa?" "Darkest Africa," he said. "The very darkest bloody corner of Africa we can find."
June 12, 1989 |
Clint Eastwood, in Zimbabwe to film his latest movie, said Sunday that he hoped his first African film venture will encourage the conservation of wild animals, particularly the African elephant. The movie, "White Hunter, Black Heart," will criticize the obsessional hunting of big game animals for ivory or souvenirs, Eastwood said. "I think it is better in the long run to have animals alive than dead trinkets," he said. "I personally will not buy ivory for this reason." He is producer, director and star of the movie, based on Peter Viertel's novel set in Africa during the filming of John Huston's classic "The African Queen."
September 14, 1990 |
You see, movies are all foolishness . . . an exercise in insanity . . . pure madness. . . . But, as we're in this thing, well, we might as well bluff our way through to the bitter end. --John Wilson, in Peter Viertel's "White Hunter, Black Heart." Films about moviemaking often veer between honey and gall: the sweetness of self-celebration, the acid of iconoclasm. In "White Hunter, Black Heart" (citywide), Clint Eastwood reaches for the acid.
June 25, 1989 |
Eyewitness to Murder (Armritraj). Shooting in L.A. Thriller with Andrew Stevens protecting an artist who witnesses the murder of the gallery owner at one of her shows. It's tricky here because she's blinded during the homicide and must escape someone whom she cannot see, a la "Wait Until Dark." Executive producer Ahsok Armritraj. Producer Victor Bhalla. Director Jag Mundhra. Screenwriters Karen Baldwin and Michael Potts. Also stars Baldwin, Sherilyn Walter, Adrian Zmed and Carl Strano.
May 11, 1990 |
The usually taciturn Clint Eastwood's acting career takes a new turn in "White Hunter, Black Heart," which received its world premiere in Cannes today. Eastwood sprang to fame as the near-silent hero of "spaghetti" westerns and pared his script down to little more than a husky "Make my day" as detective Dirty Harry. But he waxes positively wordy in his role as devil-may-care director John Wilson, a closely modeled portrait of the legendary John Huston.