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Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel

Nick Dawson


Hal Ashby (1929–1988) was always an outsider, and as a director he brought an outsider's perspective to Hollywood cinema. After moving to California from a Mormon household in Utah, he created eccentric films that reflected the uncertain social climate of the 1970s. Whether it is his enduring cult classic Harold and Maude (1971) or the iconic Being There (1979), Ashby's artistry is unmistakable. His skill for blending intense drama with off-kilter comedy attracted A-list actors and elicited powerful performances from Jack Nicholson in The Last Detail (1973), Warren Beatty and Julie Christie in ... More

Keywords: Hal Ashby, director, Hollywood, cinema, Harold and Maude, Being There, The Last Detail, Shampoo, Coming Home, filmmakers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780813125381
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125381.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nick Dawson, author