Tony Scott: A Filmmaker on Fire

Tony Scott: A Filmmaker on Fire

by Larry Taylor


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Tony Scott got his start as a film director when he joined his brother at the lucrative commercial directing company Ridley Scott Associates. After directing Top Gun—his second film, which changed not only the trajectory of his own life but of the entire action-movie industry—Scott's career would be a roller coaster of blockbuster hits, personal films and confounding failures.
With extensive research and original interviews with actors, cinematographers and writers, this book documents Tony Scott's larger-than-life persona from his early days to his untimely death, which left a hole in genre filmmaking yet to be filled.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476675664
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/03/2019
Pages: 213
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Larry Taylor is an author and film historian with an MA in English, and a lifetime love for the movies. He lives in Plano, Texas.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

Introduction 3

Part I: Painting Vampires

 1. The Artist 11

 2. Vampires Out of Time 18

Part II: Into the Stratosphere

 3. Top Guns 25

 4. The Three Corners of Top Gun Analysis 37

 5. Beverly Hills 41

 6. Scott and Leary 46

Part III: Embracing the Edge

 7. Sex, Violence and Revenge 51

 8. Thunder Roadblock 56

 9. Tony Scott and Shane Black, in Over Their Heads 62

10. A Marriage of Style and Sound 71

11. Scott, Tarantino and the Birth of the ’90s Crime Aesthetic 83

Part IV: ­High-Tech Decade

12. Tension Under the Sea 91

13. The Simpson Tragedy 100

14. The Fan and Subverting Hero Worship 103

15. Enemy of the State 112

16. Spies and Sports Cars 118

Part V: The Denzel Years

17. Mexico City Bloodletting 127

18. Tony Scott’s Signature Masterpiece 136

19. The Model and the Bounty Hunter 140

20. A Film Built Around Tragedies 148

21. Going Underground 155

22. Unstoppable 165

Part VI: Into the Wind

23. A Full Slate 175

24. August 2012 180

25. The Rock and Roll Alchemist 185

Filmography 191

Chapter Notes 193

Bibliography 197

Index 203

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