A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking

A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking


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Winner of Best Non-Fiction for 2002 Award from the Los Angeles Times Book Review! Samuel Fuller was one of the most prolific and independent writer-director-producers in Hollywood. His 29 tough, gritty films made from 1949 to 1989 set out to capture the truth of war, racism and human frailties, and incorporate some of his own experiences. His film Park Row was inspired by his years in the New York newspaper business, where his beat included murders, suicides, state executions and race riots. He writes about hitchhiking across the country at the height of the Great Depression. His years in the army in World War II are captured in his hugely successful pictures The Big Red One, The Steel Helmet and Merrill's Marauders. Fuller's other films include Pickup on South Street; Underworld U.S.A., a movie that shows how gangsters in the 1960s were seen as "respected" tax-paying executives; Shock Corridor, which exposed the conditions in mental institutions; and White Dog, written in collaboration with Curtis Hanson (L.A. Confidential), a film so controversial that Paramount's then studio heads Jeffrey Katzenberg and Michael Eisner refused to release it. In addition to his work in film, Samuel Fuller (1911-1997) wrote eleven novels. He lived in Los Angeles with his wife and their daughter. A Third Face was completed by Jerome Henry Rudes, Fuller's longtime friend, and his wife, Christa Lang Fuller. "Fuller wasn't one for tactful understatement and his hot-blooded, incident-packed autobiography is accordingly blunt ... A Third Face is a grand, lively, rambunctious memoir." - Janet Maslin, The New York Times "Fuller's last work is a joy and an important addition to film and popular culture literature." - Publishers Weekly "If you don't like the films of Sam Fuller, then you just don't like cinema." - Martin Scorsese, from the book's introduction

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375401657
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/05/2002
Pages: 608
Product dimensions: 6.56(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.65(d)

About the Author

Samuel Fuller was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1911. He wrote, produced, and directed twenty-nine films and wrote eleven novels. Fuller lived in Los Angeles with his wife and their daughter and died at the age of eighty-five in 1997. A Third Face was completed by Jerome Rudes, Fuller’s longtime friend, and his wife, Christa Lange Fuller.

Jerome Rudes was born in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas and received a master’s degree in film from Northwestern University. In 1984, he created the French-American Film Workshop in Avignon, France (now the Avignon Film Festival), and in 1995 started the Avignon/New York Film Festival. Rudes lives in New York and Provence.

Christa Lange Fuller was born in Winterberg, Germany. As an actress, she appeared in New Wave films directed by Jean-Luc Godard. She graduated from UCLA, where she received a master’s degree in French literature. She was married to Samuel Fuller in 1967 and lives in Los Angeles, California, with their daughter, Samantha, and grandchild, Samira.

Table of Contents

Part I
1.A Stroke of Good Fortune3
2.Plunging in Head First7
3.Mama's Boy12
4.Manhattan Explorer17
5.Run Sammy Run25
6.Flash Like a New Comet39
7.World of Nevertheless54
8.Westward Ho64
9.Chaos and Bewilderment77
10.Added Zeroes87
11.Forget About Greatness98
Part II
12.The Big Red One109
14.Just Stand There135
15.Impossible to Feel Blessed147
16.Send a Photo to My Mother162
17.Detailed Description176
18.Death Rained Down178
19.Eggs Off a Woman's Belly190
20.A River of Tears200
22.Earthquake of War219
Part III
23.The Bubble Will Burst233
24.The First Adult Western244
25.Earning Some Clout251
26.Pursuit of Happiness267
27.A Little Black-and-White Picture279
28.Don't Wave the Flag at Me291
29.Wide-Screen Sub Picture307
30.Cherry Blossoms and Whirligigs314
31.Mato Grosso324
32.Where's Your Pride, Ma?332
Part IV
33.Grab 'Em. Slap 'Em. Shak' 'Em Up345
34.Stuffed with Phalluses355
35.I Used My Own Voice365
36.Los Angeles, Mon Amour375
37.Breathing Revenge382
38.The Smell of Truth391
39.Tempted by Television398
40.Love Your Country Despite the Ulcers403
41.Want to Be a Lindy?415
Part V
42.Two to Tango427
44.Lean Times446
45.Off the Radar Screen450
46.Turmoil and Waste456
47.Making It All Worthwhile464
48.The Unmaking of a Klansman471
49.Let Them Judge for Themselves475
50.Four-Legged Time Bomb484
Part VI
51.A Third Face497
52.Breadwinner in France505
53.Half Full, Not Half Empty512
54.Sons and Sonsofbitches518
55.Being Serious Without Taking It Seriously526
56.Still Burning Inside530
57.Metamorphosis of a Melody537
58.Long, Long Thoughts543
59.State of Peace550
60.Kiss Me, Baby556
The Works of Samuel Fuller569

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A Third Face: My Tale of Writing, Fighting, and Filmmaking 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
eggsackley More than 1 year ago
Samuel Fuller¿s autobiography A THIRD FACE is an indispensable book for lifelong Fuller fans and for neophytes who want to know more, including students and teachers now that the work of this disreputable pop genius is being screened in university film schools. Edited by Fuller¿s wife Christa Lang Fuller and Jerome Henry Rudes, it gives more information than has ever been available in one place about the man behind the films.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Samuel Fuller's posthumous autobiography A THIRD FACE is much more than the usual entertainment biography. As well as an interesting chronicle of the director's life and films, it is a fascinating document of the twentieth century told through the concise prose of a man whose life and work exhibited a high degree of personal integrity and honor that exist in very few people. It is a well-written, fascinating book with a clarity of prose style unequalled in most texts of the nature. Fuller documents his early life, experiences as a young newspaper reporter, encounters with key figures of the last century such as Gene Fowler Jr, Darryl F. Zanuck, John Huston's newspaper woman mother, J. Edgar Hoover, and Jim Morrison - to name but a few in the diverse gallery of figures he encountered during his exciting lifetime. However, this book is far more than a narrative of the life of a film director. It is the work of a courageous and self-educated man who survived not only the battlefields of World War 2 but a Hollywood system that never gave him due recognition. Despite all these circumstances which would have defeated lesser beings, Samuel Fuller rose above the obstacles to become a great human being. His comments of life, and war, are perceptive, to say the least, and provide encouragement for many of us today. This is not just a book about film but life in all its variations and how we should encounter it. A THIRD FACE is one of the most affirmative books to have appeared within the past year and deserves a place in every thoughtful person's bookshelf.