An Evening with Taylor Hackford (2005)
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This Paley Center seminar honors noted feature film directorproducer Taylor Hackford, who began his career as a TV documentarian. Paley Center Assistant Curator Allen Glover introduces the evenings moderator, Elvis Mitchell.pMitchell asks Hackford about his early career and how poetnovelist Charles Bukowski became his first subject for an hour-long film. Hackford discusses how Bukowskis acne-scarred face made him feel rejected at a very early age; Bukowskis subject in his writings; the role of Bukowskis father in his life and work; how he got Bukowski to agree to be filmed; how the film iBukowskii was received; his thoughts on iBarflyi, Barbet Schroeders film based on Bukowskis autobiographical writings; the evening when Hackford received a phone message - later disproven - that Bukowski had died; why he missed Bukowskis funeral two years later; the effects of Bukowskis success; his thoughts on how the past professions of early Hollywood directors helped define them as artists; his influences; his work with the temperamental Chuck Berry and with Keith Richards in iChuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock n Rolli; his revelatory moment about Berry involving actor Ronald Colman; his films often being about struggles and ambitions; the camera as a microscope; the provocative way he shaped iWhen We Were Kingsi, a documentary on Muhammad Ali; and the most interesting moment of a notable persons life.

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