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Art Director Society Tribute Screening to Ted Haworth


Sunday, June 29– 5:30 PM

Art Director Society Tribute Screening to Ted Haworth

Ted Haworth made an impressive debut as an art director with Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological noir thriller STRANGERS ON A TRAIN in 1951. Haworth had been employed as an assistant art director and draftsman at Warner Bros. for a number of years before his debut screen credit for Hitchcock’s classic. Oddly, he would not receive another film credit for five years, but it was for another classic, the science-fiction/horror thriller INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS directed by Don Siegel. This was the real beginning of Haworth’s film career as a full-fledged art director and over the next decade and-a-half he would prove to be one of the best art directors working in Hollywood in the immediate post-Golden Age era. As demonstrated in Siegel and Hitchcock’s films, Haworth was a master of monochrome photography: I WANT TO LIVE!, Billy Wilder’s SOME LIKE IT HOT in which Haworth was nominated for an Academy Award and John Frankenheimer’s SECONDS. He was also the art director for several interesting color films. Joshua Logan’s SAYONARA for which Haworth won an Academy Award. Even more interesting is Richard Brooks’ epic Western adventure THE PROFESSIONALS, a colorful extravaganza that is part John Ford and part Sergio Leone action. The film’s success led to a three-film collaboration with the modern master of violent action Sam Peckinpah: THE GETAWAY, PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID and THE KILLER ELITE. The latter Peckinpah collaboration was Haworth’s final film before retiring in 1975. He was also Oscar-nominated for MARTY, PEPE, THE LONGEST DAY and WHAT A WAY TO GO!

WHAT A WAY TO GO! 1964, 20th Century Fox, 111 min. J. Lee Thompson directs an all-star cast in this lavish ’60s romp. Shirley MacLaine is delightful as a perpetually unlucky bride whose husbands all meet unfortunate ends - a situation that leaves her rich but miserable. The husbands are played by a who's-who of leading men: Dick Van Dyke, Paul Newman and Gene Kelly are all terrific, and there are some particularly amusing supporting turns by Robert Mitchum, Dean Martin and Robert Cummings. Extravagant Edith Head costume designs are an added bonus, and the lavish production design represents one of the last great gasps of studio-era Hollywood. 15 min presentation on Ted Haworth prior to the feature. Discussion following on Ted Haworth’s work.