By Marilyn Ann MOSS, Joel BENDER


Documentary - Completed 2014

"The True Adventures of Raoul Walsh" is a fast-paced, no-holds barred look into the life and films of legendary Hollywood director Raoul Walsh. "Voiced" as a "memoir," the documentary looks at the remarkable output of one of the most renowned directors of Hollywood's Golden Age.

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Zurich FF 2014
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    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 98 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Marilyn Ann MOSS, Joel BENDER
    • Writer(s)
    • Marilyn Ann MOSS, Joel BENDER
    • Synopsis
    • "The True Adventures of Raoul Walsh" -- the first feature-length film on the life and career of the legendary Hollywood director -- is an unconventional documentary: There are no talking heads commenting on Walsh's films and filmmaking; instead, the documentary's filmmakers have chosen to allow Walsh to tell his own story as a director of more than 150 films in almost every film genre (musicals, comedies, Westerns, gangster and war) for more than six decades. Based on texts from Marilyn Ann Moss's biography of Walsh, and using rare, personal and production photos and footage, the film allows Walsh to talk about his life and extraordinary adventures (both on and off the set); his apprenticeship with D.W. Griffith; his discovery of John Wayne and Rock Hudson; his friendship and classic work with Jimmy Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable and Errol Flynn; his many masterpieces and innovations (the first fill-length gangsters film, 1915's "Regeneration," the first full-length, special-effects laden extravaganza, 1924's "The Thief of Bagdad," the first 70mm film, 1930s "The Big Trail"); and his groundbreaking work on such Hollywood gems as "The Roaring Twenties," "White Heat," "High Sierra" and "They Died With Their Boots On." Above all, this is the story of one man's love of films and filmmaking ... and the women he loved in his life. Raoul Walsh's life is nothing less than the story of Hollywood itself.

      With a career spanning almost six decades, Raoul Walsh (1887-1980) is one of the most enduring icons of the classic Hollywood period. Known for his elaborate action movies, large-scale outdoor pictures, and solitary heroes and heroines on the run, the director, actor, writer and producer became popular for his adventure films, which attracted huge audiences with their spectacular tales of exploration and daring characters.

      Walsh belonged to the early 20th century generation of directors that included John Ford, Howard Hawks, Allan Dwan, Frank Borzage and W.F. Murnau -- a legendary class of artists who worked in the fledgling film industry, creating imaginary worlds and elaborate stories of perilous journey, cunning enemies, and everlasting love.

      This documentary delves into his unique filmmaking style, his colorful personal life away from the movie set, and his equally colorful public image that he, himself, helped to create.

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