The Making of C S Forester's Horatio Hornblower

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Horatio Hornblower, young midshipman and gallant hero of C. S. Forester's epic novels, arrives as a raw recruit in Nelson's navy, but is destined to rise through the ranks. Amidst a wealth of bloody sea battles, he proves himself courageous in danger and resilient intimes of trouble. The Making of C. S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower is a fascinating account of howForester's much--loved fictional hero was brought to the screen to create one of the most ambitious and lavish productions on TV. Filled with in-depth interviews with the stars and crew, The Making of C. S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower captures the excitement and complexities of filming in its two foreign locations,the Crimea and Portugal. It contains more than 100 full-color photographs and illustrations charting all stages of production and shows exactly how navy life in the Napoleonic era was re-created through authentic costumes, makeup, sets, naval design, and special effects. It also gives an exclusive insight into the building of the HMS Indefatigable--a 125-foot, 22-cannon replica of a 1750s vessel, and the first British frigate to be handcrafted from wood in the last 140 years. Containing background historical information as well as on-set anecdotes and a behind-the-scenes look at key action sequences, The Making of C. S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower is essential reading for all of Forester's Hornblower fans.

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YA-A detailed account, loaded with photographs, of the filming of the made-for-TV special. Background material on the project includes a brief discussion of Forester's original novel. Descriptions of the weather, the filming conditions in the Crimea, and differing cultural standards highlight the crew's many challenges. McGregor adds enough historical background for the story to provide basic knowledge of the era and naval matters of the time. Details about the filming process, the costumes, and the major characters make up the remainder of the book. The last chapter contains a synopsis of the four episodes that make up the special production. Some of the forays into British slang and humor may give readers momentary pause, but none of them distract from the text or the content in an appreciable manner. An interesting look at the requirements and skills needed to film an epic-styled naval adventure and a supplementary introduction to Forester's classic.
Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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