Hal Ashby

Hal Ashby

He was born on September 2, 1929 in Ogden, Utah. He had a tough childhood that his parent divorced and his father committed suicide. Later, he dropped out of high school, got married and divorced. He worked in a printing press section at Universal Studios. Few years later, he became an assistant film editor at many film studios. He later became am editor on The Loved One (1965) and started editing the films of director Norman Jewison.

As an editor, he won as oscar for the film In the Heat of the Night (1967). Jewison gave him a script to direct because Jewison had too many project to work with. Ashby had a chance to direct his first film The Landlord (1970). He later continued to direct many film that received good review and were Oscar nominated. Example of those films, The Last Detail (1973), Shampoo (1975), Bound for Glory (1976), Coming Home (1978) and Being There (1979).

He began relied on drugs and avoiding associated with other people. He had a hard time concentrated with his works. He spend too much time in the post-production and his works were often taken away and edited by other. Later, he is considered an unemployable person. He later developed cancer and died on December 27.

His works has various styles from heartfelt drama to dark, or dark comedies to farcical comedies. Some even say that he has no distinctive style.

Some of his great movies are

1971- Harold and Maude

1973- The Last Detail

1975- Shampoo

1976- Bound for Glory

1978- Coming Home

1979- Being There


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