Notebook Primer: John Carpenter

Notebook Primer: John Carpenter
The Notebook Primer introduces readers to some of the most important figures, films, genres, and movements in film history.The Fog“I always try to partially copy movies and partially copy reality.”—John Carpenter to Gilles Boulanger, late 1990sJohn Carpenter began his filmmaking career on the Oscar-winning crew of 1970’s Best Live-Action Short Subject, The Resurrection of Broncho Billy, and from there went on to revitalize the horror and sci-fi genres, particularly in his prolific and visionary films of the late 70s and early 80s. Those films—including Halloween (1978), The Thing (1982) and Escape from New York (1981)—are landmarks of American genre film, but Carpenter is first and foremost a master stylist who studied under Arthur Knight at USC, getting his cinematic education from lecturers like Orson Welles (“such a storyteller”) and his biggest influence, Howard Hawks (“you could see he was a tough guy”). As the man himself said in
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