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James Agee

Biography

Film critic, novelist, as well as the screenwriter from the Humphrey Bogart film, The African Queen. He graduated from Harvard College or university in 1932. He had written for Fortune, Period, and Life mag. His parents are Laura Whitman Tyler and Hugh Adam Agee. He had written a great content on silent film comedians like Buster Keaton.

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Full Name James Agee
Date Of Birth November 27, 1909
Died May 16, 1955, New York City, New York, United States
Place Of Birth Knoxville, TN
Profession Screenwriter
Education Harvard University, Phillips Exeter Academy
Nationality American
Spouse Mia Agee, Alma Mailman, Olivia Saunders
Children Joel Agee, Teresa Agee, Andrea Agee, John Agee
Parents Laura Whitman Tyler, Hugh James Agee
Siblings Emma Agee
Awards Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Nominations Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, National Book Award for Fiction
Movies The Night of the Hunter, The African Queen, All the Way Home, The Quiet One, The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky, In the Street, Face to Face, A Death in the Family
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1He never lived to see "The Night Of The Hunter" (1955), the film of perhaps his best screenplay. He died in the back of a New York taxi some four months before its opening. After his death, the director of the film, Charles Laughton, sent his widow a telegram simply saying, "I loved him".
2Once lived at 172 Bleecker Street (between MacDougal & Avenue of the Americas) in Manhattan's Greenwich Village district during the 1940s and 1950s.
3He was also a film critic, and wrote for several magazines, including "Time". He sometimes reviewed the same film for more than one of those magazines, writing a completely new review each time rather than simply re-publishing the same one. His evolving opinions on these films can be gathered from these reviews. Among his most famous are the several he wrote for Laurence Olivier's film version of Henry V (1944) before and after the British film opened in the U.S. in 1946, and the several he wrote championing Charles Chaplin's Monsieur Verdoux (1947), which was then receiving a very hostile reaction from audiences, who had no desire to see Chaplin playing a wife-murderer.
4Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Vol. 131, pages 7-11. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 1005.
5He was buried on his farm in Hillsdale, New York, USA.
6Loved the films of Charles Chaplin, and championed some of Chaplin's then-underappreciated work.
7Engineered tryst between his best friend and second wife.
8Once hung calmly out a 52nd-story window in New York City's Chrysler Building.
9Posthumous Pulitzer Prize, 1958.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Death in the Family2002TV Movie novel
All the Way Home1981TV Movie novel "A Death in the Family"
All the Way Home1971TV Movie novel "A Death in the Family"
All the Way Home1963novel "A Death in the Family"
Festival1961TV Series teleplay - 1 episode
The Night of the Hunter1955screen play
White Mane1953commentary: english-speaking version
Omnibus1952-1953TV Series writer - 5 episodes
Face to Face1952adaptation - segment "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky"
The African Queen1951adapted for the screen by
The Quiet One1948Documentary commentary and dialogue

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Face to Face1952Frank ("The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky")
Genghis Khan1950Narrator (US version) (voice)

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
In the Street1948Documentary short

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
In the Street1948Documentary short

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Twenty Feet from Stardom2013Documentary writer: "Sure On This Shining Night"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Green Magic1953Documentary narration author - US version

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Histoire(s) du cinéma: La monnaie de l'absolu1998Video documentary short dedicatee

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Welcome to the Basement2015TV SeriesHimself
American Experience1988TV Series documentaryHimself
Agee1980DocumentaryHimself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1952OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, ScreenplayThe African Queen (1951)· John Huston

TitleSalary
The Night of the Hunter (1955)$30,000

#Quote
1[reviewing Tycoon (1947)] Several tons of dynamite are set off in this movie, none of it under the right people.
2[reviewing The Iron Curtain (1948)] If it could be proved that there is any nation on earth which does not employ spies, that would be news. This is just the same old toothless dog biting the same old legless man.
3[reviewing Give My Regards to Broadway (1948)] Vaudeville is dead; I wish to God someone would bury it.
4[on John Huston]: A natural-born anti-authoritarian individualistic libertarian anarchist, without portfolio.
5[on Gracie Fields] I think Miss Fields is about as nice a woman over 40 as I have ever seen; I have certainly never seen anyone in movies to approach her in that age bracket.
6[on Preston Sturges] Preston is like a man from the Italian Renaissance--he wants to do everything at once.
7[on D.W. Griffith] There is not a man working in movies, nor a man who cares for them, who does not owe Griffith more than he owes anyone else.
8[on Judy Garland] How good she is! She is no Venus, let us admit--but how delightful is her smile, how genuine her emotion, how sure her timing, and how brilliantly she brings off her effects.
9[on Lauren Bacall] She has a javelin-like vitality, a born dancer's eloquence in movement, a fierce female shrewdness and a special sweet sourness. With these faculties, plus a stone-crushing self-confidence and a trombone voice, she manages to get across the toughest girl a piously regenerate Hollywood had dreamed of in a long, long while.
10A streetcar raising its iron moan; stopping, belling and starting; stertorous; rousing and raising again its iron increasing moan and swimming its gold windows and straw seats on past and past and past, the bleak spark crackling and cursing above it like a small malignant spirit set to dog its tracks; the iron whine rises on rising speed; still risen, faints, halts, the faint stinging bell; rises again, still fainter, fainting, lifting, lifts, faints forgone: forgotten. Now is that night one blue dew.
11All over Alabama the lamps are out--Let Us Now Praise Famous Men


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