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Curtis Hanson

Curtis Hanson, May 2007
Born Curtis Lee Hanson
March 24, 1945 (1945-03-24) (age 64)
Reno, Nevada
Occupation Film director, producer and screenwriter
Years active 1970 - present

Curtis Lee Hanson (born March 24, 1945) is an Academy Award-winning American filmmaker.



Early life

Hanson was born in Reno, Nevada and grew up in Los Angeles, the son of Beverly June and William Hanson. Hanson dropped out of high school, finding work as a freelance photographer and editor for Cinema magazine. [1]

Film career

In 1970, Hanson co-wrote The Dunwich Horror , an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's short story. Hanson wrote and directed his next feature Sweet Kill in 1973, then in 1978 wrote and produced The Silent Partner, starring Elliot Gould and Christopher Plummer.

In the 1990s Hanson found box-office success with The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and The River Wild, and significant critical acclaim with L.A. Confidential, an adaptation of the James Ellroy novel. The film was nominated for 9 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, winning 2, one for Best Adapted Screenplay, a credit Hanson shared with Brian Helgeland. Hanson's later works include Wonder Boys, 8 Mile, and Lucky You.

Hanson claims to be heavily influenced by Alfred Hitchcock and Nicholas Ray. He previously stated that Ray's film In a Lonely Place was among many that he watched in preparation for the filming of L.A. Confidential.[2] In 8 Mile, Kim Basinger's character is watching Elia Kazan's Pinky on television, a film about a mixed race girl passing as white - an homage to the themes of racial mixing and boundary crossing that are features of most of Hanson's work.



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