Veteran Hollywood industry figure who has served triple duty as a producer, director, and screenwriter. Harris’ most notable contribution to American cinema was producing several seminal early films directed by Stanley Kubrick. The Harris-Kubrick Pictures Corporation turned out such provocative features as “The Killing” (1956), “Paths of Glory” (1957), and “Lolita” (1962).
Harris and Kubrick went their separate ways after “Lolita” with the producer venturing on to form James B. Harris Productions in 1963. As a producer-director, Harris’s subsequent feature credits were relatively sparse: “The Bedford Incident” (1965), a Cold War naval drama starring Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier; “Some Call It Loving” (1973), which marked his screenwriting debut, an uneven modern retelling of “Sleeping Beauty” set in southern California starring Zalman King, Tisa Farrow, and Richard Pryor; “Fast Walking” (1982), a prison drama starring James Woods; and “Cop” (1988), which he scripted, also… read more
Unique film. Once seen, never forgotten. For some reason, the image that lingers the most is of the white sailing boat out on the hazy sea. It's hard to think of another film quite like it, though VERTIGO comes to mind. The similar hypnotic mood accompanied by a mesmerizing score, the dream logic and a man trying to control the very thing he yearns for.