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Directing Herbert White

James Franco

From acclaimed Hollywood actor/director James Franco comes a brilliant new work collection of poems.

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In Directing Herbert White James Franco writes about making a film of Frank Bidart’s poem, Herbert White.
Though the main character, Herbert White is a necrophiliac, and a killer, the poem – and the
film – are an expression of life’s isolation and loneliness. A poem became a film.

In the rest of book, Franco uses poems to express what he feels about film: about acting; about the actors he admires – James Dean, Marlon Brando, Sean Penn; about the cult of celebrity and his struggles with it; about his teenage years in Palo Alto, and about mortality prompted by the death of his father.

These preoccupations are handled with a simplicity and directness that recalls the work of Frank O’Hara.


James Franco grew up in the northern California town of Palo Alto. He is an actor, director, screenwriter and artist. His film appearances include Milk, Pineapple Express, the Spider-Man trilogy, Howl, Oz the Great and Powerful, Spring Breakers, and This Is The End.He received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his performance in 127 Hours. On television, he starred…

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