Directed by John Huston

Directed by John Huston

19 Episodes

By the time the thirty-one-year-old John Huston settled in Hollywood in 1937, he had already been, among other things, a professional boxer, a painter in Paris, and an honorary member of the Mexican cavalry—all experiences that would lend color and vividness to the extraordinary body of work he would produce over the next fifty years. The son of actor Walter Huston and father of Anjelica Huston, both of whom he would direct in Academy Award–winning performances, Huston contributed classics to nearly every genre, with a special affinity for film noir (THE ASPHALT JUNGLE) and brash adventure (THE AFRICAN QUEEN). An accomplished writer himself, Huston had a particular affinity for literary adaptations, transforming works by Tennessee Williams (THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA), Leonard Gardner (FAT CITY), Flannery O’Connor (WISE BLOOD), James Joyce (THE DEAD), and others into indelible screen art imbued with his own incisive, iconoclastic observations on the human condition.

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Directed by John Huston
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  • Across the Pacific

    Episode 2

    Directed by John Huston • 1942 • United States
    Starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet

    John Huston reunited with the stars of THE MALTESE FALCON—Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, and Sydney Greenstreet—for this rousing wartime spy thriller. Set on the eve of America’s entry into Worl...

  • In This Our Life

    Episode 3

    Directed by John Huston • 1942 • United States
    Starring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, George Brent, Dennis Morgan

    What Stanley Timberlake wants, she takes. So, on the eve of her marriage to another, she runs off with her sister’s husband, the first of many betrayals that lead to disaster—and...

  • Let There Be Light

    Episode 4

    Directed by John Huston • 1946 • United States

    This groundbreaking, long-suppressed look at the effects of war on returning veterans was among the first films to tackle the issue of post-traumatic stress disorder (or as it was then called, “shell shock” or “battle fatigue”). Shot at Mason Genera...

  • The Asphalt Jungle

    Episode 5

    Directed by John Huston • 1950 • United States
    Starring Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen

    In a smog-choked city somewhere in the American Midwest, an aging criminal mastermind, newly released from prison, hatches a plan for a million-dollar jewel heist and draws a wealthy lawyer and a c...

  • The African Queen

    Episode 6

    Directed by John Huston • 1951 • United States
    Starring Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley

    Humphrey Bogart won his one and only Academy Award for his role as the prickly, hard-drinking boat captain who—with Katharine Hepburn’s straitlaced Methodist missionary in tow—embarks on ...

  • Moulin Rouge

    Episode 7

    Directed by John Huston • 1952 • United States
    Starring José Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Suzanne Flon

    The bohemian decadence of fin de siècle Paris blazes to life in glorious Technicolor in John Huston’s evocative (albeit largely fictionalized) look at the life and world of celebrated painter Henri d...

  • Moby Dick

    Episode 8

    Directed by John Huston • 1956 • United Kingdom
    Starring Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart, Leo Genn

    Given John Huston’s dauntless appetite for difficult page-to-screen adaptations, it’s no surprise that he set his sights on the leviathan of American literature. With Gregory Peck cast against type ...

  • Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

    Episode 9

    Directed by John Huston • 1957 • United States
    Starring Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum

    John Huston reworks the ingredients of THE AFRICAN QUEEN in another tale of wartime adventure and odd-couple romance. Robert Mitchum is the American marine who finds himself marooned on a Japanese-occupied islan...

  • Freud

    Episode 10

    Directed by John Huston • 1962 • United States
    Starring Montgomery Clift, Susannah York, Larry Parks

    One of John Huston’s most fascinatingly experimental projects casts Montgomery Clift (broodingly intense in his penultimate screen performance) as Sigmund Freud, whose work with a troubled young ...

  • The Night of the Iguana

    Episode 11

    Directed by John Huston • 1964 • United States
    Starring Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr

    Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, and Deborah Kerr lead a powerhouse cast in John Huston’s feverish adaptation of the acclaimed play by Tennessee Williams. Defrocked, alcoholic former priest T. Lawrence ...

  • Reflections in a Golden Eye

    Episode 12

    Directed by John Huston • 1967 • United States
    Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Brian Keith

    “An Army post in peacetime is a dull place.” So begins Carson McCullers’s famous novel of secret passion, REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE. But beneath the smooth surface of military routine, a deadly...

  • A Walk with Love and Death

    Episode 13

    Directed by John Huston • 1969 • United States
    Starring Anjelica Huston, Assi Dayan, Anthony Higgins

    Anjelica Huston made her screen debut under the direction of her father, John Huston, in this medieval romance that ranks among the filmmaker’s most sensitive, often overlooked works. Read by cri...

  • Fat City

    Episode 14

    Directed by John Huston • 1972 • United States
    Starring Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, Susan Tyrrell

    John Huston’s adaptation of the cult novel by Leonard Gardner (who also wrote the screenplay) stands as one of the finest and most achingly human films ever made about the desperate, less-than-glamor...

  • The Man Who Would Be King

    Episode 15

    Directed by John Huston • 1975 • United States, United Kingdom
    Starring Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Christopher Plummer

    John Huston had been hoping to bring his adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s novella THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING to the screen for decades when he finally got the chance in the mids...

  • Wise Blood

    Episode 16

    Directed by John Huston • 1979 • United States
    Starring Brad Dourif, Ned Beatty, Harry Dean Stanton

    In this acclaimed adaptation of the first novel by legendary Southern writer Flannery O’Connor, John Huston vividly brings to life her poetic world of American eccentricity. Brad Dourif, in an imp...

  • Annie

    Episode 17

    Directed by John Huston • 1982 • United States
    Starring Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett

    It’s a hard knock life! One of the most beloved movie musicals of all time—adapted from the smash Broadway hit based on the popular “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip—is a ray of cinematic sunshine....

  • Under the Volcano

    Episode 18

    Directed by John Huston • 1984 • Mexico, United States
    Starring Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset

    UNDER THE VOLCANO follows the final day in the life of self-destructive British consul Geoffrey Firmin (Albert Finney, in an Oscar-nominated tour de force) on the eve of World War II. Withering from ...

  • The Dead

    Episode 19

    Directed by John Huston • 1987 • United Kingdom, Ireland
    Starring Anjelica Huston, Donal McCann, Helena Carroll

    The final film directed by John Huston—completed by the ailing director just months before his death and released posthumously—is a triumphant farewell from an artist in total command ...