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“Two legends of the UCLA family sit down together for a discussion about life and what it means to succeed and fail while working in competitive fields. Howard Suber, a professor at UCLA’s School of Film, Theater and Television for over 50 years, joins NBA All Star, UCLA alum and former Lakers forward Jamaal Wilkes for the conversation.”



After I delivered a speech at the University of Basel, Switzerland, last month, I did what is probably the longest interview of my life. It deals with how I got into film, my observations of changes in the industry and the UCLA film program during the past 50 years, and some thoughts about the current state of filmmaking and what the future might bring. It’s probably more than you’d ever want to know about me, but I’m printing it in its entirety below.

Special Interview Hollywood: Howard Suber

Geschrieben von Christian Düblin

Howard Suber (c) Howard SuberHoward Suber is one of the most experienced film specialists and UCLA lecturers. He helped establish and chaired the Critical Studies and PhD programs, the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the UCLA Producers Program. He has worked with thousands of film students, but also with Hollywood film industry specialists, famous screenwriters, producers and directors. Although he technically took early retirement 20 years ago, he has been invited back to teach every year since, and in the fall will begin his 50th year on the UCLA film faculty. Suber started to lecture very early on History of Film and also Film Structure and he published two books about movies and the film business. In a time when the film and movie industry was beneath the dignity of Harvard University as a field of study, Suber became an autodidact and, ran the student film club and was self-educated, mostly in European films, because among intellectuals and academics, American film was not considered worthy of serious consideration. In his interview with Christian Dueblin Howard Suber talks about his lecturer career, about his work with film students and he explains Hollywood patterns. Suber explains why American films is about film genres where the rest of the world is about film movements. Take a look behind the scenes of a big film industry, together with Howard Suber, author of the book “The Power of Film”. “Wise, kind, and direct. Howard Suber’s advice is as piercing as Don Corleone telling Michael who not to trust, and just as vital. “I LOVE this book!” that’s what David Koepp, screenwriter Jurassic Park, Mission Impossible, Spider-Man, War of the Worlds, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, says about the living film legend Suber. Read more »



This is from the UCLA main news web site, discussing my recently being awarded a Dicksen Emeriti Professorship

Teacher, mentor and

master of making things happen

Howard Suber has played a pivotal role at the School of Theater, Film and Television, from creating an acclaimed archive to launching Hollywood careers

Noela Hueso/School of Theater, Film and Television | May 06, 2014


When Howard Suber was 16 years old and had just been named “Top Debater in the State of Michigan,” he boarded a Greyhound Bus in his hometown of Owosso, Mich., and headed for Cambridge, Mass., with an audacious plan: To walk into the admissions office at Harvard University, uninvited, and request to be interviewed for admission as a freshman.

It was a bold move, to be sure, but not surprising for those who know the witty and outspoken professor in the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (TFT), who has been named one of two UCLA recipients of the prestigious 2013-2014 Dickson Emeriti Professorship Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a retired University of California faculty member. Read more »


How to Make It in Today’s Film World

The European Independent Film Festival posted the following interview with me at


“How to Make It in Today’s Film World”

an Interview with Howard Suber

Suber has been a professor of film at the University of California for 47 years and was the founder of the current Film and Television Producers Program. He has helped train thousands of young screenwriters, producers, directors and animators, many of whom are active around the world. His book offers an overview of the film industry, commenting on everything from the practical issues associated with producing films through to the creative process.

 In this interview, Suber discusses his insightful book and shares his opinions on the evolution of the film industry. His commentary provides an educated look into the multi-faceted film world: what it was, what it has become and where it is headed. Read more »


“Films Must Have a Happy Ending”: Wrong

The press, audiences, and people in the film industry itself all seem to believe that, to be a success, a Hollywood film must have a happy ending, but as the list below demonstrates, this is not born out by the evidence. While comedies and musicals generally end happily, a very large proportion of the most memorable popular films (those that were popular in their own day and have remained popular) do not. Read more »