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Paul On Mazursky by Sam Wasson

Title Paul on Mazursky
Author Sam Wasson
Publisher Wesleyan University Press
Release Date 2011-08-15
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 348
ISBN 081957144X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Paul Mazursky’s nearly twenty films as writer/director represent Hollywood’s most sustained comic expression of the 1970s and 1980s. But they have not been given their due, perhaps because Mazursky’s films—both sincere and ridiculous, realistic and romantic—are pure emotion. This makes films like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, An Unmarried Woman, and Enemies, A Love Story difficult to classify, but that’s what makes a human comedy human. In the first ever book-length examination of one of America’s most important and least appreciated filmmakers, Sam Wasson sits down with Mazursky himself to talk about his movies and how he makes them. Going over Mazursky’s oeuvre one film at a time, interviewer and interviewee delve into the director’s life in and out of Hollywood, laughing, talking, and above all else, feeling—like Mazursky’s people always do. The book includes a filmography and never-before-seen photos.

Show Me The Magic by Paul Mazursky

Title Show Me the Magic
Author Paul Mazursky
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1999
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 270
ISBN UOM:39015047458073
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A memoir from one of Hollywood's most beloved writer/directors offers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of movies and provides portraits of many of Hollywood's legends

Title Paul Mazursky Seminar Paul Morrissey Seminar
Author Paul Mazursky
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1974
Category Motion picture producers and directors
Total Pages 32
ISBN OCLC:37564773
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Other Hollywood Renaissance by Lennard Dominic Lennard

Title Other Hollywood Renaissance
Author Lennard Dominic Lennard
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Release Date 2020-09-09
Category Electronic books
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9781474442657
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In the late 1960s, the collapse of the classic Hollywood studio system led in part, and for less than a decade, to a production trend heavily influenced by the international art cinema. Reflecting a new self-consciousness in the US about the national film patrimony, this period is known as the Hollywood Renaissance. However, critical study of the period is generally associated with its so-called principal auteurs, slighting a number of established and emerging directors who were responsible for many of the era's most innovative and artistically successful releases.With contributions from leading film scholars, this book provides a revisionist account of this creative resurgence by discussing and memorializing twenty-four directors of note who have not yet been given a proper place in the larger history of the period. Including filmmakers such as Hal Ashby, John Frankenheimer, Mike Nichols, and Joan Micklin Silver, this more expansive approach to the auteurism of the late 1960s and 1970s seems not only appropriate but pressing - a necessary element of the re-evaluation of 'Hollywood' with which cinema studies has been preoccupied under the challenges posed by the emergence and flourishing of new media.

Title A Splurch in the Kisser
Author Sam Wasson
Publisher Wesleyan University Press
Release Date 2010-03-01
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 370
ISBN 9780819569776
Language English, Spanish, and French
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With one of the longest and most controversial careers in Hollywood history, Blake Edwards is a phoenix of movie directors, full of hubris, ambition, and raving comic chutzpah. His rambunctious filmography remains an artistic force on par with Hollywood's greatest comic directors: Lubitsch, Sturges, Wilder. Like Wilder, Edwards’s propensity for hilarity is double-helixed with pain, and in films like Breakfast at Tiffany's, Days of Wine and Roses, and even The Pink Panther, we can hear him off-screen, laughing in the dark. And yet, despite those enormous successes, he was at one time considered a Hollywood villain. After his marriage to Julie Andrews, Edwards’s Darling Lili nearly sunk the both of them and brought Paramount Studios to its knees. Almost overnight, Blake became an industry pariah, which ironically fortified his sense of satire, as he simultaneously fought the Hollywood tide and rode it. Employing keen visual analysis, meticulous research, and troves of interviews and production files, Sam Wasson delivers the first complete account of one of the maddest figures Hollywood has ever known.

Fosse by Sam Wasson

Title Fosse
Author Sam Wasson
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date 2013-11-05
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 672
ISBN 9780547999227
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Now the FX limited series Fosse/Verdon starring Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams with Lin-Manuel Miranda executive producing. “Wasson is a smart and savvy reporter, and his book abounds with colorful firsthand tales.” — Janet Maslin, New York Times “Fascinating . . . Wasson has taken complete control of his subject.” — Wall Street Journal The only person ever to win Oscar, Emmy, and Tony awards in the same year, Bob Fosse revolutionized nearly every facet of American entertainment. His signature style would influence generations of performing artists. Yet in spite of Fosse’s innumerable—including Cabaret, Pippin, All That Jazz, and Chicago, one of the longest-running Broadway musicals ever—his offstage life was shadowed by deep wounds and insatiable appetites. To craft this richly detailed account, best-selling author Sam Wasson has drawn on a wealth of unpublished material and hundreds of sources: friends, enemies, lovers, and collaborators, many of them speaking publicly about Fosse for the first time. With propulsive energy and stylish prose, Fosse is the definitive biography of one of Broadway and Hollywood’s most complex and dynamic icons. “Spellbinding.” —Entertainment Weekly “Impeccably researched.” —Vanity Fair An NPR Best Book of the Year

Stars Of David by Abigail Pogrebin

Title Stars of David
Author Abigail Pogrebin
Publisher Broadway
Release Date 2007
Category Social Science
Total Pages 385
ISBN 9780767916134
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Capturing the diversity of Jewish religious and ethnic identity, a collection of intimate conversations with sixty-one prominent Jews--including Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Richard Dreyfuss, Leonard Nimoy, Steven Spielberg, Sarah Jessica Parker, Beverly Sills, and Mike Wallace--reveals how they feel about their Jewish identity, religion, tradition, faith, and prejudice. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

An Unmarried Woman by Carol de Chellis Hill.

Title An Unmarried Woman
Author Carol de Chellis Hill.
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1978
Category
Total Pages 159
ISBN OCLC:320860924
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Improv Nation by Sam Wasson

Title Improv Nation
Author Sam Wasson
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date 2017-12-05
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 464
ISBN 9780544557208
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A sweeping yet intimate--and often hilarious--history of a uniquely American art form that has never been more popular

Title American Jewish Filmmakers
Author David Desser
Publisher University of Illinois Press
Release Date 2004
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 345
ISBN 0252071530
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Sidney Lumet, and Paul Mazursky, all sons of East European Jews, remain among the most prominent contemporary American film directors. In this revised, updated second edition of American Jewish Filmmakers, David Desser and Lester D. Friedman demonstrate how the Jewish experience gives rise to an intimately linked series of issues in the films of these and other significant Jewish directors. This edition concludes with a newly written discussion of the careers of other prominent Jewish filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Barry Levinson, Brian Singer, and Darren Aronofsky.

Title Shakespeare on Screen King Lear
Author Victoria Bladen
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 2019-09-30
Category Drama
Total Pages 278
ISBN 9781108426923
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An up-to-date survey of Shakespeare's King Lear on screen and the aesthetic, social and political issues raised by screen versions.

Shakespeare Film Fin De Siecle by Mark Thornton Burnett

Title Shakespeare Film Fin de Siecle
Author Mark Thornton Burnett
Publisher Springer
Release Date 2016-01-22
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 244
ISBN 9780230286795
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The essays in this volume read the Shakespeare films of the 1990s as key instruments with which western culture confronts the anxieties attendant upon the transition from one century to another. Such films as Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost, Othello, Shakespeare in Love and William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet , the contributors maintain, engage with some of the most pressing concerns of the present, apocalyptic condition - familial crisis, social estrangement, urban blight, cultural hybridity, literary authority, the impact of technology and the end of history. The volume includes an exclusive interview with Kenneth Branagh.

Fifth Avenue 5 A M by Sam Wasson

Title Fifth Avenue 5 A M
Author Sam Wasson
Publisher Aurum
Release Date 2011-09-25
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781845136550
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Before Breakfast at Tiffany’s Audrey Hepburn was still a little-known actress with few film roles to speak of; after it – indeed, because of it - she was one of the world’s most famous fashion, style and screen icons. It was this film that matched her with Hubert de Givenchy’s “little black dress”. Meanwhile, Truman Capote’s original novel is itself a modern classic selling huge numbers every year, and its high-living author of perennial interest. Now, this little book tells the story of how it all happened: how Audrey got the role (for which at first she wasn’t considered, and which she at first didn’t want); how long it took to get the script right; how it made Blake Edwards’ name as a director after too many trashy films had failed to; and how Henry Mancini’s soundtrack with its memorable signature tune ‘Moon River’ completed the irresistible package. This is the story of how one shy, uncertain, inexperienced young actress was persuaded to take on a role she at first thought too hard-edged and amoral – and how it made Audrey Hepburn into gamine, elusive Holly Golightly in the little black dress - and a star for the rest of her life.

Title Creativity in Product Innovation
Author Jacob Goldenberg
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 2002-01-03
Category Business & Economics
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9780521800891
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Creativity in Product Innovation describes a remarkable new technique for improving the creativity process in product design. Certain "regularities" in product development are identifiable, objectively verifiable and consistent for almost any kind of product. These regularities are described by the authors as Creativity Templates. This book describes the theory and implementation of these templates, showing how they can be used to enhance the creative process and thus enable people to be more productive and focused. Representing the culmination of years of research on the topic of creativity in marketing, the Creativity Templates approach has been recognized as a breakthrough in such journals as Science, Journal of Marketing Research, Management Science, and Technological Forecasting and Social Change.

The Big Goodbye by Sam Wasson

Title The Big Goodbye
Author Sam Wasson
Publisher Flatiron Books
Release Date 2020-02-04
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9781250301833
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Fifth Avenue, Five A.M. and Fosse comes the revelatory account of the making of a modern American masterpiece Chinatown is the Holy Grail of 1970s cinema. Its twist ending is the most notorious in American film and its closing line of dialogue the most haunting. Here for the first time is the incredible true story of its making. In Sam Wasson's telling, it becomes the defining story of the most colorful characters in the most colorful period of Hollywood history. Here is Jack Nicholson at the height of his powers, as compelling a movie star as there has ever been, embarking on his great, doomed love affair with Anjelica Huston. Here is director Roman Polanski, both predator and prey, haunted by the savage death of his wife, returning to Los Angeles, the scene of the crime, where the seeds of his own self-destruction are quickly planted. Here is the fevered dealmaking of "The Kid" Robert Evans, the most consummate of producers. Here too is Robert Towne's fabled script, widely considered the greatest original screenplay ever written. Wasson for the first time peels off layers of myth to provide the true account of its creation. Looming over the story of this classic movie is the imminent eclipse of the '70s filmmaker-friendly studios as they gave way to the corporate Hollywood we know today. In telling that larger story, The Big Goodbye will take its place alongside classics like Easy Riders, Raging Bulls and The Devil's Candy as one of the great movie-world books ever written. Praise for Sam Wasson: "Wasson is a canny chronicler of old Hollywood and its outsize personalities...More than that, he understands that style matters, and, like his subjects, he has a flair for it." - The New Yorker "Sam Wasson is a fabulous social historian because he finds meaning in situations and stories that would otherwise be forgotten if he didn't sleuth them out, lovingly." - Hilton Als

Title You ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again
Author Julia Phillips
Publisher Random House Trade Paperbacks
Release Date 2017-02-14
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 688
ISBN 9780399590900
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"The Hollywood memoir that tells all . . . Sex. Drugs. Greed. Why, it sounds just like a movie."--The New York Times Every memoir claims to bare it all, but Julia Phillips's actually does. This is an addictive, gloves-off expos from the producer of the classic films The Sting, Taxi Driver, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind--and the first woman ever to win an Academy Award for Best Picture--who made her name in Hollywood during the halcyon seventies and the yuppie-infested eighties and lived to tell the tale. Wickedly funny and surprisingly moving, You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again takes you on a trip through the dream-manufacturing capital of the world and into the vortex of drug addiction and rehab on the arm of one who saw it all, did it all, and took her leave. Praise for You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again "One of the most honest books ever written about one of the most dishonest towns ever created."--The Boston Globe "Gossip too hot for even the National Enquirer . . . Julia Phillips is not so much Hollywood's Boswell as its Dante."--Los Angeles Magazine "A blistering look at La La Land."--USA Today "One of the nastiest, tastiest tell-alls in showbiz history."--People

Barbara Stanwyck by Dan Callahan

Title Barbara Stanwyck
Author Dan Callahan
Publisher Univ. Press of Mississippi
Release Date 2012-02-03
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9781617031847
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Barbara Stanwyck (1907-1990) rose from the ranks of chorus girl to become one of Hollywood’s most talented leading women-and America’s highest paid woman in the mid-1940s. Shuttled among foster homes as a child, she took a number of low-wage jobs while she determinedly made the connections that landed her in successful Broadway productions. Stanwyck then acted in a stream of high-quality films from the 1930s through the 1950s. Directors such as Cecil B. DeMille, Fritz Lang, and Frank Capra treasured her particular magic. A four-time Academy Award nominee, winner of three Emmys and a Golden Globe, she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy. Dan Callahan considers both Stanwyck’s life and her art, exploring her seminal collaborations with Capra in such great films as Ladies of Leisure, The Miracle Woman, and The Bitter Tea of General Yen; her Pre-Code movies Night Nurse and Baby Face; and her classic roles in Stella Dallas, Remember the Night, The Lady Eve, and Double Indemnity. After making more than eighty films in Hollywood, she revived her career by turning to television, where her role in the 1960s series The Big Valley renewed her immense popularity. Callahan examines Stanwyck’s career in relation to the directors she worked with and the genres she worked in, leading up to her late-career triumphs in two films directed by Douglas Sirk, All I Desire and There’s Always Tomorrow, and two outrageous westerns, The Furies and Forty Guns. The book positions Stanwyck where she belongs-at the very top of her profession-and offers a close, sympathetic reading of her performances in all their range and complexity.

Title Conversations with Woody Allen
Author Eric Lax
Publisher Knopf Group E-Books
Release Date 2010-01-13
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 416
ISBN 9780307427106
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the author of the best-selling biography Woody Allen—the most informative, revealing, and entertaining conversations from his thirty-six years of interviewing the great comedian and filmmaker. For more than three decades, Woody Allen has been talking regularly and candidly with Eric Lax, and has given him singular and unfettered access to his film sets, his editing room, and his thoughts and observations. In discussions that begin in 1971 and continue into 2007, Allen discusses every facet of moviemaking through the prism of his own films and the work of directors he admires. In doing so, he reveals an artist’s development over the course of his career to date, from joke writer to standup comedian to world-acclaimed filmmaker. Woody talks about the seeds of his ideas and the writing of his screenplays; about casting and acting, shooting and directing, editing and scoring. He tells how he reworks screenplays even while filming them. He describes the problems he has had casting American men, and he explains why he admires the acting of (among many others) Alan Alda, Marlon Brando, Michael Caine, John Cusack, Judy Davis, Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mia Farrow, Gene Hackman, Scarlett Johansson, Julie Kavner, Liam Neeson, Jack Nicholson, Charlize Theron, Tracey Ullman, Sam Waterston, and Dianne Wiest. He places Diane Keaton second only to Judy Holliday in the pantheon of great screen comediennes. He discusses his favorite films (Citizen Kane is the lone American movie on his list of sixteen “best films ever made”; Duck Soup and Airplane! are two of his preferred “comedian’s films”; Trouble in Paradise and Born Yesterday among his favorite “talking plot comedies”). He describes himself as a boy in Brooklyn enthralled by the joke-laden movies of Bob Hope and the sophisticated film stories of Manhattan. As a director, he tells us what he appreciates about Bergman, De Sica, Fellini, Welles, Kurosawa, John Huston, and Jean Renoir. Throughout he shows himself to be thoughtful, honest, self–deprecating, witty, and often hilarious. Conversations with Woody Allen is essential reading for everyone interested in the art of moviemaking and for everyone who has enjoyed the films of Woody Allen.

The Accidental by Ali Smith

Title The Accidental
Author Ali Smith
Publisher Penguin UK
Release Date 2012-08-02
Category Fiction
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780141914930
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted, Baileys Women's Prize-winning author of How to be both and the critically acclaimed Seasonal quartet 'Brilliant and engaging, frequently hilarious. . . Smith makes one look at the world afresh' Sunday Telegraph 'A beguiling page-turner... To read The Accidental is to be excited from first to last' Independent 'Joyous' The Times The Accidental pans in on the Norfolk holiday home of the Smart family one hot summer. There a beguiling stranger called Amber appears at the door bearing all sorts of unexpected gifts, trampling over family boundaries and sending each of the Smarts scurrying from the dark into the light. A novel about the ways that seemingly chance encounters irrevocably transform our understanding of ourselves, The Accidental explores the nature of truth, the role of fate and the power of storytelling.

Title Casting Might Have Beens
Author Eila Mell
Publisher McFarland
Release Date 2015-01-24
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 350
ISBN 9781476609768
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Some acting careers are made by one great role and some fall into obscurity when one is declined. Would Al Pacino be the star he is today if Robert Redford had accepted the role of Michael Corleone in The Godfather? Imagine Tom Hanks rejecting Uma Thurman, saying that she acted like someone in a high school play when she auditioned to play opposite him in The Bonfire of the Vanities. Picture Danny Thomas as The Godfather, or Marilyn Monroe as Cleopatra. This reference work lists hundreds of such stories: actors who didn’t get cast or who turned down certain parts. Each entry, organized alphabetically by film title, gives the character and actor cast, a list of other actors considered for that role, and the details of the casting decision. Information is drawn from extensive research and interviews. From About Last Night (which John Belushi turned down at his brother’s urging) to Zulu (in which Michael Caine was not cast because he didn’t look “Cockney” enough), this book lets you imagine how different your favorite films could have been.