Humphrey Bogart The Making Of A Legend

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Cary Grant, the Making of a Hollywood Legend

Cary Grant, the Making of a Hollywood Legend Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Mark Glancy
Editor: Oxford University Press
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A definitive new account of the professional and personal life of one of Hollywood's most unforgettable, influential stars. Archie Leach was a poorly educated, working-class boy from a troubled family living in the backstreets of Bristol. Cary Grant was Hollywood's most debonair film star--the embodiment of worldly sophistication. Cary Grant: The Making of a Hollywood Legend tells the incredible story of how a sad, neglected boy became the suave, glamorous star many know and idolize. The first biography to be based on Grant's own personal papers, this book takes us on a fascinating journey from the actor's difficult childhood through years of struggle in music halls and vaudeville, a hit-and-miss career in Broadway musicals, and three decades of film stardom during Hollywood's golden age. Leaving no stone unturned, Cary Grant delves into all aspects of Grant's life, from the bitter realities of his impoverished childhood to his trailblazing role in Hollywood as a film star who defied the studio system and took control of his own career. Highlighting Grant's genius as an actor and a filmmaker, author Mark Glancy examines the crucial contributions Grant made to such classic films as Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Notorious (1946), An Affair to Remember (1957), North by Northwest (1959), Charade (1963) and Father Goose (1964). Glancy also explores Grant's private life with new candor and insight throughout the book's nine sections, illuminating how Grant's search for happiness and fulfillment lead him to having his first child at the age of 62 and embarking on his fifth marriage at the age of 77. With this biography--complete with a chronological filmography of the actor's work--Glancy provides a definitive account of the professional and personal life of one of Hollywood's most unforgettable, influential stars.

Four Hollywood Legends in World Literature: References to Bogart, Cooper, Gable and Tracy

Four Hollywood Legends in World Literature: References to Bogart, Cooper, Gable and Tracy Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Henryk Hoffmann
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Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy had an immense impact upon popular culture. Included in this book are quotations from nearly six hundred literary works—novels, short stories, plays, poems and some nonfiction books—by nearly three hundred authors over the last eighty years, illustrating a diverse and contextually rich multitude of references to both the actors themselves and to a majority of their films. An overwhelming number of allusions have been found to such unforgettable classics as It Happened One Night, Boys Town, Gone with the Wind, Beau Geste, The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, High Noon and Inherit the Wind. The authors whose works are quoted here include a large number of highly acclaimed American writers: F. Scott Fitzgerald, John O’Hara, Budd Schulberg, Herman Wouk, J. D. Salinger, James Jones, James A. Michener, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, Kurt Vonnegut, John Updike, Philip Roth, William Styron, Don DeLillo, Thomas Pynchon, Tim O’Brien and Paul Auster—and a host of foreign writers, such as Julio Cortázar, Umberto Eco, Romain Gary, Herman Koch, Stieg Larsson, Alan Sillitoe and Markus Zusak. “This is a brilliant book . . . to see the impact that my father, along with the other three seminal stars of Hollywood's golden age, had outside the film world is both enlightening and astounding. I think my father would find it an honor to be included. . . . A must have for anyone who loves movies and loves literature.” — Stephen Humphrey Bogart About the Author: Henryk Hoffmann was born and educated (M.A. in English Philology) in Poznań, Poland, where he worked as an English teacher, translator and interpreter. Having immigrated to the USA in 1992, he kept teaching (Latin, German, English and History) and started writing reference books related to film and literature, such as “A” Western Filmmakers: A Biographical Dictionary of Writers, Directors, Cinematographers, Composers, Actors and Actresses—his first publication. Hoffmann is an active member of the Western Writers of America and lives, with his wife Betsy, in Lititz, PA. This book, a result of many years of painstaking research, is unlikely to hit a bookstore near you since the publishing house is rather small, but it's still a must-have reference book for any fan of American cinema and culture. Written by Henryk Hoffmann, it brings together hundreds of literary references fiction writers have made in their work to four American stars: Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy (and puts each reference in context). What emerges is a nearly 1000-page panoramic view of world and American literature and its close ties to the mythology of the movies. The book is now available also on Kindle for $9.95. -- Michał Oleszczyk

We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Legend and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Film

We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Legend and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Film Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Noah Isenberg
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company
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We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Legend and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Film by Noah Isenberg Summary

A Los Angeles Times bestseller A New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice” Selection “Even the die-hardest Casablanca fan will find in this delightful book new ways to love the movie they were certain they could never love more.” —Sam Wasson, best-selling author of Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. Casablanca is “not one movie,” Umberto Eco once quipped; “it is ‘movies.’” Film historian Noah Isenberg’s We’ll Always Have Casablanca offers a rich account of the film’s origins, the myths and realities behind its production, and the reasons it remains so revered today, over seventy-five years after its premiere.

World War II on the Big Screen

World War II on the Big Screen Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Doris Milberg
Editor: McFarland
ISBN: 0786455748
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World War II has been an endlessly fertile film subject since the late 1930s–even before the United States entered combat. This sweeping study of Hollywood’s depictions of the war, and of the motion picture industry during wartime, describes more than 450 films in roughly chronological order, while providing a historical perspective on the times and the events depicted. Included are such pictures as Casablanca, The Battle of Midway, Der Fuhrer’s Face and Letters from Iwo Jima.

A User’s Guide to the Millennium

A User’s Guide to the Millennium Pdf/ePub eBook Author: J. G. Ballard
Editor: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007484208
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A collection of essays and reviews by renowned author J.G. Ballard, spanning over thirty years and covering film, science, art, literature and current affairs.

The Remake: As Time Goes By

The Remake: As Time Goes By Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Stephen Humphrey Bogart
Editor: Untreed Reads
ISBN: 1611875110
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Tough-guy private detective R.J. Brooks is back in New York City after solving the hardest case of his career, the murder of screen legend Belle Fontaine - his mother. His famous parents left him little but a few memories and one of the best-loved movies of all time - As Time Goes By. They costarred in the classic film, an almost sacred tribute to their lives and love for each other. It is unthinkable to Brooks that anyone would ever attempt a remake. When he finds a camera and a reporter in his face, asking for a reaction to the news that Andromeda Studios is filming a remake of As Time Goes By, Brooks speaks first and thinks later - a move he will soon regret. Every TV station in the country runs the clip of him threatening to do anything to stop the making of the remake. And when Andromeda Studios employees start turning up dead in Los Angeles and New York, Brooks finds the police are taking his words literally. Now he's got to stay one jump ahead of the law on both coasts and overtake a madman before more innocent people die.

Searching for New Frontiers

Searching for New Frontiers Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Rick Worland
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1119464862
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Searching For New Frontiers offers film students and general readers a survey of popular movies of the 1960s. The author explores the most important modes of filmmaking in times that were at once hopeful, exhilarating, and daunting. The text combines discussion of American social and political history and Hollywood industry changes with analysis of some of the era’s most expressive movies. The book covers significant genres and evolving thematic trends, highlighting a variety of movies that confronted the era’s major social issues. It notes the stylistic confluence and exchanges between three forms: the traditional studio movie based on the combination of stars and genres, low-budget exploitation movies, and the international art cinema. As the author reveals, this complex period of American filmmaking was neither random nor the product of unique talents working in a vacuum. The filmmakers met head-on with an evolving American social conscience to create a Hollywood cinema of an era defined by events such as the Vietnam War, the rise of the civil rights movement, and the moon landing.

The Film Encyclopedia 7th Edition

The Film Encyclopedia 7th Edition Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ephraim Katz,Ronald Dean Nolen
Editor: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062277111
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Ephraim Katz's The Film Encyclopedia is the most comprehensive single-volume encyclopedia on film and is considered the undisputed bible of the film industry. Completely revised and updated, this seventh edition features more than 7,500 A–Z entries on the artistic, technical, and commercial aspects of moviemaking, including: Directors, producers, actors, screenwriters, and cinematographers; Styles, genres, and schools of filmmaking; Motion picture studios and film centers; Film-related organizations and events; Industry jargon and technical terms; Inventions, inventors, and equipment; Plus comprehensive listings of academy award–winning films And artists, top-grossing films, and much more!

The General: The Classic WWI Tale of Leadership

The General: The Classic WWI Tale of Leadership Pdf/ePub eBook Author: C. S. Forester
Editor: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007580061
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The book John Kelly reads every time he gets a promotion to remind him of ‘the perils of hubris, the pitfalls of patriotism and duty unaccompanied by critical thinking’ The most vivid, moving – and devastating – word-portrait of a World War One British commander ever written, here re-introduced by Max Hastings.

American Film History

American Film History Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Cynthia Lucia,Roy Grundmann,Art Simon
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118475119
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From the American underground film to the blockbuster superhero, this authoritative collection of introductory and specialized readings explores the core issues and developments in American cinematic history during the second half of the twentieth-century through the present day. Considers essential subjects that have shaped the American film industry—from the impact of television and CGI to the rise of independent and underground film; from the impact of the civil rights, feminist and LGBT movements to that of 9/11. Features a student-friendly structure dividing coverage into the periods 1960-1975, 1976-1990, and 1991 to the present day, each of which opens with an historical overview Brings together a rich and varied selection of contributions by established film scholars, combining broad historical, social, and political contexts with detailed analysis of individual films, including Midnight Cowboy, Nashville, Cat Ballou, Chicago, Back to the Future, Killer of Sheep, Daughters of the Dust, Nothing But a Man, Ali, Easy Rider, The Conversation, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Longtime Companion, The Matrix, The War Tapes, the Batman films, and selected avant-garde and documentary films, among many others. Additional online resources, such as sample syllabi, which include suggested readings and filmographies, for both general and specialized courses, will be available online. May be used alongside American Film History: Selected Readings, Origins to 1960 to provide an authoritative study of American cinema from its earliest days through the new millennium

Hank and Jim

Hank and Jim Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Scott Eyman
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501102192
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“[A] remarkably absorbing, supremely entertaining joint biography” (The New York Times) from bestselling author Scott Eyman about the remarkable friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart, two Hollywood legends who maintained a close relationship that endured all of life’s twists and turns. Henry Fonda and James Stewart were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood for forty years, but they became friends when they were unknown. They roomed together as stage actors in New York, and when they began making films in Hollywood, they were roommates again. Between them they made such classic films as The Grapes of Wrath, Mister Roberts, Twelve Angry Men, and On Golden Pond; and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Philadelphia Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, and Rear Window. They got along famously, with a shared interest in elaborate practical jokes and model airplanes, among other things. But their friendship also endured despite their differences: Fonda was a liberal Democrat, Stewart a conservative Republican. Fonda was a ladies’ man who was married five times; Stewart remained married to the same woman for forty-five years. Both men volunteered during World War II and were decorated for their service. When Stewart returned home, still unmarried, he once again moved in with Fonda, his wife, and his two children, Jane and Peter, who knew him as Uncle Jimmy. For his “breezy, entertaining” (Publishers Weekly) Hank and Jim, biographer and film historian Scott Eyman spoke with Fonda’s widow and children as well as three of Stewart’s children, plus actors and directors who had worked with the men—in addition to doing extensive archival research to get the full details of their time together. This is not just another Hollywood story, but “a fascinating…richly documented biography” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) of an extraordinary friendship that lasted through war, marriages, children, careers, and everything else.

A Real American Character

A Real American Character Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Carl Rollyson
Editor: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 1628460482
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Walter Brennan (1894-1974) was one of the greatest character actors in Hollywood history. He won three Academy Awards and became a national icon starring as Grandpa in The Real McCoys. He appeared in over two hundred motion pictures and became the subject of a Norman Rockwell painting, which celebrated the actor's unique role as the voice of the American Western. His life journey from Swampscott, Massachusetts, to Hollywood, to a twelve thousand-acre cattle ranch in Joseph, Oregon, is one of the great American stories. In the first biography of this epic figure, Carl Rollyson reveals Brennan's consummate mastery of virtually every kind of role while playing against and often stealing scenes from such stars as Gary Cooper, Humphrey Bogart, and John Wayne. Rollyson fully explores Brennan's work with Hollywood's greatest directors, such as Howard Hawks, John Ford, and Fritz Lang. As a father and grandfather, Brennan instilled generations of his family with an outlook on the American Dream that remains a sustaining feature of their lives today. His conservative politics, which grew out of his New England upbringing and his devout Catholicism, receive meticulous attention and a balanced assessment in A Real American Character. Written with the full cooperation of the Brennan family and drawing on material in archives from every region of the United States, this new biography presents an artist and family man who lived and breathed an American idealism that made him the Real McCoy.


Reagan Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Marc Eliot
Editor: Crown Archetype
ISBN: 0307449963
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Ronald Reagan was one of the most powerful and popular American presidents. The key to understanding his political success and the remarkable likability and effortless charisma that made it possible is hidden in his early years as a Hollywood movie star. Other biographers and Reagan in his two memoirs have skimmed over the thirty years he spent as an actor, union activist, and ladies’ man. Now, for the first time, in this highly entertaining and provocative new work, acclaimed film critic and historian Marc Eliot reveals the truth of those formative years and presents a far different and infinitely more detailed portrait of Reagan than ever before. Based on original research and never-before-published interviews, documents, and other materials, Eliot sheds new light on Reagan’s film and television work opposite some of the most talented women of the time, including Bette Davis, Ann Sheridan, and Ginger Rogers; his starlet-strewn bachelor days when his name was linked with Lana Turner and Susan Hayward; his first, rocky marriage to actress Jane Wyman and his career-making second marriage to Nancy Davis; his controversial eight years as the president of the Screen Actors Guild; his friendships with Jimmy Stewart and William Holden; his place in the “Irish Mafia” alongside Pat O’Brien, Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, and Errol Flynn; and the crucial role of super-agent Lew Wasserman, who was instrumental in developing the persona that would prove essential to Reagan’s future as a world leader. Set against the glamorous and often combative background of Hollywood’s celebrated Golden Age, Eliot’s biography provides an exceptionally nuanced examination of the man and uncovers the startling origins of the legend.

Errol Flynn Slept Here

Errol Flynn Slept Here Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Robert Matzen,Michael Mazzone
Editor: Paladin Communications
ISBN: 0988502585
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Errol Flynn Slept Here by Robert Matzen,Michael Mazzone Summary

Documenting the most notorious house in Hollywood, this history spans the life and death of Mulholland Farm, the elegant and infamous mountaintop showplace built by film star Errol Flynn at the height of his fame. While appearing to be stylish and refined, Flynn installed secret passageways, two-way mirrors, and other voyeuristic tools into the house to spy on the famous women he entertained, as well as couples making love. He lived in Mulholland Farm during Hollywood’s Golden Era, when he was the most famous playboy movie star alive, remaining in the home through the rape trial that almost ruined him and the snatching of John Barrymore's body. The intricate story of the farm also spans five continents to include Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Fidel Castro, Humphrey Bogart, Shirley Temple, Clark Gable, Billy Graham, Johnny Cash, Roy Rogers, the Rolling Stones, and the other two owners of the property, Christian singer/songwriter Stuart Hamblen and rock ‘n’ roll legend Rick Nelson.

I am Spartacus !

I am Spartacus ! Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kirk DOUGLAS
Editor: Capricci Editions
ISBN: 2918040932
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En 1959, Kirk Douglas met en chantier, en tant que producteur, un projet considérable : l’adaptation de Spartacus, best-seller d’Howard Fast. Stanley Kubrick sera le réalisateur, Douglas jouera le célèbre esclave rebelle, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis, Jean Simmons, Peter Ustinov, Charles Laughton tiendront des rôles secondaires. Pour l’adaptation, Douglas engage le grand scénariste Dalton Trumbo. Or celui-ci, inscrit sur la liste noire de Joseph McCarthy, vient de passer un an en prison. Il doit donc travailler sous pseudonyme.Dans ce livre publié aux États-Unis en 2012, l’acteur décrit la mise en place d’un projet de grande envergure ; les relations orageuses avec Kubrick, avec qui il venait de tourner — et de produire — Les Sentiers de la gloire ; les caprices des acteurs, notamment la rivalité entre Ustinov et Laughton ; les difficultés pour parvenir à un montage définitif.Livre à la fois au passé et au présent, mémoires et prise de parole d’un acteur soucieux depuis toujours de la chose politique, I am Spartacus ! raconte l’épopée du film qui permit à Hollywood de tourner enfin la page de la liste noire.


Casablanca Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Marc Augé
Editor: Média Diffusion
ISBN: 2021186377
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Tout film qui nous a plu un jour prend place dans notre mémoire au côté d'autres souvenirs. Il est un souvenir parmi d'autres, soumis comme eux à la menace de l'oubli. Il arrive ainsi que des images de films nous traînent dans la tête comme si elles faisaient partie de notre vie même... Il nous faut "monter" nos souvenirs, ces rushes de la mémoire, pour recomposer une continuité, pour en faire un récit. [...] Il y a deux ou trois ans, les heures d'insomnie m'étaient devenues l'occasion d'un type d'investigation un peu particulier. Je me lançais à la reconquête de mes plus vieux souvenirs, ceux d'avant 1940. Je collectais la nuit des lambeaux d'images et, le jour venu, courais chez ma mère pour la faire parler. [...] Je ne sais pas exactement quand j'ai vu Casablanca pour la première fois... M. A. Marc Augé, ethnologue et écrivain, a été président de l'École des hautes études en sciences sociales entre 1985 et 1995. Il a publié au Seuil, dans " La Librairie du XXIe siècle ", Domaines et châteaux (1989), Non-lieux. Introduction à une anthropologie de la surmodernité (1992) et La Guerre des rêves. Exercices d'ethno-fiction (1995).

Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Maxime DONZEL
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Son visage a servi de modèle à la méchante reine de Blanche-Neige. Sa rivalité légendaire avec Bette Davis a inspiré la série Feud. Sa relation avec sa fille adoptive a fait l’objet d’un film qui lui a valu d’être classée parmi les « 50 plus grands méchants de l’histoire du cinéma »... Joan Crawford est devenue le symbole absolu du côté sombre d’Hollywood. Malgré une filmographie qui va du cinéma muet jusqu’aux débuts d’un certain Steven Spielberg, on ne la voit plus que comme un monstre. Elle était certes connue pour son ambition dévorante, mais ses sourcils sévères cachaient une vive inquiétude, celle de voir sa carrière d’actrice s’éteindre avec l’âge. Il est temps de jeter un peu de lumière sur la face sombre de l’énigme Joan Crawford. Journaliste spécialisé dans la pop culture (Tutotal, Tellement gay !, Dress Code), Maxime Donzelest rédacteur pour le magazine Sofilm.

Suivez mon regard

Suivez mon regard Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Anjelica Huston
Editor: Média Diffusion
ISBN: 2823608508
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Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Anouk Neuhof et Stéphane Roques. Nous sommes à St Clerans, dans le comté de Galway, en Irlande. Une petite fille attend son père pour fêter Noël. Lui, c'est John Huston : un aventurier, un grand cinéaste, un géant. Elle, c'est Anjelica. Elle n'a que six ans mais elle sait déjà que cet homme la marquera à jamais. Cinquante ans plus tard, Anjelica Huston est devenue une star. Elle nous livre le récit de sa vie dans ces Mémoires à la fraîcheur romanesque. Après une enfance magique dans le manoir de ses parents et une adolescence en plein cœur du " swinging London ", Anjelica part pour New York. À 18 ans, elle est mannequin pour Vogue. Mais le cinéma la rattrape, et Stephen Frears, Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, Wes Anderson vont lui offrir des rôles qui la conduiront au sommet d'Hollywood. C'est là qu'elle rencontre Jack Nicholson, avec qui elle va former un couple de légende. Dans Suivez mon regard, Anjelica Huston revient sans détour sur ses amours et sa carrière. Derrière la star, on découvre une femme émouvante, non conformiste, douée d'un vrai sens de l'observation. Illustré de nombreuses photos personnelles, cet autoportrait sensible est une peinture passionnante du nouvel Hollywood... et de ses coulisses

Brève histoire de sept meurtres

Brève histoire de sept meurtres Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Marlon James
Editor: Albin Michel
ISBN: 2226420770
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Kingston, 3 décembre 1976. Deux jours avant un concert en faveur de la paix organisé par le parti au pouvoir, dans un climat d'extrême tension politique, sept hommes armés font irruption au domicile de Bob Marley. Le chanteur est touché à la poitrine et au bras. Pourtant, à la date prévue, il réunit 80 000 personnes lors d'un concert historique Construit comme une vaste fresque épique abritant plusieurs voix et des dizaines de personnages, ce livre monumental, couronné par le Man Booker Prize 2015, nous entraîne en Jamaïque et aux États-Unis, des années 1970 à nos jours. Convoquant hommes politiques, journalistes, agents de la CIA, barons de la drogue et membres de gangs, il s'interroge avec force sur les éternelles questions du pouvoir, de l'argent, de la politique et de la violence du monde. S'affirmant ici comme le fils spirituel de Toni Morrison et James Ellroy, Marlon James signe un livre hors normes, tour à tour sombre, drôle, cru, et toujours passionnant, signe d'une rare ambition littéraire et d'un talent prodigieux. « Un roman à la fois terrifiant, lyrique et magnifique, écrit par l'un des jeunes auteurs les plus talentueux d'aujourd'hui. » Russell Banks

Histoire de ma vie

Histoire de ma vie Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Charles CHAPLIN
Editor: Robert Laffont
ISBN: 2221202260
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Au cours de sa vie, Chaplin a accordé des centaines d'interviews, il a eu de nombreux biographes, mais c'est en écrivant Histoire de ma vie, et en se racontant lui-même, qu'il s'est livré, et a laissé paraître l'homme derrière la légende. L'histoire de ce génie - dont les amis s'appelaient Douglas Fairbanks et Mary Pickford, Enrico Caruso, George Bernard Shaw, Churchill, Gandhi, Einstein, Cocteau et Picasso - est en même temps celle du cinéma américain, de Hollywood, de sa naissance et de son développement extraordinaire. C'est aussi l'histoire d'un homme seul malgré la célébrité, d'un homme qui ne cache rien des vicissitudes de sa vie sentimentale jusqu'à la rencontre avec Oona et le bonheur familial en compagnie de leurs huit enfants. D'un homme enfin dont la vie fut un combat. Combat contre la pauvreté d'abord, combat politique aussi, et, par-dessus tout, combat pour son art. Un des géants qui ont marqué le siècle.