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Mike Nichols

Mike Nichols Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Mark Harris
Editor: Penguin
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An instant New York Times Bestseller! A magnificent biography of one of the most protean creative forces in American entertainment history, a life of dazzling highs and vertiginous plunges--some of the worst largely unknown until now--by the acclaimed author of Pictures at a Revolution and Five Came Back Mike Nichols burst onto the scene as a wunderkind: while still in his twenties, he was half of a hit improv duo with Elaine May that was the talk of the country. Next he directed four consecutive hit plays, won back-to-back Tonys, ushered in a new era of Hollywood moviemaking with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and followed it with The Graduate, which won him an Oscar and became the third-highest-grossing movie ever. At thirty-five, he lived in a three-story Central Park West penthouse, drove a Rolls-Royce, collected Arabian horses, and counted Jacqueline Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Leonard Bernstein, and Richard Avedon as friends. Where he arrived is even more astonishing given where he had begun: born Igor Peschkowsky to a Jewish couple in Berlin in 1931, he was sent along with his younger brother to America on a ship in 1939. The young immigrant boy caught very few breaks. He was bullied and ostracized--an allergic reaction had rendered him permanently hairless--and his father died when he was just twelve, leaving his mother alone and overwhelmed. The gulf between these two sets of facts explains a great deal about Nichols's transformation from lonely outsider to the center of more than one cultural universe--the acute powers of observation that first made him famous; the nourishment he drew from his creative partnerships, most enduringly with May; his unquenchable drive; his hunger for security and status; and the depressions and self-medications that brought him to terrible lows. It would take decades for him to come to grips with his demons. In an incomparable portrait that follows Nichols from Berlin to New York to Chicago to Hollywood, Mark Harris explores, with brilliantly vivid detail and insight, the life, work, struggle, and passion of an artist and man in constant motion. Among the 250 people Harris interviewed: Elaine May, Meryl Streep, Stephen Sondheim, Robert Redford, Glenn Close, Tom Hanks, Candice Bergen, Emma Thompson, Annette Bening, Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Lorne Michaels, and Gloria Steinem. Mark Harris gives an intimate and evenhanded accounting of success and failure alike; the portrait is not always flattering, but its ultimate impact is to present the full story of one of the most richly interesting, complicated, and consequential figures the worlds of theater and motion pictures have ever seen. It is a triumph of the biographer's art.

Life isn't everything

Life isn't everything Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Ash Carter,Sam Kashner
Editor: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 1250112869
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An up close and personal portrait of a legendary filmmaker, theater director, and comedian, drawing on candid conversations with his closest friends in show business and the arts—from Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep to Natalie Portman and Lorne Michaels. The work of Mike Nichols pervades American cultural consciousness—from The Graduate and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? to Angels in America, The Birdcage, Working Girl, and Primary Colors, not to mention his string of hit plays, including Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple. If that weren’t enough, he was also one half of the timelessly funny duo Nichols & May, as well as a founding member of the original improv troupe. Over a career that spanned half a century, Mike Nichols changed Hollywood, Broadway, and comedy forever. Most fans, however, know very little of the person behind it all. Since he never wrote his memoirs, and seldom appeared on television, they have very little sense of his searching intellect or his devastating wit. They don't know that Nichols, the great American director, was born Mikail Igor Peschkowsky, in Berlin, and came to this country, speaking no English, to escape the Nazis. They don't know that Nichols was at one time a solitary psychology student, or that a childhood illness caused permanent, life-altering side effects. They don't know that he withdrew into a debilitating depression before he "finally got it right," in his words, by marrying Diane Sawyer. Here, for the first time, Ash Carter and Sam Kashner offer an intimate look behind the scenes of Nichols' life, as told by the stars, moguls, playwrights, producers, comics and crewmembers who stayed loyal to Nichols for years. Life Isn't Everything is a mosaic portrait of a brilliant and original director known for his uncommon charm, wit, vitality, and genius for friendship, this volume is also a snapshot of what it meant to be living, loving, and making art in the 20th century.

Films of Endearment

Films of Endearment Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Michael Koresky
Editor: Harlequin
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“A lovely and loving book.”—Will Schwalbe, New York Times bestselling author of The End of Your Life Book Club "I'm not sure I have ever read a book about movies that is as tender and open-hearted as Films of Endearment."—Mark Harris, New York Times bestselling author of Mike Nichols: A Life A poignant memoir of family, grief and resilience about a young man, his dynamic mother and the '80s movies they shared together Michael Koresky's most formative memories were simple ones. A movie rental. A mug of tea. And a few shared hours with his mother. Years later and now a successful film critic, Koresky set out on a journey with his mother to discover more about their shared cinematic past. They rewatched ten films that she first introduced to him as a child, one from every year of the '80s, each featuring women leads. Together, films as divergent as 9 to 5, Terms of Endearment, The Color Purple and Aliens form the story of an era that Koresky argues should rightly be called "The Decade of the Actress." Films of Endearment is a reappraisal of the most important and popular female-driven films of that time, a profound meditation on loss and resilience, and a celebration of the special bond between mothers and their sons.


Ordesa Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Manuel Vilas
Editor: Média Diffusion
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"Mon coeur ressemble à un arbre noir couvert d'oiseaux jaunes qui piaillent et me perforent la chair.' Tel est l'autoportrait brut et sans tabou d'un écrivain confronté à la disparition de ses parents. Assailli par les fantômes de son passé, il retrouve espoir dans le souvenir baigné de lumière jaune de leur amour et de la beauté d'antan. À travers l'évocation d'une famille modeste, c'est alors la peinture d'une certaine Espagne qui se révèle à nous dans toute sa complexité. L'appartenance à une classe sociale, l'éducation, l'alcoolisme ou encore la paternité sont autant de sujets traités ainsi de façon personnelle et collective à la fois. Profondément sincère, bruyamment intime, merveilleusement écrit dans une langue à la fois poétique et crue, Ordesa se lit comme la catharsis d'un deuil impossible, celui de la mort de nos parents et de la fin d'une époque, une expérience pour le moins universelle. Phénomène de librairie en Espagne, Ordesa a été désigné Meilleur livre de l'année par les grands quotidiens El País et El Mundo, imposant Manuel Vilas comme un écrivain majeur de la littérature espagnole. "Voici l'album, les archives, la mémoire sans mensonges ni consolation d'une vie, d'une époque, d'une famille, d'une classe sociale condamnée à tant d'efforts pour obtenir si peu. Il faut beaucoup de précision pour dire ces choses, un acide, un couteau aiguisé, une aiguille assez fine pour faire éclater le ballon de la vanité. Ce qui reste à la fin, c'est l'émotion propre de la vérité et la détresse devant tout ce qui a été perdu.' Antonio Muñoz Molina "Un livre magnifique, courageux et bouleversant' Javier Cercas Traduit de l'espagnol par Isabelle Gugnon

La Douce Indifférence du monde

La Douce Indifférence du monde Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Peter Stamm
Editor: Christian Bourgois éditeur
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Un homme donne rendez-vous à une femme prénommée Lena dans le grand cimetière de Stockholm. Cette femme est une inconnue, mais elle rappelle intensément au narrateur la jeune femme dont il a été très amoureux il y a une vingtaine d’années. Cette dernière s’appelait Magdalena, était comédienne, elle aussi avait joué Strindberg. Après leur rupture, le narrateur a écrit un livre sur les trois années qu’ils ont vécues ensemble et il veut donner les détails à l’inconnue de Stockholm. Ce récit de Peter Stamm ciselé en 37 petits chapitres, dont le titre rappelle « la tendre indifférence du monde » évoquée par Albert Camus à la fin de L’Étranger, est d’une vertigineuse intelligence. Peter Stamm décrit avec des mots simples, étudiés, ce moment de tourbillon fondamental où le sens de notre identité vacille, un théâtre de l’intime où le trouble règne.

Funny Girl

Funny Girl Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Nick Hornby
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Dans les Swinging Sixties la nation tout entière est sous le charme de Sophie Straw, la nouvelle star de la comédie à succès de la BBC. Ça tombe bien, cette ancienne Miss Blackpool n’a qu’une ambition dans la vie : faire rire les gens. En studio comme à l’écran, l’équipe du feuilleton vit de grands moments. Les scénaristes, pour qui le genre comique est une religion, cachent tous deux un secret. Pur produit d’Oxbridge, le producteur est dévoué corps et âme à l’équipe en général et à Sophie en particulier. Quant à Clive, le premier rôle masculin, il a la tenace intuition que ce n’est qu’une parenthèse dans sa carrière... Lorsque la fi ction rejoint la réalité de trop près et que le scénario épouse les péripéties de la vie, chacun doit faire un choix. Continuer ou changer de chaîne ? Une défense et illustration de la pop culture et du ivertissement, pleine de fous rires et de tendresse. Traduit de l’anglais par Christine Barbaste « Hornby est une des voix les plus drôles et les plus subtiles de la fiction contemporaine. » Chicago Tribune « Hornby est un écrivain qui ose tout, à la fois l’humour, l’intelligence et la générosité. » The New York Times Book Review « Son roman le plus ambitieux. » The Times « Un roman poignant et plein d’esprit sur la comédie, les classes, les mutations sociales... sans doute son meilleur. » The Irish Times « Une défense sincère et une illustration réussie de ce que le divertissement populaire peut accomplir. » The Daily Telegraph « Une lettre d’amour à la révolution culturelle de la TV des années 1960 et à quelques-uns des auteurs préférés de Hornby... Funny Girl est son roman le plus lumineux. » Metro « Sujet oblige, ce roman est plein de fous rires mais aussi plus profond qu’il n’y paraît. » The New York Times « Funny Girl ricoche allègrement, tel un caillou sur l’eau. Impossible à lâcher. » Newsweek

Chinatown, intérieur

Chinatown, intérieur Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Charles Yu
Editor: Aux forges de Vulcain
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Willis est un Américain d'origine asiatique qui tente de percer à Hollywood. Dans un monde qui voit tout en noir et blanc, qui se pense comme un affrontement entre Noirs et Blancs, Willis a-t-il sa place ? Mêlant le petit et le grand écran, la série policière, le film de kung-fu, la comédie romantique, le film de procès, Charles Yu nous offre un grand roman américain, émouvant, tendre et parfois amer, un récit d’odyssée personnelle et de conquête sociale dans ce champ de bataille qu'est la société américaine. Charles Yu est un Américain d’origine taïwanaise, né à Los Angeles en 1976.

Rock n'roll

Rock n'roll Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Tom Stoppard
Editor: Éditions Actes Sud
ISBN: 233011219X
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Un étudiant tchèque fan de rock quitte Cambridge en 1968 pour rejoindre Prague. Il quitte un professeur très british procommuniste, sa femme et leur fille, jeune hippie amoureuse de lui. Les vingt ans qui suivent sont un chassé-croisé entre le pays du rock et de la liberté, et celui de la contestation passive par la musique, entre les idéaux d’un intellectuel à l'Ouest et la réalité des années de plomb derrière le rideau de fer. Personnages : 9 femmes, 12 hommes / durée : 2 h.

Qui a peur de Virginia Woolf ?

Qui a peur de Virginia Woolf ? Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Edward Albee
Editor: Éditions Actes Sud
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Dans le petit monde clos d'un campus universitaire de Nouvelle-Angleterre, l'affrontement se passe entre deux couples : Georges et Martha, Honey et Nick 2 hommes, 2 femmes / durée : 3 h

Nichols and May

Nichols and May Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Robert E. Kapsis
Editor: Univ. Press of Mississippi
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In the late 1950s, Mike Nichols (1931–2014) and Elaine May (b. 1932) soared to superstar status as a sketch comedy duo in live shows and television. After their 1962 breakup, both went on to long and distinguished careers in other areas of show business—mostly separately, but sporadically together again. In Nichols and May: Interviews, twenty-seven interviews and profiles ranging over more than five decades tell their stories in their own words. Nichols quickly became an A-list stage and film director, while May, like many women in her field, often found herself thwarted in her attempts to make her distinctive voice heard in projects she could control herself. Yet, in recent years, Nichols’s work as a filmmaker has been perhaps unfairly devalued, while May’s accomplishments, particularly as a screenwriter and director, have become more appreciated, leading to her present widespread acceptance as a groundbreaking female artist and a creative genius of and for our time. Nichols gave numerous interviews during his career, and editor Robert E. Kapsis culled hundreds of potential selections to include in this volume the most revealing and those that focus on his filmmaking career. May, however, was a reluctant interview subject at best. She often subverted the whole interview process, producing instead a hilarious parody or even a comedy sketch—with or without the cooperation of the sometimes-oblivious interviewer. With its contrasting selection of interviews conventional and oddball, this volume is an important contribution to the study of the careers of Nichols and May.

Chuchotements dans la nuit

Chuchotements dans la nuit Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Editor: Tiers Livre Éditeur
ISBN: 2814510088
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Un Lovecraft grande période, un de ses romans les plus longs, et surtout dans une dimension tragique qui en ferait presque un roman réaliste. Presque. Un homme qui vit seul dans les montagnes isolées du Vermont, par temps de cataclysme et d'inondation charriant d'étranges cadavres. Empreintes découvertes au matin, bruits dans la nuit, tous les ingrédients de la peur sont là. Le narrateur lui vient de la ville, et c'est un feu d'artifice aussi pour mettre tous les moyens de communication moderne au service de la transgression fantastique, du surnaturel. Train, voiture, téléphone, télégramme, courrier postal. Les photographies qu'on fait, et qui sont volées, et même des enregistrements avec des outils radiophoniques, avant la révélation finale de ces cerveaux placés avec électrodes dans d'étranges bocaux, à partir de quelques révélations einsteiniennes et écho de la récente découverte de Pluton. Écrit du 24 février au 26 septembre 1930, période inhabituellement longue pour Lovecraft, basé sur la description d'inondations réelles, et d'un voyage de Lovecraft lui-même sur les lieux, un livre géant aussi par la majesté de ces paysages hostiles de l'Amérique originelle, intouchée et mystérieuse. Et si "The whisperer in the darkness", publié dans le fameux "Weird Tales" en août 1931, était aussi une magnifique et dérangeante porte d'entrée pour qui ne connaîtrait pas Lovecraft ou souhaiterait le redécouvrir? FB

Parmi les disparus

Parmi les disparus Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Michel Lederer,Dan Chaon,Hélène Fournier
Editor: Albin Michel
ISBN: 2226336389
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« Ce livre est un joyau et son auteur, un écrivain immensément prometteur » (Kirkus Reviews). Accueilli avec enthousiasme par la presse, Parmi les disparus, publié en 2001 aux États-Unis et finaliste du National Book Award, a révélé un nouveau talent. Troublantes, belles et émouvantes, ces nouvelles explorent les fractures qui émaillent nos existences. Qu'il évoque les relations familiales, conjugales ou amicales, Dan Chaon restitue avec une grande sensibilité les sentiments et les pensées, parfois obscurs et contradictoires, que l'on se cache les uns aux autres par peur ou par amour. « L'un de nos meilleurs nouvellistes. Ses histoires sont drôles, déchirantes, brillantes et magnifiquement écrites. » (Lorrie Moore) « Une écriture d'une grande sobriété, une puissance émotionnelle surprenante. Dan Chaon est vraiment le seul écrivain qui mérite d'être comparé à Raymond Carver. » (The Los Angeles Times)

Mike Nichols and the Cinema of Transformation

Mike Nichols and the Cinema of Transformation Pdf/ePub eBook Author: J.W. Whitehead
Editor: McFarland
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Mike Nichols burst onto the American cultural scene in the late 1950s as one half of the comic cabaret team of Nichols and May. He became a Broadway directing sensation, then moved on to Hollywood, where his first two films—Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and The Graduate (1967)—earned a total of 20 Academy Award nominations. Nichols won the 1968 Oscar for Best Director and later joined the rarefied EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) club. He made many other American cinematic classics, including Catch-22 (1970), Carnal Knowledge (1971), Silkwood (1983), Working Girl (1988), Postcards from the Edge (1990), and his late masterpieces for HBO, Wit (2001) and Angels in America (2003). Filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and Steven Soderbergh regard him with reverence. This first full-career retrospective study of this protean force in the American arts begins with the roots of his filmmaking in satirical comedy and Broadway theatre and devotes separate chapters to each of his 20 feature films. Nichols’ permanent achievements are his critique of the ways in which culture constructs conformity and his tempered optimism about individuals’ liberation by transformative awakening.

Jack's Life: A Biography of Jack Nicholson (Updated and Expanded)

Jack's Life: A Biography of Jack Nicholson (Updated and Expanded) Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Patrick McGilligan
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company
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“Jack’s Life feels true. . . . Fascinating.”—Entertainment Weekly Jack Nicholson has lived large on and off the screen. Patrick McGilligan, one of America’s outstanding film biographers, has plumbed research and interviews to expand his definitive biography since its publication twenty years ago. Jack’s Life captures the essence of this most private and public of stars with a vivid depiction of Nicholson’s tangled Dickensian upbringing, his hungry years as actor and writer, his nearaccidental breakthrough in Easy Rider, and his prolificacy and artistry ever since, with roles in Chinatown, Five Easy Pieces, The Shining, A Few Good Men, As Good As It Gets, and The Departed, to name a beloved handful of his sixty-plus films. McGilligan captures the life and legacy of this unabashed and complex personality

Mike Nichols

Mike Nichols Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Kyle Stevens
Editor: Oxford University Press
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With iconic movies like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, and Carnal Knowledge, Mike Nichols was the most prominent American director during the cultural upheavals of the 1960s. Mike Nichols: Sex, Language, and the Reinvention of Psychological Realism argues that he overhauled the style of psychological realism, and, in doing so, continues to shape the legacies of Hollywood cinema. It also reveals that misreadings of his films were central to foundational debates at the emergence of Cinema Studies as a discipline, inviting new reflections on critical dogma. Focusing on Nichols' classic movies, as well as later films such as Silkwood, The Birdcage, and Angels in America, Kyle Stevens demonstrates that Nichols' realism lies not in the plausibility of his characters but in their inherent mystery. By attending to the puzzling words and silences, breaths and laughter, that comprise these characters, Stevens uncovers new insights into the subversive potential of a range of cinematic elements, and reveals how Nichols' satirical oeuvre, and Hollywood itself, participated in several of the nation's most urgent social, political, and philosophical advances.

The New Yorker Theater and Other Scenes from a Life at the Movies

The New Yorker Theater and Other Scenes from a Life at the Movies Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Toby Talbot
Editor: Columbia University Press
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The nation didn't know it, but 1960 would change American film forever, and the revolution would occur nowhere near a Hollywood set. With the opening of the New Yorker Theater, a cinema located at the heart of Manhattan's Upper West Side, cutting-edge films from around the world were screened for an eager audience, including the city's most influential producers, directors, critics, and writers. Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Susan Sontag, Andrew Sarris, and Pauline Kael, among many others, would make the New Yorker their home, trusting in the owners' impeccable taste and incorporating much of what they viewed into their work. In this irresistible memoir, Toby Talbot, co-owner and proud "matron" of the New Yorker Theater, reveals the story behind Manhattan's wild and wonderful affair with art-house film. With her husband Dan, Talbot showcased a range of eclectic films, introducing French New Wave and New German cinema, along with other groundbreaking genres and styles. As Vietnam protests and the struggle for civil rights raged outside, the Talbots also took the lead in distributing political films, such as Bernard Bertolucci's Before the Revolution, and documentaries, such as Shoah and Point of Order. Talbot enhances her stories with selections from the New Yorker's essential archives, including program notes by Jack Kerouac, Jules Feiffer, Peter Bogdanovich, Jonas Mekas, Jack Gelber, and Harold Humes. These artifacts testify to the deeply engaged and collaborative spirit behind each showing, and they illuminate the myriad and often entertaining aspects of theater operation. All in all, Talbot's tales capture the highs and lows of a thrilling era in filmmaking.

Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge

Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Sheila Weller
Editor: Sarah Crichton Books
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A remarkably candid biography of the remarkably candid—and brilliant—Carrie Fisher In her 2008 bestseller, Girls Like Us, Sheila Weller—with heart and a profound feeling for the times—gave us a surprisingly intimate portrait of three icons: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Carly Simon. Now she turns her focus to one of the most loved, brilliant, and iconoclastic women of our time: the actress, writer, daughter, and mother Carrie Fisher. Weller traces Fisher’s life from her Hollywood royalty roots to her untimely and shattering death after Christmas 2016. Her mother was the spunky and adorable Debbie Reynolds; her father, the heartthrob crooner Eddie Fisher. When Eddie ran off with Elizabeth Taylor, the scandal thrust little Carrie Frances into a bizarre spotlight, gifting her with an irony and an aplomb that would resonate throughout her life. We follow Fisher’s acting career, from her debut in Shampoo, the hit movie that defined mid-1970s Hollywood, to her seizing of the plum female role in Star Wars, which catapulted her to instant fame. We explore her long, complex relationship with Paul Simon and her relatively peaceful years with the talent agent Bryan Lourd. We witness her startling leap—on the heels of a near-fatal overdose—from actress to highly praised, bestselling author, the Dorothy Parker of her place and time. Weller sympathetically reveals the conditions that Fisher lived with: serious bipolar disorder and an inherited drug addiction. Still, despite crises and overdoses, her life’s work—as an actor, a novelist and memoirist, a script doctor, a hostess, and a friend—was prodigious and unique. As one of her best friends said, “I almost wish the expression ‘one of a kind’ didn’t exist, because it applies to Carrie in a deeper way than it applies to others.” Sourced by friends, colleagues, and witnesses to all stages of Fisher’s life, Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge is an empathic and even-handed portrayal of a woman who—as Princess Leia, but mostly as herself—was a feminist heroine, one who died at a time when we need her blazing, healing honesty more than ever.

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Eric Idle
Editor: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1474610307
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Best known for his unforgettable roles in Monty Python, from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this brilliantly entertaining memoir that takes us on an unforgettable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theatre and film. Coming of age as a writer and comedian during the Sixties and Seventies, Eric stumbled into the crossroads of the cultural revolution and found himself rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Harrison, David Bowie and Robin Williams, all of whom became lifelong friends. With anecdotes sprinkled throughout that involve other close friends and luminaries such as Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Paul Simon and Mike Nichols - let alone the Pythons themselves - Eric captures a time of tremendous creative output with equal hilarity and heart. In Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, named after the song he wrote for Life of Brian that has since become the number-one song played at funerals in the UK, he shares the highlights of his life and career with the off-beat humour that has delighted audiences for decades. A legend in his own lunchtime, Eric is the author of many books, some not half bad, some not even a quarter bad. Now he enters his anecdotage as the last word in Python memoirs, and the last of this extraordinary group to tell his story. 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of The Pythons, and Eric is celebrating the occasion with this laugh-out-loud memoir, chock-full of behind-the-scenes stories from a high-flying life that features everyone from Princess Leia to the Queen.

Miss Aluminum

Miss Aluminum Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Susanna Moore
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 0374715955
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A revealing and refreshing memoir of Hollywood in the 1970s In 1963 after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Susanna Moore leaves her home in Hawai’i with no money, no belongings, and no prospects to live with her Irish grandmother in Philadelphia. She soon receives four trunks of expensive clothes from a concerned family friend, allowing her to assume the first of many disguises she will need to find her sometimes perilous, always valorous way. Her journey takes her from New York to Los Angeles where she becomes a model and meets Joan Didion and Audrey Hepburn. She works as a script reader for Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson, and is given a screen test by Mike Nichols. But beneath Miss Aluminum’s glittering fairytale surface lies the story of a girl’s insatiable hunger to learn and her anguished determination to understand the circumstances of her mother’s death. Moore gives us a sardonic, often humorous portrait of Hollywood in the seventies, and of a young woman’s hard-won arrival at selfhood.

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film Pdf/ePub eBook Author: David Thomson
Editor: Knopf
ISBN: 1101874708
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The New Biographical Dictionary of Film by David Thomson Summary

For almost thirty years, David Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film has been not merely “the finest reference book ever written about movies” (Graham Fuller, Interview), not merely the “desert island book” of art critic David Sylvester, not merely “a great, crazy masterpiece” (Geoff Dyer, The Guardian), but also “fiendishly seductive” (Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone). This new edition updates the older entries and adds 30 new ones: Darren Aronofsky, Emmanuelle Beart, Jerry Bruckheimer, Larry Clark, Jennifer Connelly, Chris Cooper, Sofia Coppola, Alfonso Cuaron, Richard Curtis, Sir Richard Eyre, Sir Michael Gambon, Christopher Guest, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Spike Jonze, Wong Kar-Wai, Laura Linney, Tobey Maguire, Michael Moore, Samantha Morton, Mike Myers, Christopher Nolan, Dennis Price, Adam Sandler, Kevin Smith, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlize Theron, Larry Wachowski and Andy Wachowski, Lew Wasserman, Naomi Watts, and Ray Winstone. In all, the book includes more than 1300 entries, some of them just a pungent paragraph, some of them several thousand words long. In addition to the new “musts,” Thomson has added key figures from film history–lively anatomies of Graham Greene, Eddie Cantor, Pauline Kael, Abbott and Costello, Noël Coward, Hoagy Carmichael, Dorothy Gish, Rin Tin Tin, and more. Here is a great, rare book, one that encompasses the chaos of art, entertainment, money, vulgarity, and nonsense that we call the movies. Personal, opinionated, funny, daring, provocative, and passionate, it is the one book that every filmmaker and film buff must own. Time Out named it one of the ten best books of the 1990s. Gavin Lambert recognized it as “a work of imagination in its own right.” Now better than ever–a masterwork by the man playwright David Hare called “the most stimulating and thoughtful film critic now writing.”