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Ingrid Bergman was not only an incomparable beauty but one of the finest actresses of cinema's Golden Age. She made her start in modest productions in Sweden before Hollywood beckoned and soon became one of filmdom's brightest stars. She appeared in many acclaimed films including Casablanca, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and Gaslight. While her personal life was briefly tainted by an affair and a consequent falling out with the American public, Bergman was eventually able to return to Hollywood, and eventually earned two of her three Academy Awards. In The Essential Films of Ingrid Bergman, Constantine Santas and James Wilson look at the most notable performances of the award-winning actress's career. From her early work in Swedish films to her final role in the mini-series A Woman called Golda, this book analyzes the entirety of Bergman's on-screen career, paying special attention to those aspects of her acting that made her stand out most-her undeniable range of emotion, her stunning vulnerability, and her indisputable beauty. Among the films discussed in this volume are Casablanca, Gaslight, Spellbound, The Bells of St. Mary's, Notorious, Indiscreet, and Murder on the Orient Express. This volume looks at each of Bergman's most significant films, covering nearly five decades of film making, from Swedish productions to her final films. Each entry provides production history, plot summaries, film highlights, and major award details. Highlighting more than twenty productions, The Essential Films of Ingrid Bergman is a must-have for every fan of the legendary actress.
On December 31, 1939, radio audiences nationwide listened as 17-year-old Josephine Owaissa Cottle, a Texas schoolgirl, won Gateway to Hollywood's new talent competition. Her prize: a movie contract at RKO, and a memorable stage name - Gale Storm. Building on that opportunity, she became one of the nation's most beloved entertainers. Gale (1922-2009) appeared in thirty-five films, starred in two hit television series (My Little Margie and The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna), and earned a gold record for her pop song I Hear You Knockin'. This extensively researched survey of her life and career, featuring interviews with family, friends, and colleagues, offers previously unpublished details of her upbringing, personal joys and challenges, and later years out of the Hollywood spotlight. An annotated filmography encompasses Gale's time as a leading lady at the Poverty Row studio Monogram Pictures, roles in Westerns opposite stars like Roy Rogers and Audie Murphy, and appearances in classics such as It Happened on 5th Avenue. Her TV stardom is fully covered, with complete production histories and episode guides for her popular sitcoms. The result is a well-rounded portrait of a woman whose charisma and talent won the hearts of audiences from the 1940s to the present.
Since his television debut in the mid-1950s, James Garner entertained millions of fans on screens both big and small. From supporting roles in memorable films like Sayonara and The Notebook to leading roles in box office hits including The Great Escape, Victor / Victoria, and the feature film version of Maverick, the actor appeared in some of the most entertaining movies of all time. In The Essential James Garner, Stephen H. Ryan and Paul J. Ryan consider the prolific output of one of America's most beloved actors. This book looks at the key feature films, made-for-television movies, and television episodes of Garner's career. The authors discuss each of the actor's most well-known films-The Great Escape, The Americanization of Emily, Support Your Local Sheriff! and Murphy's Romance, among others-as well as critically acclaimed television movies including Barbarians at the Gate, Breathing Lessons, Decoration Day, Heartsounds, My Names Is Bill W., and Promise. Each entry provides details about the film's production, critical reception, and commercial success. The best episodes of Garner's two iconic television, Maverick and The Rockford Files-as well as his highly regarded but little seen series Nichols-are also identified. The authors make clear why these choices are indispensable viewings, not only for those already familiar with Garner, but also for those who have yet to enjoy the work of this Oscar nominee and multiple Emmy winner. A tribute to the career of a Hollywood legend, The Essential James Garner will appeal to anyone wanting to know more about the actor's best films and programs.
With an in-depth look at the two most empowering years in the life of Marilyn Monroe, The Girl details how The Seven Year Itch created an icon and sent the star on an adventure of self-discovery and transformation from a controlled wife and contract player into a businesswoman and unlikely feminist whose power is still felt today.When Marilyn Monroe stepped over a subway grating as The Girl in The Seven Year Itch and let a gust of wind catch the skirt of her pleated white dress, an icon was born. Before that, the actress was mainly known for a nude calendar and one-dimensional, albeit memorable, characters on the screen. Though she again played a "e;dumb blonde"e; in this film and was making headlines by revealing her enviable anatomy, the star was now every bit in control of her image, and ready for a personal revolution.Emboldened by her winning fight to land the role of The Girl, the making of The Seven Year Itch and the eighteen months that followed was the period of greatest confidence, liberation, and career success that Monroe lived in her tumultuous life. It was a time in which, among other things, she: Ended her marriage to Joe DiMaggio and later began a relationship with Arthur Miller; Legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe, divorcing herself from the troubled past of Norma Jeane; Started her own production company; Studied in private lessons with Lee and Paula Strasberg of the Actors Studio and became a part of the acting revolution of the dayThe ripple effects her personal rebellion had on Hollywood, and in trailblazing the way for women that followed, will both surprise and inspire readers to see the Marilyn Monroe in an entirely new light.
A master sailor when he was barely in his twenties, Sterling Hayden (1916-1986) became an overnight film star despite having no training in acting. After starring in two major films, he quit Hollywood and trained as a commando in Europe. Hayden joined the OSS and fought in the Balkans and Mediterranean, earning a Silver Star for his distinguished service. Hayden's wartime admiration for the Yugoslavian Partisans led to a brief membership in the Communist Party after the war, and this would come back to haunt him when he was called to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) where he became the first star to name names. After returning to Hollywood, Hayden's film career flourished as he starred in several films including The Asphalt Jungle, Denver and Rio Grande, and The Killing. His personal life, however, descended into chaos. His bitter custody battle with his second wife led to his well-publicized and controversial kidnapping of their four children for a voyage to Tahiti. Increasing alcohol and substance abuse would take its toll, but Hayden's career would be revived as a character actor in such classics as Dr. Strangelove and The Godfather. In addition, he proved to be an excellent author, penning two international bestsellers. Despite these achievements, his later years were characterized by depression, self-doubt, alcoholism, and substance abuse. His life was metaphorically a series of wars, including the most difficult of them all--the war that Sterling Hayden fought with himself.
Before his rise to superstardom portraying Detective Steve McGarrett on the long-running police drama Hawaii Five-O, Jack Lord was already a dedicated and versatile performer on Broadway, in film and on television. His range of roles included a Virginia gentleman planter in Colonial Williamsburg (The Story of a Patriot), CIA agent Felix Leiter in the first James Bond movie (Dr. No) and the title character in the cult classic rodeo TV series Stoney Burke. Lord's career culminated in twelve seasons on Hawaii Five-O, where his creative control of the series left an indelible fingerprint on every aspect of its production. This book, the first to draw on Lord's massive personal archive, gives a behind-the-scenes look into the life and work of a TV legend.
Le recit sensible d'une redecouverte sonore du monde...Que comprend-on quand on n'entend pas ? Comment vit-on et vous ecoute-t-on ? Et que ressent-on quand toutes sortes de bruits, de l'eau sur la vaisselle a la sonnerie de porte, reviennent dans le quotidien ?Isabelle Fruchart, comedienne, a consigne avec finesse et humour l'histoire de ses oreilles, de la perte quasi-totale de l'ouie a 14 ans a l'appareillage, a 37 ans. On se laisse emporter et toucher par cette odyssee autobiographique qui mene a la redecouverte des sons - a commencer par sa propre voix - comme a la redecouverte de soi.Le texte, adapte et mis en scene par Zabou Breitman, a ete cree au Theatre du Chene Noir a Avignon en 2013. Il a recu le prix Agir pour l'Audition en 2014 et a ete joue en juin et juillet 2015 par Isabelle Fruchart au Theatre du Rond-Point a Paris. Un parcours initiatique petri d'humour et d'emotion.EXTRAITA l'age de 14 ans, j'ai cesse de comprendre les paroles des chansons et je me suis mise a copier sur ma voisine pendant les cours, non que je sois devenue subitement nulle en orthographe mais je ne comprenais plus ce que dictait la prof. Ma sA ur partageait ma chambre et quand le soir a table elle racontait a nos parents ce que je comprenais quand nous parlions dans le noir, c'etait si drole qu'ils etaient persuades que je faisais le clown pour me faire remarque.CE QU'EN PENSE LA CRITIQUELe monologue d'Isabelle Fruchart bruisse de vie et de tendresse. De realisme aussi - grace a un subtil jeu sonore, elle nous fait revivre son experience. - Philippe Chevilley, Les EchosLa singularite de ce parcours se double d'une grande qualite d'ecriture, sensible et pleine de malice. A travers plusieurs anecdotes cocasses (irresistible directeur de casting qui croit que la comedienne le drague alors qu'elle tente juste de lire sur ses levres), Isabelle Fruchart, seule en scene, raconte sa renaissance, ses progres comme ses deceptions, avec legerete et fantaisie. - Charlotte Lipinska, TetuUn texte sincere, precis, scientifique, truffe de notations cocasses de faits et de sentiments. - Armelle Heliot, Le Quotidien du MedecinA PROPOS DES AUTEURESNee a Paris, Isabelle Fruchart s'est formee a la musique (en famille), ainsi qu'a la danse et au theatre. Apres un DEA de lettres modernes consacre a Paul Claudel, elle a choisi la scene. Elle a joue, depuis 1996, au sein de la compagnie Opaline, en solo -notamment a travers son personnage Divine Devine qui pratique la magie mentale - et sous la direction, entre autres, d'Antoine Campo, Sophie Akrich, Helene Cinque, Serge Noyelle. En parallele, elle a ecrit et co-ecrit des spectacles. Journal de ma nouvelle oreille est sa deuxieme piece.Zabou Breitman tourne au cinema sous la direction, entre autres, de Gerard Mordillat, Diane Kurys, Pierre Schoeller, Remi Besancon, Michel Deville et Coline Serreau. En 2001, elle realise son premier long metrage Se souvenir des belles choses, pour lequel elle remporte trois Cesars en 2003. En 2006, elle realise son second long metrage L'Homme de sa vie puis, en 2009, Je l'aimais, adapte du roman d'Anna Gavalda. En 2010, elle adapte le roman de Delphine de Vigan, No et moi.
Analyses what makes an acting performance excellent, through a range of examples from American filmWhat actors do on-screen is a fascination for audiences all over the world. Indeed, the cultural visibility of movie stars is so pronounced that stardom has often been regarded as intrinsic to the medium's specificity. Yet not all great cinematic performances are star turns, and so, what really makes a cinematic performance good, interesting, or important has been a neglected topic in film criticism. This two-volume set presents detailed interpretations of singular performances by several of the most compelling actors in cinema history, asking in many different and complementary ways what makes performance meaningful, how it reflects a director's style, as well as how it contributes to the development of national cinemas and cultures. Whether noting the precise ways actors shape film narrative, achieve emotional effect, or move toward political subversion, the essays in these books innovate new approaches to studying screen performance as an art form and cultural force.This volume focuses on American cinema, including case studies of key performances from actors like Bette Davis, Irene Dunne, Whoopi Goldberg, Cary Grant, Oscar Isaac, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Sidney Poitier, Gena Rowlands, Peter Sellers, Kristen Stewart, and Ethel Waters, amongst many others.ContributorsBrenda Austin-Smith, University of ManitobaRebecca Bell-Metereau, Texas State UniversityCharles Ramirez Berg, University of Texas at AustinJanet Bergstrom, UCLAJohn Bruns College of CharlestonAlex Clayton, University of BristolShonni Enelow, Fordham UniversityAnna Everett, University of California, Santa BarbaraLucy Fischer, University of PittsburghLester D. Friedman, Hobart and William Smith CollegesFrances Gateward, California State University NorthridgeDavid Greven, University of South CarolinaJason Jacobs, University of QueenslandElliott Logan, University of Queensland, BrisbaneDouglas McFarland, Flagler College, Saint AugustineAdrienne L. McLean, University of Texas at DallasR. Barton Palmer, Clemson UniversityHomer B. Pettey, University of ArizonaMurray Pomerance, Ryerson University William Rothman, University of MiamiSteven Rybin, Minnesota State University, MankatoKyle Stevens, Appalachian State UniversityGeorge Toles, University of ManitobaDaniel Varndell, University of WinchesterTimotheus Vermeulen, University of OsloRick Warner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"e;My life, as you will read, has taken me from one cult to another. BRAVE is the story of how I fought my way out of these cults and reclaimed my life. I want to help you do the same."e; -Rose McGowanA revealing memoir and empowering manifesto - A voice for generationsRose McGowan was born in one cult and came of age in another, more visible cult: Hollywood. In a strange world where she was continually on display, stardom soon became a personal nightmare of constant exposure and sexualization. Rose escaped into the world of her mind, something she had done as a child, and into high-profile relationships. Every detail of her personal life became public, and the realities of an inherently sexist industry emerged with every script, role, public appearance, and magazine cover. The Hollywood machine packaged her as a sexualized bombshell, hijacking her image and identity and marketing them for profit. Hollywood expected Rose to be silent and cooperative and to stay the path. Instead, she rebelled and asserted her true identity and voice. She reemerged unscripted, courageous, victorious, angry, smart, fierce, unapologetic, controversial, and real as f*ck. BRAVE is her raw, honest, and poignant memoir/manifesto-a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account of the rise of a millennial icon, fearless activist, and unstoppable force for change who is determined to expose the truth about the entertainment industry, dismantle the concept of fame, shine a light on a multibillion-dollar business built on systemic misogyny, and empower people everywhere to wake up and be BRAVE.
Becoming John Wayne explores the early westerns of John Wayne, from his first starring role in the 1930 epic The Big Trail through his breakthrough role as the Ringo Kid in John Ford's 1939 classic Stagecoach. This book argues that it was during these 1930s westerns that Marion Michael Morrison transformed from a prop man for the movie studios into the John Wayne film persona that became world famous. He did that by using the decade to improve his acting skills, developing his ability to handle stunts, and becoming an expert horseman.
The Incomparable Hildegarde, lived a long life full of glamour and excitement. Her career started in Milwaukee silent movie theaters as a musician, which led to the Vaudeville stage. By the 1930s, Hildegarde was singing and playing piano in the cabarets of Paris and London where she rubbed elbows with royalty, White Russians, and Josephine Baker. When she returned to the U.S., Hildegarde became the darling of the supper club scene in N.Y.C. and the U.S., breaking records in nearly every venue she played. Her name and style became synonymous with high-class entertainment like the Persian Room at the Plaza Hotel. Her biography, the first book to address her importance in American culture, covers her life from birth to death. It includes in-depth analysis of her twenty-six year intimate relationship with her manager, Anna Sosenko. Though her popularity and influence faded from American memory, her importance stands. She started fashion trends, had a signature Revlon nail and lip color, and was the first to have hits with many standards of the WW II era. The story of her seventy-year career is the story of American popular culture in the twentieth-century.