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Author Rode, Alan K., 1954- author.

Title Michael Curtiz : a life in film / Alan K. Rode.

Publication Info. Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, [2017]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    791.4302 Curtiz,M ROD    Available
Description xix, 681 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Screen classics
Screen classics (Lexington, Ky.).
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary In the first biography of Michael Curtiz, Alan K. Rode illuminates the life and work of one of the film industry's most complex figures. He begins by exploring the director's early life and career in his native Hungary, revealing how Curtiz shaped the earliest days of silent cinema in Europe as he acted in, produced, and directed scores of films before immigrating to the United States in 1926. In Hollywood, Curtiz earned a reputation for his explosive tantrums, his difficulty communicating in English, and his disregard for the well-being of others. However, few directors elicited more memorable portrayals from their casts, and ten different actors delivered Oscar-nominated performances under his direction.
Contents A river runs through it -- Actor to director -- Transylvanian idyll -- Phönix rising -- A stirred-up anthill -- City of film -- Monumental-Filme -- Exodus in red heels -- A family business -- Hungarian in the promised land -- A loving collaboration -- Hollywood's great deluge -- General foreman -- Pre-code in synthetic flesh -- Regime change -- Home on the range -- The dream team -- The reason why -- Falling fruit -- Cash cow -- Reaching their majority -- The swash and the buckler -- The "pinochle" of his career -- Fundamental things -- "Those fine patriotic citizens, the Warner Brothers" -- Victory garden -- A Michael Curtiz production -- Vanished dreams -- Doomed masterpiece -- Nerve ending -- Only in Hollywood -- Dégringolade -- Out on his shield.
Subject Curtiz, Michael, 1888-1962.
Motion picture producers and directors -- United States -- Biography.
ISBN 9780813173917 hardcover alkaline paper
0813173914 hardcover alkaline paper

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