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Shakespeare: A Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780192825278
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - April 27th, 2000

This is a splendid, fascinating biography of William Shakespeare. The author skillfully utilizes a wealth of fresh information to illuminate the complexities of Shakespeare's life and world. While this book is meticulously researched and unencumbered by the free ranging philosophizing of many other Shakespeare biographies, the material is presented in an immensely engaging and informative way. Highly recommended for scholars and laymen alike, this is the most complete, accurate and up-to-date narrative of Shakespeare's life and times available. ~ Reviewed by Erik Barnum

Marilyn's Last Words

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Marilyn's Last Words: Her Secret Tapes and Mysterious Death Cover Image
ISBN: 9780786715596
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Published: Da Capo Press - June 1st, 2005

Intriguing examination of the last months of Marilyn Monroe's life. Mr. Smith presents a convincing case that the actress' death was not a suicide. Offers both a grim and fascinating picture of one of the last century's most celebrated women and her tragic involvement with the most powerful (and, in many ways, most hypocritically self-absorbed) political family in the world. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Conversations with Wilder

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ISBN: 9780375709678
Availability: Hard to Find - May no longer be available
Published: Alfred A. Knopf - September 25th, 2001

Many people in the movie business came to Hollywood, according to Billy Wilder, "because they were searched out by Mr. Louis B. Mayer, who had gone to Europe to look at talent. I came here because I didn't want to be in an oven." His mother perished in a German concentration camp, but Billy Wilder endured to write and direct some of the best movies ever made. Informal conversations between an old master and a devoted admirer provide the foundation for Cameron Crowe's Conversations with Wilder. Wilder never pulled any punches on the screen. His reminiscences about Charles Laughton, Bogart, Stanwyck, Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn, Cagney and Marilyn Monroe are marked by the same candor. Supplemented by dozens of rare photographs, the book provides an intimate look at one of Hollywood's most uniquely gifted men. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

The Most Beautiful Woman in the World

Possibly everything you've ever wanted to know about Elizabeth Taylor--and then some. She might have been blessed with beauty, but it contributed to a traumatic life that few people would have survived. Dishy read. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

The Conversations

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The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375709821
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Published: Knopf - October 5th, 2004

We are often more engaged and inspired by books about creative disciplines outside our own. With so many books dedicated to the art of writing - some admittedly more dedicated than others - perhaps it's not surprising that we sometimes have to look beyond our field for fresh perspectives. One of the best books about writing I've read in some time is The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film, a series of interviews conducted by author Michael Ondaatje with legendary film editor Walter Murch, whose awe-inspiring list of screen credits includes The Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now, American Graffiti, The Conversation, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and The English Patient. ~ Reviewed by Bob Gray

Threads of Time

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Threads of Time: Recollections Cover Image
ISBN: 9781582430188
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - April 30th, 1999

Peter Brook has been one of the great innovators and explorers of the theatre. His account of his own evolution, passions, and quests for meaning is a fascinating one that theatre lovers and artists of all kinds will find rewarding and inspiring. And you get wonderful tidbits of 20th century theatre history along the way.


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