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IT'S THE PICTURES THAT GOT SMALL: CHARLES BRACKETT ON BILLY WILDER AND HOLLYWOOD'S GOLDEN AGE. Ed. by Anthony Slide. Columbia University Press, New York, 2014. Film and Culture Series. 368 pp. with 18 ills. ISBN 9780231167086 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: Golden Age Hollywood screenwriter Charles Brackett was an observant and perceptive chronicler of the entertainment industry. He is best remembered as the writing partner of director Billy Wilder, who once referred to the pair as "the happiest couple in Hollywood," collaborating on such classics as The Lost Weekend (1945) and Sunset Boulevard (1950). In this annotated collection of writings from Brackett's unpublished diaries, the leading film historian Anthony Slide clarifies Brackett's critical contribution to Wilder's films and Hollywood history while enriching our knowledge of Wilder's achievements in writing, direction, and style. Brackett re-creates the initial meetings of the talent responsible for Ninotchka (1939), Hold Back the Dawn (1941), Ball of Fire (1941), The Major and the Minor (1942), Five Graves to Cairo (1943), The Lost Weekend, and Sunset Boulevard, recounting the breakthroughs and breakdowns that forced these collaborators to part ways.
Indexing: Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 163348
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