Fosse / Sam Wasson, author of Fifth Avenue, 5am
Boston ; New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
Call No: 81FOS WAS Author: Wasson, Sam Source: US Place: Boston ; New York Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt PubDate: 2013 PhysDes: 723 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm Subject: ACADEMY AWARDS; BURLESQUE; CHOREOGRAPHY; CULTURE AND THE CINEMA. USA; DANCE IN FILMS; DIRECTORS; HOLLYWOOD; INDUSTRY, FILM. USA; MUSICALS. USA; UNITED ARTISTS; FOSSE, BOB; ASTAIRE, FRED; CHAYEFSKY, PADDY; DREYFUSS, RICHARD; HEIM, ALAN; MINNELLI, LIZA; SONDHEIM, STEPHEN; ALL THAT JAZZ (US, Bob Fosse, 1979); CABARET (US, Bob Fosse, 1972); LENNY (US, Bob Fosse, 1974); NOTTI DI CABIRIA, LE (IT, Federico Fellini, 1957); ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER (US, Vincente Minnelli, 1970); STAR 80 (US, Bob Fosse, 1983); SWEET CHARITY (US, Bob Fosse, 1969) Summary: "We see Bob Fosse's legacy everywhere--from Broadway to "Billy Jean" to Beyonce;'s moves in the "Single Ladies" video. Yet in spite of Fosse's deep cultural significance, no biography has ever brought him fully to life, unveiling the man behind the bowler hat and the swaggering sex appeal. Now, acclaimed cultural historian Sam Wasson traces Fosse's numberless reinventions of himself over a career that would spawn The Pajama Game, Cabaret, Pippin, Chicago, All That Jazz, and other iconic works of art and earn him Tonys, Emmys, and an Oscar. Wasson traces not only Fosse's prodigious professional life, but his intense relationships with everyone from Liza Minnelli, Fred Astaire, and Neil Simon to Shirley MacLaine, Jessica Lange, and Dustin Hoffman. Through extensive interviews with collaborators and lovers and unprecedented access to Fosse's archives, Wasson also reveals the deep wounds that propelled his subject's excessive appetites--for spotlights, women, and life itself. In Fosse, Wasson's stylish, effervescent prose proves the ideal vehicle for reanimating Bob Fosse as he truly was--after hours, close up, and in vibrant color" -- FROM TROVE Notes: Contains photos and index ISBN: 9780547553290 More info
A splurch in the kisser : the movies of Blake Edwards / Sam Wasson
Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press, 2009.
Call No: 81EDW WAS Author: Wasson, Sam Source: US Place: Middletown, Connecticut Publisher: Wesleyan University Press PubDate: 2009 PhysDes: xii, 353 p. : ill. ; 24 cm Subject: EDWARDS, BLAKE; CRITICISM; HOLLYWOOD; BLIND DATE (US, Blake Edwards, 1987); BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (US, Blake Edwards, 1961); CAREY TREATMENT, THE (US, Blake Edwards, 1972); CURSE OF THE PINK PANTHER (US, Blake Edwards, 1983); FINE MESS, A (US, Blake Edwards, 1986); GREAT RACE, THE (US, Blake Edwards, 1965); MAN WHO LOVED WOMEN, THE (US, Blake Edwards, 1983); MICKI AND MAUDE (US, Blake Edwards, 1984); PARTY, THE (US, Blake Edwards, 1968); PINK PANTHER, THE (US, Blake Edwards, 1964); REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER (UK, Blake Edwards, 1978); SHOT IN THE DARK, A (UK, Blake Edwards, 1964); SKIN DEEP (US, Blake Edwards, 1989); S.O.B. (US, Blake Edwards, 1981); SON OF THE PINK PANTHER (US, Blake Edwards, 1993); SUNSET (US, Blake Edwards, 1988); SWITCH (US, Blake Edwards, 1991); TRAIL OF THE PINK PANTHER (UK, Blake Edwards, 1982); VICTOR/VICTORIA (UK, Blake Edwards, 1982) Summary: "With one of the longest and most controversial careers in Hollywood history, it's about time for Blake Edwards, a director of raving chutzpuh, to take hist seat at the table of greats. His rambunctious filmography remains an artistic force on par with Hollywood's greatest comic directors: Chaplin, Lubitsch, Sturges, and Wilder. Like Wilder, Edward's propensity for hilarity is double-helixed with pain, and in films like Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Pink Panther, and even days of Wine and Roses, we can hear him off-screen, laughing in the dark. And yet, despite those enormous successes, he was at one time considered a Hollywood villain. After his marriage to Julie Andrews, Edwards's Darling Lili nearly sunk both of them and brought Paramount Pictures to its knees. Almost overnight, Blake became an industry pariah, which ironically fortified his sense of satire, and allowed him to simultaneously fight the Hollywood tide as he rode it. Employing keen visual analysis, meticulous research, and troves of interviews and production files, Sam Wasson delivers the first complete account of one of the maddest figures Hollywood has ever known." - BOOK JACKET Notes: Includes filmography.; Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN: 9780819569158 Donation: Donated by Senses Of Cinema, 2009 Contents: Prologue: Breaking in, 1922-1955 -- Blake begins, 1955-1959 -- Blake builds, 1959-1962 -- Blake blossoms, 1963-1968 -- Blake burns, 1968-1974 -- Panther pictures (Blake banks) -- Blake booms, 1979-1982 -- Blake breaks, 1983-1988 -- Blake bows, 1988-1991 -- Epilogue: Making out, October 24, 1993. More info