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Balaban, Bob

Works: 205 works in 580 publications in 8 languages and 32,121 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Juvenile works  Fiction  History  Biography  Case studies  Diaries  Comic books, strips, etc  Romantic comedy films 
Roles: Actor, Director, Performer, Interviewee, Narrator, Other, Scenarist
Classifications: PN1997.2, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by Bob Balaban
Capote by Bennett Miller ( Visual )
14 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 2,392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1959, Truman Capote was a popular writer for The New Yorker. He learns about the horrific and senseless murder of a family of four in Halcomb, Kansas. Inspired by the story, Capote and his partner, Harper Lee, travel to the town to do research for an article. However, as Capote digs deeper into the story, he is inspired to expand the project into what would be his greatest work, "In Cold Blood." He arranges extensive interviews with the prisoners, especially with Perry Smith. However, his feelings of compassion for Perry conflicts with his need for closure for his book which only an execution can provide. That conflict and the mixed motives for both interviewer and subject make for a troubling experience that would produce an literary account that would redefine modern non-fiction
Gosford Park by Robert Altman ( Visual )
72 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 2,341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Drama set at the country estate of Sir William McCordle in 1932, showing the lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a hunting party weekend when one of the group is murdered
No reservations by Scott Hicks ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 1,531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A perfectionist chef addicted to her work struggles to adjust when her sister passes away, leaving her with a little girl to raise, and a new sous chef threatens to take over her kitchen with his high-spirited and free-wheeling ways
Lady in the water ( Visual )
11 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 1,415 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Apartment building superintendent Cleveland Heep rescues what he thinks is a young woman from the complex swimming pool he maintains. When he discovers that she is actually a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the journey back to her home, he works with his tenants to protect he new friend from the creatures that are determined to keep her in our world
The Majestic by Frank Darabont ( Visual )
18 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 1,359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Widescreen. Peter Appleton, a 1950s Hollywood screenwriter who is about to see his first screenplay made into a film, is mistakenly called before the House Un-American Activities Committee. As a result, the studio pulls the plans for the film. Peter then finds himself in a small California town after a car accident takes his memory. There, the townspeople believe he is local hero Luke Trimble. Peter settles into his life at the Majestic theater, as Luke Trimble, until his memory begins to resurface and government men track him down
Ghost world by Terry Zwigoff ( Visual )
11 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and German and held by 1,313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"While their classmates head for college, Enid and Rebecca focus their energies on tormenting those around them! From a goofy convenience store clerk to an eccentric art teacher, these two saboteurs wreak havoc on all who cross their paths. But when they zero in on an oddball loner looking for Miss Right, their seemingly innocent meddling threatens to shatter one of their hearts ... and their lifelong friendship!"--Container
The Mexican by Gore Verbinski ( Visual )
9 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and German and held by 1,280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A quirky romantic comedy with plenty of gunplay and intrigue. Before reckless Jerry can make amends with Samantha, he has to take one more wild ride down to Mexico to pick up a priceless antique pistol and settle his debts. As things begin heating up with mob bosses and hit men, the action boils over with surprise twists and turns
Waiting for Guffman by Christopher Guest ( Visual )
11 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 1,250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Corky St. Clair has created an ambitious musical celebrating his town's 150th anniversary, and dreams of making it big on Broadway
A mighty wind by Christopher Guest ( Visual )
8 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Three fictional folk groups from the 1960s reunite for a memorial concert after the death of their former manager
Thunderstruck by Erik Larson ( Recording )
15 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the #1 New York Time bestselling author of "The devil in the White City". In 1910, at the height of the Edwardian era, a mild-mannered American named Hawley Harvey Crippen killed his wife and buried her remains in the cellar of their London home. A Scotland Yard inspector discovered the remains and launched an international hunt for Crippen that climaxed in a trans-Atlantic chase between two ocean liners. Thanks to a new and poorly understood technology--the wireless, invented by Guglielmo Marconi, Crippen was caught and arrested
For your consideration ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 1,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
No-name actors are making a low-budget period drama called "Home for Purim," when an anonymous post on the Internet suggests that one performance is Oscar-worthy. Then, two more cast members get Oscar-related press: buzz in "Variety" and appearances on TV prompt the studio executives to insist on changes in the script in anticipation of a blockbuster. Jump ahead a few months to the days before Oscar nominees are announced: just the possibility of a nomination has changed the actors' lives
Howl by Robert P Epstein ( Visual )
8 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Every word in this film was spoken by the actual people portrayed. In that sense this film is like a documentary. In every other sense, it is different"--Title screen. In 1957, in San Francisco, poet Allen Ginsberg has just published "Howl." This distinctive work immediately generates a great deal of controversy. Publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti has been sued on charges of obscenity, as many feel the poem is simply too explicit for publication (it contains strong language and frank references to homosexuality). When prosecutor Ralph McIntosh and defender Jake Ehrlich go head to head in front of Judge Clayton Horn, freedom of expression hangs in the balance. For the author, filled with the heady joy of poetic success, the trial demands the courage of being Allen Ginsberg--himself
Recount ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores one of the most dramatic and controversial events in recent U.S. election history, which shook a nation's faith in the ability to stage a fair and open election
Absence of malice by Sydney Pollack ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1981 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 841 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Michael Gallagher reads in the paper that he is the subject of a criminal investigation. Suddenly, everything he has ever worked for is in jeopardy. He confronts the author, Megan Carter, a relentless investigative reporter. Together they learn that the story was purposely leaked to Carter as part of a plot by the chief investigator. Gallagher's life hangs in the balance as he and Carter try to uncover the truth
Altered states by Ken Russell ( Visual )
19 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in English and French and held by 780 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Research scientist Eddie Jessup (William Hurt) believes other states of consciousness are as real as everyday reality. Using sensory deprivation, then adding powerful hallucinogenic drugs, he explores these altered states ... and endures experiences that make madness seem a blessing
A monster in Paris ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and French and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Paris 1910. Emile, a shy movie projectionist, and Raoul, a colorful inventor, find themselves embarked on the hunt for a monster terrorizing citizens. They join forces with Lucille, the big-hearted star of the Rare Bird cabaret, and an eccentric scientist and his irascible monkey to save the monster (who turns out to be oversized but harmless as a flea) from the city's ruthlessly ambitious police chief
Beware of dog by Bob Balaban ( Book )
4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 700 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Thomas Wiggins' sweet new dog McGrowl is changed forever by the creepy Dr. Minderbinder, who transforms McGrowl into a dog with superpowers, and now Thomas and his pal must find a way to thwart the veterinarian's evil plot
Georgia O'Keeffe ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Follows the life of American artist, Georgia O'Keeffe, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Includes featurette, and previews
It's a dog's life by Bob Balaban ( Book )
3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
It's up to Thomas and McGrowl to use their powers of telepathy and bionic-doggie strengths to sniff out the truth about a suspicious mayoral candidate who has his eye on the quiet town of Cedar Springs
2010 ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1987 and 2001 in English and French and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
American and Soviet astronauts go to Jupiter in an attempt to solve the puzzle of the original Discovery flight made in 2001
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Alternative Names
Balaban, Bob.
Balaban, Robert
Balaban, Robert, 1945-
Balaban, Robert Elmer.
Balaban, Robert Elmer 1945-
English (209)
French (15)
German (11)
Spanish (5)
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Japanese (1)
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