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Balaban, Bob

Works: 216 works in 611 publications in 7 languages and 36,059 library holdings
Genres: Drama  History  Film adaptations  Biography  Case studies  Juvenile works  Fiction  Diaries  War films  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Actor, Director, Performer, Interviewee, Narrator, Other, Scenarist
Classifications: PN1997.2, 791.4372
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Most widely held works about Bob Balaban
Most widely held works by Bob Balaban
Capote by Bennett Miller ( Visual )
18 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 2,432 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 Holcomb, 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 convicted killers, 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 )
74 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in 8 languages and held by 2,350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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
The monuments men by George Clooney ( Visual )
6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An unlikely World War II platoon has been tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. With the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could they possibly succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time, they would risk their lives to protect mankind's greatest achievements
No reservations by Scott Hicks ( Visual )
4 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 1,541 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 )
12 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 1,442 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
Close encounters of the third kind by Steven Spielberg ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1992 and 2007 in English and held by 1,438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Roy Neary is a cable worker who, along with several others, become stunned bystanders who have experienced a close encounter of the first kind - witnessing UFOs soar across the sky. After this life-changing event, the inexplicable vision of a strange, mountain-like formation haunts him. He becomes obsessed with discovering what it represents. Meanwhile, bizarre occurrences are happening around the world. Government agents have close encounters of a second kind - discovering physical evidence of extraterrestrial visitors in the form of a lost fighter aircraft from World War II and a stranded military ship that disappeared decades earlier only to suddenly reappear in unusual places. Roy continues to chase his vision to a remote area where he and the agents follow the clues that have drawn them to reach a site where they will have a close encounter of the third kind - contact
The Majestic by Frank Darabont ( Visual )
18 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 1,358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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 govenrment men track him down
Ghost world by Terry Zwigoff ( Visual )
11 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in English and German and held by 1,310 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 1,279 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
A mighty wind by Christopher Guest ( Visual )
8 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Three fictional folk groups from the 1960s reunite for a memorial concert after the death of their former manager
Waiting for Guffman by Christopher Guest ( Visual )
11 editions published between 1984 and 2009 in English and held by 1,242 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
Thunderstruck by Erik Larson ( Recording )
14 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Edwardian London, on the stormy coasts of Cornwall, Cape Cod, and Nova Scotia, two men's lives intersect - Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication. Marconi races against incredible odds and relentless skepticism to perfect his invention. Meanwhile, Crippen, 'the kindest of men', nearly commits the perfect crime
For your consideration ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 1,089 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 )
10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 948 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 915 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
Jakob the Liar by Robin Williams ( Visual )
15 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in English and German and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Nazi-occupied Poland a poor Jewish cafe owner invents fictitious news bulletins about Allied advances against the Nazis. These lies keep hope and humor alive among the ghetto inhabitants
Absence of malice by Sydney Pollack ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1981 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 865 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
A monster in Paris ( Visual )
8 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and French and held by 793 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
Altered states by William Hurt ( Visual )
19 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in English and French and held by 788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The incredible terrifying tale of a research scientist experimenting with altered states of consciousness--and the horrors he finds in secret landscapes of the mind
Georgia O'Keeffe ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Follows the life of American artist Georgia O'Keeffe and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz. As their relationship suffers, Alfred takes a younger lover. Georgia's search for solace moves her west, where she finds new inspiration for her paintings, and ultimately her own voice, in the New Mexico landscape
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Alternative Names
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English (231)
French (14)
German (11)
Spanish (5)
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