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Preston Sturges : the last years of Hollywood's first writer-director

Author: Nick Smedley; Tom Sturges
Publisher: Bristol ; Chicago, IL : Intellect, 2019 ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Few directors of the 1930s and '40s were as distinctive and popular as Preston Sturges, whose whipsmart comedies have entertained audiences for decades. With a foreword by Peter Bogdanovich and endorsements from Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Shelton, and James L. Brooks, this book offers a new critical appreciation of Sturges's whole oeuvre, closing with a detailed study of his life, developed from new primary sources,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Smedley, Nick.
Preston Sturges.
Bristol ; Chicago, IL : Intellect Ltd 2019
(OCoLC)1065914842
Named Person: Preston Sturges; Preston Sturges
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nick Smedley; Tom Sturges
ISBN: 9781789380255 1789380251 9781789380262 178938026X
OCLC Number: 1101101138
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 309 pages) : illustrations
Contents: A fallen giant: adjusting to the new, 1949-1950 --
Back to the future: Broadway and Paramount, 1951-1952 --
Sturges' travels: farewell to America, 1953 --
The millionairess and the major: Sturges returns to Paris, 1954 --
Americans in Paris: filming Major Thompson, 1955 --
American Gangster: the trials and tribulations of independent film production, 1956-1957 --
Farcical manoeuvres, 1957-1958 --
New York, New York: public hopes, private griefs, 1957 --
For better or for worse: marital tensions, 1957-1958 --
Sliding towards the brink, January-July 1958 --
The road to despair, July-December 1958 --
The conquering hero: return to New York, January-March 1959 --
Triumph over pain: the last happy months of Preston Sturges, March-August 1959 --
The events have led up to his death, August 1959
Responsibility: Nick Smedley and Tom Sturges.

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Few directors of the 1930s and '40s were as distinctive and popular as Preston Sturges, whose whipsmart comedies have entertained audiences for decades. With a foreword by Peter Bogdanovich and endorsements from Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Shelton, and James L. Brooks, this book offers a new critical appreciation of Sturges's whole oeuvre, closing with a detailed study of his life, developed from new primary sources, from 1949 until his death in 1959. Nick Smedley details the many unfinished projects of Sturges's last decade, including films, plays, TV series, and his autobiography. Drawing on diaries, sketchbooks, correspondence, unpublished screenplays, and more, Smedley presents Sturges's final years in more detail than we've ever had, showing a master still at work--even if very little of that work ultimately made it to the screen

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