Frank Capra: A Life In Film [NOOK Book]

Overview

Most of us associate director Frank Capra with the admittedly wonderful holiday film It's a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart. Capra himself, despite making 36 movies, was well aware of our tendency to typecast actors and directors (“One man, one film,” he famously quipped). Here, legendary film critic Richard Schickel reassesses Capra's work and legacy, and argues that the man who brought George Bailey and Bedford Falls to life may have been the greatest of American ...
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Frank Capra: A Life In Film

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Overview

Most of us associate director Frank Capra with the admittedly wonderful holiday film It's a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart. Capra himself, despite making 36 movies, was well aware of our tendency to typecast actors and directors (“One man, one film,” he famously quipped). Here, legendary film critic Richard Schickel reassesses Capra's work and legacy, and argues that the man who brought George Bailey and Bedford Falls to life may have been the greatest of American directors.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013875753
  • Publisher: New Word City
  • Publication date: 2/12/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 898,549
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Richard Schickel is a film historian, filmmaker, and film critic. He is the author of thirty-seven books and the director-writer-producer of dozens of films and television documentaries, largely about film makers and movie history. Schickel began his career as a film critic at Life in 1965 and served in a similar capacity at Time until 2009. He has held a Guggenheim fellowship, was awarded an honorary degree from the American Film Institute and the British Film Institute Book Prize, as well as the William K. Everson Award from the National Board of Review and the Telluride Film Festival’s Silver Medal, both for his service to the film industry.
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  • Posted December 31, 2011

    Well written essay on the great director.

    I had hoped this might be an affordable biography of Frank Capra, my favorite director. It is not that. It is a well written critique of his films from about 1930 - 1941, covering most of his best pictures, with the exceptions if Arsenic and Old Lace and It's a Wonderful Life. The author knows his subject pretty well (though some of the details of It Happened One Night are a little off), and his enjoyment of the material comes across. It is an enjoyable 45 page essay about Capra's most successful period.

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