Jack Nicholson: The Early Years

Jack Nicholson: The Early Years

by Robert Crane, Christopher Fryer
     
 

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In 1975, Jack Nicholson was on his way to becoming a household name, having already starred in, written, or produced twenty-five films, including classics such as Easy Rider (1969) and Chinatown (1974). Originally published as Jack Nicholson: Face to Face in 1975, Jack Nicholson: The Early Years is the first book written about the enigmatic star and the

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In 1975, Jack Nicholson was on his way to becoming a household name, having already starred in, written, or produced twenty-five films, including classics such as Easy Rider (1969) and Chinatown (1974). Originally published as Jack Nicholson: Face to Face in 1975, Jack Nicholson: The Early Years is the first book written about the enigmatic star and the only one written with Nicholsons participation. Authors Robert Crane and Christopher Fryer interviewed Nicholson for what began as a thesis for a University of Southern California film class, but quickly morphed into a larger portrait of Nicholsons unique craft. Crane and Fryer conducted their interviews with the intent of showcasing the young star as he saw himself. They also interviewed many of Nicholson's close friends and fellow filmmakers, including Dennis Hopper, Hal Ashby, Ann-Margret, and Bruce Dern, providing a comprehensive profile of the actors early years in the industry as well as insights into a private man's life. Jack Nicholson: The Early Years stands as a testament to Nicholson's incredible success in Hollywood.

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" Jack Nicholson: The Early Years is authentic, immediate and full of unguarded moments with the pre-caricature, just post-'Chinatown' legend. Nicholson is revealed as self-effacing and warm, yet still mysterious. Like the teeter-totter in the backyard of Jack's pad, it's a period piece, but a timeless one at that."—Susan Compo, author of Warren Oates: A Wild Life" —

"An entertaining pictorial biography/filmography of Jack Nicholson—the star and the man...A must for cinema students and star watchers who are interested in looking at the role of an actor in American cinema today. It is well-researched and well-put-together." — The Hollywood Reporter" —

"What emerges is an actor whose seemingly casual manner hides an intensity rare in today's motion picture world." — Jackson Sun" —

"The only book writeen with [Nicholson's] blessing.... The interviews are illuminating."— Los Angeles Weekly" —

"In their winning introduction, Fryer and Crane look back from a distance of 35 years to recount their once-in-a-lifetime adventure." — Leonard Martin's Movie Crazy" —

"A true insider's look at Nicholson not only as a writer, director, and actor, but also as a private man who desires a private life." — Los Angeles Daily News" —

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813136158
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
05/14/2012
Series:
Screen Classics Series
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
936,648
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Fryer is coauthor of Bruce Dern: Things I've Said, But Probably Shouldn't Have — An Unrepentant Memoir and a contributor to Hal Ashby: Interviews. He lives in New York's Hudson Valley.

Robert Crane is coauthor of Bruce Dern: Things I've Said, But Probably Shouldn't Have — An Unrepentant Memoir and a contributor to Hal Ashby: Interviews. He is also coauthor of the newly published My Life As A Mankiewicz. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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