Real to Reel

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Meet the REAL Rocky, the REAL Psycho, and the REAL English Patient...

Read the real-life stories that inspired Hollywood's biggest blockbusters.

Who can forget the bone-crushing terror of Jaws, the mother-loving horrors of Pscyho, the daredevil exploits of Indiana Jones, or the romance of The English Patient? For a century, the movies have dazzled, frightened, thrilled, ...
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Overview

Meet the REAL Rocky, the REAL Psycho, and the REAL English Patient...

Read the real-life stories that inspired Hollywood's biggest blockbusters.

Who can forget the bone-crushing terror of Jaws, the mother-loving horrors of Pscyho, the daredevil exploits of Indiana Jones, or the romance of The English Patient? For a century, the movies have dazzled, frightened, thrilled, and touched us. But did you know that some of the silver screen's most imaginative flights of fancy are firmly rooted in realty? If you've been amazed by Hollywood's greatest hits, wait until you discover...

The purportedly possessed teen who inspired The Exorcist
The vaudeville comics fictionalized in The Sunshine Boys The 1927 Dumb-Bell Murders that inspired Double Indemnity
The Hungarian spy in Africa who became The English Patient
The real-life boxer who was the model for Rocky
The con artist brothers depicted in The Sting
Plus the true stories behind Rope, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Great Escape, Indiana Jones, Jaws, and many other films

Full of surprising revelations and fascinating anecdotes, Real to Reel is compulsory reading for every movie fan.
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This entertaining look at the real-life stories behind such popular movies as The Fugitive, The English Patient, Citizen Kane, and Jaws, among others, will appeal largely to fans who enjoy browsing through books about movies. The average moviegoer probably isn't interested enough in the stories behind Saturday Night Fever or Guys and Dolls to look for a book on the subject, and few will have even heard of movies like Matinee (1962) and Monsieur Verdoux (1948), starring Charlie Chaplin. Serious film buffs won't find anything new here, having no doubt read one of the many books written about Chaplin, Citizen Kane or the Sam Shepard murder case, if they were curious about the truth behind those films. Libraries that have large collections devoted to motion pictures may want to consider this for purchase. Reference librarians who get a lot of movie-related questions may also wish to consider this (there is an index), but other libraries can safely pass. Not a necessary purchase. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Berkley/Boulevard, 259p, 23cm, index, $13.00. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Elizabeth M. Mellett; YA Libn., Brookline P.L., Brookline, MA, May 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 3)
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Film buffs Schechter (Deviant) and Everitt (editor of Fangoria magazine) survey a range of popular films and the real-life events that inspired them. Each movie discussed here--including All the King's Men (based on the life of politician Huey Long), Badlands (about spree killer Charlie Starkweather), Hoosiers (Indiana's Milan High School), and Saving Private Ryan (the Niland brothers)--gets its own chapter; chapters are arranged in alphabetical order, by film title. But the truth is, the book's premise is thin--almost every movie ever made has some (usually uninteresting) relation to real life. Much like many of the films in Joseph Roquemore's History Goes to the Movies (LJ 11/1/99), the movies highlighted here often end up to be only tenuously connected to authentic characters and incidents. (True, there was a mother-fixated human taxidermist named Ed Gein, but he didn't run a motel or behave exactly the way Anthony Perkins did in Psycho.) For specialized film collections only.--Kim R. Holston, American Inst. for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, Malvern, PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425172711
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition description: BERKLEY BO
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
All the King's Men 1
Badlands 5
Barton Fink 9
The Bridge on the River Kwai 13
The Carpetbaggers 17
Citizen Kane 21
Dead Ringers 27
Dirty Harry 33
Double Indemnity 37
The English Patient 43
The Exorcist 47
Frenzy 51
The Fugitive 55
The Gunfighter 63
Guys and Dolls 69
The Harder They Fall 73
The Hills Have Eyes 77
Hoosiers 81
Inherit the Wind 85
Jaws 91
Jeremiah Johnson 97
King Kong 105
The Last Hurrah 109
The Last of the Mohicans 113
Looking for Mr. Goodbar 117
M 121
The Man Who Came to Dinner 125
Matinee 129
Monsieur Verdoux 135
On the Waterfront 141
The Philadelphia Story 145
A Place in the Sun 149
Psycho 155
Raiders of the Lost Ark 161
Rampage 165
The Roaring Twenties 171
Rocky 177
Rope 181
Saturday Night Fever 187
Saving Private Ryan 193
Six Degrees of Separation 199
Smooth Talk 203
State of Grace 207
The Sting 213
The Sunshine Boys 219
Sweet Smell of Success 225
To Die For 231
The Warriors 235
The Wild Geese 239
The Wild One 245
Index 249
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