Shopping with Audrey Hepburn...Clubbing with Peter O'Toole...Going to the races with Omar Sharif...Witnessing a domestic spat between Rex Harrison and his wife Rachel Roberts...Taking Katharine Hepburn's chicken salad to a sick friend...Watching Marlene Dietrich pelted with beets... These are just some of the stories and people Frawley Becker encountered during his years as a movie dialogue coach in Paris. The author reminiscences about his work on the sets and in the dressing rooms of Hollywood personalities, providing glimpses into the private lives of a stellar array of actors and actresses. Besides these and other stars, Becker also discloses fascinating details of working with world-famous directors John Huston, William Wyler, Nicholas Ray, Anatole Litvak, René Clément, and Vittorio de Sica. The events recounted here take place against the backdrop of Europe, and particularly Paris, in the 1960sa time of unrest and political upheavalfrom the Paris student revolution of May 1968 to the sex and murder scandal that touched a French film star and shook a presidentfrom the paranoia in Poland under communism to the most elegant, expensive brothel in the world. This is a fascinating chronicle of a time and place, of the stars who moved around Europe, and the dialogue coach who moved with them.
About the Author
Frawley Becker is a published short story author and prize-winning playwright. Previously a film dialogue coach in Paris, for the past 26 years he has been a film location manager in Hollywood.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 1 Connecting the Dots Chapter 3 2 Speak the Speech Trippingly Chapter 4 3 Two Directors, Both Alike in Dignity Chapter 5 4 The First Lady Chapter 6 5 Peter the Great Chapter 7 6 I, Jupiter; Rex (with a nod to Cole Porter) Chapter 8 7 La Revolution Francaise- Once More with Feeling Chapter 9 8 Strolling Players Chapter 10 9 Paid Holiday Chapter 11 10 The Bad Boys of France Chapter 12 11 The Friends Thou Hast Chapter 13 12 Pure Imagination Chapter 14 13 For Richer, for Poorer, in Sickness and in Health Chapter 15 14 You Can Take the Boy Out of France, But... Chapter 16 15 At Long Last Literature Part 17 Index Part 18 About the Author
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Paris! The Sixties! The film world! 'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wish'd.' Every film student and movie lover should read this book.
Of all the players on a movie set, the dialogue coach knows more than anyone and takes less credit that everyone. Frawley Becker is the one they should have wined, dined, and hugged the most. He's the one who wrote it all down…In whole sections, or in juicy tidbits, this book is a glorious read. Take it to bed and - this is a promise - you'll be up all night.
Oh, to be that rare fly on the wall like Frawley Becker was! Observing and remembering with sharp accuracy the great personalities of the Sixties! From his unusual vantage point, he brought me to people and places I was happy to visit. And all of this in a flowing style that makes for easy reading!