by Garson Kanin


by Garson Kanin



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Moviola is a novel of film history – a fictional narrative connecting true stories of movie lore. Ben Farber, age 92, reminisces as he reluctantly considers an offer to sell his studio to a New York-based conglomerate.

During negotiations, Farber recalls the impact Hollywood made on his life and, in turn, his influence on Hollywood. Entwining tales of his early experiences in moviemaking with the story of his life Farber reveals a rich history of the film industry including the silent era, the casting of Scarlett O'Hara and the discovery of Marilyn Monroe.

Garson Kanin acknowledged that Farber is a composite of the predominant studio executives from the inception of the movie business through its golden era, making it possible to maximize inclusion of historical fact within the framework of a novel. Moviola was adapted into a three-part mini-series broadcast on NBC in 1980.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157914400
Publisher: TFT Corporation
Publication date: 02/12/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Sales rank: 595,320
File size: 544 KB

About the Author

GARSON KANIN (1912-1999) was an esteemed theater and film director, as well as a prolific writer. In addition to short stories and essays, he wrote novels and memoirs, among them One Hell of an Actor, A Thousand Summers, Smash, Hollywood, Remembering Mr. Maugham, and Tracy and Hepburn. After making his theatrical debut as an actor, he became a stage director and then a director for RKO with the films A Man to Remember (1938) and My Favorite Wife (1940). During World War II, he co-directed the Academy Award-winning documentary The True Glory. He followed this success by writing and directing the play Born Yesterday. Over the next four decades, he wrote numerous plays, including Peccadillo, Remembering Mr. Maugham, The Rat Race, and The Smile of the World. With wife Ruth Gordon, he wrote the Academy Award-nominated screenplays A Double Life, Adam’s Rib and Pat and Mike. Ruth Gordon died in 1985, and Kanin married Marian Seldes in 1990. He died at his home in New York in 1999.
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