A biography of the Hollywood legend and maker of Gone With the Wind by the first writer given complete access to his voluminous and revealing papers--everything from script notes to gambling accounts. Selznick was the most talented, workaholic, arrogant and self-destructive of all the Hollywood geniuses, and his story is the history of the picture ...
A biography of the Hollywood legend and maker of Gone With the Wind by the first writer given complete access to his voluminous and revealing papers--everything from script notes to gambling accounts. Selznick was the most talented, workaholic, arrogant and self-destructive of all the Hollywood geniuses, and his story is the history of the picture business. 108 photographs.
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Publishers Weekly, 1992-09-28 David Selznick (1902-1965) was 20 when his father, a high-rolling silent film producer/distributor, went bankrupt. Bent on fame, wealth and publicity, the precocious son who had served his domineering father as a sorcerer's apprentice would actually surpass his father. In his entertaining, prodigiously researched biography, Thomson characterizes Selznick as an arrogant manipulator, a megalomaniac hooked on Benzedrine, a brash charmer who believed he was pursuing perfection as a noble aim neglected by Hollywood. A walking contradiction, the highly sexed mogul made a pass at nearly every woman he employed but shied away from the erotic on screen. The self-educated high-school dropout produced Anna Karenina, David Copperfield, Dinner at Eight, Gone with the Wind and King Kong. Thomson, a novelist and author of A Biographical Dictionary of Film, has written a scintillating bio that includes glimpses of Garbo, Hepburn, Gable, Olivier, Dietrich, Graham Greene, Alfred Hitchcock and dozens of others. The book follows Selznick's trajectory from expansive creator to suspicious negotiator preoccupied with a fear of failure. Photos. BOMC alternate. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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