Very good. *SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR* Very well kept copy with only light wear. We take great pride in accurately describing the condition of our books, ship within 48 hours and offer a 100% money back guarantee.
Near-Fine in Near-Fine jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Near-fine condition. Number line: 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1. Small remainder mark on bottom (outside page edges). NO price clippings. Price inside dustcover: $27.50. Tight spine, bright pages. 352 pages. Nicely illustrated with photos. From Publishers Weekly Everyone knows Wilder's reputation as a consummate storyteller who had one true or not for every occasion. Upon his death in March of this year, homages to the great director were filled with well-known anecdotes, passed along like great jokes. They were always funny and showed the filmmaker at his sharpest, but they also helped obscure the man behind a wall of wit and showmanship. This new biography from Groucho Marx and Federico Fellini biographer Chandler, which takes its title from the last line of Some Like It Hot, avoids this trap by simply letting Wilder talk at length. Unlike Cameron Crowe in his 1999 book of conversations with Wilder, Chandler keeps herself mostly in the background, popping up only occasionally to point out which actor had led her to interview which director, and so on. As a result, the book is a rich compendium of primary source material, containing interviews with Wilder himself, Kirk Douglas, Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Ginger Rogers, Jimmy Stewart, Gloria Swanson and others. The book doesn't offer lengthy discussions of Wilder as a cinematic genius; readers will not find critical appraisals of Ace in the Hole or Sunset Boulevard. However, the author does richly document the making of some of Wilder's masterpieces and open the sluice gates for the voluble Wilder as well as the recondite storytellers mentioned above. Altogether, it makes for a comprehensive portrait of Wilder that goes beyond the witty stories.
First Edition, first printing with full number line in near like new condition. The dust jacket has minor shelf wear. 1/8" tear at top of page 53, otherwise in like new condition. Pages are clean. Boards are solid, and spine is square and tight. Not price clipped. No remainder mark. All items guaranteed, and a portion of each sale supports social programs in Los Angeles. Ships from CA.
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