Black Women Film and Video Artists:
Black Women Film and Video Artists:
More than 75 years after his death, Irving Thalberg remains a celebrated Hollywood figure. In this definitive biography, his legend comes to life - from his beginnings as the ´´Boy Wonder of Hollywood,´´ when at age 25 he was an MGM mogul, to the creation with Louis B. Mayer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, to his tragic death at the age of 37. With his remarkable talent for developing stars and doctoring scripts, this architect of the motion picture film created some of America´s best-loved movies: Ben-Hur, Mutiny on the Bounty, A Night at the Opera, Grand Hotel, Romeo and Juliet, The Good Earth, and Camille. His genius has made his name a legend in the land of legends. Narrated by film director, actor, screenwriter, and producer John Landis, best known as the director of National Lampoon´s Animal House, An American Werewolf in London, Trading Places, The Blues Brothers, Beverly Hills Cop III, and Michael Jackson´s music video Thriller. Language: English. Narrator: John Landis. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pnix/000745de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A son of poor Jamaican immigrants who grew up in Depression-era Harlem, Harry Belafonte became the first black performer to gain artistic control over the representation of African Americans in commercial television and film. Forging connections with an astonishing array of consequential players on the American scene in the decades following World War II - from Paul Robeson to Ed Sullivan, John Kennedy to Stokely Carmichael - Belafonte established his place in American culture as a hugely popular singer, matinee idol, internationalist, and champion of civil rights, black pride, and black power. In Becoming Belafonte, Judith E. Smith presents the first full-length interpretive study of this multitalented artist. She sets Belafonte´s compelling story within a history of American race relations, black theater and film history, McCarthy-era hysteria, and the challenges of introducing multifaceted black culture in a moment of expanding media possibilities and constrained political expression. Smith traces Belafonte´s roots in the radical politics of the 1940s, his careful negotiation of the complex challenges of the Cold War 1950s, and his full flowering as a civil rights advocate and internationally acclaimed performer in the 1960s. In Smith´s account, Belafonte emerges as a relentless activist, a questing intellectual, and a tireless organizer. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Quintin W. Allen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/068315de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn about Tommy Wiseau and the best bad movie ever made in a fraction of the time it takes to read the actual book! The opening chapter of Sestero´s book introduces us to Tommy Wiseau, the eccentric filmmaker himself, as he treats his friend, Greg Sestero, to a celebratory dinner at Hollywood´s Palm Restaurant. Filming of Wiseau´s film, The Room, starts the following day. Sestero explains that Wiseau wrote, directed, produced, cast, and starred in the film - a true passion project. Sestero spends the majority of this chapter detailing Wiseau´s all-around strangeness. For example, Tommy´s hair is long and unkempt, he wears outdated clothes with two (yes, two) belts on his pants, and he drinks glasses of hot water with every meal. Two girls come over to the table, introducing themselves and flirting accordingly, and Wiseau - who speaks in broken English - insults them viciously and hilariously in a French(ish) accent. Wiseau then racks up a huge bill, barely tips the waiter, and storms out of the restaurant in traditional Tommy Wiseau fashion. Wiseau then drives himself and Sestero from the restaurant at a mere 20 miles per hour in his Mercedes. In the car, Tommy makes Greg an interesting offer the day before his film´s production: Tommy wants Greg to star in The Room as Mark, a character who betrays Tommy´s lead character, Johnny. Here is a preview of what you´ll learn when you download your copy today: How The Disaster Artist was created The reason why Tommy Wiseau is one of the most unique directors in the world Learn how The Disaster Artist was a success even though it was also a failure ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Brian Ackley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/076718de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This article profiles Catherine Ryan Hyde. She became well known after publishing 1999´s Pay It Forward, which became the basis for a popular film of the same name. Hear this article now to find out how she became a writer and how her career has developed. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Kollins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039802de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a profile of Ben Mezrich. He´s best known for writing The Accidental Billionaires, which was adapted into the critically acclaimed film The Social Network. But he has written several other popular nonfiction books about ambitious young people chasing their fortunes. Find out how he became a writer and how his career has developed. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Clem. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/041767de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Petula Clark´s career began at the age of nine. She got her start on BBC radio during World War II, and in the years to follow, she would perform hundreds of times for the troops and become known as ´´Britain´s Shirley Temple´´. Clark sat down with host Wink Martindale to discuss her exciting musical journey, which spanned more than seven decades and included radio, film, television, and music. Martindale gives listeners an intimate look at the singer´s personal life, family, and career. Language: English. Narrator: Wink Martindale. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/comm/000100de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jill Craigie - filmmaker, writer, pioneering feminist, and devoted wife to former Labour leader Michael Foot - led an extraordinary life. Strikingly attractive, fiercely independent, and politically radical, Craigie established a reputation as a filmmaker with her 1944 film Out of Chaos, becoming the first female director to gain national attention. Talented and versatile, she wrote several film scripts, numerous articles, radio plays, and successful columns, but she always struggled as a woman and a socialist in a male-dominated, conservative industry. Her 50-year marriage to Michael Foot, the love of her life, involved her in politics at the highest level. The couple´s mutual interest in literature and the arts made their Hampstead house a meeting place for artists, writers, actors, and politicians alike. Carl Rollyson has created an intimate and honest portrait of this charismatic figure, who never ceased to push the boundaries of what it meant to be a 20th-century woman. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: Helen Lloyd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/038592de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dana Andrews (1909-1992) worked with distinguished directors such as John Ford, Lewis Milestone, Otto Preminger, Fritz Lang, William Wyler, William A. Wellman, Mervyn Le Roy, Jean Renoir, and Elia Kazan. He played romantic leads alongside the great beauties of the modern screen, including Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Greer Garson, Merle Oberon, Linda Darnell, Susan Hayward, Maureen O´Hara, and most important of all, Gene Tierney, with whom he did five films. Retrospectives of his work often elicit high praise for an underrated actor, a master of the minimalist style. His image personified the ´´male mask´´ of the 1940s in classic films such as Laura, Fallen Angel, and Where the Sidewalk Ends, in which he played the ´´masculine ideal of steely impassivity.´´ No comprehensive discussion of film noir can neglect his performances. He was an ´´actor´s actor.´´ Here at last is the complete story of a great actor, his difficult struggle to overcome alcoholism while enjoying the accolades of his contemporaries, a successful term as president of the Screen Actors Guild, and the love of family and friends that never deserted him. Based on diaries, letters, home movies, and other documents, this biography explores the mystery of a poor boy from Texas who made his Hollywood dream come true even as he sought a life apart from the limelight and the backbiting of contemporaries jockeying for prizes and prestige. Called ´´one of nature´s noblemen´´ by his fellow actor Norman Lloyd, Dana Andrews emerges from Hollywood Enigma as an admirable American success story, fighting his inner demons and ultimately winning. ungekürzt. Language: English. Narrator: John Stamper. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/026679de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.