Secret Lives of Great Filmmakers

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  1. Sacramento Book Review "Sacramento Book Review" says
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    A rich collection of scandal facts and quirky trivia, September 23, 2010
    This review is from: Secret Lives of Great Filmmakers (Paperback)

    Everyone is weird. It’s a fact. But it does seem like directors, on the whole, are a little weirder than the rest of us. Some, like Stanley Kubrick, are infamous for their eccentricities, but plenty of others have quirks and idiosyncrasies that offer surprising color to their legends and filmographies.

    //Secret Lives of Great Filmmakers// delights in presenting the weird and wonderful, pulling back the veil on the most influential names in the history of film. Did you know that Akira Kurosawa wanted to make a //Godzilla// movie, or that Steven Spielberg is afraid of elevators? How about that Ingmar Bergman was a huge fan of //The Muppet Show// and //Sex and the City//, or that Quentin Tarantino played an Elvis impersonator on an episode of //The Golden Girls// (and wore his own clothes to the shoot)?

    From Hitchcock’s missing bellybutton to John Ford ripping four random pages out of a script to put the project back on schedule, //Secret Lives of Great Filmmakers// presents dozens of bizarre and thoroughly entertaining factoids, but somehow manages not to tarnish a single creative reputation. In fact, the inherent weirdness of some of these stories only serves to make these cinematic giants seem even more mythic.

    Reviewed by Glenn Dallas

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  2. Orlando Ozio says
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    Piquant, piquant as hell, March 16, 2010
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    Orlando Ozio (New York, NY) –

    This review is from: Secret Lives of Great Filmmakers (Paperback)

    I wasn’t expecting much, having been disappointed by another entry in this series (the decidedly lackluster Secret Lives of the Civil War–the product of a different, and inferior, author). But having opted to wet my beak a second time I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a well-researched, tartly crafted survey of more than 100 years of movie history, told through the lives and foibles of some 40 or so famous directors. I learned quite a few things I didn’t know, and a few others I wished I hadn’t learned (the anecdote about Frank Capra and adult circumcision will stay with me forever). All in all, a feast for film buffs–if a bit of a dog’s breakfast!

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