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Riassunto: One of the most original and unsettling filmmakers of all time -- the
creator of the horror classics Dracula and Freaks, among others-- Tod Browning is also one of the most enigmatic directors who ever worked in Hollywood. A complicated, troubled, and fiercely private man, he confounded would-be biographers hoping to penetrate his secret, obsessive world -- both during his lifetime and afterward.
Now, film historians David J. Skal and Elias Savada, using newly discovered
family documents and revealing published interviews with friends and
colleagues, join forces for the first full-length biography of the man who
earned a reputation as "the Edgar Allan Poe of the cinema." The authors
chronicle Browning's turn-of-the-century flight from an eccentric Louisville family into the world of carnival sideshows (where he began his career literally buried alive) and vaudeville, his disastrous first marriage, his rapid climb to riches in the burgeoning silent film industry, and the
alcoholism that would plague him throughout his life. Browning's legendary
collaborations with Lon Chaney, Sr., and Bela "Dracula" Lugosi are explored in depth, along with the studio politics that ended his career after the bizarre
circus drama Freaks -- a cult classic today -- proved to be one of the
biggest box-office disasters of the early thirties.
Illustrated throughout with rare photographs, Dark Carnival is both an
artful, often shocking portrait of a singular film pioneer and an illuminating
study of the evolution of horror, essential to an understanding of our
continuing fascination with the macabre.
Recensione: Although Tod Browning directed the 1931 classic Dracula and some of Lon Chaney's best movies, he is better known today for Freaks, which effectively sank his film career. Judging from the evidence in Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod Browning: Hollywood's Master of the Macabre, this probably wouldn't have mattered to him. Authors David J. Skal ( Screams of Reason and The Monster Show) and Elias Savada faced a difficult task in recounting the life of a man who "reveled in disturbing and provoking the public ... from a position of obsessive privacy," apparently caring nothing for posterity or even his reputation during his lifetime. Because Browning chose to reveal so little of his private self, any biography of him must by default focus on his career--which is itself strange and unsettling.
As a filmmaker, Browning established a reputation as a teller of pessimistic, even perverse tales, often featuring physically deformed characters (Chaney's specialty), which doubtless reflected his youthful experiences performing in carnival sideshows. Following the enormous success of Dracula, he assembled a cast of real sideshow performers to make Freaks, which appalled nearly everyone and was quickly removed from circulation. He soon found himself being quietly pushed out of filmmaking, and spent his final years leading a reclusive, slightly paranoid existence.
Readers of Dark Carnival should not expect to come away with a very clear picture of the intentionally shadowy Browning. Skal and Savada do an admirable job of showing us both the demanding "sadist" and the "great humanist" described by his colleagues, but for the most part, Browning's own thoughts and feelings must remain mysterious--which is just what he wanted. Dark Carnival includes photo sections, a genealogy, and filmographies that incorporate contemporary reviews. --Mary V. Burke
Titolo: Dark Carnival: The Secret World of Tod ...
Casa editrice: Anchor Books / Doubleday
Data di pubblicazione: 1995
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. 1st. Codice libro della libreria K-422-409
Descrizione libro U.S.A.: Anchor Books / Doubleday, 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. 1st Edition. Near Fine in a Fine jacket. 1st Printing. 359pp 8vo. Codice libro della libreria 133407
Descrizione libro New York, New York, U.S.A.: Anchor Books, 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First printing. NEAR FINE in dust wrapper little edge creased, an archival mylar protector is supplied. Entirely free of remainder or any former owner marking. Codice libro della libreria ABE-1703772916
Descrizione libro Anchor Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1995. Trade Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. Advanced Reader's. advance uncorrected proof. light cover wear. clean, tight. Codice libro della libreria 023112
Descrizione libro Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Used book in GOOD condition. Good enough to read. Binding in GOOD shape with no missing pages. Cover has visible wear. Markings, writings and highligtings inside the book. Text ONLY. Does NOT include accessories such as CD, DVD, access code etc. Fast Shipping. Prompt Customer Service. Satisfaction guaranteed. Codice libro della libreria 0385474067GOA
Descrizione libro Anchor Books., New York, 1995. Bds & Cl. W. Dj. 1st Edition. Well received bio. of the director Tod Browning, most known for his many films he made with Lon Chaney & his version of Dracula. 28pgs. of photos, 9 chapter photos & extensive filmog. of his work both as an actor and director. There is a small damp stain to the bottom edge of the book, which happily does not intrude into the book. Vg+/fine. Codice libro della libreria 005611
Descrizione libro Anchor Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1995. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Very Good to Fine (VGF). Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good to Fine (VGF). First Edition, First Printing. Minor shelf wear. Minor wear to jacket. Slight staining on edges of pages. Signed and inscribed, most likely by David J. Skal. Signed by Author. Codice libro della libreria 058261
Descrizione libro Anchor Books / Doubleday, U.S.A., 1995. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. First Edition First Printing. Clean and bright in sound binding. Fine in fine dust jacket. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Codice libro della libreria 049669
Descrizione libro anchor books, 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria 00201753
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: LikeNew. Excellent condition inside and out. No damage to the book. All items guaranteed, and a portion of each sale supports social programs in Los Angeles. Ships from CA. Codice libro della libreria 2JR767000785