- Title: Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success
- Author: Joseph McBride
- ISBN: 9780312263249
- Page: 170
- Format: Paperback
Moviegoers often assume Frank Capra s life resembled his beloved films as in Mr Smith Goes to Washington or It s a Wonderful Life, a man of the people faces tremendous odds and, by doing the right thing, triumphs But as Joseph McBride reveals in this meticulously researched, definitive biography, the reality was far complex, a true American tragedy Using newly decMoviegoers often assume Frank Capra s life resembled his beloved films as in Mr Smith Goes to Washington or It s a Wonderful Life, a man of the people faces tremendous odds and, by doing the right thing, triumphs But as Joseph McBride reveals in this meticulously researched, definitive biography, the reality was far complex, a true American tragedy Using newly declassified U.S government documents about Capra s response to being considered a subversive during the post World War II Red Scare, McBride adds a final chapter to his unforgettable portrait of the man who gave us It Happened One Night, Mr Deeds Goes to Town, and Meet John Doe.
Recent Comments "Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success"
I am a huge Fan of Frank Capra, the author is highly partial and I think, he does not do justice to Capra, but the research and effort taken to write the book is extraordinary, I came to know a lot about Capra through this book.
Much like Capra's life and movies, this biography is a larger-than-life success and a mess at the same time. Who knew that Capra's story was so big and so strange, but then what might be expected of the director of classics like "Mr. Deeds goes to Town", "Mr. Smith goes to Washington", and "It's a Wonderful Life."--whose career started in the silent movie era and crashed after a tortured journey through the blacklist era of the 50s? All this from a little Italian immigrant living in a strange ne [...]
In more than 700 pages McBride takes an antagonistic attitude to Capra and Capra's autobiography, The Name Above the Title, which McBride labels fantasy. Throughout McBride is focused on Capra's insecurities, his drive to take credit for what he did in collaboration with others and his obsession with being seen as a patriotic American. No doubt the book is well-written, insightful and thoroughly researched. McBride seems to think there is some symbol of sexual repression in all of Capra's great [...]
One of my parents bought me this book for Christmas about a year after it was published. Whichever one of them it was had asked other members of the family for ideas about what I would like, and somewhere along the line "Frank Capra" was confused with "Robert Capa". I was, and am, extremely interested in the life and work of Robert Capa, but don't particularly care about Frank Capra. That being said, this book was not as boring as I expected it to be; if you are interested in the "Classic Era" o [...]
An unvarnished look at a great American film director who was not such a nice guy. When I finished it, I really did not like Frank Capra the man, but I still love his movies.
Well-written, fascinating look at one of America's greatest directors.
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