Man Behind The Pictures, The
|Publisher||Little, Brown & Co|
Little, Brown & Co., 1987. FIRST EDITION. Very good condition, black & red boards, gilt titles, original dust jacket. Numerous b&w photos, selected bibliography, articles, newspaper references, index, "The life story of the outstanding producer who made four of the greatest films of all time: "On the Waterfront", "The African Queen", "The Bridge on the River Kwai", and "Lawrence of Arabia". Sam Spiegel oversaw every aspect of his productions and was a central force in the European and American film world from the 1920s until his death in 1985. His private life, crowded with women and dominated by gambling, offers stark contrast to his public life, in which, with Spiegel as the catalyst, such figures as Greta Garbo, Harold Pinter, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlon Brando met and socialized with the British royal family, the Kennedys, and the Rainiers. Spiegel became an international celebrity to rival Onassis as he and various illustrious companions cruised the world on his yacht. Spiegel's early days were spent as an illegal immigrant, passing bad checks and fighting for acceptance. But as Budd Shulberg later observed of Spiegel's film career, "If anyone knew how to ride out a loser, it was S.P. Eagle." Searching interviews with friends, foes, and colleagues, and his own personal knowledge of Spiegel, have enabled Andrew Sinclair to create this exceptionally powerful portrait." 162 pages.