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Dancing on the Ceiling: Stanley Donen and his Movies The Book Report Really now, how mysterious is the subject treated in this book It s a professional biography filmography of the life of ace director former wunderkind Stanley Donen, of Singin in the Rain , Seven Brides for Seven Brothers , Indiscreet and Charade fame Being a professional biography, don t expect his personal life to come under salacious scrutiny, or hear whimperings and moanings from ex wives five or sons three Darn it.My Review The author knows his subject Pers The Book Report Really now, how mysterious is the subject treated in this book It s a professional biography filmography of the life of ace director former wunderkind Stanley Donen, of Singin in the Rain , Seven Brides for Seven Brothers , Indiscreet and Charade fame Being a professional biography, don t expect his personal life to come under salacious scrutiny, or hear whimperings and moanings from ex wives five or sons three Darn it.My Review The author knows his subject Personally And it shows The anecdotage of any Hollywood player can come across as a personal hagiography, and so the trend towards memoir I remember by these folks Donen clearly cooperated with the author, and clearly smoothed his path to the major players in the Donen life story There is some sense of stuff not gone into that a less involved andprurient biographer, one bent on delivering the sense of the man to the detriment of the sense of the player, would have pursued In some ways that feels like a loss to me, but overall I really was not aware of the small smears of whitewash that might or might not have been applied to certain passages in Donen s remarkable career until I had sat down to cogitate for this review.From unpromising beginnings in middle class Columbia, South Carolina, Donen ran far away to glamourous exciting New York City at age 17 He was in every right place at every right time for the next 20 years and became a close work associate of Gene Kelly s, leading him to Hollywood and to Metro Goldwyn Mayer, THE place for a dancer choreographer aspiring director to break into the biggest time musicals anywhere ever There he worked on a long series of projects for Arthur Freed, a legendary producer of MGM s top flight musicals It was a good association, though Freed seems never to have fully appreciated the talent and the drive of Donen He wasn t above making use of the man, though, and it s to our lasting benefit as filmgoers that he did.At the end of the rainbow for musicals, about 1958, Donen had already read the tea leaves and fled Hollywood for London There he produced and directed some of his best and worst stuff Indiscreet mature love affair between equals and Charade delightful caper dramedy about secrets, lies, and how gorgeous Audrey Hepburn was , some of the best work ever, both starred Donen s friend Cary Grant and are even today delightful and watchable Arabesque and Staircase , Donen s remake of Charade without Grant or Audrey Hepburn, and his sole effort at directing a story about gay men, were the pits.But the two films that, I venture to say, will be remembered by cineastes long long after you and I are dead, are the 1957 musical Funny Face starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire, and Two for the Road starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney Both are achingly romantic Both are gorgeously filmed, well acted, and far deeper than a casual glance at their stats will show And both get a good long treatment in the book, the author and the director seeming to agree that here are monunments too large to ignore The only other film so treated is Singin in the Rain, which has emerged as a major classic since the 1970s And in every case, the stories told and the pitures painted are satisfying to the fan, and informative to the curious reader In fact, that can be said of every part of the book.I have to say that I d ve given the book a higher rating if it had gone intopersonal detailnot prurient stuff, butabout Donen s off set, off screen lifethan it does I can understand the choice made by the author to focus on the work probably required by the man written about, is my guess but a littlethan cursory mentions of marriages and divorces would not have come amiss The book has photos throughout the text, which I prefer to photo inserts, even though there is some sacrifice of quality It seems worth it to me, I like seeing the photos near to the anecdotes they amplify Recommended to film buffs, fanboys, and serious readers of movie biz books It s too light on fizz for the celeb bio reader Biography of the director If you love movies particularly musicals you might find this book interesting I didn t like the tone of the book very dismissive of Gene Kelly, for one but I can t deny that Donen helped create some of my favorite movies. Either this book has a bunch of lies in it, or other biographies do I don t know which, but I do think this book was written with an agenda against Gene Kelly Kelly never says bad things about Stanley Donen in print anyway and always gives credit where credit is due That to me says wonders about who is really telling the truth. This book is no about Stanley Donen but about how the author hates Gene Kelly Besides, he seems to try to make Stanley Donen a sympathetic car cter when, in fact, he gets the completely opposite effect If I were Stanley Donen I wouldn t be happy with this book. Stanley Donen Forever Changed The Hollywood Musical By Moving It Away From The Busby Berkeley Extravaganza Toward A Fluent Integration Of Song, Dance, And Story Silverman Gives Readers A Close Up Portrait Of This Great Director, As Seen Through The Eyes Of Of Donen S Contemporaries, Including Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, And Cyd Charisse Photos


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