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David Mamet brings “CHICAGO” to Live Talks Los Angeles & the LARE is there!

Monday, February 26, 2018- 8pm

An Evening with David Mamet discussing the writing life and his new novel, “Chicago”

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre / New Roads School/ Herb Alpert Educational Village

3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS -LiveTalksLA.org

David Mamet, one of the most extraordinary writers in contemporary American literature, has written twenty-three plays, eight collections of essays, two novels, five children’s books, two books of poetry, and eighteen films, including The Verdict and Wag the Dog, for which he received Academy Award nominations. State and Main is his seventh feature as a writer-director, after House of Games, Things Change, Homicide, Oleanna, The Spanish Prisoner, and The Winslow Boy. Mamet has received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for Glengary Glen Ross. A big-shouldered, big-trouble thriller set in mobbed-up 1920s Chicago—a city where some people knew too much, and where everyone should have known better—by the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of The Untouchables and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright.

Mike Hodge—veteran of the Great War, big shot of the Chicago Tribune, medium fry—probably shouldn’t have fallen in love with Annie Walsh. Then, again, maybe the man who killed Annie Walsh should have known better than to trifle with Mike Hodge. In Chicago, David Mamet has created a bracing, kaleidoscopic page-turner that roars through the Windy City’s underground on its way to a thunderclap of a conclusion. Here is not only his first novel in more than two decades, but the book he has been building to for his whole career. Mixing some of his most brilliant fictional creations with actual figures of the era, suffused with trademark “Mamet Speak,” richness of voice, pace, and brio, and exploring—as no other writer can—questions of honor, deceit, revenge, and devotion, Chicago is that rarest of literary creations: a book that combines spectacular elegance of craft with a kinetic wallop as fierce as the February wind gusting off Lake Michigan.

 

Step into “The Twilight Zone” w/ author Steven Jay Rubin at Larry Edmunds Bookshop!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24th at 2 pm at Larry Edmunds Bookshop!

You’ve got an invitation-to the Twilight Zone with author Steven Jay Rubin!

Consider this- It’s a Saturday in Hollywood. There is a great event. About a great television show.

And a great book to be signed by author Steven Jay Rubin. There will be a screening too. You might be in a very special “time element”.

And you already know, that a trip to Hollywood Boulevard is always like stepping into, “The Twilight Zone…”

On October 2, 1959, Rod Serling introduced a fresh and wonderfully imaginative series to American TV viewers. The Twilight Zone enraptured its audience with thought-provoking stories threaded with science fiction, horror, and fantasy. It remains today one of television’s most beloved series.
Celebrating its long run and long-running influence, The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia (Chicago Review Press) by Steven Jay Rubin aims to share every tidbit of knowledge about the show’s production, from A to Z and then some. Published with the full cooperation of the Rod Serling estate, this collectible compendium includes never-before-seen photographs and new interviews with principal actors, producers, writers and directors involved in the series.
Taking the premise of “What If?” to new heights, The Twilight Zone masterfully masked taboo subjects such as race and politics with wild and mesmerizing entertainment, and was essential in rallying respect for the science fiction, fantasy or horror genres that were often disregarded as exploitation and pure camp. In The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia every single episode is highlighted, including the transcripts for each of Serling’s iconic opening narrations, the story setup, behind-the-scenes information and a list of the cast and crew. Each page offers intriguing insights into every single key performer and creator in the original series – biographical details, unusual facts and trivia. What kind of tricks did director Douglas Heyes use to disguise the ultimate twist in Eye of the Beholder? What happened to the footage shot on the first day of shooting on the very first episode, Where is Everybody? What happened when Cliff Robertson canceled his plane reservations for Los Angeles on the set of The Dummy? Every answer and so much more lies within this comprehensive volume.
A treasure trove of facts, observations, trivia and minutia for both the casual fan and the obsessive diehard, The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia is an expertly compiled tribute to the creators of one of the most memorable and significant series of all time. It is sure to surprise and delight fans of The Twilight Zone for years to come.

About the author:
Steven Jay Rubin is a noted film historian, motion picture producer, documentarian, and the author of The Complete James Bond Movie Encyclopedia. As a former staff writer for Cinefantastique, and a 25-year motion picture public relations veteran, he has made frequent appearances at sci-fi, fantasy and comic conventions. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

An Evening with Alejandro Jodorowsky @ the EGYPTIAN!

THE ENDLESS POETRY OF ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY -Alejandro Jodorowsky In Person!

SUNDAY,JANUARY 14th- 6:30 pm @ the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood!

THE HOLY MOUNTAIN / SANTA SANGRE

This event is now sold out.

There will be a stand-by line.

Books available for purchase include:

The Way of Tarot: The Spiritual Teacher in the Cards

The Panic Fables: Mystic Teachings and Initiatory Tales

Psychomagic: The Transformative Power of Shamanic Psychotherapy

Sacred Trickery and the Way of Kindness: The Radical Wisdom of Jodo

“Alchemical Love,” an exhibit of graphic art by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky, opens at the Blum & Poe Gallery in Los Angeles on January 16.

Discussion following THE HOLY MOUNTAIN with director Alejandro Jodorowsky, who will sign a selection of his books beginning at 6:30 PM.

One item per person; must be purchased on site.

THE HOLY MOUNTAIN 1973, ABKCO Films, 114 min, Dir: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Alejandro Jodorowsky tells another story of one man’s spiritual quest: This time the character is a thief who travels to the titular mount to find a group of alleged “immortals.” Jodorowsky adds a layer of self-conscious irony to the proceedings, constantly drawing the audience’s attention to the artifice of the filmmaking in sequences that expose the mechanisms of the special effects or show characters bleeding blue instead of red. In Spanish with English subtitles.

SANTA SANGRE 1989, Severin Films, 121 min, Italy/Mexico, Dir: Alejandro Jodorowsky Combining elements at once beautiful, grotesque and erotic, SANTA SANGRE is something akin to Fellini remaking both PSYCHO and NIGHTMARE ALLEY as one single, glorious fever dream of a thriller. If you haven’t seen it, do not miss out! .

Special Ticket Prices: $25 General, $20 Cinematheque Members. No vouchers. Egyptian Theatre • Sun, Jan 14, 2018 • 7:30pm

Breakfast w/ Pete Souza! OBAMA – An Intimate Portrait

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Please note this is a morning event!

7:45-8:15am

Continental Breakfast 8:15-9:15 am Talk, followed by book signing

Breakfast with Pete Souza discussing his book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait Cross Campus–Downtown Los Angeles 800 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90017

PURCHASE TICKETS -LiveTalksLA.org – $65 General Admission Seating + book * a book signing follows the event. Doors open at 7:45am ** Continental Breakfast, 7:45am-8:15am

Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office. Previously Souza was an Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune, a freelancer for National Geographic, and an Official White House Photographer for President Ronald Reagan. His books include the New York Times bestseller The Rise of Barack Obama, which documents the president’s meteoric ascent, from his first day in the U.S. Senate through the 2008 Pennsylvania presidential primary. Souza is a freelance photographer based in Washington, DC, and a Professor Emeritus at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication.

The best day of Barack Obama’s presidency. The worst day. Everyday moments of fatherhood and friendship alongside the singular moments of presidential power. Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza was there next to the president, capturing it all—nearly 2 million photographs in total. Obama: An Intimate Portrait includes a foreword by President Obama, in which he writes, “Over those eight years, Pete became more than my photographer—he became a friend, a confidant, and a brother.” This is the definitive visual biography of the Obama presidency, including never-before-seen photos of the administration, the president, and his family. Souza’s photographs and poignant behind-the-scenes captions and stories that accompany them, communicate the pace and power of our nation’s highest office. Of his time at the White House, Pete writes, “I have had the extraordinary privilege of being the man in the room for eight years, visually documenting President Obama for history. This book is the result of that effort; I gave it my all. I hope that the chronological photographs that follow, accompanied by my words, will show you the true character of this man and the essence of his Presidency, as seen through my eyes and felt through my heart.” This book depicts major milestones in the administration but also intimate personal moments that provide a deeper understanding of Barack Obama, not just as president but as a man. No White House photographer has ever been granted such access to a sitting president, and the result is a moving, comprehensive book full of more than 300 extraordinary photographs. The special relationship Pete forged with President Obama is apparent in these pages. Whether he was hanging back in a door frame, perched on a ladder to snag the perfect shot, or in a freight elevator with the president and the First Lady, his images reveal the undeniable trust between the commander in chief and his photographer. Souza’s photographs tell the true story of the presidency, from moments behind the scenes at the inauguration to negotiations with foreign leaders and encounters with ordinary citizens. They appear in chronological order, paired with captions to provide context and behind-the-scenes anecdotes.

John Gray goes “Beyond Mars & Venus”

Monday, January 8, 2018 8pm -John Gray in conversation!

An Evening with John Gray on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the release of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus discussing his newest book,

Beyond Mars and Venus: Relationship Skills for Today’s Complex World – * a book signing follows the talk

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre / New Roads School/ Herb Alpert Educational Village- 3131 Olympic Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS :LiveTalksLA.org

The author of the most well-known relationship book of all time returns with an updated guide for today’s generation. John Gray, Ph.D is the author of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, which was first published in 1992 and has sold sold over 50 million copies worldwide. We host him marking the 25th anniversary of it’s release and featuring a conversation on his latest book, Beyond Mars and Venus: Relationship Skills for Today’s Complex World. USA Today listed Mars/Venus as number six among the most influential books of the last quarter century. In hardcover, it was the number one bestselling nonfiction book of the nineties. John Gray’s books are translated into approximately 45 languages in more than 100 countries. Dr. Gray’s more recent books include Mars and Venus in the Bedroom, Why Mars and Venus Collide, and Work With Me (with Barbara Annis). John has appeared repeatedly on Oprah, as well as on The Dr. Oz Show, TODAY, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, etc. He has been profiled in Time, Forbes, USA Today, TV Guide, and People. He was also the subject of a three-hour special hosted by Barbara Walters.

Two decades ago, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus revolutionized the way we thought about love and partnership. John Gray’s work has helped countless readers improve and even save their relationships. But as society evolves, relationships do, too. It’s time to move beyond Mars and Venus, toward a new relationship model for modern couples. Today, men and women are no longer trapped by rigid societal roles. Now more than ever, we have the freedom to be our authentic selves. Women can access their masculine side, and men can embrace their feminine side. This new freedom is a good thing, but it also brings new challenges. Men and women still need the right tools and skills to help build stronger relation- ships. While previous generations sought “role mate” relationships, based on the more rigid gender roles of the time, today’s couples need a new kind of relationship: a “soul mate” relationship. These more emotionally satisfying relationships require a deeper understanding of our partners’ individual needs. In Beyond Mars and Venus, Gray teaches you how to strengthen your bond and grow in love together, so you and your loved one can meet each other’s needs in the best way possible, bringing you lasting happiness and a fulfilling partnership.

Kick off 2018 w/ Curtiz, Casablanca & Alan K. Rode at the Billy Wilder Theater!

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone!

FRIDAY & SATURDAY-January 5th & 6th-6:30/movies 7:30 pm-Billy Wilder Theater (Hammer Museum) 10899 Wilshire Blvd.

Here at the L.E.B. we are ready to kick off 2018 (our 80th Anniversary) at the Billy Wilder Theater w/ the launch of the “Michael Curtiz: A Life In Film” series.  The LARE will once again join film scholar Alan K. Rode (who held his book launch here in November) who will sign copies of Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film at 6:30 p.m on both Friday, the 5th & Saturday, the 6th. Join us for an all time classic on the big screen & some pre-code rarely shown gems as well!

 

FRIDAY, January 5th program- CASABLANCA & KID GALAHAD

Casablanca (1942) The film that became America’s symbol of what it meant to be on the right side in a world at war. Three quarters of a century later, this most virtuous product of the studio system at its zenith continues to occupy a rarefied firmament of popular culture. Humphrey Bogart’s Rick Blaine and Ingrid Bergman’s Ilsa Lund remain one of cinema’s unforgettable star pairings. A perfect cast includes: Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, S.Z. Zakall and Peter Lorre. Nominated for five Academy Awards, the film won for the Epstein brothers and Howard Koch’s screenplay and Michael Curtiz’s direction. 35mm, b/w, 102 min.

Kid Galahad (1937) A trio of legendary Warner Bros. stars elevates one of the emblematic examples of the studio’s singular Depression era cinematic style. Edward G. Robinson portrays a tough-as-nails boxing promoter with a heart-of-gold girlfriend (Bette Davis) who vies with a crooked rival (Humphrey Bogart) for control of the heavyweight title using a naive ex-bellhop turned boxer (Wayne Morris). There is plenty of slam-bang action with top-notch support from Harry Carey as a trainer and Jane Bryan as Robinson’s cloistered kid sister. 35mm, b/w, 102 min.

SATURDAY, January 6th program- FEMALE & THE STRANGE LOVE OF MOLLY LOUVAIN

Female (1933) Ruth Chatterton stars as the high-powered and sexually liberated CEO of an automobile company who is romantically waylaid by straight-arrow George Brent. One of the more explicit of the pre-Code films was assigned to three different directors (William Dieterle, William Wellman and Curtiz) and would be denied a reissue certificate by the MPAA due to its lurid content. This seldom-seen gem co-stars Lois Wilson, Johnny Mack Brown and Ruth Donnelly. 35mm, b/w, 60 min. Cast: Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Lois Wilson, Johnny Mack Brown, Ruth Donnelly.

 

The Strange Love of Molly Louvain (1932) Pre-Code siren Ann Dvorak owns the title role in this quintessential period parable about a woman being forced into bad choices. A pregnant Molly is jilted by her upper-class boyfriend and hits the road with a low-life grifter (Leslie Fenton). It all goes downhill from there. Based on the play Tinsel Girl by Maurine Watkins (Libeled Lady, Chicago), Curtiz instills a rapid-fire tempo that is complemented by saucy dialogue between Dvorak and avian-voiced newspaper reporter Lee Tracy. Co-starring Richard Cromwell, Guy Kibbee, Frank McHugh and Charles Middleton. 35mm, b/w, 73 min.

About the book : Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film by Alan K. Rode

Academy Award–winning director Michael Curtiz (1886–1962)—whose best-known films include Casablanca (1942), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), Mildred Pierce (1945) and White Christmas (1954)—was in many ways the anti-auteur. During his unprecedented twenty-seven year tenure at Warner Bros., he directed swashbuckling adventures, westerns, musicals, war epics, romances, historical dramas, horror films, tearjerkers, melodramas, comedies, and film noir masterpieces. The director’s staggering output of 180 films surpasses that of the legendary John Ford and exceeds the combined total of films directed by George Cukor, Victor Fleming, and Howard Hawks. In the first biography of this colorful, instinctual artist, Alan K. Rode illuminates the life and work of one of the film industry’s most complex figures. He begins by exploring the director’s early life and career in his native Hungary, revealing how Curtiz shaped the earliest days of silent cinema in Europe as he acted in, produced, and directed scores of films before immigrating to the United States in 1926. In Hollywood, Curtiz earned a reputation for his explosive tantrums, his difficulty communicating in English, and his disregard for the well-being of others. However, few directors elicited more memorable portrayals from their casts, and ten different actors delivered Oscar-nominated performances under his direction. In addition to his study of the director’s remarkable legacy, Rode investigates Curtiz’s dramatic personal life, discussing his enduring creative partnership with his wife, screenwriter Bess Meredyth, as well as his numerous affairs and children born of his extramarital relationships. This meticulously researched biography provides a nuanced understanding of one of the most talented filmmakers of Hollywood’s golden age.

Writer and film scholar Alan K. Rode is the author of Charles McGraw: Film Noir Tough Guy. He is the host and producer of the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs, California, and director-treasurer of the Film Noir Foundation.

A superbly researched, highly compelling account of one of cinema’s most gifted and underrated directors, Rode provides a vivid description of Curtiz’s personality and working methods. It is difficult if not impossible to imagine a more complete account of his life. — Steven C. Smith, author of A Heart at Fire’s Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann

Alan K. Rode’s intensely personal biography provides the reader with a complete, well-researched, comprehensive, and critical career study of a brilliant yet complicated artist. A wonderful read and an accurate source for future reference, Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film is thoroughly satisfying, highly intelligent, and a delicious, rich dessert for any serious lover of film and film history. Indulge. — Stephen Michael Shearer, author of Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life

In Alan K. Rode’s deeply researched and compelling biography, Michael Curtiz gets long overdue recognition as one of the cinema’s greatest storytellers. Casablanca is merely the most renowned of the man’s many masterpieces, and Rode does the director justice by leaving no stone unturned in his examination of Curtiz’s life and career. This book is a significant addition, and at times a valuable corrective, to existing scholarship on Hollywood, the studio system, and the auteur theory. Bravo! — Eddie Muller, author and Turner Classic Movies host

 

“The Doomsday Machine” w/ Daniel Ellsberg & Live Talks!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017- 8:00 pm

An Evening with Daniel Ellsberg discussing his book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner

William Turner Gallery/ Bergamot Station Arts Center

2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404

PURCHASE TICKETS: LiveTalksLA.org

Join us for a timely event featuring the legendary whistle-blower who revealed the Pentagon Papers, an eyewitness exposé of the dangers of America’s Top Secret, seventy-year-long nuclear policy that–chillingly–continues to this day. In 1961, Daniel Ellsberg, a consultant to the Department of Defense and the White House, drafted Secretary Robert McNamara’s plans for nuclear war. Later he leaked the Pentagon Papers. He lectures and writes on the dangers of the nuclear era and the need for whistle-blowing. A Senior Fellow of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Ellsberg is the author of Secrets and the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary The Most Dangerous Man in America. He is also a key figure in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film about the Pentagon Papers, The Post, scheduled to be released in December 2017.

“An absolutely imperative read in this day and age of Trump, Putin, Kim Jong Un, and global instability.” – Helen Caldicott, Founding President, Physicians for Social Responsibility

“This long-awaited chronicle from the father of American whistleblowing is both an urgent warning and a call to arms to a public that has grown dangerously habituated to the idea that the means of our extinction will forever be on hair-trigger alert.” – Edward Snowden

“Nobody could have told this horrifying story better than Daniel Ellsberg. He introduces us to the men who have coldly and empirically put in place a plan that can, on a whim–not virtually, but literally–annihilate life on Earth. What a book.” – Arundhati Roy, anti-nuclear activist and author of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness and the Pulitzer Prize- and Man Booker Prize-winner The God of Small Things

In his new book, longlisted for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, former high level defense analyst Daniel Ellsberg reveals his shocking first-hand account of America’s nuclear program in the 1960s. From the remotest air bases in the Pacific Command, where he discovered that the authority to initiate use of nuclear weapons was widely delegated, to the secret plans for general nuclear war under Eisenhower, which, if executed, would cause the near-extinction of humanity, Ellsberg shows that the legacy of this most dangerous arms buildup in the history of civilization–and its proposed renewal under the Trump administration–threatens our very survival. No other insider with high level access has written so candidly of the nuclear strategy of the late Eisenhower and early Kennedy years, and nothing has fundamentally changed since that era. Framed as a memoir–a chronicle of madness in which Ellsberg acknowledges participating–this gripping expose reads like a thriller and offers feasible steps we can take to dismantle the existing “doomsday machine” and avoid nuclear catastrophe, returning Ellsberg to his role as whistleblower. The Doomsday Machine is thus a real-life Dr. Strangelove story and an ultimately hopeful–and powerfully important–book about not just our country, but the future of the world. 

Jenifer Lewis is “The Mother of Black Hollywood” w/ LiveTalksLA & the Lare at the Bootleg!

Sunday, December 10, 2017 7:00 pm

An Evening with Jenifer Lewis discussing her memoir, The Mother of Black Hollywood

The Bootleg Theatre- 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

PURCHASE TICKETS: LiveTalksLA.org

Jenifer Lewis has appeared in more than three hundred television and film roles. She currently stars as the spirited grandmother, Ruby Johnson, on the Emmy-nominated ABC hit” black-ish”now in its fourth season. Jenifer is a social media powerhouse with well over 100 million views for her viral videos, including: In These Streets featuring Brandy and Roz Ryan (May 2016) and Get Your Ass Out and Vote (November 2016). She lives in Los Angeles with her bichon frise, Butters Lewis, and has a drag queen named Shangela living in her basement. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

“Jenifer Lewis is a natural comedienne in the spirit of Lucille Ball. Inventive, smart, and all her bones are ‘funny bones.’ You know the workday will be all fun and spirit when Jenifer is on set—the hardest part is to keep from laughing. And now she has written it all down for everyone to enjoy. Congratulations, Mother Jenifer. I love you!”— Taraji P. Henson

The “Mega Diva” and legendary star of black-ish looks back on her memorable journey to fame and the unforgettable life lessons she learned along the way. Jenifer Lewis keeps it real in this provocative and touching memoir by a mid-western girl with a dream whose journey from poverty to Hollywood will move, shock, and inspire readers. She describes a road to fame made treacherous by dysfunction and undiagnosed mental illness, including a sex addiction. Yet, supported by loving friends and strengthened by “inner soldiers,” Jenifer never stopped entertaining and creating. We watch as Jenifer develops icon status stemming from a series of legendary screen roles as the sassy, yet loveable, mama or auntie. And we watch as her emotional disturbances, culminating in a breakdown while filming The Temptations movie, launch her on a continuing search for answers, love, and healing. From her first taste of applause at five years old to landing on Broadway within eleven days of graduation and ultimately achieving success in movies, television and global concert halls, Jenifer reveals her outrageous life story with lots of humor, a few regrets and most importantly, unbridled joy. Candid, warm and wonderfully inspiring, The Mother of Black Hollywood intimately reveals the heart of a woman who lives life to the fullest. 

Celebrate “The Hirschfeld Century” w/ David Leopold!

Saturday, December 9th-2 pm (special afternoon start time) at Larry Edmunds Bookshop

Join David Leopold as he takes us on a tour of the Hirschfeld Century, an 82-year era in which Al Hirschfeld both recorded and defined so much of popular culture, especially through his drawings of productions on Broadway and in Hollywood. He was there at the birth of television and captured its first half-century. He recorded more popular music than any MP3, CD, LP, or wax cylinder ever did. His drawings of dance are among his most accomplished works. Leopold has spent 25 years studying Hirschfeld’s work, the first 13 as Hirschfeld’s Archivist, visiting him in his studio once or twice a week. He now is the Creative Director of The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. His book has been called by the Washington Post, “An instant classic.” Booklist declared, “Leopold emulates the economy and fluidity of Hirschfeld’s drawings in this star-studded, anecdote-rich, critically clarifying, and thoroughly enlightening portrait of the portraitst.” His illustrated talk will show you rarely seen images as well as old favorites.

ABOUT THE HIRSCHFELD CENTURY- I am down to a pencil, a pen, and a bottle of ink. I hope one day to eliminate the pencil. Al Hirschfeld redefined caricature and exemplified Broadway and Hollywood, enchanting generations with his mastery of line. His art appeared in every major publication during nine decades of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, as well as on numerous book, record, and program covers; film posters and publicity art; and on fifteen U.S. postage stamps. Now, The Hirschfeld Century brings together for the first time the artist’s extraordinary eighty-two-year career, revealed in more than 360 of his iconic black-and-white and color drawings, illustrations, and photographs—his influences, his techniques, his evolution from his earliest works to his last drawings, and with a biographical text by David Leopold, Hirschfeld authority, who, as archivist to the artist, worked side by side with him and has spent more than twenty years documenting the artist’s extraordinary output. Here is Hirschfeld at age seventeen, working in the publicity department at Goldwyn Pictures (1920–1921), rising from errand boy to artist; his year at Universal (1921); and, beginning at age eighteen, art director at Selznick Pictures, headed by Louis Selznick (father of David O.) in New York. We see Hirschfeld, at age twenty-one, being influenced by the stylized drawings of Miguel Covarrubias, newly arrived from Mexico (they shared a studio on West Forty-Second Street), whose caricatures appeared in many of the most influential magazines, among them Vanity Fair. We see, as well, how Hirschfeld’s friendship with John Held Jr. (Held’s drawings literally created the look of the Jazz Age) was just as central as Covarrubias to the young artist’s development, how Held’s thin line affected Hirschfeld’s early caricatures. Here is the Hirschfeld century, from his early doodles on the backs of theater programs in 1926 that led to his work for the drama editors of the New York Herald Tribune (an association that lasted twenty years) to his receiving a telegram from The New York Times, in 1928, asking for a two-column drawing of Sir Harry Lauder, a Scottish vaudeville singing sensation making one of his (many) farewell tours, an assignment that began a collaboration with the Times that lasted seventy-five years, to Hirschfeld’s theater caricatures, by age twenty-five, a drawing appearing every week in one of four different New York newspapers. Here, through Hirschfeld’s pen, are Ethel Merman, Benny Goodman, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Katharine Hepburn, the Marx Brothers, Barbra Streisand, Elia Kazan, Mick Jagger, Ella Fitzgerald, Laurence Olivier, Martha Graham, et al. . . . Among the productions featured: Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Rent, Guys and Dolls, The Wizard of Oz (Hirschfeld drew five posters for the original release), Gone with the Wind, The Sopranos, and more. Here as well are his brilliant portraits of writers, politicians, and the like, among them Ernest Hemingway (a pal from 1920s Paris), Tom Wolfe, Charles de Gaulle, Nelson Mandela, Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, and every president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Bill Clinton. Sumptuous and ambitious, a book that gives us, through images and text, a Hirschfeld portrait of an artist and his age.

 

A Salute to Michael Curtiz at the Egyptian w/ Alan K. Rode!

Thursday, December 7th -6:30 pm Book Signing/ 7:30- pm Movies at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood

Michael Curtiz Double Feature!

Introduction by author Alan K. Rode, who will sign his book, Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, in the lobby at 6:30 PM.

Theatrical Debut of Digital Restoration with Long-Missing Footage! THE SEA WOLF 1941, Warner Bros.,, 100 min, USA, Dir: Michael Curtiz The definitive cinematic version of Jack London’s famed novel returns to the big screen. Edward G. Robinson’s magnificent portrayal of Wolf Larsen is the centerpiece of a darkly fatalistic tale adapted by Robert Rossen (ALL THE KING’S MEN, THE HUSTLER) who blends a distinctive anti-Nazi sentiment (initiated into American movies by the brothers Warner) with an unforgettable saga of tyranny at sea. An all-star cast of John Garfield, Ida Lupino, Gene Lockhart and Barry Fitzgerald add dramatic heft to Curtiz’s brilliantly helmed epic.

35 mm! THE BREAKING POINT 1950, Warner Bros., 97 min, USA, Dir: Michael Curtiz

The finest film version of Hemingway’s novel To Have and Have Not (and yes, that includes the Bogart-Hawks classic) shifts the story from Cuba to Newport Beach, California, but retains the novel’s core of noir-stained tragedy. As Skipper Harry Morgan, John Garfield essays his finest screen portrayal of a man whose domestic travails and mid-life crisis results in crime, flight and death. Garfield’s turn is perfectly matched by Patricia Neal, as a predatory femme fatale, and Phyllis Thaxter as his beaten-down but unswervingly loyal spouse. With Wallace Ford as a bottom-feeding attorney and the great Afro-Cuban actor Juano Hernandez.

Screening formats: DCP (THE SEA WOLF), 35 mm (THE BREAKING POINT). THE BREAKING POINT 35mm print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Preservation funding provided by Warner Bros. in association with The Film Foundation and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Here’s more about the book:

Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film by Alan K. Rode

Academy Award–winning director Michael Curtiz (1886–1962)—whose best-known films include Casablanca (1942), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), Mildred Pierce (1945) and White Christmas (1954)—was in many ways the anti-auteur. During his unprecedented twenty-seven year tenure at Warner Bros., he directed swashbuckling adventures, westerns, musicals, war epics, romances, historical dramas, horror films, tearjerkers, melodramas, comedies, and film noir masterpieces. The director’s staggering output of 180 films surpasses that of the legendary John Ford and exceeds the combined total of films directed by George Cukor, Victor Fleming, and Howard Hawks. In the first biography of this colorful, instinctual artist, Alan K. Rode illuminates the life and work of one of the film industry’s most complex figures. He begins by exploring the director’s early life and career in his native Hungary, revealing how Curtiz shaped the earliest days of silent cinema in Europe as he acted in, produced, and directed scores of films before immigrating to the United States in 1926. In Hollywood, Curtiz earned a reputation for his explosive tantrums, his difficulty communicating in English, and his disregard for the well-being of others. However, few directors elicited more memorable portrayals from their casts, and ten different actors delivered Oscar-nominated performances under his direction. In addition to his study of the director’s remarkable legacy, Rode investigates Curtiz’s dramatic personal life, discussing his enduring creative partnership with his wife, screenwriter Bess Meredyth, as well as his numerous affairs and children born of his extramarital relationships. This meticulously researched biography provides a nuanced understanding of one of the most talented filmmakers of Hollywood’s golden age.

Writer and film scholar Alan K. Rode is the author of Charles McGraw: Film Noir Tough Guy. He is the host and producer of the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs, California, and director-treasurer of the Film Noir Foundation.

Michael Curtiz is the best director most people have never heard of. Yet until now nobody has taken up the case for Curtiz in a soup-to-nuts biography. The good news is that Alan Rode’s massive book is exhaustively researched, well written and frequently witty. [Curtiz] amassed a body of work without parallel at a great movie studio [Warner Bros.]. His films are his best advocate of that, but Alan Rode’s book is a close second. — Wall Street Journal

A superbly researched, highly compelling account of one of cinema’s most gifted and underrated directors, Rode provides a vivid description of Curtiz’s personality and working methods. It is difficult if not impossible to imagine a more complete account of his life. — Steven C. Smith, author of A Heart at Fire’s Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann

Alan K. Rode’s intensely personal biography provides the reader with a complete, well-researched, comprehensive, and critical career study of a brilliant yet complicated artist. A wonderful read and an accurate source for future reference, Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film is thoroughly satisfying, highly intelligent, and a delicious, rich dessert for any serious lover of film and film history. Indulge. — Stephen Michael Shearer, author of Patricia Neal: An Unquiet Life Finally

In Alan K. Rode’s deeply researched and compelling biography, Michael Curtiz gets long overdue recognition as one of the cinema’s greatest storytellers. Casablanca is merely the most renowned of the man’s many masterpieces, and Rode does the director justice by leaving no stone unturned in his examination of Curtiz’s life and career. This book is a significant addition, and at times a valuable corrective, to existing scholarship on Hollywood, the studio system, and the auteur theory. Bravo! — Eddie Muller, author and Turner Classic Movies host

 

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