Frank Capra

Frank Capra

The Catastrophe of Success

Book - 1992
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Baker & Taylor
An intimate portrait of the legendary director of It's a Wonderful Life and other enduring films describes Capra's rise to fame during Hollywood's golden era and reveals his role during the postwar blacklist period. 15,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
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 researched biography, the reality was far more complex, a true American tragedy. Using newly declassified U.S. government documents about Capra's response to being considered a possible "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.

& Taylor

Describes Capra's immigrant origins, his rise to fame during Hollywood's golden era, his working relationships with screen legends, and his role during the postwar blacklist period

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [1992]
Copyright Date: ©1992
ISBN: 9780671734947
Branch Call Number: 791.4302 MCBRI
Characteristics: 768 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm


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Despite Capra's success as a movie producer and director, he fell victim to McCarthyism in the 1950s. Read about his response to the "Red Scare" that ruined many people's lives.

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