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“Reads like a wonderful movie. Richard Brooks’s story is feisty, opinionated, emotional, heartfelt, bitter, angry, warmhearted, and even funny. I loved Richard Brooks and I love this wonderful book.”—Paul Mazursky, Academy Award–nominated filmmaker
“Mr. Daniel has captured the essence of the artist known as Richard Brooks. The struggle of the Outsider who became an Insider in Hollywood in spite of being a ruffian cannot be put down. I admired Mr. Brooks when I worked with him and through this wonderful book I grew to love him.”—Shirley Knight, actress
“Douglass Daniel has nailed Richard Brooks. It is high time for this engrossing and revelatory account of his life, his work and his creative drive. This places Brooks where he rightfully belongs, among the greats of cinema history.”—Scott Wilson, actor who portrayed Dick Hickock in In Cold Blood
“In recent years writer-director Richard Brooks has been making frequent, noisy walk-on appearances in other people’s biographies, picking fights, yelling, being fantastically rude and abrasive, and prompting this reader many times to think, ‘Wow, I want to read his biography.’ Well, here it is, and it delivers. Not only do we get the very best/worst of Brooks’ incredibly irascible on-set personality, we get to see beyond the barking autocrat and observe what several friends and co-workers call ‘the mischievous twinkle in his eye,’ which suggested that the other stuff was maybe all a nervous put-on. More important, author Douglass K. Daniel is cleareyed in his assessment of the enduring value and power of Brooks’ best work.”—The DGA Quarterly
Called “God’s angry man” for his unyielding demands in pursuit of personal and artistic freedom, Oscar-winning filmmaker Richard Brooks brought us some of the mid-twentieth century’s most iconic films, including Blackboard Jungle, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Elmer Gantry, In Cold Blood, and Looking for Mr. Goodbar. “The important thing,” he once remarked, “is to write your story, to make it believable, to make it live.” His own life story has never been fully chronicled, until now.
I found this a fascinating read. I have loved about a half dozen of his films and admired even more. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Robert Harmon
Informative, but uninspired biography. Short of pungent life stories, so much a litany of films. To its credit, it does capture a long missed piece of a significant director.Published 21 months ago by John S. Young