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Steinbeck was nominated for an Academy Award in 1952 for his screenplay, Viva Zapata! The film, based on the life of Mexican peasant revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, stars Marlon Brando, Anthony Quinn, and Jean Peters and is the only original work Steinbeck wrote for the screen. The original story upon which Steinbeck based his script was recently uncovered in a UCLA research library. The two versions are presented together here, and they complement each other well. The original story is more of a preliminary treatment and differs substantially from the screenplay. Steinbeck, who was fluent in Spanish, spent years in research, collecting oral histories from Zapata's contemporaries and veterans of the revolution and obtaining information not available in any other written record. His screenplay is superb drama on its own and is enriched by the historical framework. Recommended for academic libraries and large film collections.
- Marianne Cawley, Kingwood Branch Lib., Tex.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck is remembered as one of the greatest and best-loved American writers of the twentieth century. His complete works are available in Penguin Modern Classics. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I'm not sure, exactly, who the intended audience for this book is; nevertheless, I suspect that it is included in numerous college syllabi for courses in film criticism and various... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Zendicant Pangolin
Most complete book on a true Mexican leader. Those who worked the land deserved their right to own their share. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Fred Hernandez
I've always enjoyed reading about Mexico and it's turbulent history. This is a book I would recommend to people that are like minded.Published 15 months ago by Mario Garcia, Jr.
I liked Steinbeck's notes for action and actors. Zapata became a real person in his film version. I suggest his movie should be made.Published 16 months ago by lucy norman spencer
I reallly appreciated that Steinbeck went to Mexico to interview those still alive from the revolution and got real stories from real people. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Talantia
This was an interesting read. A good part of it is the screenplay itself, but that was indicated in the description so there were no surprises in that respect. Read morePublished on May 18, 2012 by John H.
Zapata contains two versions of a screenplay which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1952. In both versions the main character is the Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who... Read morePublished on June 29, 2008 by Jamie Elliott