- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Seven Hills Books (August 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0859362094
- ISBN-13: 978-0859362092
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Double Life: The Autobiography of Miklos Rozsa, Composer in the Golden Years of Hollywood Paperback – August, 1989
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Like all classical composers, the young Rozsa faced the problem of how to make a living writing serious music. At the suggestion of famed French composer Arthur Honegger, he turned to film music, and thus began a "double life." Well-known for his movie scores, including Spellbound , The Lost Weekend , The Thief of Baghdad and Ben-Hur , Rozsa has also written numerous classical works that have been performed by major orchestras the world over. In this serviceable, straightforward autobiography he chronicles his rise to success, from his childhood in a small Hungarian town to the film studios of Hollywood. He tells an uncomplicated tale of a life of accomplishment, filled with reminiscences of his friendships with the rich and famous. Now in his 80s, Rozsa looks back with justifiable satisfaction on a career in which he has composed in two styles without compromising either. Illustrations not seen by PW.
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variation. From the time his parents met in pre-World War I Hungary and his birth in 1907, MW covers 74 years of his life. His last film was DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID in 1981 with Steve Martin. He passed away in 1995 at the age of 88.
Miklos Rozsa was a true "Renaissance Man" - highly cultured, knowledgeable in the visual and aural arts, well educated, fluent in a number of languages, held in high esteem by his colleagues, friends, family, and the general public, and a most gracious gentleman. But he also had a delicious sense of humor; and his description of particular individuals and circumstances involving his professional
experiences is worth reading this book for that alone. In the end, one comes to realize that Hollywood was still a business, counting every penny quite literally. It has been left to later generations to appreciate its creative side and the wondrous accomplishments of its almost limitless talents.
From KNIGHT WITHOUT ARMOUR to DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID with such notable films as THE THIEF OF BAGHDAD,
DOUBLE INDEMNITY, SPELLBOUND, THE LOST WEEKEND, QUO VADIS, IVANHOE, JULIUS CAESAR, KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE, VALLEY OF THE KINGS, BEN HUR, KING OF KINGS, EL CID, PROVIDENCE, and TIME AFTER TIME in between, here was a giant among giants of a tradition the likes of which we will never hear again.
I have once written to Dr Rozsa back in 1970, and to my surpise I received a reply back, very quickly, in his own handwriting. I am of course very proud of being one of the people that actually received correspondence from the Supremo himself.
All in all, a wonderful book, which I could not stop reading. Showed me how such a famous man, perhaps the most famous of film music composers, can be also humble and have a sense of homour.
Of course there is another side of Dr Rozsa, that of his symphonic works (reason of Double Life book title). I am not familiar with the works of this other side of his life, though I am sure it is very important.