- Paperback: 269 pages
- Publisher: McFarland & Company; New Ed edition (July 5, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786428449
- ISBN-13: 978-0786428441
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 9.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,583,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marie Dressler: A Biography, with a Listing of Major Stage Performances, a Filmography and a Discography New Ed Edition
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Matthew Kennedy is a film critic for Bright Lights Film Journal. Visit his website at www.matthewkennedybooks.com.
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My first knowledge of Dressler was the famous line in Dinner at Eight, delivered to the impossibly sexy Jean Harlowe. Dressler steals the scene shamelessly and effortlessly. Who WAS this person who could do full-body double takes with a grace and precision that belied her bulky body? Now I know.
Kennedy obviously loves his subjects, has a passion for film history, and for history in general. You cannot know Marie Dressler without knowing what she went through in traveling theater, WWI, the decline of Vaudeville and the Depression. Kennedy's writing is insightful, wry, warm and flows wonderfully from thought to thought. He has told the story of Marie in context with her times, and of early Hollywood, knitting it all together in a graceful, engaging way, and made what surely was an immense job look effortless.
Even if you've never heard of Marie Dressler, you will love her by the time you finish this book.