Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success
Frank Capra was the American success story, the immigrant from Sicily who not only realized the American dream but depicted it. Capra's films, particularly "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", "Meet John Doe", and "It's a Wonderful Life" are national icons -- cherished monuments to the "common man". Yet as Joseph McBride reveals in this revised edition of his widely acclaimed biography, Capra was far more complex than anyone knew. Using recently declassified material about Capra's controversial dealings with Congress and the HUAC (House Unamerican Activities Committee) in the 1940s and 1950s, McBride adds a final chapter to his unforgettable portrait of Hollywood's most beloved director.
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In more than 700 pages McBride takes an antagonistic attitude to Capra and Capra's autobiography, The Name Above the Title, which McBride labels fantasy. Throughout McBride is focused on Capra's ... Read full review
Review: Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of SuccessUser Review - Goodreads
An unvarnished look at a great American film director who was not such a nice guy. When I finished it, I really did not like Frank Capra the man, but I still love his movies.