Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success

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Simon & Schuster, 1993 - Biography & Autobiography - 768 pages
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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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User Review  - Carol - 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. Read full review

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Well-written, fascinating look at one of America's greatest directors. Read full review

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About the author (1993)

Joseph McBride is a film historian and critic whose fourteen books include "Orson Welles," "Hawks on Hawks," "Steven Spielberg: A Biography," and "Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success," A former reporter and reviewer for "Daily Variety" in Hollywood, he is an adjunct professor of film and literature in the Irish studies program at New College of California in San Francisco.

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