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Douglas Fairbanks - by Ralph Hancock & Letitia Fairbanks (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 296

Genre: Performing Arts

Sub-Genre: Film

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Lyons Press

Age Range: Adult

Book theme: General

Author: Ralph Hancock & Letitia Fairbanks

Language: English

TCIN: 77886951
UPC: 9781493039920
Item Number (DPCI): 247-63-1692

Description

Few people have influenced Hollywood history than Douglas Fairbanks. And who better than his niece and Fairbanks family historian, Letitia, to relate that story? On-screen and offscreen, he was a force of nature, progressing in easy leaps and bounds from the Broadway stage to silent movies when feature-length film was just a few years old. His happy, healthy characters and acrobatic acting style brought a new energy to the medium. But it was through his extraordinary success as a producer that Fairbanks achieved the goal of all creative people: to run his own show. This he did by co-founding United Artists in 1919 with his soon-to-be wife Mary Pickford, Charles Chaplin, and D. W. Griffith. As a producer, he showed visionary taste, collaborating with his directors and designers to enact gallant tales in spectacular settings. Whether he played a young man on the go or a swashbuckling hero in a fairy-tale land, Fairbanks--one of the thirty-six founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences--put America's hopes and dreams on film. This updated version of the original 1953 biography has been expanded by the Fairbanks family with archival materials as well as never-before-seen photographs from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Margaret Herrick Library.
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