WorldCat Identities

Baxter, John 1939-

Works: 142 works in 731 publications in 11 languages and 18,562 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Guidebooks  Tours  Biographies  Travel writing  Science fiction  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Other, Contributor, Interviewee, Scenarist
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John Baxter
Von Sternberg by John Baxter( )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Belligerent and evasive, Josef von Sternberg chose to ignore his illegitimate birth in Austria, deprived New York childhood, abusive father, and lack of education. The director who strutted onto the set in a turban, riding breeches, or a silk robe embraced his new persona as a world traveller, collected modern art, drove a Rolls Royce, and earned three times as much as the president. Von Sternberg traces the choices that carried the unique director from poverty in Vienna to power in Hollywood, including his eventual ostracism in Japan. Historian John Baxter reveals an artist few people knew: the aesthete who transformed Marlene Dietrich into an international star whose ambivalent sexuality and contradictory allure on-screen reflected an off-screen romance with the director.In his classic films The Blue Angel (1930), Morocco (1930), and Blonde Venus (1932), von Sternberg showcased his trademark visual style and revolutionary representations of sexuality. Drawing on firsthand conversations with von Sternberg and his son, Von Sternberg breaks past the classic Hollywood caricature to demystify and humanize this legendary director."--Publisher's description
The fire came by : the riddle of the great Siberian explosion by John Baxter( Book )

13 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and held by 1,159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Account of the Great Siberian Explosion of 1908 and possible explanations of its cause. For many years thought due to a meteorite, theory now advanced is that it was due to a nuclear-powered, extraterrestrial spacecraft which destructed on attempting to land on earth
Woody Allen : a biography by John Baxter( Book )

33 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in 5 languages and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author explores the life and work of the famous director and "that more shadowy region where the real Woody Allen, a self-confident, steely professional with a fashionable New York address, meets his nebbishy movie twin."--Jacket
Stanley Kubrick : a biography by John Baxter( Book )

42 editions published between 1997 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yet little is known of the man and the influence exerted by his private life on his public art. Born in the Bronx, Kubrick has lived since 1961 in seclusion in rural England. From in-depth interviews with a range of people who have known the man best, spanning from his childhood to the present, John Baxter now presents the most complete account available of Kubrick's life. The conflicts with partners and stars, the failure to make Napoleon, the failed marriages and broken friendships, the use and abuse of writers and other collaborators - this detailed and complex study addresses all these to reveal a man who, above all, has dared to live life on his terms
Fellini by John Baxter( Book )

23 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in 4 languages and held by 682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Baxter, in this first major biography of the director (and the first since his death), limns the life and career of a man who made dreams and lies into great films. He was a man deeply disturbed, who proved that with genius came hardness: Fellini elicited extraordinary work from all around him, but bridled when their fame approached his; constantly won love he was unable to return; wove a filmworld whose fantasy seemed truer than real life. One producer compared him to Attila the Hun; another charged, "He's as phoney as a glass eye." The genius of his films rests on a foundation of deceptions, creations, and, above all, lies - woven by a man who frankly admitted that he invented everything." "By a meticulous study of original sources in Italian, French, and English, and through interviews with friends and collaborators, as well as with the man himself, Baxter has brought into focus the real life of the man universally recognized as one of the greatest filmmakers ever: Fellini."--Jacket
Science fiction in the cinema by John Baxter( Book )

35 editions published between 1970 and 1979 in English and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Buñuel by John Baxter( Book )

27 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author draws on interviews with family and friends in Hollywood, France, Spain, and Mexico to present the story of the "dangerous, enigmatic, elusive" Buñuel, "one of the century's most important filmmakers."--Jacket
Hollywood in the thirties by John Baxter( Book )

33 editions published between 1968 and 1980 in English and Spanish and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Steven Spielberg : the unauthorised biography by John Baxter( Book )

19 editions published between 1994 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 610 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Baxter, Hollywood chronicler and film biographer, charts Spielberg's development from his teenage 8mm home movies to his current unchallenged stature. He has extensively interviewed many of those who have worked with and for Spielberg, from his early days in television, where his film Duel suggested the innate 'film sense' he would bring to movie-making, to the Oscar-winning Schindler's List and beyond. Yet despite his spectacular, indeed almost unprecedented success, Spielberg has never entirely shaken off allegations that his work has contributed to the sentimentalising - even the infantilising - of Hollywood's output." "In the first full biography of Steven Spielberg, John Baxter tells a remarkable story, and one which sheds light not only on Spielberg's career, and those of his generation of film-makers, but on contemporary Hollywood and on the future of the movies."--Jacket
Paris at the end of the world : the City of Light during the Great War, 1914-1918 by John Baxter( Book )

8 editions published between 1899 and 2014 in English and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A preeminent writer on Paris, John Baxter brilliantly brings to life one of the most dramatic and fascinating periods in the city's history. During World War I, the terrifying sounds of the nearby front could be heard from inside the French capital; Germany's "Paris Gun" and enemy aviators routinely bombarded the city. And yet in its darkest hour, the City of Light blazed more brightly than ever. Its taxis shuttled troops to the front; its great railway stations received reinforcements from across the world; its grand museums and cathedrals housed the wounded; and the Eiffel Tower hummed at all hours, relaying messages to and from the trenches. At night, Parisians lived with urgency and without inhibition, embracing the lush and the libertine. The rich hosted parties that depleted their wine cellars of the finest vintages. Artists such as Pablo Picasso achieved new creative heights. And the war brought a wave of foreigners to the city for the first time, including Ernest Hemingway and Baxter's own grandfather, Archie, whose diaries he uses to reconstruct a soldier's-eye view of the war years."--Page 4 of cover
The Hollywood exiles by John Baxter( Book )

12 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stunt; the story of the great movie stunt men by John Baxter( Book )

10 editions published between 1973 and 1974 in English and Undetermined and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the men and women whose daring stunts have thrilled Hollywood's audiences - from the slapstick of the Keystone Kops to the present
Sixty years of Hollywood by John Baxter( Book )

13 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mythmaker : the life and work of George Lucas by John Baxter( Book )

7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De Niro : a biography by John Baxter( Book )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and Swedish and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life of Hollywood's number one movie actor, the elusive Robert De Niro, who shuns the limelight and rarely gives interviews, written by the leading film critic and biographer of Spielberg, Kubrick, Woody Allen and George Lucas. Robert De Niro is the pre-eminent Hollywood character performer of our time: film portraits like the young Don Vito Corleone in THE GODFATHER II, Jake La Motta in RAGING BULL and Travis Bickle in TAXI DRIVER are some of the most vivid ever put on celluloid. De Niro cannot be cast to type, prefers to work for old friends like Martin Scorsese, and (apart from FRANKENSTEIN) has never played anything but 20th-century roles. John Baxter calls him 'the archetypal empty bottle which only becomes visible when it's filled by a role': which makes him such a tempting subject for one of Hollywood's finest historian/biographers. As well as his film roles, Baxter examines De Niro's often controversial private life, his collaborations with directors like Martin Scorsese and performers like Harvey Keitel and Meryl Streep, and his increasingly ambitious off-screen activities
The gangster film by John Baxter( Book )

20 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Peter Neil Issacs collection
The cinema of John Ford by John Baxter( Book )

16 editions published between 1971 and 1980 in English and German and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hollywood in the sixties by John Baxter( Book )

17 editions published between 1972 and 1979 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The golden moments of Paris : a guide to the Paris of the 1920s by John Baxter( )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Baxter has uncovered more fascinating true stories about the characters that gave Paris its "character" in the years between World War I and World War II. Explore more about one of the world's most beautiful and loved cities in twenty-six fact-filled, humorous, and dramatic stories about the famed Annees Folles--the Crazy Years at the turn of the 20th century in Paris. Learn about Gertrude Stein and her famous writers' salon, Salvador Dali and the Surrealists, the birth of Chanel No. 5, and the antics of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the "lost generation." Then see what these areas look like today by following along on the guided walking tours of Paris's historic neighborhoods and the cafes, clubs, and brothels that were home to the intellectuals, artists, and Bohemians, illustrated with color photographs and period maps. If you enjoyed Woody Allen's film "Midnight in Paris," you'll love this book
The cinema of Josef von Sternberg by John Baxter( Book )

13 editions published in 1971 in English and German and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Woody Allen : a biography
Woody Allen : a biographyStanley Kubrick : a biographyBuñuelSteven Spielberg : the unauthorised biographyMythmaker : the life and work of George LucasDe Niro : a biographyA pound of paper : confessions of a book addict
Alternative Names
Bakster, Džon

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Baxter, John M. 1939-

Baxter, John M. 1939- John Martin

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Бакстер Джон

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Джон Бакстер

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박스터, 존 1939-

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バクスター, ジョン

バクスタ-, ジョン 1939-