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Hirsch, Foster

Overview
Works: 47 works in 318 publications in 7 languages and 13,166 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Film adaptations  History  Drama  Biographical films  Historical films  Independent films  Coming-of-age films 
Roles: Author, Commentator, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Interviewer, Creator, Author of introduction, Host, Moderator, Speaker
Classifications: PN1995.9.G3, B
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Most widely held works by Foster Hirsch
Harold Prince and the American musical theatre by Foster Hirsch( Book )

17 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in English and held by 1,171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Foster Hirsch has updated the original edition of this book adding new interviews with Prince. He analyzes Prince's more recent work, including Kiss of the Spider Woman, Parade, and the award-winning revival of Show Boat. He provides a detailed account of the creation and fortunes of Bounce, the 2003 musical that reunited Prince and Sondheim for the first time in twenty years. Illustrated with numerous rare photos, it is a must for any theatre fan."--Jacket
A method to their madness : the history of the Actors Studio by Foster Hirsch( Book )

33 editions published between 1984 and 2002 in English and held by 1,058 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lee Strasberg ran the Actors Studio on West 44th Street in Manhattan, where actors absorbed a technique that became known as the 'Method'. Based on first-hand obeservations and interviews, this examination of the Studio's origins reveals how its graduates shaped the US stage and screen
The dark side of the screen : film noir by Foster Hirsch( Book )

42 editions published between 1981 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,051 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Film noir is a term used to describe the dark, brooding, doom-laden films that emerged from Hollywood after World War II, all of them registering a more cruel, disoriented, heartless vision of America than had ever appeared before. This book is the most thorough and entertaining study of the themes, visual motifs, character types, actors, directors, and films in this genre ever published
Kurt Weill on stage : from Berlin to Broadway by Foster Hirsch( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"He wrote one successful Broadway show after another - Lady in the Dark, Knickerbocker Holiday, One Touch of Venus, Street Scene, Lost in the Stars, among others. He worked with such theatrical greats as Gertrude Lawrence, Ira Gershwin, Maxwell Anderson, Mary Martin, Agnes de Mille, Joshua Logan, Ogden Nash, Harold Clurman, Walter Huston, E.Y. Harburg, and Elia Kazan. Always at the center of his life was his great love of thirty years, his leading lady, interpreter of his music, his wife (they were divorced in Berlin in 1933 but remarried four years later in America), the actress-singer Lotte Lenya."
Laurence Olivier by Foster Hirsch( Book )

8 editions published in 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Otto Preminger : the man who would be king by Foster Hirsch( Book )

8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of the controversial director/producer details his long and productive career, examining his reputation as a dictator, battles with the Hollywood studios, and his work with such screen legends as Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, and Marilyn Monroe
A portrait of the artist : the plays of Tennessee Williams by Foster Hirsch( Book )

11 editions published between 1979 and 1983 in English and Spanish and held by 726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Kelly by Foster Hirsch( Book )

10 editions published in 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detours and lost highways : a map of neo-noir by Foster Hirsch( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"[The author] turns his penetrating eye on the cycle of crime movies that succeeded the classic genre [film noir]. Orson Welles film, Touch of Evil (1958), recently re-released, is generally cited as the end of that line or, in Hirsch's words, "noir's rococo tombstone." But in its themes, techniques and attitudes, the genre has not only survived but in the 90's flourishes as never before. Its retro edge has given it postmodern chic, to the point where "noir," no longer simply the name of a film genre, is also the name of a literary genre, a pop album and a perfume. So noir "lives," but like any genre that endures, it has had to continually reinvent itself. While its defining subjects - violence, sex, greed, loss of innocence - remain, as do its dominant character types - the femme fatale, her vulnerable male victim and the private eye burdened with his own code of honor - these ingredients have been blended in strikingly new ways....[Hirsch] demonstrates how neo-noir has reflected changes in contemporary life from film technology to social values. Relentlessly mobile camerawork, multilayered soundtracks and lush colors now work to create dark stories that tell of growing cynicism about government, distrust of the press, tensions in gender politics and in race relations. In his map of neo-noir, Hirsch revisits scores of films released over the last four decades: Odds Against Tomorrow, Chinatown, The Manchurian Candidate, Cape Fear, Klute, Body Heat, The Last Seduction, The Grifters, The Usual Suspects, L.A. Confidential and Pulp Fiction, among many others."--back cover
Joseph Losey by Foster Hirsch( Book )

9 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The boys from Syracuse : the Shuberts' theatrical empire by Foster Hirsch( Book )

10 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nearly illiterate, the Shuberts conquered commercial theatre, in part because rivals saw them as malaprop-spouting yokels from Syracuse who posed no threat. They were excellent businessmen who seldom financed their enterprises with their own money and who instinctively understood star power. The story of the Shuberts is an epic tale of business successes and shenanigans on an enormous scale. Embellished with original interview material, this chronicle is a major contribution to the history of the American theatre and is certain to become an essential reference work
Who's afraid of Edward Albee? by Foster Hirsch( Book )

9 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Love, sex, death, and the meaning of life : Woody Allen's comedy by Foster Hirsch( Book )

7 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Love, sex, death & the meaning of life : the films of Woody Allen by Foster Hirsch( Book )

37 editions published between 1971 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Hollywood epic by Foster Hirsch( Book )

7 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

America, America by Elia Kazan( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Elia Kazan's own words begin the saga of young Stavros, who leaves his war-torn homeland behind to begin a new life. With his family's meager fortune and his father's blessing, Stavros encounters both allies and adversaries on a dramatic trek. He ultimately achieves his dream through sheer determination and will, thereby earning his nickname : America America"--Container
Acting Hollywood style : with photographs from the Kobal collection by Foster Hirsch( Book )

13 editions published between 1991 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crime movies : from Griffith to The Godfather and beyond by Carlos Clarens( Book )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Crime movies are as old as filmmaking itself. They embody the American nightmare, functioning both as a mirror of society and a tool for educating the public about its enemies. In this history of the genre Carlos Clarens gives us a mini-history of crime American-style. From New York's Biograph Studios, where raw violence was introduced to celluloid immortality, to today's multi-million-dollar celebrations of blood and power, Crime Movies shows us the whole picture: the unchanging cast of characters (the gangster hero, swaggering, charming, suspicious; the stoolpigeon or strikebreaker; the moll); the stars (James Cagney, Spencer Tracy, George Raft, Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, Richard Widmark); the censorship battles, political pressure, and public outcry. Movies such as Intolerance, Underworld, Little Caesar, Public Enemy, Kiss of Death, On the Waterfront, Bonnie and Clyde, The Godfather, Goodfellas, and Reservoir Dogs have fascinated America throughout the century. Crime Movies illuminates these and hundreds of others, and details the filmmaking strategies Hollywood has adopted to deal with the controversial yet profitable and enduring subject of American criminality
Elizabeth Taylor by Foster Hirsch( Book )

22 editions published between 1973 and 1992 in 6 languages and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Larger than life : movie stars of the 1950s by R. Barton Palmer( )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The constellation of Hollywood stars burned brightly in the 1950s, even as the industry fell on hard economic times. Major artists of the 1940s continued to exert a magical appeal but the younger generation of moviegoers was soon enthralled by an emerging cast, led by James Dean and Marlon Brando. They, among others, ushered in a provocative acting style, "the Method," bringing hard-edged, realistic performances to the screen. Larger Than Life offers a comprehensive view of the star system in 1950s Hollywood and also in-depth discussions of the decade's major stars
 
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Harold Prince and the American musical theatre
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Foster Hirsch American writer

Foster Hirsch écrivain américain

Hirsch, Foster Lance

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A method to their madness : the history of the Actors StudioThe dark side of the screen : film noirKurt Weill on stage : from Berlin to BroadwayOtto Preminger : the man who would be kingDetours and lost highways : a map of neo-noirThe boys from Syracuse : the Shuberts' theatrical empireWho's afraid of Edward Albee?Love, sex, death & the meaning of life : the films of Woody Allen