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Kanfer, Stefan

Overview
Works: 49 works in 227 publications in 6 languages and 12,960 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Fiction  Pictorial works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Periodicals  Reviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: PN2287.B16, B
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Most widely held works about Stefan Kanfer
 
Most widely held works by Stefan Kanfer
Ball of fire : the tumultuous life and comic art of Lucille Ball by Stefan Kanfer( Book )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 1,993 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of the comic icon discusses her lonely childhood, discovery of her comedic talents, marriage to and divorce from Desi Arnaz, runaway success on the "I Love Lucy" show, and her painful final years
Tough without a gun : the life and extraordinary afterlife of Humphrey Bogart by Stefan Kanfer( Book )

21 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Polish and held by 1,645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: Humphrey Bogart: it's hard to think of anyone who's had the same lasting impact on the culture of movies. Though he died at the young age of fifty-seven more than half a century ago, his influence among actors and filmmakers, and his enduring appeal for film lovers around the world, remains as strong as ever. What is it about Bogart, with his unconventional looks and noticeable speech impediment, that has captured our collective imagination for so long? In this definitive biography, Stefan Kanfer answers that question, along the way illuminating the private man Bogart was and shining the spotlight on some of the greatest performances ever captured on celluloid. Bogart fell into show business almost by accident and worked for nearly twenty years before becoming the star we know today. Born into a life of wealth and privilege in turn-of-the-century New York, Bogart was a troublemaker throughout his youth, getting kicked out of prep school and running away to join the navy at the age of nineteen. After a short, undistinguished stint at sea, Bogart spent his early twenties drifting aimlessly from one ill-fitting career to another, until, through a childhood friend, he got his first theater job. Working first as a stagehand and then, reluctantly, as a bit-part player, Bogart cut his teeth in one forgettable role after another. But it was here he began to develop a work ethic; deciding that there were "two kinds of men: professionals and bums," Bogart, for the first time in his life, wanted to be the former. After the Crash of '29, Bogart headed west to try his luck in Hollywood. That luck was scarce, and he slogged through more than thirty B-movie roles before his drinking buddy John Huston wrote him a part that would change everything; with High Sierra, Bogart finally broke through at the age of forty-being a pro had paid off. What followed was a string of movies we have come to know as the most beloved classics of American cinema: The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, The Big Sleep, The African Queen ... the list goes on and on. Kanfer appraises each of the films with an unfailing critical eye, weaving in lively accounts of behind-the-scenes fun and friendships, including, of course, the great love story of Bogart and Bacall. What emerges in these pages is the portrait of a great Hollywood life, and the final word on why there can only ever be one Bogie
Somebody : the reckless life and remarkable career of Marlon Brando by Stefan Kanfer( Book )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 1,435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an insightful portrait of an iconic artist, the author of The Eighth Sin interweaves Marlon Brando's tumultuous personal life with his remarkable acting career as he documents the actor's troubled childhood, stage and film work, self-destructive nature, often contradictory attitude toward his craft, and the tragedies that marked his final years
Groucho : the life and times of Julius Henry Marx by Stefan Kanfer( Book )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and Spanish and held by 1,347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A candid portrait of the twentieth century's most memorable comedian traces Groucho's rise to stardom; his famous ego; and his relationships with wives, mistresses, and children
Serious business : the art and commerce of animation in America from Betty Boop to Toy story by Stefan Kanfer( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and Chinese and held by 1,292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Smash theme song "Whose Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" during the Great Depression; the adoption during World War II of brash, indomitable Bugs Bunny as an unofficial symbol of the American GI; an unself-conscious consumer culture's infatuation with an endless string of household-appliance jokes on The Flintstones; and the counterculture's attraction to the gritty and sexually explicit exploits of Ralph Bakshi's Fritz the Cat. In the end, though, the history of animation is
The last empire : De Beers, diamonds, and the world by Stefan Kanfer( Book )

17 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 1,067 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the twentieth century, the cartel comes under the control of the Oppenheimers, a German-Jewish dynasty that builds De Beers and its gold-mining twin, the Anglo American Corporation, into an empire of unmatched global reach, and creates a shadow government more flexible and powerful than South Africa's official leadership. Kanfer documents the Oppenheimers' dealings on and under the table: their condemnation of apartheid even as they exploit cheap black labor, their quiet takeover of Salomon Brothers, their monopoly on diamonds and their grip on gold maintained at all costs and by any means. And he uncovers the passionate inside story of the billionaire family whose empire, he argues, will survive well into the twenty-first century
A journal of the plague years by Stefan Kanfer( Book )

7 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The essential Groucho : writings by, for, and about Groucho Marx by Groucho Marx( Book )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gathered in one volume are samples of Marx's great wit and humor, culled from the scripts of his immortal movie scenes, passages from his books, articles from magazines, ad-libs and quips from "You Bet Your Life", and selected letters, including his classic correspondence with T.S. Elliot
Stardust lost : the triumph, tragedy, and mishugas of the Yiddish theater in America by Stefan Kanfer( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writer Kanfer traces the meteoric rise, precipitous fall, and lasting mark of Yiddish theater on American theater, film, and culture in general. The venues in New York City have all gone. So have the performers and their immigrant audiences. But here they live again as Kanfer meticulously unravels the history of Jewish theater. He begins with the drama of the Old Testament and moves to the cultural explosions of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, the oppressions of nineteenth-century Eastern Europe, and the pogroms of czarist Russia. Fleeing anti-Semitic edicts, the Jews of Eastern Europe push westward, migrating first to England and then to America. With them come the extravagant personages who bring drama--in every sense of the word--to Manhattan's Lower East Side. Kanfer invokes the energy and chutzpah it took to establish and run the thriving, influential theaters, and reveals the drama and comedy that played out nightly behind the scenes as well as onstage.--From publisher description
A summer world : the attempt to build a Jewish Eden in the Catskills, from the days of the ghetto to the rise and decline of the Borscht Belt by Stefan Kanfer( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The eighth sin by Stefan Kanfer( Book )

9 editions published between 1978 and 1979 in English and Spanish and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Somebody : the reckless life and remarkable career of Marlon Brando by Stefan Kanfer( Recording )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interweaves Marlon Brando's tumultuous personal life with his remarkable acting career to document the actor's troubled childhood, stage and film work, often contradictory attitude toward his craft, and the tragedies that marked his final years
The voodoo that they did so well : the wizards who invented the New York stage by Stefan Kanfer( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The international garage sale by Stefan Kanfer( Book )

3 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fear itself by Stefan Kanfer( Book )

4 editions published between 1981 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tough without a gun : Humphrey Bogart, men in movies, and why it matters by Stefan Kanfer( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in Undetermined and English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Humphrey Bogart comes along only once in a century. This biography includes Bogey's love affair with the 19-year-old Lauren Bacall, who stole "To Have And Have Not"--And his heart - by lolling in a doorway, tossing insolent remarks and teaching him to put his lips together and whistle
Film 69/70 : an anthology by the National Society of Film Critics by National Society of Film Critics( Book )

7 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirteen celebrated critics offer a variety of reviews on the outstanding cinematic achievements of the 1969-70 film season
The Borscht Belt : revisiting the remains of America's Jewish vacationland by Marisa Scheinfeld( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Today 'the Borscht Belt' is recalled through the nostalgic lens of summer swims, Saturday night dances, and comedy performances. But its current state, like that of many other formerly glorious regions, is nothing like its earlier status. Forgotten about and exhausted, much of its structural environment has been left to decay. 'The Borscht Belt', which features essays by Stefan Kanfer and Jenna Weissman Joselit, presents Marisa Scheinfeld's photographs of abandoned sites where resorts, hotels, and bungalow colonies once boomed in the Catskill Mountain region of upstate New York. The book assembles images Scheinfeld has shot inside and outside locations that once buzzed with life as year-round havens for generations of people. Some of the structures have been lying abandoned for periods ranging from four to twenty years, depending on the specific hotel or bungalow colony and the conditions under which it closed. Other sites have since been demolished or repurposed, making this book an even more significant documentation of a pivotal era in American Jewish history. "The Borscht Belt' presents a contemporary view of more than forty hotel and bungalow sites. From entire expanses of abandoned properties to small lots containing drained swimming pools, the remains of 'the Borscht Belt' era now lie forgotten, overgrown, and vacant. In the absence of human activity, nature has reclaimed the sites, having encroached upon or completely overtaken them. Many of the interiors have been vandalized or marked by paintball players and graffiti artists. Each ruin lies radically altered by the elements and effects of time. Scheinfeld's images record all of these developments
Das Diamanten-Imperium : Aufstieg und Macht der Dynastie Oppenheimer by Stefan Kanfer( Book )

7 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in 3 languages and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geschiedenis van de diamantwinning in Zuid-Afrika en van de rol die politici, bankiers en managers daarin speelden, met speciale aandacht voor het goud- en diamantkartel van De Beers en de daaraan verwante ondernemingen
Humphrey Bogart, men in movies, and why it matters by Stefan Kanfer( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Humphrey Bogart comes along only once in a century. This biography includes Bogey's love affair with the 19-year-old Lauren Bacall, who stole "To Have And Have Not"--And his heart - by lolling in a doorway, tossing insolent remarks and teaching him to put his lips together and whistle
 
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Ball of fire : the tumultuous life and comic art of Lucille Ball
Alternative Names
Kanfer, Stephan

Kanfer, Stephan 1933-

Languages
English (167)

German (5)

Spanish (5)

Chinese (3)

Polish (2)

Dutch (1)

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Tough without a gun : the life and extraordinary afterlife of Humphrey BogartSomebody : the reckless life and remarkable career of Marlon BrandoGroucho : the life and times of Julius Henry MarxSerious business : the art and commerce of animation in America from Betty Boop to Toy storyThe last empire : De Beers, diamonds, and the worldThe essential Groucho : writings by, for, and about Groucho MarxStardust lost : the triumph, tragedy, and mishugas of the Yiddish theater in AmericaA summer world : the attempt to build a Jewish Eden in the Catskills, from the days of the ghetto to the rise and decline of the Borscht Belt