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Balaban, Bob

Works: 186 works in 688 publications in 7 languages and 41,738 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Comedy films  Film adaptations  History  Biographical films  War films  Science fiction films  Detective and mystery films  Fantasy films  Coming-of-age films 
Roles: Actor, Author, Director, Performer, Narrator, Interviewee, Conceptor, Etcher, Scenarist, Other, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: PN1997.2, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Bob Balaban
Most widely held works by Bob Balaban
Capote by Bennett Miller( Visual )

25 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the night of November 14, 1959, in Holcomb, Kansas, a farmhouse is broken into by Perry Smith and Dick Hickock. With a 'no witness' policy, they murder the entire family. Truman Capote, a popular writer for The New Yorker, learns about the horrific and senseless murder. Inspired by the story material, Capote and his partner, Harper Lee, travel to Holcomb to do research for an article. As Capote digs deeper into the story, he decides to expand the project into what would be his greatest work, 'In Cold Blood.' He arranges extensive interviews with Smith and Hickock, especially with Smith, a man with a troubled history. As he works on his book, Capote feels some compassion for Smith and helps the duo get a new lawyer. However, that feeling deeply conflicts with his need to finished his book which only an execution can provide. That conflict and the mixed motives for both interviewer and subject make for a troubling experience that would produce an literary account that would redefine modern non-fiction
The Monuments Men by George Clooney( Visual )

17 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An unlikely World War II platoon has been tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. With the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could they possibly succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time, they would risk their lives to protect mankind's greatest achievements
The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson( Visual )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 2,185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quand Gustave H. (Ralph Fiennes), concierge du prestigieux Grand Budapest Hotel à la période de l'entre-deux-guerres, se retrouve mêlé à un étrange conflit d'héritage familial, c'est avec l'aide de son garçon d'étage qu'il se lance à l'aventure pour lever le voile sur ce mystère... (Jaquette)
Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson( Visual )

14 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 2,103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore, and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in every which way." -- Back of container
Gosford Park by Robert Altman( Visual )

31 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 1,737 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the 1930's the story takes place in an old fashioned English country house where a family has invited many of their friends up for a weekend shooting party. The story centers around the McCordle family, particularly the man of the house, William McCordle. Getting on in years William has become benefactor to many of his relatives and friends. It turns out that there's plenty worth gossiping about, especially after Sir William turns up dead, and everyone is ordered to stay at the mansion while the police investigate the killing
No reservations by Catherine Zeta-Jones( Visual )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 1,567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Master chef Kate Armstrong is a perfectionist who leads a regimented life while running the kitchen of an exclusive restaurant. She revels in the sense of power and control her career affords. When her sister is killed in an automobile accident, her nine-year old niece Zoe comes to live with her. Kate's life is turned completely upside down and she is suddenly forced to split her focus between work and family. Nick Palmer is the newly hired, fun-loving, opera-singing sous chef, whom Kate perceives as a serious rival. She then begins an impassioned struggle to rein in Nick's exuberance and maintain control over her kitchen staff. Even as they clash, Kate is drawn toward Nick, eventually coming to the realization that Nick offers something that she needs both in her restaurant kitchen and her new life with Zoe
Lady in the water by M. Night Shyamalan( Visual )

25 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and French and held by 1,522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Apartment building superintendent Cleveland Heep rescues what he thinks is a young woman from the complex swimming pool he maintains. When he discovers that she is actually a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the journey back to her home, he works with his tenants to protect he new friend from the creatures that are determined to keep her in our world
Close encounters of the third kind by Steven Spielberg( Visual )

7 editions published between 1977 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,490 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wer sich schon bei der ersten Version an der vorgeführten Errettung unserer kaputten Erde von "außerhalb" und dem alten Traum nach einer schöneren und besseren Welt störte, sollte sich die erneute Begegnung mit der "Heilslehre" von Spielberg ersparen. Echten Science-Fiction-Fans und begeisterten Zuschauern der Urfassung kann man die "unheimliche Begegnung" empfehlen. Manfred Hobsch Quelle: (Januar 2001)
The Majestic by Frank Darabont( Visual )

23 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Appleton, a 1950s Hollywood screenwriter who is about to see his first screenplay made into a film, is mistakenly called before the House Un-American Activities Committee. As a result, the studio pulls the plans for the film. Peter then finds himself in a small California town after a car accident takes his memory. There, the townspeople believe he is local hero Luke Trimble. Peter settles into his life at the Majestic theater, as Luke Trimble, until his memory begins to resurface and govenrment men track him down
The Mexican by Jack London( Visual )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and German and held by 1,341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jerry Welbach, a reluctant bagman, has been given two ultimatums: The first is from his mob boss to travel to Mexico and retrieve a priceless antique pistol, known as "the Mexican"... or suffer the consequences. The second is from his girlfriend Samantha to end his association with the mob. Jerry figures alive and in trouble with Samantha is better than the more permanent alternative, so he heads south of the border. Finding the pistol proves easy. Getting it home is another matter. The pistol supposedly carries a legendary curse--a legend Jerry is given every reason to believe... especially when Samantha is taken hostage by a hit man to ensure the safe return of the pistol
Ghost world by Terry Zwigoff( Visual )

15 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and German and held by 1,311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"While their classmates head for college, Enid and Rebecca focus their energies on tormenting those around them! From a goofy convenience store clerk to an eccentric art teacher, these two saboteurs wreak havoc on all who cross their paths. But when they zero in on an oddball loner looking for Miss Right, their seemingly innocent meddling threatens to shatter one of their hearts ... and their lifelong friendship!"--Publisher description
A mighty wind by Christopher Guest( Visual )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three fictional folk groups from the 1960s reunite for a memorial concert after the death of their former manager
Waiting for Guffman by Christopher Guest( Visual )

14 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and held by 1,257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blaine, Missouri, may be small, but Corky St. Clair always dreams big. Determined to get back to the lights of Broadway, he's created Red, White and Blaine, a musical celebration of the burg's 150th anniversary
Thunderstruck by Erik Larson( Recording )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Edwardian London, on the stormy coasts of Cornwall, Cape Cod, and Nova Scotia, two men's lives intersect - Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication. Marconi races against incredible odds and relentless skepticism to perfect his invention. Meanwhile, Crippen, 'the kindest of men', nearly commits the perfect crime
For your consideration by Christopher Guest( Visual )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 1,097 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No-name actors are making a low-budget period drama called "Home for Purim," when an anonymous post on the Internet suggests that one performance is Oscar-worthy. Then, two more cast members get Oscar-related press: buzz in "Variety" and appearances on TV prompt the studio executives to insist on changes in the script in anticipation of a blockbuster. Jump ahead a few months to the days before Oscar nominees are announced: just the possibility of a nomination has changed the actors' lives
Howl by Robert P Epstein( Visual )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,038 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Every word in this film was spoken by the actual people portrayed. In that sense this film is like a documentary. In every other sense, it is different"--Title screen. In 1957, in San Francisco, poet Allen Ginsberg has just published "Howl." This distinctive work immediately generates a great deal of controversy. Publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti has been sued on charges of obscenity, as many feel the poem is simply too explicit for publication (it contains strong language and frank references to homosexuality). When prosecutor Ralph McIntosh and defender Jake Ehrlich go head to head in front of Judge Clayton Horn, freedom of expression hangs in the balance. For the author, filled with the heady joy of poetic success, the trial demands the courage of being Allen Ginsberg--himself
Jakob the Liar by Robin Williams( Visual )

37 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 988 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Nazi-occupied Poland a poor Jewish cafe owner invents fictitious news bulletins about Allied advances against the Nazis. These lies keep hope and humor alive among the ghetto inhabitants
A monster in Paris by Bibo Bergeron( Visual )

13 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 942 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paris 1910. Emile, a shy movie projectionist, and Raoul, a colorful inventor, find themselves embarked on the hunt for a monster terrorizing citizens. They join forces with Lucille, the big-hearted star of the Rare Bird cabaret, and an eccentric scientist and his irascible monkey to save the monster (who turns out to be oversized but harmless as a flea) from the city's ruthlessly ambitious police chief
Recount by corners Four( Visual )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 934 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores one of the most dramatic and controversial events in recent U.S. election history, which shook a nation's faith in the ability to stage a fair and open election
Absence of malice by Sydney Pollack( Visual )

22 editions published between 1981 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 930 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michael Gallagher reads in the paper that he is the subject of a criminal investigation. Suddenly, everything he has ever worked for is in jeopardy. He confronts the author, Megan Carter, a relentless investigative reporter. Together they learn that the story was purposely leaked to Carter as part of a plot by the chief investigator. Gallagher's life hangs in the balance as he and Carter try to uncover the truth
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Alternative Names
Balaban, Bob.

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Balaban, Robert Elmer.

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Bob Balaban acteur et cinéaste américain

Bob Balaban Amerikaans acteur

Bob Balaban amerykański aktor

Bob Balaban attore e regista statunitense

Bob Balaban director de cine estadounidense

Bob Balaban US-amerikanischer Schauspieler, Regisseur und Filmproduzent

Балабан, Боб

Боб Балабан

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No reservationsThe MexicanA mighty windThunderstruckFor your considerationRecount