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Dancing on the Ceiling: Stanley Donen and his Movies: Silverman, Stephen M. (Stanley Donen)

Dancing on the Ceiling: Stanley Donen and his Movies

Silverman, Stephen M. (Stanley Donen)

ISBN 10: 0679414126 / ISBN 13: 9780679414124
Published by Knopf, 1996
Used Condition: Near Fine+ Hardcover
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1st Edition/1st Printing. Attached to front end page is a color image card of 'Singin' In The Rain' poster that is SIGNED by STANLEY DONEN (signature only below image). tiny remainder dot on top. $35.00 price present on DJ flap; mylar protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 025999

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Title: Dancing on the Ceiling: Stanley Donen and ...

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine+

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine+

Signed: Signed by the Subject

Edition: 1st Edition

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93 photographs in text


The more you learn about Stanley Donen, the more he appears to be the Orson Welles of the film musical. Like Welles, he produced his greatest successes at the very beginning of his career, going on to create daringly original films that did not fully satisfy critics and audiences. Born in 1924 in Columbia, South Carolina, he befriended Gene Kelly early in life, became a choreographer for MGM Studios in the 1940s, and rose quickly through the ranks. Before he was 30 years old, he had directed On the Town, Royal Wedding, Singin' in the Rain, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. His later experiments with his medium yielded cult classics such as It's Always Fair Weather, The Little Prince, and Movie Movie, as well as the nonmusical Charade and Two for the Road.

Stephen M. Silverman, the author of this biography, is enthusiastic about Donen's work to the point of ferocity. He defends almost every film Donen himself believed in as a masterpiece and belittles Donen's rivals at MGM, particularly Vincente Minnelli. But Silverman's passion for his subject is infectious and his approach lively. He narrates much of Donen's life by looking at it through the eyes--and the commentary--of the people who knew him. Particularly engaging is his account of how Singin' in the Rain was made. It is full of juicy commentary by Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Cyd Charisse, Donald O'Connor, and Donen himself. Audrey Hepburn's warm introductory appreciation is one of the last pieces she wrote before her death.

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