THE SPECTATOR: TALK ABOUT MOVIES AND PLAYS WITH THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE THEM - Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing With Erratum Slip

Terkel, Studs

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1st Printing. 364 pages. Published in 1999. Landmark collection of interviews with film and stage actors, directors, playwrights, and critics. One of the author's most entertaining collections. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Studs Terkel's "The Spectator". One of his most delightful collections ever. Includes the Erratum Slip, which is missing in most copies of the book. "The Terkel touch is here, in 50-plus interviews with the likes of Buster Keaton and Marlon Brando, James Cagney, Simone Signoret, Jacques Tati, and even Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's Studs' range that astonishes. He has textured memories of remote stage productions of Arthur Miller's plays, which you might expect. But when he remembers 'Kanchenjungha' with the Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray, Ray laughs out loud: 'Where did you see that? ' You marvel once again at Terkel's facility with people of all kinds and his deep familiarity with the American century" (Lyall Bush). Interviews with Edward Albee, Eugene Ionesco, Lillian Gish, Zero Mostel, Pauline Kael, Uta Hagen, Tallulah Bankhead, and August Wilson, among so many others, give just an idea of the treasures in this collection. Garry Wills' Introduction is an affectionate appreciation of Terkel's iconic stature in American literature, and is one of the finest essays written on Terkel. Studs Terkel died on October 31, 2008 at the age of 96, yet another American icon who will not be replaced. Like the rest of us, he was a lifelong and passionate fan of the theatre and film. Unlike most of us, he also got to meet and interview the stars we all worshipped (or as the case may be, intensely disliked), who opened their hearts and minds, wittingly or unwittingly, to Studs. An absolute "must-have" title for Studs Terkel, theatre, and film aficionado/collectors. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (complete number line ending in 1 on the Copyright Page) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: It is the only other copy with the Erratum Slip intact (the other copy is available from us, too). The latter is missing in all other copies of the First Edition available online. A scarce copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in 1985 for "The Good War". One of the greatest American writers of the 20th century and a national treasure. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER STUDS TERKEL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1565845536. Bookseller Inventory #

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The Studs Terkel Interviews: Film and Theater collects the Pulitzer Prize winning oral historian’s remarkable conversations with some of the greatest luminaries of film and theater. Originally published under the title The Spectator, this knowledgeable and perceptive” (Library Journal) look at show business presents the actors directors, playwrights, dancers, lyricists, and others who created the dramatic works of the twentieth century.

Among the many highlights in these pages, Buster Keaton explains the wonders of unscripted silent comedy, Federico Fellini reflects on honesty in art, Carol Channing reveals that she is far more serious than she lets on, and Marlon Brando turns the tables and wants to interview Terkel. We learn about crucial artistic decisions in the lives of Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, and Edward Albee and hear from a range of film directors, from Vittorio De Sica and King Vidor to Satyajit Ray. We even get to witness Terkel playing straight man to a wildly inventive Zero Mostel. Because Terkel knows his subjects’ work intimately, he asks precisely the right questions to elicit the most revealing responses. As the New York Times Book Review noted, Terkel’s knowledge and force of personality make him fully a player alongside his famous guests.”


Review: In earlier oral histories such as Working, The Good War, and Hard Times, Studs Terkel showed a virtuoso talent for absorbing the small talk of regular Joes and Janes and turning it into a literary cross-hatch--Robert Browning and Herodotus, Margaret Mead and Steinbeck. It turns out all this was prologue. In The Spectator, Terkel reveals that if he loved the waitresses and hockey players of earlier books, it wasn't in "the way, nor to the same degree, as those in the world of the lively arts." You can tell, reading this book. The Terkel touch is all here, but in 50-plus interviews with the likes of Buster Keaton and Marlon Brando, James Cagney, Simone Signoret, Jacques Tati, and (weirdly) Arnold Schwarzenegger, it's Studs's range that astonishes. He has textured memories of remote stage productions of Arthur Miller's plays--which you might expect. But when he remembers Kanchenjungha with the Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray, Ray laughs out loud: "Where did you see that?" There are lovely little fender benders, too: in a basement apartment in Paris in 1963, Simone Signoret extravagantly praises Françoise Rosay and Agnes de Mille, characters we know from earlier chapters--de Mille especially. A choreographer who brought ballet to Broadway musicals, she explains that African rhythms and English clog dancing married to beget tap; with a shift from up to down beat, she says, "syncopation and jazz were born." Reading The Spectator, you marvel once again at Terkel's facility with people of all kinds--and his deep familiarity with the American century. --Lyall Bush

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Publisher: New York City, NY: The New Press
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