By Douglass K. Daniel

ISBN-10: 0299251241

ISBN-13: 9780299251246

Called “God’s offended guy” for his unyielding calls for in pursuit of private and creative freedom, Oscar-winning filmmaker Richard Brooks introduced us a number of the mid-twentieth century’s such a lot iconic motion pictures, together with Blackboard Jungle, Cat on a sizzling Tin Roof, Elmer Gantry, In chilly Blood, and trying to find Mr. Goodbar. “The vital thing,” he as soon as remarked, “is to put in writing your tale, to make it plausible, to make it live.” His personal existence tale hasn't ever been absolutely chronicled, until eventually now.
            Tough as Nails: The lifestyles and movies of Richard Brooks restores to value the occupation of a prickly iconoclast who sought realism and fact in his movies. Douglass okay. Daniel explores how the writer-director made it from the slums of Philadelphia to the heights of the Hollywood elite, operating with the pinnacle stars of the day, between them Humphrey Bogart, Cary supply, Elizabeth Taylor, Jean Simmons, Sidney Poitier, Sean Connery, Gene Hackman, and Diane Keaton. Brooks dramatized social matters and depicted characters in clash with their very own values, profitable an Academy Award for his Elmer Gantry screenplay and incomes nominations for an additional seven Oscars for guiding and screenwriting.
            Tough as Nails deals illuminating insights into Brooks’s existence, drawing on unpublished studio memos and files and interviews from stars and co-workers, together with Poitier, director Paul Mazursky, and Simmons, who was once married to Brooks for 20 years. Daniel takes readers backstage of Brooks’s significant motion pictures and sheds mild on their making, their compromises, and their universal threads. Tough as Nails celebrates Brooks’s imaginative and prescient whereas including to the severe realizing of his works, their flaws in addition to their advantages, and depicting the tumults and traits within the lifetime of a guy who continually saved his personal compass.
 
 
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3 swell guys, brutes, and the blacklist I didn’t want to be part of the mob. I just want some of the good things in the world. Does that mean I have to kill somebody to get them? I want to be free. But how? What do you have to do to be free? What? from Richard Brooks’s novel The Boiling Point ntold numbers of people in the movie business looked forward to regaining their prewar lives and occupations. Mark Hellinger had interrupted his work as a producer for a stint as a war correspondent. A New York City native, he had been a newspaper reporter and Broadway columnist in the 1920s and 1930s, the era of Walter Winchell and Damon Runyon, as friendly with the authorities as he was with underworld figures.

Yet the film had some merit, and impact, because it dared to suggest that the military veteran Hollywood routinely lauded could at times be a phony at best and a sociopath at worst. ) Without a pedigree of note, Swell Guy would join other forgotten postwar movies. Working for the Hellinger operation, Richard quickly established himself as a man apart. After he gave up his Marine uniform, he began developing what would turn out to be a lifelong reputation for startlingly casual attire. “The rest of the writers would wear suits and ties to the writer’s table at Universal,” recalled his friend from New York, Malvin Wald, also a Hellinger writer after the war.

Love triumphs in the face of human sacrifice, murder, and volcanic eruption. Meanwhile, Jean was trying to keep her career going following Universal’s decision to end their association. After more forgettable work at low-grade studios like Monogram, she found better luck—and somewhat better material—at RKO. Producer Val Lewton was following up two popular low-budget thrillers directed with creepy style by Jacques Tourneur, Cat People (1942) and I Walked with a Zombie (1943). For his third Tourneur film, The Leopard Man (1943), Lewton cast Jean as the nightclub singer whose pet leopard escapes and is suspected of a killing rampage.

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