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Alan K. Rode to Discuss MICHAEL CURTIZ: A LIFE IN FILM on Dec. 12th at the SSO

Postby moira finnie » December 7th, 2017, 9:00 pm

A Christmas present that can be opened early comes to The Silver Screen Oasis on Tues., Dec. 12th! The classic film discussion group will be hosting an online visit with film historian Alan K. Rode, author of Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film (Univ. Press of KY) on on Tues., Dec. 12th.

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Millions of us cherish films such as Casablanca, White Christmas, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Four Daughters, Mildred Pierce, Angels With Dirty Faces, and Captain Blood, but how much do we know about the protean figure of Michael Curtiz who directed these and over 170 other movies spanning every genre from the silents to the sixties?

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Alan K. Rode, a film historian, the author of Charles McGraw: Film Noir Tough Guy, director-treasurer of the Film Noir Foundation host and producer of the annual Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs, California, has spent years researching and evaluating the complex and remarkably creative public and private life of Michael Curtiz. The wait for this biography has been worth it. Illuminating his formative years from his native Hungary to the flowering of his talent in the studio era on the soundstages of Warner Brothers, the author has created a biography worthy of its subject's range. Alan’s depth of research and compelling storytelling has brought a complex, brilliant man and a lost world to life on the page, creating a portrait of an individual who mastered filmmaking in many genres, building a career spanning moviemaking on two continents from the early silents to pre-code talkies to the height of the studio era.

Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, has been described by Scott Eyman as:”exhaustively researched, well written and frequently witty,: and by others as “a wonderful read and an accurate source for future reference, [that] is thoroughly satisfying, highly intelligent, and a delicious, rich dessert for any serious lover of film and film history." More about the author and the book (including a discount on the cloth edition this month) may be seen here:

https://www.kentuckypress.com/live/titl ... tleid=2584

As many longime Silver Screen Oasis members will recall, Alan was an engaging guest some time ago, discussing his moving and entertaining biography of the essential film noir actor, Charles McGraw. That lively discussion can be seen here:

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Please join us at the link below on Dec. 12th to ask the author everything you have always wanted to know about Curtiz the man and the filmmaker. All are welcome!

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Re: Alan K. Rode to Discuss MICHAEL CURTIZ: A LIFE IN FILM on Dec. 12th at the SSO

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I'm so excited about this visit from Alan K. Rode!
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Re: Alan K. Rode to Discuss MICHAEL CURTIZ: A LIFE IN FILM on Dec. 12th at the SSO

Postby Alan K. » December 13th, 2017, 12:37 am

I hope I answered all of the questions to everyone's satisfaction. Thanks for the invite and see all of you at the movies!
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Re: Alan K. Rode to Discuss MICHAEL CURTIZ: A LIFE IN FILM on Dec. 12th at the SSO

Postby moira finnie » December 14th, 2017, 7:30 am

Thanks so much for the generosity of your time and insights, Alan. I hope that this fascinating book becomes a part of every film aficionado's library for its great stories, portrait of a protean individual, and as an essential reference to the films we love. I hope you relish the knowledge of how much you have added to our understanding of film history.
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