- By Daniel Fuchs John Updike Christopher Carduff

The Golden West: Hollywood Stories

  • Title: The Golden West: Hollywood Stories
  • Author: Daniel Fuchs John Updike Christopher Carduff
  • ISBN: 9781574232097
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Golden West Hollywood Stories In the spring of Brooklyn s Daniel Fuchs twenty seven years old and already the author of three remarkable novels came to Hollywood to bang out a treatment of one of his short stories His thir

    In the spring of 1937, Brooklyn s Daniel Fuchs, twenty seven years old and already the author of three remarkable novels, came to Hollywood to bang out a treatment of one of his short stories His thirteen week contract turned into a permanent residence and a lifelong love affair with the movie business Fuchs worked with the best Warner and M G M and RKO, Wilder and HIn the spring of 1937, Brooklyn s Daniel Fuchs, twenty seven years old and already the author of three remarkable novels, came to Hollywood to bang out a treatment of one of his short stories His thirteen week contract turned into a permanent residence and a lifelong love affair with the movie business Fuchs worked with the best Warner and M G M and RKO, Wilder and Huston and Joe Pasternak, Raft and Cagney and Doris Day He spent his days crafting screenplays, but off the lot he continued to write prose, mainly stories for Collier s and The New Yorker and non fiction Letters from Hollywood for Commentary The Golden West collects, for the first time, the best of Fuch s writings about studio life, from a novice screenwriter s anxious first impressions 1937 39 to a fifty year veteran s mellow memoirs Fuchs may have loved Hollywood, but his affection didn t blind him to the town s Babylon aspect he saw life as it is, gold and tinsel both, and described it without falling into easy sentiment or condescending laughter He was the Chekhov of the back lot, the Bellow of the Brown Derby.

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    1. In his 20's during the 1930's Fuchs wrote 3 books about growing up in Brooklyn. They did not sell well (about 400 copies of each) and were not much reviewed. Later in life they were "rediscovered". In the meantime, he went out to Hollywood - and never left. His perspective is rather refreshing since he was a self admitted B-lister, only seeing most of the true stars from afar. He worked there from '39 until '58 and lived until 1993. He worked on about 19 films, and won an Oscar in 1955 for "Love [...]

    2. This superb collection of Daniel Fuchs's fiction and essays about Hollywood, spanning half a century, records the vagaries of the film industry from the perspective of a screenwriter who toiled for the great studios in their heyday and was on the premises during their decline. Fuchs brought to this subject the watchfulness of a born novelist whose so-called Williamsburg Trilogy, about Brooklyn tenement life, remains a highlight of 1930's fiction -- a marvel of detached sympathy and supple natura [...]

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