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Douglas Fairbanks: In His Own Words (英語) ペーパーバック – 2006/6/30
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Several biographies of Douglas Fairbanks have been published through the years, but who can tell the story better than the man himself?The Douglas Fairbanks Museum has assembled an engaging collection of the writings of Douglas Fairbanks with In His Own Words. These selected stories make for a fascinating read; especially considering that most of them have not been seen since their initial publication nearly a century ago.Starting with his first short story in 1912, this new book features autobiographical accounts, interviews, and rare personal correspondence, as well as the original story treatments for his classic films The Three Musketeers, Robin Hood, The Thief of Bagdad, and The Black Pirate. In His Own Words reveals Fairbanks to be a writer of great sincerity, versatility, humor and appeal.While this talent is too often obscured by his fame as an actor, producer, and Hollywood visionary, reading the words of Douglas Fairbanks all these many decades later brings us a fresh perspective on the man that no other biography can quite capture.Douglas Fairbanks: In His Own Words also features rare photographs, original documents, autographs, and vintage memorabilia from the museum's archives. Includes a Foreword by Keri Leigh, Curator of the Douglas Fairbanks Museum.
Douglas Fairbanks (1883?1939) was the first king of Hollywood during the silent era. In addition to writing, producing, and starring in his own legendary films, Fairbanks also co-founded United Artists, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the nation?s first film school at the University of Southern California.
This book begins by revealing Fairbanks' interest in storytelling and writing, with his 1912 short story which is a light-hearted adventure-comedy not unlike many of the films he would star in just a few years later. But his popularity as a screen hero from 1915 onwards did not curb his passion for writing, as the remaining articles in this book reveal. Not only did he enjoy sharing with the public his behind-the-scenes adventures and ideas about the growing film industry in Hollywood, but he generously revealed his deeper thoughts and feelings, such as life style and personal development philosophies which have only become fashionable in recent years of our time. Reading his thoughts penned in the late 1910s and 1920s, it becomes obvious that Fairbanks was a pioneer and visionary, not only in his career as actor and film producer, but also in his personal life with an outlook and wisdom far beyond his time. Furthermore, his writing retains a certain old-fashioned elegance and tone, while also revealing his energetic, positive mentality and sense of humour, making each item - long or short - a pleasure to read and like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, they come together to make a more complete picture of the real Doug Fairbanks. The layout and presentation of "In His Own Words" are also a pleasure to behold, and rare photos and further information on Fairbanks and his work are also included. As an introduction and guide throughout the book, Museum Curator Keri Leigh has penned an excellent foreword which helps to appreciate the contents even more, and further in-depth information is available at the Douglas Fairbanks Sr Museum's website. As a complement to other Fairbanks-authored books still popular today (such as "Laugh and Live" 1917) or on its own as a special compilation, this book reveals Douglas Fairbanks better than any biography could, and is definitely a must-have for fans, as well as a worthwhile read for many others.