Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep

Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep by Michael Schulman

PN 2287 .S78 S34 2016

A portrait of a woman, an era, and a profession: the first thoroughly researched biography of Meryl Streep that explores her beginnings as a young woman of the 1970s grappling with love, feminism, and her astonishing talent.

“When they called my name,” Meryl Streep said in her 2012 Oscar speech, “I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, ‘Ohhh, no. Oh, come on – why? Her. Again.‘” By now, it’s hard to remember a time when her name wasn’t synonymous with the title Greatest Living Actress. but who was she before she was the “Iron Lady” of acting? How did she learn to do what she does? What happens when we look at her again, not as a celebrated diva but as a limpid twenty-something burning with talent and ambition?

In 1975, Meryl Streep was a promising young graduate of the Yale School of Drama, just finding her place in the New York theater scene. She rode her bicycle everywhere, kept a diary, napped before performances, and stayed out late “talking about acting with actors in actors’ bars.” Yet Meryl stood apart from her peers. In her first season in New York, she appeared in back-to-back Broadway plays, headlined Shakespeare in the Park, and earned a Tony Award nomination. One thing she knew she would never be: a movie star.

Her Again is an intimate look at the artistic coming-of-age of the greatest actress of her generation, from the homecoming float at her suburban New Jersey high school through her discovery of the stage at Vassar College and the Yale School of Drama to her star-making roles in The Deer Hunter, Manhattan, and Kramer vs. KramerNew Yorker contributor Michael Schulman charts her heady rise to stardom on the New York stage, her passionate, tragically short-lived love affair with fellow actor John Cazale, and her evolution as a young woman of the 1970s wrestling with changing ideas of feminism, marriage, love, and sacrifice.

Featuring eight pages of arresting black-and-white photos, some never before seen, this captivating story reveals a gifted young woman coming into her extraordinary talents at a time of immense transformation, offering a rare glimpse into the life of the actress long before she became an icon.”
– publisher description

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The American Play: 1787-2000

The American Play: 1787-2000 by Marc Robinson

 PS 332 .R63 2009

“In this brilliant study, Marc Robinson explores more than two hundred years of plays, styles, and stagings of American theater. Mapping the changing cultural landscape from the late eighteenth century to the start of the twenty-first, he explores how theater has—and has not—changed and offers close readings of plays by O’Neill, Stein, Wilder, Miller, and Albee, as well as by important but perhaps lesser known dramatists such as Wallace Stevens, Jean Toomer, Djuna Barnes, and many others. Robinson reads each work in an ambitiously interdisciplinary context, linking advances in theater to developments in American literature, dance, and visual art.

 The author is particularly attentive to the continuities in American drama, and expertly teases out recurring themes, such as the significance of visuality. He avoids neatly categorizing nineteenth- and twentieth-century plays and depicts a theater more restive and mercurial than has been recognized before. Robinson proves both a fascinating and thought-provoking critic and a spirited guide to the history of American drama.” — book jacket

Frankly My Dear: Gone With the Wind Revisited

Frankly My Dear: Gone With the Wind Revisited by Molly Haskell

PN 1997 .G59 H37 2009

“How and why has the saga of Scarlett O’Hara kept such a tenacious hold on our national imagination for almost three-quarters of a century?

In the first book ever to deal simultaneously with Margaret Mitchell’s beloved novel and David Selznick’s spectacular film version of “Gone with the Wind”, film critic Molly Haskell seeks the answers. By all industry predictions, the film should never have worked. What makes it work so amazingly well are the fascinating and uncompromising personalities that Haskell dissects here: Margaret Mitchell, David Selznick, and Vivien Leigh. As a feminist and onetime Southern adolescent, Haskell understands how the story takes on different shades of meaning according to the age and eye of the beholder. She explores how it has kept its edge because of Margaret Mitchell’s (and our) ambivalence about Scarlett and because of the complex racial and sexual attitudes embedded in a story that at one time or another has offended almost everyone.

Haskell imaginatively weaves together disparate strands, conducting her story as her own inner debate between enchantment and disenchantment. Sensitive to the ways in which history and cinema intersect, she reminds us why these characters, so riveting to Depression audiences, continue to fascinate seventy years later.” –book jacket

Short Films: How to Make and Distribute Them

Short Films…How to Make and Distribute Them by Nathan Parker

PN 1995.9 .P7 P315 2007

“This book is for anyone who has ever wanted to make a short film.  Focusing on the practicalities of filmmaking, it will guide you through all stages of the process examining every available possibility along the way.  From the development of your initial idea, to screening your finished film in front of an audience, it will enable you to make informed decision, including which format to use, where to find cast and crew, and how to get your short film distributed.  An invaluable resource for new and more experienced filmmakers alike, offering technical and creative solutions for the realisation of short films in all shapes and sizes.”

The Filmmakers Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age

The Filmmaker’s Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age by Steven Ascher and Edward Pincus

TR 850 .P54 2007

“Widely acknowledged as the “bible” of film and video production, used in courses around the world, this indispensable guide to making movies is now updated with the latest advances in high definition formats.  For students and teachers, professionals and novices, this clear and comprehensive handbook is the reliable reference for all aspects of moviemaking.”  –back cover

Charleys Aunt

Charley’s Aunt / starring Jack Benny

A/V PN 1995.9 .C55 C43754 2007

“Comedian Jack Benny is ‘continuously hilarious [and] a roaring success’ (Los Angeles Times) in the title role of this laugh-filled [film] version of one of the world’s most performed stage comedies.

Charley and Jack are university students who need a chaperone so they can entertain some young society ladies. They ask their friend, Lord Babberly (Benny), to pretend to be Charley’s aunt and escort them. All goes well until of course, Charley’s real aunt shows up and discovers to her shock that she’s already there!”-container.

Make Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America

Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America / by Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor

PN 1969 .C65 M37 2008

“This companion to the six-part PBS series draws on countless sources to chronicle the past century of American comedy and the geniuses who created and performed it–melding biography, American history, and a lotta laughs into an exuberant, important book. Each of the six chapters focuses on a different style or archetype of comedy, from the slapstick pratfalls of Buster Keaton and Lucille Ball through the wiseguy put-downs of Groucho Marx and Larry David, to the incendiary bombshells of Mae West and Richard Pryor.”-book jacket.