Reinventing Reality: The Art and Life of Rouben Mamoulian by Mark J. Spergel (Hardback, 1993)
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- DescriptionTheatre and film director Rouben Mamoulian (1897-1987) is kwn chiefly as a technical invator and stylist. His stage credits include the original Broadway productions of Porgy and Bess (1935), and Oklahoma (1943); his sixteen completed films include Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), Golden Boy (1939), The Mark of Zorro (1940), and Silk Stockings (1957). In the theatre, Mamoulian integrated the various contributory arts of the American musical, transforming the near variety-show format of musicals into a dramatic unity of plot, character, music, and dance. He thus opened the stage to what would later be termed the golden age of the American book musical of the 1950s and 60s. In early sound films, Mamoulian restored mobility to the camera, rediscovered montage, redefined close-ups, split-screen, and dissolves, invented the voice-over, and was first to use multitrack sound recording. He directed the first live-action Technicolor film, Becky Sharp (1935). Spergel introduces previously undisclosed personal documents about the Mamoulian that necessitate a re-examination of Mamoulian's own statements about his life. He shows that the central theme in Mamoulian's art and life, as he describes it-to overcome the world and embrace truth-extended to the telling of his own history. Mamoulian believed he could alter that history through stylized presentation, idealizing the truth, and thereby raising numerous questions about historiography in general.
- Author BiographyMark Spergel ( Ph.D., CUNY) is Director of Evening and Graduate Services at Baruch Colleges. Spergel's work in professional theatre, opera, film, and television dates back to the early 1970s. Among the companies he has been involved with are the Jewish Repertory Theatre, Masterworks Laboratory Theatre, and the Colorado Opera Festival. In 1980, Dr. Spergel co-founded Director's Collective in NYC, for which he serves as co-Artistic Director. His articles have appeared in Ararat and The Journal of the Pirandello Society.
- Author(s)Mark J. Spergel
- PublisherScarecrow Press
- Date of Publication28/06/1993
- SubjectBiography: The Arts
- Series TitleThe Scarecrow Filmmakers Series
- Series Part/Volume Number37
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintScarecrow Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight454 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
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