Although Frank Capra (1897--1991) is best known as the director of It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, You Can't Take It with You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Arsenic and Old Lace, and It's a Wonderful Life, he was also an award-winning documentary filmmaker as well as a behind-the-scene force in the Director's Guild, the Motion Picture Academy, and the Producer's Guild. He worked with or knew socially everyone in the movie business from Mack Sennett, Chaplin, and Keaton in the silent era through the illustrious names of the golden age. He directed Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Jean Harlow, Claudette Colbert, Bette Davis, and others. Reading his autobiography is like having Capra sitting in your living room, regaling you with his anecdotes. In The Name Above the Title he reveals the deeply personal story of how, despite winning six Academy Awards, he struggled throughout his life against the glamors, vagaries, and frustrations of Hollywood for the creative freedom to make some of the most memorable films of all time.
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To hear Frank tell it (in a take maybe, just one frame from reality), he was the one who innovated the "Me Director - Me picture!" approach. And he was in, way before the golden haze and daze settled. After a poverty-stricken childhood, an earnestly fought and acquired education as a chemical engineer and a total fluke as entrance to the art of "film." In fact he directed successfully the first time he laid eyes on a movie set, only later backing up to learn the rudiments. . . everything from watering DeMille-type elephants to writing "toppers" for Sennett jokes. And then he met Columbia's "Germ of the Ocean," Harry Cohn, traded insults and settled into directing. He was the first into no makeup for the actors and the foremost in the creation of "Lost Horizon." He was a cocky, arrogant commander of his elements, subject to no man, particularly Cohn, and he ended up directing documentaries for the President and the likes of Sinatra and Crosby. His life was more epic and memorable than his films, and his hot-shot remembrances may place him somewhat near to, if not next to, the immortals. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Frank Capra
Frank Capra (1897--1991) directed many films in Hollywood, including It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, You Can't Take It with You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Arsenic and Old Lace, and It's a Wonderful Life.