Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley (Screen Classics)

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Characterized by grandiose song-and-dance numbers featuring ornate geometric patterns and mimicked in many modern films, Busby Berkeley's unique artistry is as recognizable and striking as ever. From his years on Broadway to the director's chair, Berkeley is notorious for his inventiveness and signature style. Through sensational films like 42nd Street (1933), Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933), Footlight Parade (1933), and Dames (1934), Berkeley sought to distract audiences from the troubles of the Great Depression. Although his bold technique is familiar to millions of moviegoers, Berkeley's life remains a mystery.

Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley is a telling portrait of the filmmaker who revolutionized the musical and changed the world of choreography. Berkeley pioneered many conventions still in use today, including the famous "parade of faces" technique, which lends an identity to each anonymous performer in a close-up. Carefully arranging dancers in complex and beautiful formations, Berkeley captured perspectives never seen before.

Jeffrey Spivak's meticulous research magnifies the career and personal life of this beloved filmmaker. Employing personal letters, interviews, studio memoranda, and Berkeley's private memoirs, Spivak unveils the colorful life of one of cinema's greatest artists.

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About the Author:

Jeffrey Spivak writes about film for periodicals and websites.

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"A gifted storyteller and historian, Jeffrey Spivak paints a finely detailed portrait of dance director Busby Berkeley and his doting actress mother Gertrude. It is a lullaby of Broadway and Hollywood as improbable as any of Berkeley's fantastical musical numbers."--Miles Kreuger, President, The Institute of the American Musical, Inc.

"One of the Best Film Books for 2010" Thomas Gladysz --The Huffington Post

"This is an excellent book. The research is meticulous, the narrative crisp, and the evaluation of Berkeley's life and work informative. Buzz fills a major gap in the history of both cinema and musical theater and is must reading, especially for those interested in either."--King Features Syndicate

"[Having] rescued [Berkeley's own memoirs] from a garbage clearance... Spivak recounts [Berkeley's] tales of relentless retakes, schedule-skimming night shoots, and crack-ups, whether emotional... or spinal."--Sight & Sound

“Spivak has the biographer’s sine qua non: a sense of his subject’s uniqueness on this Earth.” —Page Laws, dean of the Honors College, Norfolk State University

"Spivak . . . did an enormous amount of research for this biography. He even viewed the least notable of Berkeley's films and tracked unfinished projects." -- Choice

"Spivak's text is undoubtedly praiseworthy for utilizing resources...to produce this substantial work."--Cambridge Journals

"[Spivak] writes the direct and concise . . . prose that makes for easy reading."--Quarterly Review of Film and Video

"[Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley is] the first attempt at a full-blown biography of the innovative choreographer and director whose kaleidoscopic musical numbers of the 1930s have never been equaled. Spivak has done his homework in terms of interviews and archival research--including a discovery of Berkeley's unpublished memoir."--Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy --

"Book of the Month, December 2010" --Turner Classic Movies

"Book of the Month, April 2011" -- Sight & Sound

"Berkeley was a choreographer extraordinaire. Who else could handle 150 dancers in one number? I can't think of anyone, and Berkeley was doing this in the 1920s and 1930s." --California Chronicle

"One could be excused for thinking that a book titled Buzz might be about Internet-based P.R. strategies for individuals or businesses, but it's actually a biography -- the only one out there -- of Busby Berkeley, the choreo-philosopher and one of the cinema's most original and distinctive creators." --New Yorker

"[Berkeley] was destined for a life in show business. And that life,... was as full of dazzling highs and lurid lows as any melodrama could be." --Barnes and Noble Review

"Spivak describes the entrepreneur's extraordinary career and catalogs his over-the-top life and similarly baroque song-and-dance numbers which featured ornate geometric patterns and influenced much that came after." --Moving Picture Archives News

"People today may remember Berkeley as the visionary behind those human geometric designs that beguiled Hollywood audiences during the 1930s and 40s, but Jeffrey Spivak's new biography Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley paints a deeper portrait of a true artistic innovator and an often troubled human being." --Chicago Stage Style

"Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley is a pick for film and biography holdings alike, covering the career and personal life of film director and choreography Busby Berkeley, whose films changed the nature of the musical film itself and saved Warner Bros. studio. Berkeley's own unpublished memoirs, personal letters, legal documents, and more [complimentary] interviews with those who worked with him for a wide-ranging survey to any serious film or biography library." --The Midwest Book Review

"[A] fascinating read." --Playbill

"Busby Berkeley's name conjures up kaleidoscopic images of women's body parts: crane shots of synchronized movement, collaged into design and pattern by distance and directorial oversight. Jeffrey Spivak aims to promote Berkeley... to the role of directorial creativity and originality." --Times Literary Supplement

"Jeffrey Spivak offers a detailed look into the life and career of one of American cinema's most influential dance directors" --Theater Mania

"Spivak's biography perfectly captures Buzz's spirit as well as the legend, all rolled into one. Spivak covers the man from his humble beginnings, cowering under his brother's wardrobe as he first makes an "appearance" on stage, through to his Broadway successes and failures, and on to the peaks and nadirs he experienced in Hollywood. An even-handed tribute all around." -- Broadway World

"At the time, movie musicals were stale and outdated, but with a touch of the Buzz magic, they came alive. Most credit Berkeley with saving and then recreating a whole new genre of the movie musical. If you are a lover of musicals, this is the book for you."--Chew & Digest Books --

"Looking for a gift for a movie lover? Consider Jeffrey Spivak's new book, "Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley"." --New York Post

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Descripción The University Press of Kentucky, United States, 2010. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The Great Depression was defined by poverty and despair, but visionary American filmmaker Busby Berkeley (1895-1976) managed to divert the public s attention away from the economic crash with some of the most iconic movies of all time. Known for his kaleidoscopic dance numbers featuring multitudes of performers in extravagant costumes, his musicals provided a brief respite for an audience whose reality was hard and bitter. Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley is a revealing study of the director, drawing from interviews with his colleagues, newspaper and legal records, and Berkeley s own unpublished memoirs to uncover the life of a Hollywood legend renowned for his talent and creativity.Jeffrey Spivak examines how Berkeley s career evolved from creating musical numbers for other directors in films such as 42nd Street (1933) and Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) to directing his own pictures, such as Strike up the Band (1940) and The Gang s All Here (1943). Though Berkeley claimed he was no choreographer, his movies revitalized the public s waning interest in musical pictures. While other popular filmmakers advertised their works specifically as nonmusical, Berkeley embraced his niche, eventually becoming the premier dance director of his time.However, the happy face Berkeley presented publicly did not necessarily reflect his life. Offstage and away from the set, the director met with scandal, and his fondness for liquor and women was well known. In September 1935, he was involved in a car accident that left three people dead and four others severely injured. Accused of driving under the influence, he was put on trial for second-degree murder. The accident significantly changed the nature of his stardom. Nº de ref. de la librería AAS9780813126432

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