This Terrible Business Has Been Good to Me

This Terrible Business Has Been Good to Me

An Autobiography

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Traces the celebrated director's forty years in filmmaking, describing such events as his unlikely appointment as Canadian-Christian director of "Fiddler on the Roof," and his behind-the-scenes observations of Hollywood politics.

McMillan Palgrave
For over forty years, Norman Jewison has been one of Hollywood's preeminent storytellers. His films have spanned every genre, from drama to comedy to musical to action, and have been embraced by audiences and critics alike. Throughout his career, Jewison has shown an honesty, humor, and unflappable spirit that have made him one of Hollywood's best-loved and most successful directors, culminating in an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1999.

In this candid and witty autobiography, Jewison reveals how he went from a quiet childhood in Canada to the heady world of entertainment, working with the biggest stars and winning some of the most sought-after awards. He began his career in television, earning three Emmy Awards for his work with luminaries such as Harry Belafonte, Judy Garland, and Frank Sinatra, but soon made the move to the big screen. In Hollywood, he started out directing romantic comedies with Doris Day and Rock Hudson, but soon proved himself adept as an independent filmmaker with The Cincinnati Kid, starring a young Steve McQueen.

Jewison - or the "Canadian Pinko" as John Wayne called him -- has been a tireless promoter of civil rights around the world in both his films and life. His pre-glasnost comedy The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! made him one of the first Western directors to go behind the Iron Curtain. Robert Kennedy became a friend after supplying details of his own experiences in the South for the making of In The Heat of the Night, starring Sidney Poitier. The landmark film went on to win five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, but not before Jewison, Poitier, and the rest of the crew spent a tense, sleepless night in a Southern motel. In the '80s and '90s, his films A Soldier's Story and The Hurricane with Denzel Washington each received worldwide acclaim for their portrayal of some of the most fundamental issues of race in America.

No matter what genre, Jewison's films were career highlights for countless actors, and he offers never before told details of his own working relationships with the stars and studios. How did he, a Canadian - Christian - get to direct the hit musical Fiddler on the Roof? How did the rugged, motorcycle-riding Steve McQueen convince Jewison he could play the sophisticated Thomas Crown? How did Jewison help invent the futuristic sport of Rollerball? How did Moonstruck reverse a box office curse and go on to become a smash success and multiple Oscar-winner?

This Terrible Business Has Been Good to Me reveals the little-known details in these funny, charming stories of life on the other side of the camera.



Holtzbrinck
For over forty years, Norman Jewison has been one of Hollywood’s preeminent storytellers. His films have spanned every genre, from drama to comedy to musical to action, and have been embraced by audiences and critics alike. Throughout his career, Jewison has shown an honesty, humor, and unflappable spirit that have made him one of Hollywood’s best-loved and most successful directors, culminating in an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1999.
 
In this candid and witty autobiography, Jewison reveals how he went from a quiet childhood in Canada to the heady world of entertainment, working with the biggest stars and winning some of the most sought-after awards. He began his career in television, earning three Emmy Awards for his work with luminaries such as Harry Belafonte, Judy Garland, and Frank Sinatra, but soon made the move to the big screen. In Hollywood, he started out directing romantic comedies with Doris Day and Rock Hudson, but soon proved himself adept as an independent filmmaker with The Cincinnati Kid, starring a young Steve McQueen.
 
Jewison – or the “Canadian Pinko” as John Wayne called him -- has been a tireless promoter of civil rights around the world in both his films and life. His pre-glasnost comedy The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! made him one of the first Western directors to go behind the Iron Curtain. Robert Kennedy became a friend after supplying details of his own experiences in the South for the making of In The Heat of the Night, starring Sidney Poitier. The landmark film went on to win five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, but not before Jewison, Poitier, and the rest of the crew spent a tense, sleepless night in a Southern motel. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, his films A Soldier’s Story and The Hurricane with Denzel Washington each received worldwide acclaim for their portrayal of some of the most fundamental issues of race in America.
 
No matter what genre, Jewison’s films were career highlights for countless actors, and he offers never before told details of his own working relationships with the stars and studios. How did he, a Canadian – Christian – get to direct the hit musical Fiddler on the Roof? How did the rugged, motorcycle-riding Steve McQueen convince Jewison he could play the sophisticated Thomas Crown? How did Jewison help invent the futuristic sport of Rollerball? How did Moonstruck reverse a box office curse and go on to become a smash success and multiple Oscar-winner?
 
This Terrible Business Has Been Good to Me reveals the little-known details in these funny, charming stories of life on the other side of the camera.


Baker
& Taylor

The memoirs of the celebrated Hollywood director trace his forty years in filmmaking, describing such events as his unlikely appointment as a Christian Canadian director of Fiddler on the Roof, his witness to the impact of various films on the careers of top stars, and his behind-the-scenes observations of Hollywood politics.

Publisher: New York : T. Dunne Books, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312328689
0312328680
Branch Call Number: 791.430233092 JEW
Characteristics: 304 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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