Audiobooks Memo from David O. Selznick : The Creation of "Gone with the Wind" and Other Motion Picture Classics, as Revealed in the Producer's Private Letters, Telegrams, Memorandums, and Autobiographical RemarksAuthor David O. Selznick – Multi-channel.co
Memo from David O Selznick remains a classic in the field If you want understand how the Hollywood Studio System worked, read this book fascinating parts make up for those that arent One thing you can say about Gone with the Wind he paid attention to EVERYTHING. David O Selznick Was A Unique Figure In The Golden Hollywood Studio Era He Produced Some Of The Greatest And Most Memorable American Films Ever Made Notably, Rebecca, A Star Is Born, Anna Karenina, A Farewell To Arms, And, Above All, Gone With The Wind Selznick S Absolute Power And Artistic Control Are Evidenced In His Impassioned, Eloquent, Witty, And Sometimes Rageful Memos To Directors, Writers, Stars And Studio Executives, Writings That Have Become Almost As Famous As His Films Newsweek Wrote, I Can T Imagine How A Book On The American Movie Business Could Be Illuminating, Riveting Or Fun To Read Than This Collection Of David Selznick S Memos This book is a loose collection of memos and telegrams compiled from the 30 year career of a legendary filmmaker While I did skim those from his early and late career you can only read so many memos after all , I particularly enjoyed the ones shedding light on his two greatest films Gone with the Wind and Rebecca that earned back to back Oscars This book certainly won t enjoy broad reader appeal, but it does provide a trove of excellent source material for anyone interested in behind the scenes drama, as it happened and unfiltered, from some of the best and a few not so good films made during Hollywood s golden years. Please see my detailed review at Graceann s Memo from David O Selznick Review Please click that the review was helpful to you at so that my rating continues to climb I now need to read anything else that Rudy Behlmer has written, or to which he has contributed, because this was one of the best film history books I ve ever encountered In a literary world populated by salacious dreck, Behlmer has done something particularly amazing He has put together a fascinating portrait, essentially in Selznick s own words, that is fair, even handed and objective without being prurient. As much as I enjoyed reading this 500 page collection of memos from the late great Hollywood producer David O Selznick, I found myself entertained than informed Editor Ruby Behlmer certainly presented a generous amount of materialyet it felt as if he sacrificed detail in order to ironically enough present volumeand a broad range of years For example, Selznick was known for his very lengthy memosyet if I am correct few of David O Selznick s memos are reprinted in their complete form Instead, Behlmer published cover letters, which pertained to notedwithout including the actual script notes of a particular film A 1957 poison pen memo to director John Huston re A FAREWELL TO ARMS is rudely truncated to six pages from its original sixteen page single spaced version It was a fascinating memo, and an important onewhich lead to Huston resigning from the movie Why deny readers the full benefit of Selznick s words, and obsessive detail Also, I was disappointed that Behlner did not include memos and detail in relation to the several films Alfred Hitchcock made under contract to Selznick There s very little on REBECCA, and even less on SPELLBOUND, and THE PARADINE CASE.That said, Memo From David O Selznick does present an interest portrait of a smart, educated, eloquent, obsessive Hollywood producerone with a humongous ego, who as relentless in his confidence that he knew better than everybody else Selznick s strengths and flaws are all therein each and every memo Despite by disappointments, I am thankful that Ruby Behlmer at least took the time to go through the file boxes, and publish these forthright communications from the man who brought Hitchcock to America, made a star out of Jennifer Jones, and produced the biggest movie of all timeGONE WITH THE WIND. Really gives you insight into the mind of one of Hollywood s greatest producers Collects basically every scrap of paper that Selznick wrote and he wrote A LOT dealing with his films, including Intermezzo, David Copperfield, Prisoner of Zenda, and that little thing called Gone With the Wind Fueled by benzadrine, Selznick runs a million miles an hour A must have for any serious fan of old Hollywood. This is a wonderful, juicy and enjoyable book Selznick s memos are well written, evocative and candid The book is highly recommended for anyone who enjoys his movies Gone With the Wind, A Star is Born, Rebecca, to name a few or is curious about how movies are made. This is WONDERFUL A joy to read the words of a man who lived and breathed cinema His memos reveal a brilliant producer and showman, who had an instinctive understanding of what worked for the films he made and the stories he chose, a man who was widely read and deeply schooled in film, a master marketing man, and, without doubt, a NIGHTMARE for the directors he engaged Can t recommend this highly enough quite simply the BEST and most revealing book about cinema I ve ever read High credit also to Rudy Behlmer, whose careful editing and selection of the memos is a brilliant piece of narrative itself The jumps made from initial talks on a film, to pre production to shooting and then across post to premiere, show filmmaking, and the relationships it makes and breaks in all is crazy glory, while at times the juxtaposition from initial wooing to all out war is laugh out loud hilarious A must Insecure, passionate, knowledgable, business minded, workaholic, serious, curious, voracious, sincere, humble, confident, apologetic and not.It s all that transpires from this ample collection of memos From a small glimpse into minuscule details of a shooting or casting to a wide panorama of the movie making business.We get to hear his voice only but what a voice.It s widely entertaining despite his supposedly lack of humour I would have loved a bit , the memos in upper case, and some pointless and repetitive letters.What I missed the most is introductory text about movies, particular relationship with director actor that would have had the function of gluing together many disparate memos that have no glory or story if read on their own.