Robert Redford is among the most widely admired Hollywood stars of his generation, renowned for his iconic roles as the Sundance Kid, Bob Woodward and Jay Gatsby, and celebrated for his fierce commitment to environmental causes, independent filmmaking, and his Sundance Film Festival. Yet only now, in this revelatory biography written in close collaboration with the extraordinary actor and director himself, do we see the complex man beneath the Hollywood facade.
|Author:||Callan, Michael Feeney|
|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||May 2012|
|Number of Pages:||562|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.24|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.23 x 1.23 x 8.0|
In this well-researched biography, Callan, who has also written biographies of Sean Connery and Anthony Hopkins, first explores Robert Redford's genealogy. By the time Redford was born, his family was living in Depression-era Los Angeles, and he has had a love/hate relationship with the city ever since. As a boy, he was rebellious and had a troubled connection with his dad. He resented conventionality and gradually became fascinated by painting.
After spending some time in college and going to Europe, he began acting on stage in New York and then did TV before embarking upon a film career. Callan discusses Redford's film roles in depth and spends a lot of time on his long friendships with Natalie Wood, Paul New man, and Sydney Pollack. He also describes how Redford got into directing and writing. Readers will appreciate a look into Redford's varied interests. Never completely satisfied by acting, he is a big force in the conservation movement, and he created the Sundance Film Festival to highlight new talent in film.
Verdict: Highly recommended for readers interested in Robert Redford, motion pictures, actor and director biographies, and the Sundance Film Festival.
[Four-city tour.] - Sally Bryant, Pepperdine Univ. Lib., Malibu, CA
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