This Great Escape: The Case of Michael Paryla

This Great Escape: The Case of Michael Paryla

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Paperback, Consortium Book Sales & Dist, 2013, ISBN13 9781927428337, ISBN10 1927428335
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THIS GREAT ESCAPE

SHORTLISTED FOR THE $60,000 HILARY WESTON WRITERS TRUST PRIZE FOR NONFICTION
"What the hell kind of great escape is this? No one escapes "
--L.B. Mayer, on the 1963 film
He had fifty-seven seconds of screen time in the most lavish POW film Hollywood ever produced. He was blond. A Gestapo agent. Sauntering down the aisles of a speeding train, he speaks in terse German to Richard Attenborough, Gordon Jackson, David McCallum. The film is "The Great Escape" (by John Sturges, starring Steve McQueen); the actor, though uncredited, is Michael Paryla. He was part Jewish. Shortly after filming he died.
In "This Great Escape," Andrew Steinmetz tenderly reconstructs the life of a man seen by millions yet recognized by no one, whose history--from childhood flight from Nazism to suspicious death twenty years later--intersects bitterly, ironically, and often movingly with the plot of Sturges's great war film. Splicing together documentary materials with correspondence, diary entries, and Steinmetz's own travel journal, "This Great Escape" does more than reconstruct the making of a cinema classic: it is a poignant and moving testament to the complexity of human experience, a portrait of a family for whom acting was a matter of survival, and proof that our most anonymous, uncredited, and undocumented moments can brush against the zeitgeist of world history.

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Number of Pages: 282
Original Languages: English
Author: Steinmetz, Andrew
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist
ISBN-13: 9781927428337
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.50 x 8.50 x 0.75 Inches
ISBN-10: 1927428335
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