The Resource Screening history, Gore Vidal

Screening history, Gore Vidal

Label
Screening history
Title
Screening history
Statement of responsibility
Gore Vidal
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Gore Vidal saw his first talking picture in 1929 when he was four years old. At age ten, the film A Midsummer Night's Dream whetted his appetite for all of Shakespeare's plays, and Mickey Rooney's Puck inspired his early fantasy about becoming an actor. Yet it was movies about history, albeit history as brought to life on the silver screen, that he remembers most vividly from his youth. Movies such as Roman Scandals, The Prince and the Pauper, and Fire Over England, in his words, "opened for me that door to the past where I have spent so much of my life-long present." Author of Burr, Lincoln, and other best-selling novels chronicling our experience, Vidal shows how history and fiction blend in the private and public worlds of his generation. In Screening History, he intertwines fond recollections of films savored in the movie palaces of his Washington, D.C., boyhood with strands of autobiography and trenchant observations about American politics. Never before has Vidal--a scion of one of our oldest political families--revealed so much about his own life or written with such marvelous immediacy about the real and imagined forces that have shaped America in the twentieth century. We see Vidal witnessing history as his grandfather is sworn in for a fourth Senate term during the Depression; we see him making history as a young airman of ten flying a Hammond Y-1 under the watchful eye of his father, FDR's Director of Aviation; and we journey back with him to America in the 1930s and 1940s, to theaters with names like the Belasco and the Metropolitan where the history screened for the nation's moviegoers often turned reality into fantasy, or into downright propaganda. Screening History is rich with anecdotes about Vidal's eminent family and shrewd insights about prominent figures known and observed. It captures the hold that movies have had on the American imagination and the mark they left on the mind of a youngster who grew up to become one of our best-known and most controversial literary figures. At times poignant, often bitingly funny, this is Gore Vidal at his best, inscribing his views on the American political scene from FDR to George Bush and on issues from the writing of history to the inability of movies to set history straight. The rapier wit for which he is legend animates every page
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Additional physical form
Also issued online.
Cataloging source
DLC
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1925-2012
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Vidal, Gore
Dewey number
791.43/658
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
PN1995.9.H5
LC item number
V54 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Series statement
William E. Massey Sr. lectures in the history of American civilization
Series volume
1991
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Historical films
  • Motion pictures
  • Motion pictures
  • Películas cinematográficas
  • Historical films
  • Motion pictures
  • Motion pictures
  • Historische films
  • Historischer Film
  • Historischer Film
Label
Screening history, Gore Vidal
Link
https://archive.org/details/isbn_9780674795877
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The prince and the pauper -- Fire over England -- Lincoln
Extent
1 online resource (x, 96 pages, [8] pages of plates
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1035676761
Label
Screening history, Gore Vidal
Link
https://archive.org/details/isbn_9780674795877
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The prince and the pauper -- Fire over England -- Lincoln
Extent
1 online resource (x, 96 pages, [8] pages of plates
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1035676761

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