Ben Hecht

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Ben Hecht : fighting words, moving pictures

Hoffman, Adina, author.

New Haven : Yale University Press, [2019]

x, 245 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.

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He was, according to Pauline Kael, "the greatest American screenwriter." Jean-Luc Godard called him "a genius" who "invented 80 percent of what is used in Hollywood movies today." Besides tossing off dozens of now-classic scripts-including Scarface,Twentieth Century, and Notorious-Ben Hecht was known in his day as ace reporter, celebrated playwright, taboo-busting novelist, and the most quick-witted of provocateurs. During World War II, he also emerged as an outspoken crusader for the imperiled Jews of Europe, and later he became a fierce propagandist for pre-1948 Palestine's Jewish terrorist underground. Whatever the outrage he stirred, this self-declared "child of the century" came to embody much that defined America-especially Jewish America-in his time. Hecht's fame has dimmed with the decades, but Adina Hoffman's vivid portrait brings this charismatic and contradictory figure back to life on the page. Hecht was a renaissance man of dazzling sorts, and Hoffman-critically acclaimed biographer, former film critic, and eloquent commentator on Middle Eastern culture and politics-is uniquely suited to capture him in all his modes.

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ISBN:

978-0-300-18042-8 hardcover

ISBN:

978-0-300-18042-8 hardcover

Dewey Class No:

812/.52 23

Author:

Hoffman, Adina, author.

Title:

Ben Hecht : fighting words, moving pictures / Adina Hoffman.

Physical:

x, 245 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.

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Series:

Jewish lives.

BibliogrphyNote:

Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-229) and index.

Summary:

He was, according to Pauline Kael, "the greatest American screenwriter." Jean-Luc Godard called him "a genius" who "invented 80 percent of what is used in Hollywood movies today." Besides tossing off dozens of now-classic scripts-including Scarface,Twentieth Century, and Notorious-Ben Hecht was known in his day as ace reporter, celebrated playwright, taboo-busting novelist, and the most quick-witted of provocateurs. During World War II, he also emerged as an outspoken crusader for the imperiled Jews of Europe, and later he became a fierce propagandist for pre-1948 Palestine's Jewish terrorist underground. Whatever the outrage he stirred, this self-declared "child of the century" came to embody much that defined America-especially Jewish America-in his time. Hecht's fame has dimmed with the decades, but Adina Hoffman's vivid portrait brings this charismatic and contradictory figure back to life on the page. Hecht was a renaissance man of dazzling sorts, and Hoffman-critically acclaimed biographer, former film critic, and eloquent commentator on Middle Eastern culture and politics-is uniquely suited to capture him in all his modes.

Subject:

Hecht, Ben,--1894-1964.

Subject:

Screenwriters--United States--Biography.

Subject:

Jewish authors--United States--Biography.

SAE:UnifrmTitle:

Jewish lives (New Haven, Conn.)

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