Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction by Patton Oswalt

By Patton Oswalt

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Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: 2015-01-06
Number of Pages: 241
Website: Amazon, LibraryThing, Google Books

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New York Times bestselling writer, comic, and actor Patton Oswalt stocks his exciting memoir approximately coming of age as a performer and author within the past due '90s whereas obsessively looking at vintage motion pictures on the mythical New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.

Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakeable habit. It wasn't medications, alcohol, or intercourse. It was once movie. After relocating to L.A., Oswalt turned a tremendous movie buff, soaking up classics and new releases at the very least 3 nights every week on the New Beverly Cinema. Silver monitor celluloid turned Patton's existence schoolbook, informing his notions of performing, writing, comedy, and relationships. Set within the nascent days of the choice comedy scene, Oswalt's memoir chronicles his trip from fledgling slapstick comedian to confident sitcom actor, with the colourful New Beverly collective helping him all alongside the way.

Ideally timed for awards season, whilst everyone's brain is on Hollywood, Silver reveal Fiend follows up at the fabulous reception of Oswalt's New York instances bestselling debut, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. Already a loved fixture at the comedy level, on tv, and in film-not to say his 1.87 million Twitter followers-Oswalt proclaims, with this moment e-book, that he's additionally right here to stick at the page.

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Tom Ford has overtly paid tribute to Felliniana with his sunglass collection, one style labeled “Anouk,” while the couture of Gianni Versace, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, and Thierry Mugler has referenced the chic and the extremes of Fellini fashion. Mugler’s Spring/Summer 1997 creations in particular, with their bird-of-paradise feathers and plumage exploding from the shoulders and neckline, were strongly influenced by Piero Gherardi’s designs for Juliet of the Spirits. Dolce and Gabbana have openly expressed their debt to Fellini, creating three collections enlivened by their passion for his films.

I couldn’t believe her in those dark glasses and that black dress and that sports car. I thought that was the heaviest thing I ever saw. Anouk Aimée with that black eye. It made me want to have a black eye forever. I’d always look great. indd 45 Sylvia’s press conference. indd 46 Sylvia in the Trevi Fountain. indd 48 6/10/15 5:20 PM OPPOSITE AND ABOVE Anita Ekberg as Sylvia, in two of the film’s most iconic images: dancing at the Baths of Caracalla, and soaking up the mist and droplets of the Trevi Fountain.

Stardust is also singled out for its cast of unknowns with strange, bizarre but wonderful faces as bit players and extras—pure Fellini. 8½ has been a siren song to directors, a sort of comedy Hamlet, carrying the mantle of a filmmaker’s rite of passage. indd 29 6/10/15 5:18 PM Women (Peter Greenaway, 1999) and Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008). Bob Fosse would have a relationship with Fellini’s works for a good part of his career. His Sweet Charity was a Broadway musical adaptation of Nights of Cabiria, and in 1979 he made his own personal 8½.

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