Nicholas Ray: The Glorious Failure of an American Director
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Nicholas Ray: The Glorious Failure of an American Director

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Nicholas Ray spent the glory years of his career creating films that were dark, emotionally charged, and haunted by social misfits and bruised young people—from his career-defining debut, They Live by Night, to his enduring masterwork, Rebel Without a Cause, with James Dean; from the noir thriller In a Lonely Place, pairing his wife Gloria Grahame with Humphrey Bogart, to...more
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Published July 12th 2011 by HarperCollins e-books
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Barry Hammond
Always an interesting figure, from being the director of films like "Rebel Without A Cause," "In A Lonely Place," "On Dangerous Ground," and "They Live By Night," to his appearance in Wim Wenders' "The American Friend," this detailed biography captures the complexity and flawed humanity of one of the great "auteurs" championed by the likes of New Wave film critics and film-makers Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.

In a career that was sometimes over-shadowed by the films he was forcibly remov...more
Louise
Author Patrick McGilligan draws a picture of Nicholas Ray as a man in constant motion. He's handsome, charming, persuasive, creative and ahead of his time. Elia Kazan called him, "ungathered". He drank, smoked, gambled, took drugs and made love to women and men. It's amazing, with the toll such a life style takes on a body, that he lived to be 78.

How many people could claim Frank Lloyd Wright, Elia Kazan and Howard Hughes as mentors? He escorted Shelly Winters, Marilyn Monroe and Jane Crawford a...more
Elliot Appel
A man who had it all-talent, intelligence, looks-yet incredibly self-destructive and insecure. He did everything possible to sabotage what could have been a brilliant career.
Douglas Armstrong
A lot to like here, particularly for movie buffs and Wisconsin readers (Ray was from LaCrosse and spent time at Taliesen as Frank Lloyd Wright's theater director.) It's quite a yarn, following a sometimes brilliant and creative man as he slowl descends into drug-induced madness. Told without melodrama or hype. McGilligan is an excellent biographer with the correct blend of objective distance from his subject and reassuring intimacy with the facts.
Tara
Absorbing biography of the conflicted director behind Rebel Without a Cause, In a Lonely Place and other downbeat, post-war Hollywood classics. Nick Ray was ahead of his time - a New Wave visionary 20 years before it happened. He never really fitted into the studio system, and lost his way after the untimely death of kindred spirit James Dean. Washed up by the 1960s, Ray was lionised by European critics but never completed another film.
Tom Newth
A little snooty. Shame he doesn't actually like Ray very much. Also, not a jot of analysis on the films.
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