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Not the story I was expecting but a very fine book nonetheless. This memoir of the man who reinvented theater in the early 20th Century, engagingly written by his son, who was a film director in the US, is really three stories. Gottfried's diary of his father's last days provides a narrative structure for a series of free-ranging remembrances of his father's life and career in Berlin, Vienna, New York, and Hollywood. The third, equally entertaining, story is Gottfried's account of his time ...more