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Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be King

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The first full-scale life of the controversial, greatly admired yet often underrated director/producer who was known as “Otto the Terrible.”

Nothing about Otto Preminger was small, trivial, or self-denying, from his privileged upbringing in Vienna as the son of an improbably successful Jewish lawyer to his work in film and theater in Europe and, later, in America.

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Hardcover, 592 pages
Published October 16th 2007 by Knopf
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Meticulously researched with nearly 100 new interviews with family members and co-workers, this epic biography offers a multifaceted portrait of the Viennese-born filmmaker and reappraisal of his films.

Preminger's creativity was fueled by abrasion, says Hirsch, so nearly every film boasts testimony from actors who were verbally abused. His explosive rows extended to censors, crew members and studio heads. But Hirsch also reveals the gentler side of Otto the Terrible, protecting fragile stars an
This is Otto Preminger's moment: Foster Hirsh's thorough and very readable bio was published last fall, and this month Film Forum is screening a 23-film retrospective. I interviewed Hirsh for a piece I wrote on Preminger in Time Out: []
Apr 23, 2008 Jenny rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: movie lovers.
I got this book from the library and thought I'd just give it a quick browse so I could keep up on the current film books -- never really intended to read the whole thing because from what I had heard about Preminger, he had a nasty temper and who wants to spend time with a guy like that? But the author got me hooked from the start. The opening chapters about Preminger's parents and their time in pre WWII Vienna were fascinating. Hirsch clearly admired his subject and Preminger's films, though h ...more
Elliot Appel
A comprehensive, thoughtful and objective bio about 'Otto the Ogre'- as some called him. A good read.
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