American Beauty

American Beauty marks the feature film directorial debut of award-winning theater director Sam Mendes (The Blue Room, Cabaret).

Author: Alan Ball

Publisher: Newmarket Press

ISBN: 155704404X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 128

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On a typical suburban street in a typical suburban town,there is an ordinary family living the American dream. But look closer. Lester Burnham's wife, Carolyn, regards him with contempt, his daughter, Jane, thinks he's a loser, and his boss is positioning him for the ax. Captivated by Jane's sultry high school friend Angela, Lester decides to make a few changes in his mere existence—changes that are less mid-life crisis than a life reclaimed.The freer he gets, the happier he gets, which is even more maddening to his wife and daughter. Complicating matters, Lester finds an unexpected ally in Ricky, the teenage son of the new next-door neighbors, who sees life through a camera lens that has lately focused on Jane Burnham. In pursuit of his new vision of the American dream, Lester is about to learn that the ultimate freedom comes at the ultimate price. The 1999 winner of five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, American Beauty boasts an accomplished cast led by two-time Academy Award® Best Actor winner Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects) and Oscar® nominee Annette Bening (The Grifters).The ensemble cast also includes Thora Birch (Ghost World),Wes Bentley (The Claim), Mena Suvari (American Pie),Peter Gallagher (Mr. Deeds), Allison Janney (NBC's The West Wing), Scott Bakula (NBC's Quantum Leap), Sam Robards (A.I.: Artificial Intelligence), and Chris Cooper (Adaptation). American Beauty marks the feature film directorial debut of award-winning theater director Sam Mendes (The Blue Room, Cabaret). The film is produced by Dan Jinks (Nothing to Lose) and Bruce Cohen (The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas) from an original screenplay by Alan Ball (HBO's Six Feet Under). Stan Wlodkowski (One Hour Photo) and Alan Ball are the co-producers.

American Beauty

Composing the score to American Beauty was a natural for me , as the songs came literally from my backyard . Growing up in Arkansas , I witnessed my two ...

Author: Michael Rice

Publisher: Dramatic Publishing

ISBN: 0871299291

Category: Musicals

Page: 103

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The American Beauty Industry Encyclopedia

Beauty and the Labor Market.” American Economic Review, 84 (1994): 1174–94; Jermyn, Deborah. “'Death of the Girl Next Door': Celebrity, Femininity, ...

Author: Julie A. Willett

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313359491

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 338

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This is the first encyclopedia to focus exclusively on the many aspects of the American beauty industry, covering both its diverse origins and its global reach. * More than 100 entries cover many facets of the American beauty industry * Over 40 contributors provide a variety of perspectives * Some three dozen photographs capture various aspects of this pervasive industry * Includes a chronology and a selected bibliography

Deadly American Beauty

... Roy Hazelwood and bestselling crime author Stephen G. Michaud shine light on the inner workings of America's most violent and depraved murderers.

Author: John Glatt

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks

ISBN: 1429904747

Category: True Crime

Page: 304

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Greg DeVillers was a top biotech executive, and Kristen Rossum was embarking on a career in toxicology at the San Diego Medical Examiner's office. They seemed to be happily married, living the American dream. But only months shy of their second anniversary, Kristen found her handsome husband dead from a drug overdose-his corpse sprinkled with rose petals. By his side was their wedding photo. The scene was reminiscent of American Beauty, one of Kristen's favorite movies. Authorities deemed it a suicide. Until they discovered that the rare poison found in Greg's body was the same poison missing from Kristen's office. Until they discovered the truth about Kristen's lurid affair, about her own long-time drug addiction, and about the personal and professional secrets she would kill to keep hidden-secrets that would ultimately expose the beautiful blonde as the deadly beauty she really was...a Deadly American Beauty

Death of an American Beauty

Next, each of the American Beauties emerged to recite one of the amendments, causing a hubbub as people realized the contestants had been included in the ...

Author: Mariah Fredericks

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 9781250210890

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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Death of an American Beauty is the third in Mariah Fredericks's compelling series, set in Gilded Age New York, featuring Jane Prescott. Jane Prescott is taking a break from her duties as lady’s maid for a week, and plans to begin it with attending the hottest and most scandalous show in town: the opening of an art exhibition, showcasing the cubists, that is shocking New York City. 1913 is also the fiftieth anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation speech, and the city's great and good are determined to celebrate in style. Dolly Rutherford, heiress to the glamorous Rutherford’s department store empire, has gathered her coterie of society ladies to put on a play—with Jane’s employer Louise Tyler in the starring role as Lincoln himself. Jane is torn between helping the ladies with their costumes and enjoying her holiday. But fate decides she will do neither, when a woman is found murdered outside Jane’s childhood home—a refuge for women run by her uncle. Deeply troubled as her uncle falls under suspicion and haunted by memories of a woman she once knew, Jane—with the help of old friends and new acquaintances, reporter Michael Behan and music hall pianist Leo Hirschfeld—is determined to discover who is making death into their own twisted art form.

Respiration and Other Post harvest Physiological Phenomena of Red American Beauty Roses as Affected by Various Chemicals

RESPIRATION AND OTHER POST-HARVEST PHYSIOLOGICAL PHENOMENA OF 'RED AMERICAN BEAUTY' ROSES AS AFFECTED BY VARIOUS CHEMICALS A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Cornell University for the Degree of Doctor of ...

Author: Robert Edward Lee Kaltaler


ISBN: CORNELL:31924002896839

Category: Cut flowers

Page: 888

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Considering Alan Ball

Essays on Sexuality, Death and America in the Television and Film Writings Thomas Fahy. Good. Mourning,. America: Alan. Ball's. American. Beauty.

Author: Thomas Fahy

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786489282

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 190

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Academy Award-winning screenwriter of the film American Beauty and creator of the HBO series Six Feet Under, Alan Ball has consistently probed the cultural forces shaping gender, sexuality, and death in the United States. Through gritty dialogue and edgy humor, Ball centers much of his social critique on the illusory promises of the American Dream. For many of his characters, a belief in the American Dream—including idealized notions of the family, heterosexual norms, and the acceptance of prescribed gender roles—proves stifling and self-destructive. This is the first book to explore Ball’s writings for theater, television and film, with an emphasis on his best-known work. These essays offer insight into both the captivating and problematic dimensions of Ball’s work, while drawing connections among his diverse writings. An interview with Ball is included.

Catching Light

CHAPTER 12 THE WAR OF THE ROSES Meaning and Epiphany in American Beauty The makers of American Beauty were not sure of how to open their story .

Author: Roy M. Anker

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802827950

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 402

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Examines nineteen popular films, such as The Godfather trilogy, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, and American Beauty, and shows how they convey a range of striking perspectives on the human encounter with God. Original.

Films about Suburbia

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.

Author: Source Wikipedia


ISBN: 1230479651


Page: 106

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (films not included). Pages: 104. Chapters: The Graduate, American Beauty, Heathers, Blue Velvet, American Graffiti, Apt Pupil, Ordinary People, Donnie Darko, The Truman Show, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Clerks, Revolutionary Road, Edward Scissorhands, A Serious Man, The 'Burbs, The Chumscrubber, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Stepford Wives, Over the Hedge, Grosse Pointe Blank, The Ice Storm, Pleasantville, Far from Heaven, Little Children, The Virgin Suicides, The Brady Bunch Movie, Happiness, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, Arlington Road, Welcome to the Dollhouse, Neighbors, Goodbye, Columbus, Coneheads, The Swimmer, The Money Pit, Radiant City, SubUrbia, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Over the Edge, A Hole in One, Avalon, Deficit, Three Men on a Horse, Love Me Not, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, The End of Suburbia, The Adjuster, Judy Berlin, Collaborator, Van Nuys Blvd.. Excerpt: American Beauty is a 1999 American drama film directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball. Kevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, a middle-aged magazine writer who has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best friend, Angela (Mena Suvari). Annette Bening co-stars as Lester's materialistic wife, Carolyn, and Thora Birch plays their insecure daughter, Jane; Wes Bentley, Chris Cooper and Allison Janney also feature. The film has been described by academics as a satire of American middle class notions of beauty and personal satisfaction; analysis has focused on the film's explorations of romantic and paternal love, sexuality, beauty, materialism, self-liberation and redemption. Ball began writing American Beauty as a play in the early 1990s, partly inspired by the media circus around the Amy Fisher trial in 1992. He shelved the play after realizing the story would not work on the stage. After several years as...

Margarita Fischer

A Flurry in Hats (American [Beauty]/Mutual). ¡ reel. April 28, ¡9¡4. Cast: MF (Hattie Hood Dunlap), Harry Pollard (Knox Dunlap), Fred Gamble (Captain Hood), ...

Author: Theresa St. Romain

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786435524

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 201

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"This biography details Fischer's life and career, examining not only her work in front of the camera but also the broader issues which informed her personal and professional decisions. It follows her sometimes difficult marriage to fellow performer Harry Pollard and examines her work with Pollard Picture Plays, a production company founded by the couple"--Provided by publisher.

Alphabetic List of Educational Institutions




ISBN: STANFORD:36105216493002

Category: Student aid


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Directory of Postsecondary Institutions




ISBN: MINN:31951D00365131U

Category: Education, Higher


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Includes universities, colleges at the 4-year and 2-year or community and junior college levels, technical institutes, and occupationally-oriented vocational schools in the United States and its outlying areas.

Roller Derby

The History of an American Sport Michella M. Marino. or wearing gloves or scarves on the track. 13. Candace Savage, Beauty Queens: A Playful History (New ...

Author: Michella M. Marino

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9781477323847

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 296

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Since 1935, roller derby has thrilled fans and skaters with its constant action, hard hits, and edgy attitude. However, though its participants’ athleticism is undeniable, roller derby has never been accepted as a “real” sport. Michella M. Marino, herself a former skater, tackles the history of a sport that has long been a cultural mainstay for one reason both utterly simple and infinitely complex: roller derby has always been coed. Richly illustrated and drawing on oral histories, archival materials, media coverage, and personal experiences, Roller Derby is the first comprehensive history of this cultural phenomenon, one enjoyed by millions yet spurned by mainstream gatekeepers. Amid the social constraints of the mid-twentieth century, roller derby’s emphasis on gender equality attracted male and female athletes alike, producing gender relations and gender politics unlike those of traditional sex-segregated sports. In an enlightening feminist critique, Marino considers how the promotion of pregnancy and motherhood by roller derby management has simultaneously challenged and conformed to social norms. Finally, Marino assesses the sport’s present and future after its resurgence in the 2000s.

Culture Raise low Rethink high A Representation of the Academic Potential of So Called Low Culture

American Beauty's depiction of suburban life is satirical, as are the majority of those mentioned in Muzzio and Halper's paper; however, the eect on future ...

Author: Emma Buchanan

Publisher: Logos Verlag Berlin GmbH

ISBN: 9783832551308

Category: Photography

Page: 196

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Despite (or more likely due to) being the culture which most affects and interacts with the masses, the broad and definition-evading category of 'popular culture' remains a second-class citizen in academia, relegated to a position of 'low' below a culture deemed 'high' and worthy of scholarly inquiry. This eclectic collection of essays aims to convince that this inequality must be addressed by exploring a variety of supposedly 'low' cultural types and texts through an academic lens, proving that so-called 'low' culture can be a valuable contribution to academic research. That said, raising the 'low' does not mean making it 'high', turning it into an elite category to be accessed only by experts. Rather, the authors are unswerving in their approach that academic writing and fan writing are not mutually exclusive. On the contrary, it is their knowledge and passion as fans of their subject matter that has inspired their chapters, all of which draw upon their considerable experience of engaging as fans in what they discuss. All the chapters have been written by postgraduate students seeking to inspire a new empiricism through which their interests might be fully pursued in their futures as scholars. Emma Buchanan is a British postgraduate researcher and television fan who is currently writing up her PhD thesis on the topic of gender and change in AMC's "The Walking Dead" as understood from the point of view of Jungian depth psychology.

The Illustrated American

AMERICAN BEAUTIES TO BE COMPARED . BY JAMES CREELMAN . point for local distinctions . When the painter has once. E We may VERY American woman with a spark of pride in her who has had her portrait painted will learn with deep delight ...



ISBN: WISC:89071465330

Category: American literature


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