The Notorious Ben Hecht

It details the story of how Hecht earned admiration as a humanitarian and vilification as an extremist at this pivotal moment in history, about the origins of his beliefs in his varied experiences in American media, and about the ...

Author: Julien Gorbach

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN: 9781612495958

Category: History

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2019 National Jewish Book Award Finalist for Biography. Ben Hecht had seen his share of death-row psychopaths, crooked ward bosses, and Capone gun thugs by the time he had come of age as a crime reporter in gangland Chicago. His grim experience with what he called “the soul of man” gave him a kind of uncanny foresight a decade later, when a loose cannon named Adolf Hitler began to rise to power in central Europe. In 1932, Hecht solidified his legend as "the Shakespeare of Hollywood" with his thriller Scarface, the Howard Hughes epic considered the gangster movie to end all gangster movies. But Hecht rebelled against his Jewish bosses at the movie studios when they refused to make films about the Nazi menace. Leveraging his talents and celebrity connections to orchestrate a spectacular one-man publicity campaign, he mobilized pressure on the Roosevelt administration for an Allied plan to rescue Europe’s Jews. Then after the war, Hecht became notorious, embracing the labels “gangster” and “terrorist” in partnering with the mobster Mickey Cohen to smuggle weapons to Palestine in the fight for a Jewish state. The Notorious Ben Hecht: Iconoclastic Writer and Militant Zionist is a biography of a great twentieth-century writer that treats his activism during the 1940s as the central drama of his life. It details the story of how Hecht earned admiration as a humanitarian and vilification as an extremist at this pivotal moment in history, about the origins of his beliefs in his varied experiences in American media, and about the consequences. Who else but Hecht could have drawn the admiration of Ezra Pound, clowned around with Harpo Marx, written Notorious and Spellbound with Alfred Hitchcock, launched Marlon Brando’s career, ghosted Marilyn Monroe’s memoirs, hosted Jack Kerouac and Salvador Dalí on his television talk show, and plotted revolt with Menachem Begin? Any lover of modern history who follows this journey through the worlds of gangsters, reporters, Jazz Age artists, Hollywood stars, movie moguls, political radicals, and guerrilla fighters will never look at the twentieth century in the same way again.

Ben Hecht

Whatever the outrage he stirred, this self-declared “child of the century” came to embody much that defined America—especially Jewish America—in his time.Hecht's fame has dimmed with the decades, but Adina Hoffman’s vivid portrait ...

Author: Adina Hoffman

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300182408

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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A vibrant portrait of one of the most accomplished and prolific American screenwriters, by an award-winning biographer and essayistHe was, according to Pauline Kael, “the greatest American screenwriter.” Jean-Luc Godard called him “a genius” who “invented 80 percent of what is used in Hollywood movies today.” Besides tossing off dozens of now-classic scripts—including Scarface, Twentieth Century, and Notorious—Ben Hecht was known in his day as ace reporter, celebrated playwright, taboo-busting novelist, and the most quick-witted of provocateurs. During World War II, he also emerged as an outspoken crusader for the imperiled Jews of Europe, and later he became a fierce propagandist for pre-1948 Palestine’s Jewish terrorist underground. Whatever the outrage he stirred, this self-declared “child of the century” came to embody much that defined America—especially Jewish America—in his time.Hecht's fame has dimmed with the decades, but Adina Hoffman’s vivid portrait brings this charismatic and contradictory figure back to life on the page. Hecht was a renaissance man of dazzling sorts, and Hoffman—critically acclaimed biographer, former film critic, and eloquent commentator on Middle Eastern culture and politics—is uniquely suited to capture him in all his modes.

How Scripts are Made

The Construction of Suspense Notorious by Ben Hecht and Alfred Hitchcock Notorious , 1946 Director : Alfred Hitchcock Screenplay : Ben Hecht Alfred ...

Author: Inga Karetnikova

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 0809313804

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 174

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Inga Karetnikova’ s method is that of the art teacher: she asks students to study great works in detail, to analyze them, and then to create their own. She stresses that her examination is "interested only in how the scripts are written and what makes them work, not in a cultural or scholarly examination of them." Karetnikova analyzes eight screenplays— The Godfather, Rashomon, La Strada, Bicycle Thief, Nosferatu, The Servant, Viridiana, Notorious— and a novel written in screenplay form, Kiss of the Spider Woman. Each serves as an example of a particular aspect of screenplay writing: composing scripts, developing characters, constructing suspense, adapting literature to cinematic space and time, and weaving details and motifs within a script. Karetnikova urges film students to work on their own screenplays while studying her book, reading the suggested scripts and viewing the films based on them to get the most from her method. She provides a series of exercises for each chapter to help students master the skills of composing and writing film treatments, developing screen stories and their characters, organizing scenes, and writing dialogue. Each of the exercises has worked successfully in her own screenplay-writing classes.

A Jewish Voice

BEN. HECHT. The Holocaust Day, Yom HaShoah, that the Jewish world ... The second is by Julien Gorbach, The Notorious Ben Hecht: Iconoclastic Writer and ...

Author: Jeremy Rosen

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781796072051

Category: Philosophy

Page: 426

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This book is a collection of ideas I have written about over the past year or so in the form of weekly blogs. They describe the different thoughts I have had on a range of topics from religious, political, historical and cultural to specifically Jewish. My way of thinking comes from the integration of Jewish and secular western ideas and values. I write to inform, to challenge, to educate and to entertain. Often controversially. I am aiming at a Jewish audience that is looking for new ways of treating religious issues in a non-conformist way that encourages a critical view of life. And for others interested in how I, as a Jewish person, try to reconcile two very different ways of looking at the world.

Ben Hecht

Cigar-chomping, wisecracking, Hecht relished the role of brash anti-Zelig—bursting ... Nothing Sacred, Gunga Din, Notorious, and Twentieth Century, which, ...

Author: Adina Hoffman

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300180428

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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From the prizewinning Jewish Lives series, a vibrant portrait of one of the most accomplished and prolific American screenwriters, by an award-winning biographer and essayist He was, according to Pauline Kael, "the greatest American screenwriter." Jean-Luc Godard called him "a genius" who "invented 80 percent of what is used in Hollywood movies today." Besides tossing off dozens of now-classic scripts--including Scarface, Twentieth Century, and Notorious--Ben Hecht was known in his day as ace reporter, celebrated playwright, taboo-busting novelist, and the most quick-witted of provocateurs. During World War II, he also emerged as an outspoken crusader for the imperiled Jews of Europe, and later he became a fierce propagandist for pre-1948 Palestine's Jewish terrorist underground. Whatever the outrage he stirred, this self-declared "child of the century" came to embody much that defined America--especially Jewish America--in his time. Hecht's fame has dimmed with the decades, but Adina Hoffman's vivid portrait brings this charismatic and contradictory figure back to life on the page. Hecht was a renaissance man of dazzling sorts, and Hoffman--critically acclaimed biographer, former film critic, and eloquent commentator on Middle Eastern culture and politics--is uniquely suited to capture him in all his modes. About Jewish Lives: Jewish Lives is a prizewinning series of interpretative biography designed to explore the many facets of Jewish identity. Individual volumes illuminate the imprint of Jewish figures upon literature, religion, philosophy, politics, cultural and economic life, and the arts and sciences. Subjects are paired with authors to elicit lively, deeply informed books that explore the range and depth of the Jewish experience from antiquity to the present. In 2014, the Jewish Book Council named Jewish Lives the winner of its Jewish Book of the Year Award, the first series ever to receive this award. More praise for Jewish Lives: "Excellent" -New York Times "Exemplary" -Wall St. Journal "Distinguished" -New Yorker "Superb" -The Guardian

Hitchcock and the Spy Film

551: 'Notorious': 46-page treatment by Ben Hecht, no date. Ibid. 9. Norman Polmar and Thomas B. Allen, Spy Book: The Encyclopedia of Espionage (London, ...

Author: James Chapman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781786733078

Category: Performing Arts

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Film historian James Chapman has mined Hitchcock's own papers to investigate fully for the first time the spy thrillers of the world's most famous filmmaker. Hitchcock made his name as director of the spy movie. He returned repeatedly to the genre from the British classics of the 1930s, including The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes, through wartime Hollywood films Foreign Correspondent and Saboteur to the Cold War tracts North by Northwest, Torn Curtain and his unmade film The Short Night. Chapman's close reading of these films demonstrates the development of Hitchcock's own style as well as how the spy genre as a whole responded to changing political and cultural contexts from the threat of Nazism in the 1930s and 40s to the atom spies and double agents of the post-war world.

Hitchcock

Well, after talking it over with Ben Hecht, we decide that the idea we'll retain from this story is ... It happened four years after Notorious was released.

Author: Francois Truffaut

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 9780571333707

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

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Based on the famous series of dialogues between Francois Truffaut and Alfred Hitchcock from the 1960s, the book moves chronologically through Hitchcock's films to discuss his career, techniques, and effects he achieved. It changed the way Hitchcock was perceived, as a popular director of suspense films - such as Psycho and The Birds - and revealed to moviegoers and critics, the depth of Hitchcock's perception and his mastery of the art form. As a result of the changed perceptions about Hitchcock, his masterpiece, Vertigo, hit the No 1 slot in Sight & Sound's recent poll of film-makers and critics, displacing Citizen Kane as the Best Film of all time.

Noir Is My Beat

Who wrote “Notorious?” a. Ben Hecht b. W.R. Burnett c. Alfred Hitchcock 3. Complete the tagline: “Notorious Woman of affairs...” 4.

Author: Lara Fisher

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781430323303

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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For the classic movie fan and the die-hard film noir junkie, Noir is My Beat gives you hundreds of film noir brainteasers. Test your smarts with quotations, questions and little known facts about the movies, stars, writers and legends of film noir. Noir is My Beat is an enjoyable and revealing look at the world of classic film noir. In addition to oodles of trivia, this book provides a comprehensive listing of films from the era that introduced film noir to the world.

The Rough Guide to Film

5 Great Writers • Charlie Kaufman • Ben Hecht • Joseph L. Mankiewicz • Robert ... Night Moves (Alan Sharp, 1975) p.421 • Notorious (Ben Hecht, 1946) p.232 ...

Author: Rough Guides

Publisher: Rough Guides UK

ISBN: 9781848361256

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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Get the lowdown on the best fiction ever written. Over 230 of the world’s greatest novels are covered, from Quixote (1614) to Orhan Pamuk’s Snow (2002), with fascinating information about their plots and their authors – and suggestions for what to read next. The guide comes complete with recommendations of the best editions and translations for every genre from the most enticing crime and punishment to love, sex, heroes and anti-heroes, not to mention all the classics of comedy and satire, horror and mystery and many other literary genres. With feature boxes on experimental novels, female novelists, short reviews of interesting film and TV adaptations, and information on how the novel began, this guide will point you to all the classic literature you’ll ever need.

LIFE

In the role of the patriotic but "notorious" daughter of one Nazi and the wife of another, ... Hitchcock and Writer Ben Hecht thought up plot of Notorious, ...

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LIFE Magazine is the treasured photographic magazine that chronicled the 20th Century. It now lives on at LIFE.com, the largest, most amazing collection of professional photography on the internet. Users can browse, search and view photos of today’s people and events. They have free access to share, print and post images for personal use.

27 Movies from the Dark Side Ebert s Essentials

Screenplay by Ben Hecht. Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious is the most elegant expression of the master's visual style, just as Vertigo is the fullest expression ...

Author: Roger Ebert

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 9781449422264

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 100

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Sometimes there's just nothing more absorbing than watching a movie that truly looks at life on the dark side, revealing those dark parts of human nature that we find so facinating. In Roger Ebert's picks of 27 Movies from the Dark Side, he offers a varied selection from a look at the seamy side of life in L.A. in Chinatown to a backwoods murder gone wrong in Blood Simple. Throw in two classics from Alfred Hitchcock, Notorious and Strangers on a Train, and two French tours de force, Bob le Flambeur and Touchez Pas au Grisbi and you've got the primer on film noir.

Gothic Landscapes

In Notorious (written by Ben Hecht), Hitchcock recasts Bergman against her “good girl” type to have her play a drunken “Notorious Woman,” Alicia Huberman, ...

Author: Sharon Rose Yang

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319331652

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 315

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This book is about the ways that Gothic literature has been transformed since the 18th century across cultures and across genres. In a series of essays written by scholars in the field, the book focuses on landscape in the Gothic and the ways landscape both reflects and reveals the dark elements of culture and humanity. It goes beyond traditional approaches to the Gothic by pushing the limits of the definition of the genre. From landscape painting to movies and video games, from memoir to fiction, and from works of different cultural origins and perspectives, this volume traverses the geography of the Gothic revealing the anxieties that still haunt humanity into the twenty-first century.

The BFI Companion to Crime

Hecht , Ben - Hell Drivers Hecht can claim to be the creator of the ... and Notorious for Alfred Hitchcock , and Kiss of Death , Ride ABOVE Ben Hecht ABOVE ...

Author: Richard Attenborough

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520215389

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

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"A complete and detailed guide to crime on film: prison dramas, film noir, heist movies, juvenile delinquents, serial killers, bank robbers, and many other subgenres and motifs. The historical and social background to movie crime is covered by articles on the FBI, the Mafia, the Japanese yakuza, prohibition, boxing, union rackets, drugs, poisoning, prostitution, and many other topics."--Cover.

The Camera Lies

Hitchcock capitalized on his feelings for Bergman with one of his very best films, Notorious (1946), which, like Spellbound, was written by Ben Hecht.

Author: Dan Callahan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780197515334

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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The first book on Hitchcock that focuses exclusively on his work with actors Alfred Hitchcock is said to have once remarked, "Actors are cattle," a line that has stuck in the public consciousness ever since. For Hitchcock, acting was a matter of contrast and counterpoint, valuing subtlety and understatement over flashiness. He felt that the camera was duplicitous, and directed actors to look and act conversely. In The Camera Lies, author Dan Callahan spotlights the many nuances of Hitchcock's direction throughout his career, from Cary Grant in Notorious (1946) to Janet Leigh in Psycho (1960). Delving further, he examines the ways that sex and sexuality are presented through Hitchcock's characters, reflecting the director's own complex relationship with sexuality. Detailing the fluidity of acting -- both what it means to act on film and how the process varies in each actor's career -- Callahan examines the spectrum of treatment and direction Hitchcock provided well- and lesser-known actors alike, including Ingrid Bergman, Henry Kendall, Joan Barry, Robert Walker, Jessica Tandy, Kim Novak, and Tippi Hedren. As Hitchcock believed, the best actor was one who could "do nothing well" - but behind an outward indifference to his players was a sophisticated acting theorist who often drew out great performances. The Camera Lies unpacks Hitchcock's legacy both as a director who continuously taught audiences to distrust appearance, and as a man with an uncanny insight into the human capacity for deceit and misinterpretation.