David J. Skal
Publisher: Anchor Books / Doubleday; 1st edition (October 1995)
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some of the most unique and unsettling filmmakers of all time -- thecreator of the horror classics Dracula and Freaks, between others-- Tod Browning is additionally some of the most enigmatic administrators who ever labored in Hollywood. A advanced, , and fiercely deepest guy, he confounded would-be biographers hoping to penetrate his mystery, obsessive global -- either in the course of his lifetime and afterward.Now, movie historians David J. Skal and Elias Savada, utilizing newly discoveredfamily records and revealing released interviews with neighbors andcolleagues, subscribe to forces for the 1st full-length biography of the fellow whoearned a name as "the Edgar Allan Poe of the cinema." The authorschronicle Browning's turn-of-the-century flight from an eccentric Louisville kinfolk into the area of carnival sideshows (where he begun his profession actually buried alive) and vaudeville, his disastrous first marriage, his quick climb to riches within the burgeoning silent movie undefined, and thealcoholism that might plague him all through his life. Browning's legendarycollaborations with Lon Chaney, Sr., and Bela "Dracula" Lugosi are explored extensive, besides the studio politics that ended his profession after the bizarrecircus drama Freaks -- a cult vintage at the present time -- proved to be certainly one of thebiggest box-office failures of the early thirties.Illustrated all through with infrequent pictures, darkish Carnival is either anartful, usually surprising portrait of a novel movie pioneer and an illuminatingstudy of the evolution of horror, necessary to an knowing of ourcontinuing fascination with the macabre.