The long-anticipated biography of Robert Redford.
Among the most widely admired Hollywood stars of his generation, Redford has appeared onstage and on-screen, in front of and behind the camera, earning Academy, Golden Globe, and a multitude of other awards and nominations for acting, directing, and producing, and for his contributions to the arts. His Sundance Film Festival transformed the world of filmmaking; his films defined a generation. America has come to know him as the Sundance Kid, Bob Woodward, Johnny Hooker, Jay Gatsby, and Roy Hobbs. But only now, with this revelatory biography, do we see the surprising and complex man beneath the Hollywood facade.
From Redford's personal papers, journals, script notes, correspondence, and hundreds of hours of taped interviews, Michael Feeney Callan brings the legendary star into focus. Here is his scattered family background and restless childhood, his rocky start in acting, the death of his son, his star-making relationship with director Sydney Pollack, the creation of Sundance, his political activism, his artistic successes and failures, his friendships and romances. This is a candid, surprising portrait of a man whose iconic roles on-screen (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men, The Natural) and directorial brilliance (Ordinary People, Quiz Show) have both defined and obscured one of the most celebrated, and, until now, least understood, public figures of our time.
©2011 Michael Feeney Callan (P)2011 Random House Audio
Not sure I know much more about Redford than when I began reading this bio. Lots of politics, environmental concerns, casting angst on movies but very little about Redford as a person outside of his activism, politics, passion and lateness. Very little on family life (beyond wife's politics, naturally) friends and co-workers (beyond their politics) and the experience of making some very successful movies.
I wasn't looking for fluff but expected more warmth and humanity...not chapter after chapter of "environment, canyons, development, politics, history, etc."
The narration is first rate...sounds a little like Redford but this is not an audiobook I would recommend.
Yes, defenitely. I learned so much about this man.
What I liked most were his reasons for doing particular films. I have watched a few of his films back, and some I hadn't seen before. It gave an extra dimension to the films. I also was intriged to hear of how he seemed to struggle between staying true to his authentic self and the pressures of Hollywood and the changes in the world.
No, it was too long. But every night in bed I would listen to about 45 minutes.
The voice of Mark Deakins was very pleasant to listen to.
The title should have been, "Robert Redford: His Art; His Environment; His Sundance," because it definitely was not his biography.This is obviously not a deep dive into the true life of Redford. Once in a while there may be an ever so brief skim of the surface of what's going on in his real life (if, of course, the information is accurate, but of course one never knows for sure of its authenticity.) The 17+ hours of audio are mostly about Redford's REEL life (or the author's interpretation of it at least), seeming to explain Redford's career as he moves from one film to the next, sometimes overlapping and simultaneous (he was definitely a busy man) and how all that intertwines with Redford's evolving environmental/political agenda, and obviously his family suffered, as would any family suffer under these circumstances (if the circumstances were in fact presented accurately). In the midst of telling of the evolution of his career and his political/environmental agenda is an ever-so-slight smattering of his family of origin issues, his failed marriage, his love interests and his children and their issues but all the real life issues covered in this book (which one usually associates with a real biography) could probably be amalgamated onto a few pages and heard in a couple hours.Not to say the art of it all isn't interesting but when you listen to a book expecting a bio, you expect to feel like you get to know the subject of the book a bit better than when you picked it up. I don't feel I got to know Redford any better through the listening of this book. If the information in this book is at all accurate, then I have a better understanding of his approach to his art, his environmental/political agenda, his love of Sundance, etc., but I felt I received no better understanding of him than I had before. But he's probably okay with that. Perhaps he doesn't understand himself either. My take on what the author said is that Redford definitely doesn't want to open himself up to be understood by the public anyway, which begs the question, why would he turn over documents and spend so much time to allow a bio to be written about himself?You asked, "What would have made Robert Redford better?" Perhaps only "Double R, Superstar" himself would know that.
Probably not. I didn't particularly care for the way he organized and presented the information.
Yes. I liked his voice. I presume he was chosen because he sounded a bit like Redford himself. :)
Yes. It was interesting to hear the back stories on some of the Redford movies I have enjoyed over the years and to hear the history of Sundance, that beautiful canyon that I love so much.
From the prologue it sounds like Redford approved this biography. That surprised me. I never thought he'd want anything written about him.
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