Robert Redford

The Biography
Original Publish Date: May 03, 2011
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (17.55 hours)
Product Number: Z100024730
Released: May 03, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781415966846
Narrator/s: Mark Deakins
Publisher: Books on Tape
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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.

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Product Number EB00169853
Released: Dec 30, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780307272973

Professional reviews

"This comprehensive cataloging of 14 years of research on Redford's life--before, during, and after he was at the top of the heap as a sought-after lead actor--is unsatisfying for its lack of true insights into his character. Callan is nearly reverential toward Redford, having had singular access to the actor's journals, notes, and correspondence, along with hours of recorded interviews. Mark Deakins's straightforward narration is composed, layered, and sincere. But the work is overstuffed and makes digressions frequently. Deakins does his best to rise above the myriad details to portray a stubborn and tyrannical egotist who ultimately emerges as a gifted actor, director, and producer. Patient listeners will learn much about Redford's life, career, and worldview. W.A.G. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"