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People Will Talk [Hardcover]

John Kobal
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Alfred a Knopf; 1st Edition edition (Jan 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394536606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394536606
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.3 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,597,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A FINE COLLECTION 6 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is a real find. The author is a real film fan, and he has interviewed many legendary Hollywood stars and directors here. The conversations are relaxed and illuminating, and it makes for a wonderfully nostalgic read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some great conversation! 17 May 2000
By Keith Nichols - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
We'd know a lot less about American movies if not for a few English movie buffs who crossed the pond to produce some of the best books on the topic. John Kobal was prominent in this group, having been smitten with American films early on. His vast collection of photos yielded several books on its own and is a standard source for illustrating Hollywood's past. "People Will Talk" is not a photo book. In its 700-plus pages appear 41 interviews Kobal collected between 1964 and the mid-l980's. The subjects are Hollywood veterans from various phases of the business. Appearing are directors such as Howard Hawks, dance directors such as Hermes Pan, writers (Anita Loos), photographers (e.g., John Engstead, Hurrell). And of course plenty of actresses - and Joel McCrea, the only actor appearing. When interviewed, most of the subjects were at the end of their movie careers, and this, plus Kobal's insightful questioning, resulted in objective, candid appraisals of their lives and the situations and people involved. While the interviewer was not so rude as to question his subjects' recollections during conversation, footnotes here and there in the text correct what may have been lapses of memory. Each interview is prefaced by a photo of the subject, plus Kobal's summary and evaluation of the subject's career. Although I've read every interview in this volume several times, writing this review was slowed considerably by my inability to stop reading them again and turn to the typewriter. This is just the book for movie fans who like to hear how it happened from the lips of those who made it happen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delight! 11 Sep 2012
By Susie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have a passion for old Hollywood, especially early 1900's through 1940, and I enjoyed this book so much. There are lots of stories by the silent movie stars who have since passed, Louise Brooks, Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish and so many others. I hated when it was over.
5.0 out of 5 stars Revealing, fascinating interviews 22 Jun 2009
By Fitzherbert Farnsworth - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are a fan of Old Hollywood, the Golden Age of Hollywood, you will savor this nostalgic and informative book. Mr. Kobal asks the questions which allow the interviewees to reveal themselves in a charming and memorable way. Highly recommended. (I found myself watching my favorite old films again with extra enjoyment having read what was happening behind the scenes, so to speak, in this book.)
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