Frank Capra
The Catastrophe of Success

By Joseph McBride

800 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 55 b&w illustrations, appendix, filmography, index

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The story of a life tragically at odds with the idealism of Capra's Americana

"Masterly, comprehensive, and frequently surprising."
--Barry Gewen, the New York Times Book Review
"Easily the best--certainly the most realistic--biography of a film director in the age of the Auteur, to which this is a counterbalance."
--Gore Vidal

Moviegoers often assume Frank Capra's life resembled his beloved films (such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and It's a Wonderful Life). A man of the people faces tremendous odds and, by doing the right thing, triumphs. But as Joseph McBride reveals in this meticulously researched, definitive biography, the reality was far more complex, a true American tragedy. Using declassified U.S. government documents about Capra's response to being considered a possible "subversive" during the post-World War II Red Scare, McBride adds a final chapter to his unforgettable portrait of the man who gave us It Happened One Night, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, and Meet John Doe.

Joseph McBride, Berkeley, California, is a film historian and associate professor in the cinema department at San Francisco State University. His many books also include Hawks on Hawks and What Ever Happened to Orson Welles? A Portrait of an Independent Career. Learn more about McBride at www.josephmcbridefilm.com.

800 pages, 6 x 9 inches, 55 b&w illustrations, appendix, filmography, index