For Reel: The Real-life Stories that Inspired Some of the Most Popular Movies of All Time

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Berkley Boulevard Books, 2000 - Performing Arts - 259 pages
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Meet the REAL Rocky, the REAL Psycho, and the REAL English Patient...

Read the real-life stories that inspired Hollywood's biggest blockbusters.

Who can forget the bone-crushing terror of Jaws, the mother-loving horrors of Pscyho, the dardevil exploits of Indiana Jones, or the romance of The English Patient? For a century, the movies have dazzled, frightened, thrilled, and touched us. But did you know that some of the silver screen's most imaginitive flights of fancy are firmly rooted in realty? If you've been amazed by Hollywood's greatest hits, wait until you discover...
-- The purportedly possessed teen who inspired The Exorcist
-- The vaudeville comics fictionalized in The Sunshine Boys
-- The 1927 DumbBell Murders that inspired Double Indemnity
-- The Hungarian spy in Africa who became The English Patient
-- The real-life boxer who was the model for Rocky
-- The con artist brothers depicted in The Sting
-- Plus the true stories behind Rope, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Great Escape, Indiana Jones, Jaws, and many other films

Full of surprising revelations and fascinating anecdotes, Real to Reel is compulsory reading for every movie fan.

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For reel: the real-life stories that inspired some of the most popular movies of all time

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Film buffs Schechter (Deviant) and Everitt (editor of Fangoria magazine) survey a range of popular films and the real-life events that inspired them. Each movie discussed here--including All the King ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lolly LKH - Goodreads

Well, it was certainly creepy in relation to the horror movies that were spawned from a seed of reality. I already knew about Ed Gein but other movies and killers they were loosely based on left me feeling uneasy and suspicious of strangers. A very fun book! Read full review

Contents

The Bridge on the River Kwai
13
Dead Ringers
27
The English Patient
43
Copyright

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About the author (2000)

Harold Schechter is a professor of American literature and culture. Renowned for his true-crime writing, he is the author of the nonfiction books "Fatal, Fiend, Bestial, Deviant, Deranged, Depraved, " and, with David Everitt, "The A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers". He is also the author of "Nevermore" and "The Hum Bug", the acclaimed historical novels featuring Edgar Allan Poe. He lives in New York State.

Everitt, University of Melbourne, Australia.

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