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Robert Redford : the biography
Callan, Michael Feeney.
Adult Nonfiction PN2287.R283 C35 2011b

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Over his 50 year career, Robert Redford has become one of the most iconic names in the celebrity landscape. Admired for his work as an actor, director, and environmental activist, Redford has filled many roles. In Callan's biography, the scope of Redford's life and career are put into perspective, from his reckless childhood in Southern California to his attempt at college, theatrical training in New York, and slow rise to success. Throughout Redford is painted as a sincere artist, thoughtful man, and stubborn individualist. Callan does a superb job making readers feel like they're getting a special glimpse inside the mind of a superstar. However, the book quickly becomes repetitive. Redford seeks artistic validation/runs up against necessary commercial compromise: he rebels/he succeeds. While this is interesting in small doses, Callan goes into detail about nearly every single picture Redford was involved with. This is great for staunch fans, but a test of patience for everyone else. Redford is an excellent subject but Callan wagers that readers will be interested in every single time Sundance nearly went bankrupt, and at almost 500 pages, that's a dangerous wager. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

In this well-researched biography, Callan, who has also written biographies of Sean Connery and Anthony Hopkins, first explores Robert Redford's genealogy. By the time Redford was born, his family was living in Depression-era Los Angeles, and he has had a love/hate relationship with the city ever since. As a boy, he was rebellious and had a troubled connection with his dad. He resented conventionality and gradually became fascinated by painting. After spending some time in college and going to Europe, he began acting on stage in New York and then did TV before embarking upon a film career. Callan discusses Redford's film roles in depth and spends a lot of time on his long friendships with Natalie Wood, Paul Newman, and Sydney Pollack. He also describes how Redford got into directing and writing. Readers will appreciate a look into Redford's varied interests. Never completely satisfied by acting, he is a big force in the conservation movement, and he created the Sundance Film Festival to highlight new talent in film. Verdict Highly recommended for readers interested in Robert Redford, motion pictures, actor and director biographies, and the Sundance Film Festival. [Four-city tour.]-Sally Bryant, Pepperdine Univ. Lib., Malibu, CA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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