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This Great Escape free pdf "What the hell kind of great escape is this? No one escapes!"
--L.B. Mayer, on the 1963 film
He had 2 minutes and 19 seconds of screen time in the most lavish POW film Hollywood ever produced. He was blond. A Gestapo agent. Sauntering down the aisles of a speeding train, he speaks in terse German to Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson, David McCallum. The film is "The Great Escape" (by John Sturges, starring Steve McQueen)- the actor, though uncredited, is Michael Paryla. He was half Jewish. Shortly after filming he died.
In "This Great Escape," Andrew Steinmetz tenderly reconstructs the life of a man seen by millions yet recognized by no one, whose history--from childhood flight from Nazism to suspicious death twenty years later--intersects bitterly, ironically, and often movingly with the plot of Sturges's great war film. Splicing together documentary materials with correspondence, diary entries, and Steinmetz's own travel journal, "This Great Escape" does more than reconstruct the making of a cinema classic (now approaching its 50th anniversary): it is a poignant and moving testament to the complexity of human experience, a portrait of a family for whom acting was a matter of survival, and proof that our most anonymous, uncredited, and undocumented moments can brush against the zeitgeist of world history.

Andrew Steinmetz is the award-winning author of "Eva's Threepenny Theatre."

About Andrew Steinmetz

Born in Montreal, Andrew Steinmetz is the author of a memoir (Wardlife: The Apprenticeship of a Young Writer as a Hospital Clerk) and two collections of poetry (Histories and Hurt Thyself). His novel, Eva's Threepenny Theatre, tells the story of his great-aunt Eva who performed in one of first touring productions of Bertolt Brecht's masterpiece The Threepenny Opera, in 1928. An unusual fiction about memoir, Eva's Threepenny Theatre won the 2009 City of Ottawa Book Award and was a finalist for the 2009 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Steinmetz is also the founding editor of Esplanade Books, the fiction imprint at Vehicule Press.

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Author : Andrew Steinmetz
Publisher : Biblioasis
Data Published : 10 September 2013
ISBN : 1927428335
EAN : 9781927428337
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 256 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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    Download A Book For Free. "What the hell kind of great escape is this? No one escapes!"
    --L.B. Mayer, on the 1963 film
    He had 2 minutes and 19 seconds of screen time in the most lavish POW film