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r.i.p. budd schulberg

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by shockey, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    one of the great writers in modern american history, imo, dead at 95.

    terrific tribute by his good friend, wally matthews, here:

  2. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Though less well known than On The Waterfront, check out A Face In The Crowd if you haven't yet. It will blow your mind.
  3. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    As I've noted on the movies thread, AFITC and Sweet Smell of Success are the required
    '50s double feature for true aficionadoes of "the media and its effects" movies.

    Figured this thread would come in light. The guy was instrumental in multiple great
    books and scripts, but the movies were made in black-and-white, so who cares . . .
  4. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Ben, just watched Meet John Doe, very similar to A Face In The Crowd. Crazy seeing movies made 50 years ago that seem to have been written yesterday.
  5. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    A great American writer. Don't forget "What Makes Sammy Run."
  6. friend of the friendless

    friend of the friendless Active Member

    Sirs, Madames,

    I went out to his home and wrote about him about five years ago on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of OTW.


    The Disenchanted is a Budd novel that isn't mentioned enough ... a slightly fictionalized account of his experience working with F Scott Fitzgerald on a screenplay. But Sammy and The Harder They Fall stand up. I just look at his Waterfront novel the other day sorting through my shelves. It has a far darker outcome than the movie.

    At 90 he was still trying to work every day. Thankfully the plans to What Makes Sammy Run with Ben Stiller forever stalled or that would have been enough to kill him.

    I'm glad that I had a chance to meet him ... actually spent the day and most of the night with him and stayed in touch with him on a not quite monthly basis up until, I guessing, 2007.


  7. finishthehat

    finishthehat Active Member

    The guy did sing like a bird to HUAC in the Blacklist years.

    But I enjoyed his books, and Face in the Crowd is great.
  8. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    stellar. thanks for posting.
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