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  • Fighting Words, Moving Pictures
  • By: Adina Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Adina Hoffman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
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Ben Hecht

By: Adina Hoffman
Narrated by: Adina Hoffman
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Summary

A vibrant portrait of one of the most accomplished and prolific American screenwriters, by an award-winning biographer and essayist.

He was, according to Pauline Kael, "the greatest American screenwriter." Jean-Luc Godard called him "a genius" who "invented eighty percent of what is used in Hollywood movies today." Besides tossing off dozens of now-classic scripts - including Scarface, Twentieth Century, and Notorious - Ben Hecht was known in his day as ace reporter, celebrated playwright, taboo-busting novelist, and the most quick-witted of provocateurs. During World War II, he also emerged as an outspoken crusader for the imperiled Jews of Europe, and later he became a fierce propagandist for pre-1948 Palestine's Jewish terrorist underground. Whatever the outrage he stirred, this self-declared "child of the century" came to embody much that defined America - especially Jewish America - in his time.

Hecht's fame has dimmed with the decades, but Adina Hoffman's vivid portrait brings this charismatic and contradictory figure back to life. Hecht was a renaissance man of dazzling sorts, and Hoffman - critically acclaimed biographer, former film critic, and eloquent commentator on Middle Eastern culture and politics - is uniquely suited to capture him in all his modes.

©2019 Adina Hoffman (P)2019 Tantor

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  • 20-09-21

Succinct and informative

I found this book to be a concise and informative account of Hecht’s life and career. The author’s performance in the reading was vigorous and clear.

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  • Christopher McCue
  • 25-02-21

Huh

Feel like I know less about Ben Hecht after listening to this. The narration feels like a speed reading session.