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My Life with Cleopatra by Walter Wanger and Joe Hyams

My Life with Cleopatra

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My Life with Cleopatra by Walter Wanger and Joe Hyams
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Jun 04, 2013 | ISBN 9780345804051

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“Absolutely ravishing reading. . . . To read [My Life with Cleopatra] . . . was to be absorbed and delighted all over again by Mr. Wanger’s ‘diary,’ with the help of reporter Joe Hyams. One is struck by Wanger’s calm collected intellectual vigor, his defense of Elizabeth the star, his defense of the talented Joe Mankiewicz as the final director, and his annoyance, irritation and disapproval of the then 20th Century Fox executive division.”
—Liz Smith, The Huffington Post

“The story of the movie’s production—which is also the story of how the budget got so big—is pretty remarkable, and is told remarkably by its producer, Walter Wanger, in the 1963 book, My Life with Cleopatra. . . . I’ve written often about the crucial role played by independent producers, in classic Hollywood and today, in liberating the best directors from the heavy hand of the studio system. Wanger was a friend to directors at a time when they needed all the friends they could get.”
—Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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