The Way We Were: The Making of a Romantic Classic


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Applause Books
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6.32 X 9.27 X 1.08 inches | 1.48 pounds
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About the Author

Tom Santopietro is the author of eight previous books, including the best-selling The Sound of Music Story, The Importance of Being Barbra, Sinatra in Hollywood, The Godfather Effect, Why To Kill A Mockingbird Matters, and The New York Times Editor's Choice Considering Doris Day. Over the past thirty years, he has managed three dozen Broadway shows.


"The expert and brilliant film historian Tom Santopietro takes us behind the scenes for the making of the film The Way We Were, a love story that defined a generation. You will be enthralled as Santopietro guides you through the development of the story, the unlikely pairing of the lead actors, and the miracle of the production itself. There will never be another artist of the magnitude, breadth, and magnificence of Barbra Streisand, yet in Santopietro's hands, Streisand is a working artist who navigates Hollywood despite her gender and insurmountable obstacles. You will be delighted by the cast that sets out to make this movie, especially the easygoing leading man, Robert Redford, a star who possesses as much grace as talent. There are surprises, shocking secrets never before revealed, and at the heart of the production, a determined group of artists who wanted to make an unforgettable film for post-war audiences. Spectacular."--Adriana Trigiani, film director and author of the best-selling The Good Left Undone
"All of Tom Santopietro's books are impeccably researched, well-written, highly entertaining, informative, and original in understanding. The Way We Were is no exception. He clearly defines the lasting appeal of this movie, and is particularly perceptive about the importance of Barbra Streisand's presence in that success."--Jeanine Basinger, film historian and author of The Movie Musical
Praise for Tom Santopietro's previous books: THE SOUND OF MUSIC STORY "For film lovers who enjoy special features such as deleted scenes or director's commentary, lovers of Broadway history, and Rodgers and Hammerstein devotees."―Library Journal THE GODFATHER EFFECT "Slickly told... it's the connections with family that give it a center as sweet as cannoli cream."―Newsday "Engaging...slick...entertaining"―Kirkus Reviews DANCING MAN "Best Book of the Year"―NPR CONSIDERING DORIS DAY The New York Times Editor's Choice WHY TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD MATTERS "Meticulous attention to detail... Readers not familiar with the stories behind the novel and film will find much to relish."―Publishers Weekly "Absorbing and full of beguiling detail."―USA Today