The Untold Story of Rouben Mamoulian, George Gershwin, and Porgy and Bess Joseph Horowitz
“On My Way”
The Untold Story of Rouben Mamoulian, George Gershwin, and Porgy and Bess
W.W. Norton & Co., $26.95, 256 pp.
Rouben Mamoulian (1897–1987) is forgotten. Joseph Horowitz believes he ought not to be. Immensely admired in the 1920s and ’30s for his originality and creativity as a director of opera, theatre, and films, Mamoulian suffered the collapse of his career at its apex in 1959 when Sam Goldwyn replaced him with Otto Preminger as director of the movie version of Porgy and Bess. Mamoulian withdrew with his wife Azadia into their sprawling neoclassical house in Beverly Hills...
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