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Kinsey: Public and Private (Newmarket Pictorial Moviebooks)by Bill Condon
Synopses & Reviews
"Dr. Kinsey was a scientist who tried to categorize everyone and then used that process to prove that everyone was different. That's a wonderful contradiction. In trying to separate sex from everything that is imposed on it by culture, religion, and society, he also, like an artist, tried to work out very deep conflicts within himself." — Bill Condon
Alfred Kinsey's revolutionary sex research sparked one of the most intense cultural debates of the twentieth century — a debate that rages on today. By asking thousands of people about the most intimate aspects of their lives and then revealing the remarkable results to a captivated public eager for information, Kinsey changed the American sexual landscape forever.
Kinsey: Public and Private reflects Oscar®-winning screenwriter and director Bill Condon's five-year foray into the facts, figures, and files of Kinsey's life and work for his film Kinsey. In Part One, a fascinating history written exclusively for this volume is enriched by extracts from books, articles, and more than 70 historical photos, cartoons, and images. Supplementing this thorough examination are chronicles of Kinsey's groundbreaking interview technique and comments from current, distinguished experts and academics. Included are reflections on Kinsey and his legacy by David Halberstam, Stanley Elkin, Fannie Hurst, Dr. Billy Graham, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Cornelia Otis Skinner, and Wardell B. Pomeroy; articles from the pages of Time, Life, Look, The New Yorker, and Redbook; material from the archives of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction in Bloomington, Indiana; and much more.
Part Two of Kinsey: Public and Private focuses on the film, featuring an in-depth Q&A with Bill Condon, the complete final shooting script, credits, and a full-color stills portfolio of 43 photographs, highlighting the main cast: Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Chris O'Donnell, Peter Sarsgaard, Timothy Hutton, John Lithgow, Tim Curry, Oliver Platt, Dylan Baker, and Lynn Redgrave.
"Beyond sex researcher Alfred Kinsey's motives — to enlighten people about sex and thereby sweep away crippling fear and ignorance about it — lay a troubled individual whose research helped him conquer his own psychological demons. In this companion book to the film on Kinsey's life currently in theaters, Kinsey biographer Gathorne-Hardy, Newsweek editor Wolfe and director/screenwriter Condon cover these facts and others with fascinating detail. Both Wolfe's biographical essay and Condon's script dramatize Kinsey's struggle with a puritanical father and his romance with graduate student Clara McMillen, who became his lifelong partner and support. Their relationship survived a difficult early sexual adjustment, as well as Kinsey's homosexual liaisons, while Kinsey's 1948 report Sexual Behavior in the Human Male made waves across the country. The book's second half is devoted to the shooting script, which offers a dramatic contrast to the precise, academic nature of Gathorne Hardy's introduction and Wolfe's essay. In a q&a, Condon talks of his affinity for portraying misfits and outsiders and his decision to adopt a classical Merchant/Ivory filmmaking approach. No biographical work — print or film — can capture all aspects of such a contradictory person, but this book certainly ranks as one of the most illuminating studies ever published about its complex, groundbreaking subject. 32 pages of color photos. Correction: In our review of Faithful (Forecasts, Nov. 29), we misidentified the book's publisher. The correct publisher is Scribner." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Condon is able to do what I had imagined impossible, to cover Kinsey's whole life — his childhood, his rows with his father, his twenty years of obsessive and painstaking science with gall wasps. And this enables the film, like Kinsey's life, to take on an epic quality." Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy, author of Kinsey: Sex the Measure of All Things
The movie, the team, and the landmark study on sexual behavior that rocked the nation.
Spanning six decades from his childhood in the early 1900s to his death in 1956, the film turns the microscope on the man whose landmark studies on the sexual behaviors of the common man rocked a nation. The interviewer of tens of thousands, Kinsey subjected his own life and that of his researchers to the same type of analysis that produced his 1948 bestselling book Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. But while the Kinsey team's focus was predominantly outward, perhaps what they learned about themselves was as great as that which they taught their country.
In addition to Liam Neeson, the cast includes Laura Linney (You Can Count on Me, Mystic River) as Clara Kinsey, Chris O'Donnell (Scent of a Woman, Batman and Robin) as Wardell Pomeroy, Peter Sarsgaard, Timothy Hutton, John Lithgow, Oliver Platt, and Tim Curry.
The illustrated book includes the complete screenplay, and exclusive introduction by writer/director Bill Condon, extracts from histories and biographies of the period, film stills and complete cast and crew credits.
This illustrated book based on Fox Searchlight Pictures' biopic — starring Liam Neeson as Alfred Kinsey, who conducted landmark studies on sexual behavior — includes the complete screenplay, stills from the movie, and more.
About the Author
Screenwriter Bill Condon wrote and directed Gods and Monsters, starring Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, and Lynn Redgrave, for which Condon earned the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The National Board of Review named Gods and Monsters the best film of 1998. Condon made his directing debut with Sister, Sister. Most recently he wrote Best Picture Oscar®-winner Chicago.
Table of Contents
Part One — Kinsey: His Life and Legacy
Introduction by Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy 9
A Brief History of Alfred Kinsey by Linda Wolfe 15
The Reaction 81
The Kinsey Interview 143
Part Two — Kinsey: The Movie
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