Critic-producer Nat Segaloff was granted access to private papers, production records, never-before-published interviews, and specialized archives in reconstructing the colorful, touching, and sometimes scandalous stories behind the making of the last films of some of Hollywood’s top directors. Winningly readable and yet meticulously researched, its substantial entries range from Robert Aldrich and Robert Altman to Peter Yates and Fred Zinnemann, and John Ford and Howard Hawks to Otto Preminger and Richard Brooks. Certain to attract controversy because of whom it ignores as well as whom it includes, Final Cuts presents fifty widely varied chronicles of success and failure, inspiration and ennui, elation and heartache, and every other emotion enjoyed or endured by the greatest filmmakers that Hollywood ever knew.
About the Author
Nat Segaloff always wanted to write and produce, but it took him several careers before he learned how to get paid for it. He was a journalist for The Boston Herald covering the motion picture business, but has also variously been a studio publicist (Fox, UA, Columbia), college teacher (Boston University, Boston College), on-air TV talent (Group W), entertainment critic (CBS radio) and author (nine books including Hurricane Billy: The Stormy Life and Films of William Friedkin and, as co-author, Love Stories: Hollywood's Most Romantic Movies). He has contributed career monographs on screenwriters Stirling Silliphant, Walon Green, Paul Mazursky and John Milius to the University of California Press's acclaimed Backstory series, and his writing has appeared in such varied periodicals as Film Comment, Written By, International Documentary, Animation Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Time Out (US), MacWorld, and American Movie Classics Magazine. He was also senior reviewer for AudiobookCafe.com.
His The Everything® Etiquette Book and The Everything Trivia Book and The Everything® Tall Tales, Legends and Outrageous Lies Book are in multiple printings for Adams Media Corp.
As a TV writer-producer, Segaloff helped perfect the format and create episodes for A&E's flagship "Biography" series. His distinctive productions include John Belushi: Funny You Should Ask; Shari Lewis & Lamb Chop; Larry King: Talk of Fame; Darryl F. Zanuck: Twentieth Century-Filmmaker and Stan Lee: The ComiX-MAN! He has written and co-produced the Rock 'n' Roll Moments music documentaries for The Learning Channel/Malcolm Leo Productions, and has written and/or produced programming for New World, Disney, Turner and USA Networks. He is co-creator/co-producer of Judgment Day with Grosso-Jacobson Communications Corp. for HBO.
His extraterrestrial endeavors include the cheeky sequel to the Orson Welles "Invasion From Mars" radio hoax, When Welles Collide, which featured a "Star Trek"® cast. It was produced by L.A. Theatre Works and has become a Halloween tradition on National Public Radio. In 1996 he formed the multi-media production company Alien Voices® with actors Leonard Nimoy and actor John de Lancie and produced five best-selling, fully dramatized audio plays for Simon & Schuster: The Time Machine, Journey to the Center of the Earth, The Lost World, The Invisible Man and The First Men in the Moon, all of which feature "Star Trek"® casts. Additionally, his teleplay for The First Men in the Moon was the first-ever TV/Internet simulcast and was presented live by The Sci-Fi Channel. He has also written narrative concerts for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, celebrity events, is a script consultant, and was a contributing writer to Moving Pictures magazine.
Nat is the co-author of The Waldorf Conference, a comedy-drama about the secret meeting of studio moguls that began the Hollywood Blacklist. The Waldorf Conference had its all-star world premiere at L.A. Theatre Works. and was acquired for production by Warner Bros. Television. He produced a subsequent production to benefit the Hollywood ACLU and the Writers Guild Foundation, and has also produced such other celebrity events as a public reading of censored books and a recreation of the classic anti-HUAC broadcast, “Hollywood Fights Back.” He was staff producer for The Africa Channel, wrote and co-directed the dramatic short, Devil’s Run, and his biography of acclaimed director Arthur Penn (Arthur Penn: American Director) is published by the University Press of Kentucky. His forthcoming book for 2013 is Final Cuts: The Last Films of 50 Great Directors (Bear Manor Media), and he is also a frequent special guest on the NPR word/game show “Says You!”
"While debut films often reveal the promise of a great career, the final works of prominent directors run the gamut from great capstones to utter embarrassments. Segaloff has done his homework, and drawn on many first-hand interviews, to provide a wide range of stories that present a wide variety of experiences. With each director occupying a brief chapter, this is the kind of book that’s hard to put down once you dip into it, whether you’re interested in Robert Altman, Arthur Penn, John Ford, or Otto Preminger. Good anecdotes, backed up by solid research and an insider’s savvy sense of the film industry make this a welcome addition to any film bookshelf." -- Leonard Maltin
"The intriguing premise and Segaloff's thorough research makes it a solid read for cinema buffs."
- Shocking Cinema Magazine