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Sidney J. FurieLife and Films$
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Daniel Kremer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813165967

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813165967.001.0001

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Sid & Carole & Clark & Sheila

Sid & Carole & Clark & Sheila

The Romantic Fantasies

(p.195) Chapter 8 Sid & Carole & Clark & Sheila
Sidney J. Furie

Daniel Kremer

University Press of Kentucky

With new producing partner Harry Korshak, Furie is given Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York (1975) to adapt, from Gail Parent’s best-selling novel. Recent Academy Award nominee Jeannie Berlin, daughter of Elaine May, is cast in the lead role, and she takes it upon herself to rewrite the script, submitted by Parent and her partner Kenny Solms. When filming commences, Berlin goes to war with Furie, and shooting becomes a tumultuous, unpleasant experience for all involved, with all parties ganging up against Furie. The film bombs critically and commercially. Furie follows this up with Gable and Lombard (1976), a very free adaptation of the love story between the two classic Hollywood stars. Ultimately, the film takes so many liberties with the facts that it is bitterly gutted by critics, while it is mostly ignored by audiences (although it does introduce Jill Clayburgh to the world). After two flops, the film industry casts Furie aside for a short while.

Keywords:   Jewish, shiksa, classic Hollywood, biopic

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