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Author Shelton, Ron, 1945- author.

Title The church of baseball : the making of Bull Durham : home runs, bad calls, crazy fights, big swings, and a hit / Ron Shelton.

Publication Info. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2022.


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 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  791.43 SHELTON    Check Shelf
 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - Non Fiction  791.4372 SHELTON    Check Shelf
 Colchester, Cragin Memorial Library - New Materials  791.43 SHELTON, RON    Check Shelf
 Glastonbury, Welles-Turner Memorial Library - Adult Department  791.43 SHELTON    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Main Library - New Materials  791.4372 SHELTON    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  791.4372 SHE    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  791.4372 SHELTON    Check Shelf
 Plainville Public Library - Non Fiction  791.4372 SHE    Check Shelf
 Simsbury Public Library - New Materials  NEW 791.4372 SHELTON    DUE 06-21-23
 South Windsor Public Library - New Materials  791.4372 SHELTON    DUE 06-22-23

Edition First edition.
Description xii, 241 pages ; 25 cm.
Note "This is a Borzoi book published by Alfred A. Knopf."
Summary "Bull Durham, the breakthrough 1988 film about a minor league baseball team, is widely revered as the best sports movie of all time. But back in 1987, Ron Shelton was a first-time director and no one was willing to finance a movie about baseball--especially a story set in the minors. The jury was still out on Kevin Costner's leading man potential, while Susan Sarandon was already a has-been. There were doubts. But something miraculous happened, and The Church of Baseball attempts to capture why. From organizing a baseball camp for the actors and rewriting key scenes while on set, to dealing with a short production schedule and overcoming the challenge of filming the sport, Shelton brings to life the making of this beloved American movie. As he tells the story of Bull Durham, Shelton also explains the rarely revealed ins-and-outs of moviemaking, from a film's inception and financing, screenwriting, casting, the nuts-and-bolts of directing, the post-production process, and even through its release. But this is also a book about baseball and its singular romance in the world of sports. Shelton himself spent six years in the minor leagues before making this film, and his experiences resonate throughout this book. Full of wry humor and insight, The Church of Baseball tells the remarkable story behind an iconic film."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Introduction -- Part one: Development. Forbidden fruit -- Dalko, Altobelli, and number 136 -- Lysistrata in the minor leagues -- Edith Piaf and the Texas Playboys (act one) -- It don't get no better than this (act two, part one) -- Aristophanes and the Bermuda triangle (act two, part two) -- Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains -- "Can't anybody here play this game?" -- Casey Stengel -- Part two: Preproduction. Building the toy train set -- "I thought my body of work would be enough" -- Practice -- Part three: Production. There's a hat on the bus -- A thousand pigeons -- Sixty-minute man -- Part four: Postproduction. The third time you make the movie -- Kill your darlings -- Those Baptist whorehouse chords -- The numbers never lie -- Why baseball? -- Afterword.
Subject Shelton, Ron, 1945-
Bull Durham (Motion picture)
Motion pictures -- Production and direction -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Baseball films -- United States -- History and criticism.
Baseball in motion pictures.
Motion picture producers and directors -- United States -- Biography.
Screenwriters -- United States -- Biography.
Shelton, Ron, 1945- (OCoLC)fst00306141
Bull Durham (Motion picture) (OCoLC)fst01777905
Baseball films. (OCoLC)fst00827989
Baseball in motion pictures. (OCoLC)fst01982358
Motion picture producers and directors. (OCoLC)fst01027225
Motion pictures -- Production and direction. (OCoLC)fst01027357
Screenwriters. (OCoLC)fst01109351
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780593319772 (hardcover)
059331977X (hardcover)
9780593313961 (trade paperback)
0593313968 (trade paperback)
9780593319789 (ebook)
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