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Monday, June 23, 2014
Ben Bryant takes readers behind the scenes of the entertainment industry again
Any reader who has been doing much reading knows the experience of making a new friend through the words on a page. Sometimes factual, sometimes fictitious, these new friends creep into your mind and take up residence there. This pretty well describes the feeling I got when I readBen Bryant’sfirst book,Three Stages. His chatty style felt like a conversation over dinner with an old friend. This actor-turned-moviemaker took readers along for a wild ride in the world of film and stage up to the 1960s.
His second volume,Circumstances Beyond My Control,brings them through the 70s and 80s as he grows in his behind the camera roles. While he celebrates the people and processes involved in producing entertainment in this second memoir, he isn’t afraid to tell the truth from his point of view. Although Bryant isn’t nasty, he is sometimes very frank and doesn’t hesitate to express his opinion, pro or con, of some of the big names in the industry.