Hollywood studios were once eager to bring stand-up comedy king Richard Pryor's dynamic humor to the big screen--so much so that studio executives gave him full access to available resources and creative control to develop his own projects. Unfortunately Pryor's screen talents were far less acclaimed than his stage ones, and flops such as The Toy and Superman III greatly diminished his reputation. The author examines how this downfall unfolded through comprehensive analyses of each of Pryor's movies.
About the Author
Anthony Balducci studied journalism at Baruch College and holds a University of Florida criminology degree. He has written three previous books and numerous articles on film comedy as well as online contributions to Feet of Mud, World Cinema Paradise and other websites. He lives in New Port Richey, Florida.