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Wilton Library Author Talk: Tom Santopietro: The Way We Were: The Making of a Romantic Classic

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The Way We Were: a nostalgia drenched, bittersweet romance starring superstars Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford at the peaks of their careers, and a story for everyone who was ever loved with passion, if not wisely. A smash hit around the world whose power echoes to this day—yet a film whose success was so far from assured that one studio executive was heard to exclaim: “Barbra Streisand doesn’t sing and she plays a communist—are you trying to kill me?!”

But succeed the film did, propelled by a smash-hit title song and career defining performances from Streisand and Redford.

Now, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the film’s release, best-selling author Tom Santopietro's latest, The Way We Were: The Making of a Romantic Classic, provides the definitive inside story behind the challenges, disputes, and creative passions of those who fought to make this landmark film. Charting the path from screenwriter Arthur Laurents’s initial inspiration to the fervent talk of a possible sequel, Santopietro mingles reverence and wry humor to decode the mysterious chemistry between Streisand and Redford that created a romance for the ages. It is filled with humorous location anecdotes and fascinating first-hand accounts by actors, film historians, and members of the creative team.

"All of Tom Santopietro’s books are impeccably researched, well-written, highly entertaining, informative, and original in understanding. The Way We Were is no exception. He clearly defines the lasting appeal of this movie, and is particularly perceptive about the importance of Barbra Streisand’s presence in that success.”—Jeanine Basinger, film historian and author of The Movie Musical

Tom Santopietro is the author of seven books including Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters and The Sound of Music Story both of which he spoke about at Wilton Library.  A frequent media commentator and interviewer, he lectures on classic films, and over the past thirty years has managed more than two dozen Broadway shows.  Learn more at will be selling copies after the talk.  A portion of the proceeds goes to Wilton Library.

The media sponsor of our author talks is GOOD Morning Wilton.

Registration required HERE

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 7, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Wilton Library Brubeck Room
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ISBN: 9781493071258
Published: Applause Books - January 15th, 2023