10 January 2012 2:14 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Spencer Tracy: That Natural Thing, a series running through March at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, opened this past weekend and James Curtis was on hand to sign copies of his new 1001-page book, Spencer Tracy: A Biography. "Curtis by his account spent seven years on Tracy," notes John McElwee. "What came of that is the best book on Tracy or any filmic figure for a long while to come (or at least till Jc's next)."

"Curtis, whose previous subjects have included Wc Fields, James Whale and Preston Sturges, is the kind of biographer who serves his subject first and his readers second," writes Stephanie Zacharek in the New York Times. "The first half of Spencer Tracy is — let's not mince words — pretty boring, packed with details that prove Curtis's tirelessness as a researcher but load us down with far more information than we need…. But a strange, »

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