- Copertina rigida: 303 pagine
- Editore: Schaffner Pr Inc (18 gennaio 2013)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1936182408
- ISBN-13: 978-1936182404
- Peso di spedizione: 662 g
Lee Marvin: Point Blank (Inglese) Copertina rigida – 18 gen 2013
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It’s no secret that my favorite film is POINT BLANK (starring Lee Marvin), based on the novel THE HUNTER by Richard Stark - I use it as an example in my book on how to write action movies. And danged if THE PROFESSIONALS (starring Lee Marvin) doesn’t end up an example in my book on dialogue. And when Film Courage recently interviewed me about writing for actors, my example was the Don Siegel version of THE KILLERS, and an amazing line reading by Lee Marvin. I am a big Lee Marvin fan! So I had to read this book... and it was even better than I expected.
This is the *definitive* Lee Marvin biography. Epstein leaves no stone unturned - if Lee Marvin had a drink with some guy in junior high, that guy is interviewed in this book. His whole damned life is chronicled here, from childhood to almost stardom to stardom and patrimony and death... and beyond (an interview with his son, and a secret organization that worships Lee Marvin - really!).
One of the great things are Marvin’s letters home during the war - you get to know the man in his own words. Lee Marvin’s *life* is almost more entertaining than any movie he was in - I love the story about playing hooky from a film in Hawaii so that he could come back to Los Angeles and have a drink or six. His life is a fascinating tragedy, and this book gives you a front row seat. It’s a great read, too - Epstein tells the story well.
“You're a very bad man, Walker, a very destructive man! Why do you run around doing things like this?” - POINT BLANK
Buy it. Read it. Live it.
While the later part of his life is well covered, it is the foundation that interests me. None the less the entire life is covered fully in an interesting and engaging fashion.
Marvin's early life with his parents and numerous schools before joining the military were clearly covered with the implications of how that affect him later in life. This is not a soft biography highlighting what is already known, but a biography based on solid research and a good deal of insight. I truly enjoyed reading this book.
Other than a palimony suit in the 1970s which thrust Marvin into the national limelight, Marvin had already established himself as a no frills actor who gave new meaning to the term “tough guy.” However, there was much more to the man who fought with the Marines in the Pacific and won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a washed up gunfighter.
In a very readable and straightforward biography of Marvin, Lee Marvin: Point Blank, Dwayne Epstein deconstructs the myth behind the legend and presents an insightful and perhaps, endearing tribute to one of Hollywood’s famous tough guys. One couldn’t ask for a better biography of one of Hollywood’s greats. To be sure, there’s no juicy gossip here: just an honest and insightful look at Marvin’s life both on screen and off. And that’s where Epstein excels as he examines Marvin’s eclectic acting career from stage and television to motion pictures.
One of the first films I remember seeing as a young boy growing up in Illinois in the 1960s was Cat Ballou at the drive in. To this day it remains one of my favorite films as well as The Dirty Dozen and Point Blank. Though I never knew much about Marvin’s life, after reading Epstein’s book I have a greater appreciation for Marvin’s work. One thing is for certain, after reading this book you will want to check out some of Marvin’s films—either for the first time or for a second or third time.
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