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Simon Louvish was born in Glasgow in 1947 and misspent his youth growing up in Israel between 1949 and 1968, including a stint as an army cameraman from 1965 to 1967.

Having decamped to the London School of Film Technique in 1968, Simon became involved in the production of a series of independent documentary films about apartheid in South Africa, dictatorship in Greece, and general mayhem in Israel-Palestine from 1969 to 1973. He also published a memoir of his Israeli days entitled A Moment of Silence in 1979.

Since 1985 Simon has published a series of novels set mainly in the Middle East, including the acclaimed Blok trilogy (The Therapy of Avram Blok, City of Blok and The Last Trump of Avram Blok). His most recent Middle East novel, The Days of Miracles and Wonders, was published in the UK in 1997 by Canongate.

Since 1979, he has also been teaching film at the London International Film School and writing for various newspapers and magazines.

Simon Louvish is the author of a trilogy of definitive biographies of the great clowns of screen comedy, including Man on the Flying Trapeze (1997), the story of W. C. Fields, Monkey Business: The Lives and Legends of the Marx Brothers (1999), and Stan and Ollie: The Roots of Comedy (2001), all published by Faber & Faber. Further film biographies include Keystone: The Life and Clowns of Mack Sennett(2003), Mae West: It Ain't No Sin (2005), and Cecil B. DeMille and The Golden Calf (2007).

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4.0 su 5 stelle ... has given us a very well-researched book on the great comedians, the Marx Brothers 18 marzo 2017
Di Paul A. Dunphy - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Simon Louvish has given us a very well-researched book on the great comedians, the Marx Brothers. The problem is that the book becomes bogged down with minutiae. A lot of detail that is given is really not interesting and I felt the narration was endless at times. The inclusion of a filmography and family tree is a bonus but it's not particularly revelatory.
3.0 su 5 stelle Book Is Average At Best! 8 marzo 2016
Di Michael R. - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Simon Louvish is a very marginal writer. He probably has a wealth of information, but he doesn't do a very good job at keeping one very interested. I was hoping to learn everything about the Lives of the Marx Brothers & Family & I am struggling every time that I pick up the book. It is most definitely Not a Book that will keep you from falling asleep!
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5.0 su 5 stelle The Best Book Yet on the Marx Brothers 19 novembre 2000
Di Parker Benchley - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Simon Louvish follows up his excellent biography of W. C. Fields with this ground-breaking study of the Marx Brothers. As with the Fields biography, Louvish demythologizes the story of the Marxes and gives us Marx fans a lot more information to digest and enjoy. Fans have tended to accept the early stories of Marx family life as carved in stone; Louvish shows how the real story differs and does it with loving respect rather than the harshness of a debunker. In addition to the Marxes, Louvish also takes a few sidebar trips into the lives of the not so well known supporting players, such as Margaret Dumont, whose life was draped in legend. Well researched and well written. As to the criticism of those who think his writing reflects too much of the Marx style of comedy, I can only reply that no one seemed to mind when Joe Adamson did the same thing in his landmark study on the Marx Brothers films, Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Sometimes Zeppo. I think this style of writing goes with the turf, so to speak, and in any case its annoyance factor is negligible compared to the rewards of his research. Highly recommded for any serious as well as casual Marx fan.
4.0 su 5 stelle Great book with a lot of funny stories 8 novembre 2014
Di Robert E. Freeman - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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If you liked the Marx brothers I would highly recommend this book. Great insights into an amazingly interesting family. Well written and informative.
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5.0 su 5 stelle It's Just Ducky 26 ottobre 2012
Di Barry Sharpe - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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I read several of the 1 star reviews of this book before I ordered it. I always do that. I have this theory that you can tell more from the poor reviews than you can from the good ones. A poor review is quickly going to be recognized as either perceptive and on the mark or completely wacko leaving it meaningless. The reviews for 'Monkey Business' gave me pause because the reviewers don't seem misinformed at first blush. Had I known nothing of Simon Louvish's work I might very well have passed this book by, based on some poor reviews. After all, even Hemingway and Mark Twain put out a clunker now and then. But because I have three other Louvish books on my shelf already, I decided to go ahead and purchase it anyway. I'm glad I did.
This is a very good book. It's well researched and documented thoroughly. Some reviewers were bothered by the insertion of many Marx brothers comedy lines and disparaged Louvish for it. It made me wonder if these reviewers were, indeed, really Marx brothers fans. It seems to me if one likes them it would follow that one would also like their material. I enjoyed it, occasionally laughing out loud or sharing kernels of Groucho wisdom with my wife.
At the same time, I wondered how one might analyze the careers and lives of long dead comedians without an in-depth look at the material that propelled them to fame and fortune in the first place. After all, one of the things that keeps the boys' memories alive today is the quotability of the zingers and remarks stemming from movies, radio and TV over their careers."Say the magic woid and win $100" See, even I have to do it to illustrate a point about their influence on American culture, which was quite substantial.
Simon Louvish has written about many of the early comedians and all his works are marked by a remarkable attention to detail that some readers may not appreciate. I suppose those readers may like something lighter, perhaps shorter that doesn't represent such a commitment of time or thought as his work entails. But I prefer to look at all the elements of a person's life when reading their biography, good and bad, to learn what makes them "tick". You will find the full story of the lives and work and the times of the Marx brothers within Simon Louvish's 'Monkey Business'. It's a very good book.
And, as you can see, I'm very happy I decided to go with my instincts, rather than a review, and went ahead and purchased it. I've read a couple of the other biographies of the boys but this one is the better one, in my humble opinion. Mr. Louvish has a very readable style with lots and lots of details that I'd never heard before. So I was really grateful to him because I thought I already knew a lot about them. Now I realize I knew less than I thought I did. Isn't that always the way when you read a biography of someone you've admired but hadn't had the chance to really study their life and character?
These five young men were born into poverty, made fortunes and lost them, prospered again, lived their whole lives with spotlights aimed at them and yet were, in many respects shy and very private in their personal lives. Additionally, they were very different from each other. These things alone seem to cry out for a detailed look at who they were, how they lived their lives, what they believed in, their likes and dislikes. Louvish goes to great lengths to do just that. So at the end of the day we haven't just glimpsed a slice of a celebrity's but studied it from different angles, held it up to the light and examined them completely.
To me, that's where Simon Louvish exceeds other Marx brothers biographers: by taking time to really glean the details from their lives, and by capturing some of their best material for posterity.