- Copertina rigida: 590 pagine
- Editore: St Martins Pr (marzo 2001)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 031226206X
- ISBN-13: 978-0312262068
- Peso di spedizione: 898 g
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 577.586 in Libri in altre lingue (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri in altre lingue)
Robert Mitchum: Baby I Don't Care (Inglese) Copertina rigida – mar 2001
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One can't help but become immersed in the descriptions of his early life, the new information regarding his life-long partnership with his wife Dorothy and her astonishing and stoic loyalty. The later chapters, providing sometimes wrenching descriptions of his descent into full-on alcoholism was, at times, a hard read. As with any person whose intimate thoughts and behaviours are often distorted when a subject of celebrity, Mitchum was portrayed as a loveable thug with a gift for charm and a magnetic screen presence.
He was a great deal more than that but, due to his apparent need for approval and admiration, he eventually evolved into a caricature of himself. He was a phenomenally well-read autodidact who yearned for aknowledgement of his intellectual strengths but was also remarkably self-destructive.
Having met him twice, in his early years of fame whilst he was having his car repaired in a shop in D.C. and many years later, in a small town in Virginia whilst standing next to him in a grocery store line, I found the few references regarding his gentle behaviour true to the person I observed. This second 'meeting' was a few years prior to his death but he still had the aura, the energy of someone 'other than' and one could see the early 'heartbreaker' still present beneath the craggy face and silver hair.
This biography is a remarkable work of research and dedication for an individual who truly stood out from the norm. One feels as though it's a gift to be given this opportunity to learn a full story of someone so special. Kudos to the author, he deserves them.
On the other hand, there are numerous testimonies from people who worked with him on pictures and who said that a sober Mitchum was warm, friendly, helpful, and one of the nicest people in Hollywood. He was also one of the most natural actors that ever filled the silver screen.
A sober Mitchum apparently had no ego problems. He was a magnet for actresses, young, old, and well known who would do anything to spend a night with him. He was married to the same woman for most of his life, and she was unperturbed about his many affairs because she knew that he would never leave her. The only woman about whom she became concerned was a young Shirley McLaine, who was 20 years Mitchum’s junior. Mitchum eventually broke off the affair, but they remained friends. I also recommend James Garner’s memoir, The Garner Files.
I give the book four stars.
The story gives a very balanced, warts-and-all, view of Mitchum. By the end you feel rather sorry for him. He carried a deep, inconsolable loneliness throughout life, and never quite came to grips with it. At the same time, he lived life completely on his own terms. He's the classic tortured hero, a modern-day Ulysses. The lesson, for me, is never let the demons, whether inner or outer, call the shots.
It's also very informative on the development of American film in the 20th century, about which the author is obviously extremely knowledgeable, yet without a academic tone at all.
All in all I found the narrative extremely compelling, and found it hard to put turn off my Kindle.