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by Richard Schickel

  • ISBN: 0896215245
  • Category: Biographies
  • Author: Richard Schickel
  • Subcategory: Arts & Literature
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press (1984)
  • FB2 size: 1870 kb
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  • Rating: 4.5
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Richard Schickel in 2000. Cary Grant: A Celebration (1983). Griffith: An American Life (1984); British Film Institute Book Prize, 1985. Schickel on Film: Encounters-Critical and Personal-With Movie Immortals (1989). Brando: A Life in Our Times (1991).

Richard Schickel in 2000. Richard Warren Schickel (1933-02-10)February 10, 1933 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, . February 18, 2017(2017-02-18) (aged 84) Los Angeles, California, . Intimate Strangers: The Culture of Celebrity (1985) (aka Common Fame: The Culture of Celebrity); revised 2000. Lena by Lena Horne and Richard Schickel. James Cagney: A Celebration (1986).

Richard Schickel seems to love Cary Grant. And good on him. What he fails to do is translate that love to a book that should convey to the reader the life of Cary Grant. Maybe he is trying to shield the reader from his more questionable side.

Cary Grant : a celebration. by. Schickel, Richard.

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In summary, we are presented with Mr. Schickel's opinions and judgements regarding Grant's films with little to convey to the reader Cary Grant, the person.

Cary Grant A Celebration book.

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Cary Grant: A Celebration

Cary Grant: A Celebration. Few figures in film and theater history tower like Elia Kazan. Born in 1909 to Greek parents in Istanbul, Turkey, he arrived in America with incomparable vision and drive, and by the 1950s he was the most important and influential director in the nation, simultaneously dominating both theater and film. His productions of and reshaped the values of the stage. D. W. Griffith: An American Life (1984) This is a borzoi book. Published by alfred a. knopf. Griffith: An American Life (1984). Intimate Strangers: The Culture of Celebrity in America (1985). James Cagney: A Celebration (1985). Double Indemnity (1992). This is a borzoi book. Published in the United States by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House LLC, New York, and in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto, Penguin Random House companies.

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Reviews about Cary Grant: A celebration (7):
I have always enjoyed Cary Grant and wanted to learn more about him as a person. This book is very informative regarding Archie Leach (stage name Cary Grant) and how his career began. It gies an in-depth synopsis of each of his films and how his acting blossomed throughout the years as he was able to decipiher what characters were best for him to play. The book also revealed what a shrewd and competent business man the actor was, being the first actor ever to go independent without a major studio behind him. He succeeded and became one of the wealthiest movie stars of all time. Even though he had abundant assets, Cary Grant was not frivolous and invested well (again using his business acumen). He was able to leave a substantial estate to his daughter, Jennifer Grant and his 5th wife, Barbara Harris Grant.
As the author notes in the beginning, this is an essay to "enrich the reader's understanding of what Grant was up to on the screen". Mr Schickel is a film critic and thus his viewpoint in this essay is that of a critic but focused on one actor covering 72 films. The essay does not deal with Cary Grant's personal life but rather the lives he portrays in his more than 70 movie roles. It is this aspect that I found the book very disappointing. With few exceptions, all the pictures of Cary Grant were taken from films or studio publicity shots. Mr.Schickel theme throughout is to describe Grant in terms of his roles and conversely his real life persona being expressed in his role. The occasion for writing this book is Grant's 80th birthday, a very personal and defining event in anyone's life, yet after finishing the book, I found that I learned very little about his life, about his dreams, aspirations or disappointments. What did Grant at the age of 80 think about his life and career? The author give no hint of this nor offers any insight from Grant's fellow actors/actresses or contemporary directors, producers or screen writers. The author continuously analyzes Grant's on-screen role with events in his life, especially his childhood in England. It's impossible to say how accurate these comparisons are, but in my view this is no vehicle to document a famous screen star's life. I don't believe it enriched my understanding of Gary Grant; if anything, it is artificial and contrived. Finally, the author makes blunt assessments of Grant's movies, particularly his later ones, without providing any rationale for his judgement. For example, the author describes the characters played by Ingrid Bergman in "Notorious" and that of Grace Kelly in "To Catch a Thief" as be nymphomaniacs without any rationale for this puzzling assertion. Schickel also uses motion picture jargon such as "program pictures" without giving any explanation for the reader. In summary, we are presented with Mr. Schickel's opinions and judgements regarding Grant's films with little to convey to the reader Cary Grant, the person.
There was so little of Grant 's personal life. The book is an extensive filmography but gets into none of the essence of the real person or his relationships. It does a well researched job of chronicling his 50 plus motion pictures and the various character developments of the parts he played in each.
Often, to sell copies, authors of celebrity biographies stoop to including gossip, rumors, and throughly unsubstantiated claims to ruin the reputation of the celebrity. Among other things, the nice thing about Cary Grant A Celebration is that it does not need to resort to these tactics, which are very tasteless, not to mention disrespectful for the celebrity involved.
In addition to having its lack of gossip as a recommendation, A Celebration is really a clear, interesting analysis of Cary Grant's career. It goes through each movie he made, reviews it, and presents a comprehensive theory on Grant's work and the times and man that led to its creation. The reviews, which are blended in to the narrative, are very useful for fans who want to know which movies are worth watching besides the obvious choices.
So, anyhow, this book has a simple but truthful biography of a real Hollywood legend, whose talent and originality on screen was only matched by his reticence and desire for privacy off of it. It is also a useful reference. For all of Cary Grant's fans and anyone interested in classic cinema in general, this is highly recommended. If you aren't interested in any of the above things, why are you looking here anyhow?
This is a superb analysis of Grant's films and his place in cinema history. It is not a biography and never pretends to be.
If that's what you're looking for, then go elsewhere e.g. Cary Grant - A Class Apart. This however is fantastic for anyone who seriously wants to understand why Cary Grant was able to sustain himself at the top of the box office for so long, and why he was regarded as one of the greatest film actors ever, including by Hitchcock, Howard Hawks and Marlon Brando.
Richard Schickel seems to love Cary Grant. And good on him. What he fails to do is translate that love to a book that should convey to the reader the life of Cary Grant.
He spends most of the book waxing lyrical about the different roles he has played and how his own personal feelings are represented in the roles he undertakes.
In a book that claims "to be more than a review of his movies" Richard Schickel completely bypasses his non-film achievements and notoriety. Maybe he is trying to shield the reader from his more questionable side.
The only refreshing deviance from the morbidity is the suggestion of his homosexuality, which is quickly refuted by another few pages of dripping prose.
I am now searching for another book to provide me an insight into this man. This one did not do it for me.

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