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Brando Unzipped [Hardcover]

Darwin Porter
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11 Mar 2005
That ongoing, barely under control drama known as Marlon Brando-Hollywood's Ultimate Bad Boy, Megastar, and Sexual Outlaw-with a special focus on his early rise to fame and his social and sexual associations with the A-list legends of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Brando Unzipped is the definitive gossip guide to the late, great actor's life -New York Daily News. Lurid, raunchy, perceptive, and certainly worth reading, it's one of the best show-biz biographies of the year. -London's Sunday Times. Brando Unzipped received an Honorable Mention from Foreword Magazine in its Book of the Year competition, and it won a Silver Ippy award for Best Biography from the Independent Publisher's Association.


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  • Hardcover: 625 pages
  • Publisher: Blood Moon Productions, Ltd; First Edition edition (11 Mar 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974811823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974811826
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.1 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 666,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Darwin Porter is also the author of Katharine the Great and Hollywood Silent Closet (both available from Turnaround).

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1.0 out of 5 stars Long winded and tedious 6 Jan 2008
By David
Format:Hardcover
I had read the serialised version of the book and thought that it was going to be a well written, racy, and meticulously researched biography of Marlon Brando. I was bitterly disappointed.

The structure of the book is very poor. The book seems to meander through Brando's early life at a very slow pace. The author fails to use endnotes and footnotes to help make the book more readable and instead chooses to be easily distracted by the interesting lives of Brando's acquaintances. For example Liz Renee a burlesque dancer with a fascinating life story of her own supposedly had a brief affair with Brando. Personally I believe her life story should have been in the footnotes and just the part about her affair with Brando belonged in the main text. Instead we were given a summary of her exploits, interesting as they were, when you consider how many people Brando knew you can imagine how distracting this is and how tedious it becomes when every other character receives this treatment. Concentrating heavily on Brando's early life and career the book seems to stop in the early to mid 1960s. After this point it descends in to boxes with a picture and a few paragraphs about later events in Brando's life. I expected there to be quite a lot of information about Brando's children especially Christian there wasn't. Even the death of Dag Drollet was reduced to just a brief outline of events that took place. It would have been better if the book only concentrated on his life up to the late 1950s because after this the book seems to be unfinished. Considering the author's determination to put all sorts of mini biographies of Brando's acquaintances in the main text it seemed to really jar that after the 1960's the detail becomes so scant.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Read Ever 7 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover
I was very much looking forward to this book as i'm a big Brando fan and haven't read any of his biographies before. However this has got to be the worst book i've ever read - no exaggeration. Page after page consists of pure tabloid slander, its fairly obvious you are viewing the work of a hollywood celebrity reporter. Brando gets his kit off almost every page (and theres a lot of pages). Some of the scenes are so ridiculous that you know they can't be true, e.g. Brando in his youth hiring 2 bongo players to accompany him to a hotel room so he could do a tribal dance for Tennesse Williams and two older movie producers (dressed only in a thong) - at the end of the song the bongo players leave and Brando gets naked with everyone.

Disclaimer: I only read 200 pages but couldn't stomach anymore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phew What a Scorcher!!! 10 May 2011
By Cat W
Format:Hardcover
Well, as biographies go this was a real OMG! on virtually every page. It's salacious and compulsive reading which leaves the reader in no doubt that the great Marlon Brando was indeed a very bad boy. That said, many actors of the day were very badly behaved - they did not have the instant exposure of the internet and the press couldn't have printed most of their antics without the censors combusting, so they were able to get up to all sorts without too much intrusion. For all of it's tabloid newspaper style, most of the entries seem plausible although some do seem a bit far fetched. All I can say is I hope he had a picture in his attic to cover those bad boy years! That said, the book does give an insight into the complexities of Brando and read alongside other books about him such as Songs my Mother Taught Me, Somebody - The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando and Conversations with Marlon Brando it is possible to gain a very good all round picture of who he was and what made him tick. Great fun and worth a read. Brando..... simply the best.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Streaker Named Desire 22 Feb 2006
Format:Hardcover
Reads like a women's weekly on drugs. Titillating & salacious insights into not only Brando's very personal life, but those around him too. Descriptions of enormous sex drives vie for attention with descriptions of enormous egos. Brando seemed to have a penchant for showing off, stripping off, showing off by stripping off, and aggressively used his physical presence for sexual, professional & even on occasion it seems direct monetary gain. An absolute rebel with predatory instincts, he would have creamed the James Dean character in Rebel Without a Cause - as it was, he did that anyway, but off camera. Not the best written book, but revelations come thick and fast, and keep you turning the pages - A case of content over style.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Rediculous 1 Jan 2009
By AmberJ
Format:Hardcover
I really wish I hadn't wasted my time reading this book. It contians so many inaccuracies. Many of the tales are hard to believe and make Brando sound like a real monster. I wish I could give this book minus stars! Read Brando's book for the REAL story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MARLON WOULD OF LOVED THIS 12 Feb 2014
Format:Hardcover
AND WOULD OF LAUGHED HIS GODDAM HEAD OFF AT THE AUTHORS NERVE.A GREAT READ BUT TAKE IT ALL WITH A PINCH OF SALT
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