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A French Kiss with Death: Steve McQueen and the Making of Le Mans (Driving) Hardcover – Illustrated, 6 Feb 2012

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Brooklands Books Ltd; illustrated edition edition (6 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0837602343
  • ISBN-13: 978-0837602349
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 21.3 x 3.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most motor racing books are excellent reference works but lack literary style and page-turning ability. This is different - and how - a simply brilliantly told saga of the background to and filming of the real and staged 1970 Le Mans 24 hour race. When I received the book I simply could not put it down. The next task is to watch the film again, which I luckily have on video. Buy this book, which is now the joint best book ever written about motor racing, along with Mon Ami Mate by Chris Nixon - the style of writing of which is quite similar.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a book about a flawed man in a fundamentally flawed film. A classic era for sportscar racing was the late sixties. The classic car of that time was the Porsche 917 (rated the best racing car ever in a recent poll of racing enthusiasts) and Le Mans was (and remains) the classic race.
The story of the Steve McQueen film "Le Mans", based on the 1970 race, is a story of ego winning over common sense. In the Sixties McQueen was "cool".
He raised the finance to make a feature film based upon the Le Mans race.Ironically his producers and, more likely, their insurers refused to let him actually drive in the race.
The story line puts McQueen in a Gulf Porsche 917 against the Scuderia Ferrari 512's. The inspiration was the close finish of the 1969 race. The strap line on the poster said "Steve McQueen goes for a drive in the country. The country is France and the drive is at 200 mph." At the end of the day the car was the star and that car was a Gulf Porsche 917.
The story of how the film came together and was completed is more interesting than the film itself. No script and the need to recreate racing sequences following the bad weather during the actual race caused production to halt and a new director was appointed to bring the film in on time and in budget.
Whilst this was going on McQueen crashed a hire car putting both himself and a co-star, with whom he was having an affair, through the windscreen. He was said to be high on cocaine at the time. His wife and children later appeared on the set but this did little to stop his extra matrimonial activities.
That said the book of the film of the man is a superb "snap shot" of a fascinating event at a fascinating time. The many candid photographs and personal recollections from drivers and film crew involved are revealing but anything that features Porsche 917's and Ferrari 512's at close quarters is worth viewing.
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The ultimate book to support the great Steve McQueen film Lemans. This book covers everthing you would ever want to to know about the making of his iconic film and motor racing event.
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Michael Keyser's been there. He's been a racer (with victory at the 1975 Sebring 12 Hour), filmmaker ("The Speed Merchants") and is a fine writer, as this book is amble evidence. "French Kiss With Death" is the exhaustive account that went into the making of perhaps the finest motor racing movie ever made--"Le Mans." That the making of the movie destroyed McQueen's marriage, bankrupted his company Solar Productions, ended his association with famed Hollywood director John Sturges, and bombed in movie theaters across the country, has become part of the legend. Keyser doesn't spare us the messy details. "It was madness," said Denne Bart Petitclerc, who was in France during shooting, and who wrote the novel on which the movie was based. He also wrote the original screenplay that McQueen rejected. McQueen rejected a number of screenplays, cut page after page of dialogue, and ended up with a movie that was part documentary and part Hollywood movie. Incidentally, the Porsche 917 that's destroyed in the film's iconic and climatic crash was not a Porsche 917 all all, but a re-bodied (and far-less costly) Lola Le Mans coupe. Today, "Le Mans" is a cult classic, and a favorite of racing fans such as I. That the movie was completed al all, considering all that went wrong, is nothing less than a miracle. Read the book. It's thorough, fascinating in a morbid sort of way, and a cautionary tale on how not make a Hollywood move. If you're a motor racing fan and/or a die-hard Steve McQueen fan, Keyser's book is not to be missed. Five stars.
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just received this book,well worth the money,some colour pics would have been nice but not that big a deal,mcqueen is certainly not a saint,but such is life.
if you like the film,this is a must read. 10/10.the coolest actor in the coolest race car.
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