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Johnny Depp: A Kind of Illusion [Paperback]

Denis Meikle
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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8 Sep 2005
In this exciting screen biography, internationally acclaimed film critic Denis Meikle explores Johnny Depp s career from his breakthrough roles in Edward Scissorhands, and What s Eating Gilbert Grape, via the classic performances such as Ed Wood, Dead Man, Donnie Brasco, Sleepy Hollow and From Hell through to box-office smash Pirates of the Caribbean, and Tim Burton s Sweeney Todd.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Reynolds & Hearn Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (8 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905287046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905287048
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 13.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,471,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I applaud the author on making this not just a biography but something all together larger." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Denis Meikle is the author of the acclaimed A History of Horrors: The Rise and Fall of the House of Hammer, Jack The Ripper: The Murders and the Movies and Vincent Price: The Art of Fear. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wake me up when it's over! 20 Jan 2005
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I bought this book, having glanced at reviews of similar ilk, and frankly. wish I hadn't. I wanted to find out more about the actor, the man, his likes & dislikes. Because I loathe and distrust fan sites I thought the book would do it for me. Instead I discovered that, to me at least, it seemed to be more an exercise in revealing the authors extensive knowledge of films & the film world and simply for the sake of its title, concentrating on Johnny Depp.
I found myself wading, scan reading & yawning my way through what appeared to be lots of little mini-biographies of other people Depp had worked with. I really didn't want to know that much about these people and felt that with all that padding removed it would only amount to a very thin book.
Sorry to be so negative but I was, for once, truly dissappointed with my Birthday present.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Depends what you're looking for 13 Dec 2006
Far from providing a great deal of insight into the man itself, 'A Kind Of Illusion' is more a comprehensive analysis of his filmography. I received this book hoping to find out more about the actor himself and what shaped him into who he is today. Instead I found a rather tedious series of bias reviews of his films. Buy this if you're more interested in Depp's career than his personal life although it does provide snippets of information about his life that could be of some interest.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Depp A Kind Of illusion 18 Aug 2005
This book gives mini biographys of people who Johnny Depp has worked with and gives you information about his homelife and how things were when he was younger and how he wanted to be in the music career and not in the acting at first. If you are looking for a book telling you about his favourite food and favourite colour this isn't the book for you because there will probably never be a book like that, Johnny Depp has a mystery about him and has kept himself out of the public view, he is a hollywood outsider, and this book shows how different he is to the rest. Worth every penny. ****
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2.0 out of 5 stars A frustrating read! 16 April 2008
I have been a big Depp fan since childhood, but this is very disappointing. The author is incredibley negative throughout, as if he doesn't actually have much interest in anything other than making money.
Had I wanted to read in depth about EVERYONE that's ever crossed his path I'd be reading THEIR biography not his!
I never thought a book on Depp could be so dull! I was wrong....
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3.0 out of 5 stars Leave the film reviews out! 10 Oct 2006
This book has some great info on Johnny's antics and his history, but the author seems incapable of being objective about his films, and i didn't read this book to find out what a random person thought about his films. Other than this, it gives a good grasp of Depp as a person, especially about his old dreams of being a musician.
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