BearManor Media presents "LEE VAN CLEEF: BEST OF THE BAD" (Paperback), by Michael G. McGlasson (Author), Mike Malloy (Foreword)
The opening foreword of this book by Mike Malloy, completely grabs you: "Antihero, This word gets thrown around a lot when describing the protagonists occupying the cruel, ruthless world of the Italian made spaghetti westerns of the 1960s and 1970s, where the only difference between the (alleged) Good Guys and the (extreme) Bad Guys is that the former limits their killing to the latter. So naturally "antihero" is usually the label bestowed upon the spaghetti western roles of Lee Van Cleef, who was easily one of the genre's biggest and most iconic stars".
We that being said, Van Cleef's character or persona evolves into this hero right before our very eyes, which became a standard formula in some of the best spaghettis...with the exception of THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966). In most cases abandons the self interests quest for revenge or payback, switches to aiding the young man in finding closure in the film DEATH RIDES A HORSE (1967).
Agree with Mike Malloy, Van Cleef depicts heroism with such a perfect world weariness that he never comes off as a stuffy, straight laced, goody two shoes protagonists...Cleef's western performances are obviously timeless, with all of his performances on television as a filler badman or character actor in the vast cast of players...feel his short time in the business left a mark from his career, that of a HERO, who played the part with feeling and truism.
Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.
TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)
Acknowledgments --- 1
Foreword: "A Good Guy, After All" by Mike Malloy --- 2
Introduction --- 8
The Extraordinary Life of Lee Van Cleef --- 14
The Mythic Archtype of the Villain --- 33
The Gunfighter and the Bounty Hunter:
Fact vs. Fiction --- 39
The Guns of Lee Van Cleef --- 48
Portrait Gallery --- 56
Colonel Douglas Mortimer: Vengeance Is Mine ---61
Angel Eyes: 200,000 Reasons To Kill --- 64
Frank Talby: A Man Without A Conscience --- 66
Fade Out: The Legacy of Lee Van Cleef --- 71
Bibliography --- 77
Index --- 81
Lee Van Cleef [aka: Clarence Leroy Van Cleef Jr.]
Date of Birth: 9 January 1925 - Somerville, New Jersey
Date of Death: 16 December 1989 - Oxnard, California
BearManor Media, a small press that publishes BIG books. They pride themselves on publishing quality entertainment biographies, so they often put out the first book on unique subjects -- plus specializing in books with nostalgic themes and keeping classic Hollywood alive not only thru his publishing house, but thru his own books. Big thank you to Ben Ohmart and his staff, another winner.
In closing, author Michael G. McGlasson, shedding some light on the life and times of this screen villain, who was also a loving husband and father, a decorated veteran, and a charismatic human being gifted with the ability to bring light into an other wise shadowy world...a thin but enjoyable book for everyones reading pleasure.
Highly recommend - a good read!
Total Page: 90 Pages ~ BearManor Media #ISBN-13: 978-1593936174 ~ (November 10, 2010)