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Smoking in Bed: Conversations with Bruce Robinson Paperback – 8 Oct 2001


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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; New edition edition (8 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747552592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747552598
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Enthusiasts will relish his razor-sharp wit and comic timing' -- Scotland on Sunday

'Furious and lyrical' -- Sunday Times

'Robinson's conversation is a work of art' -- Guardian

'The Recollections of Robinson are a treat' -- Independent

'The next best thing to a one-on-one' -- Time Out

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From 'Withnail and I' to 'Thomas Penman', the inimitable, outrageous and unforgetable writer and director in conversation ...

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Caren Firth on 14 July 2002
Format: Paperback
This really is Bruce Robinson at his best - which in itself is no mean feat. Simply rivetting. The interviewer's excellent and obviously on Robinson's wavelength. As for the writer (and director/actor) himself, you find you just cannot put the book down. He's funny, intelligent, attractive and inspired; he brings to life everything he has to say. The photos are great. This is a book you race through, wanting more and more and hoping never to reach the end.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 8 Nov 2002
Format: Paperback
Picked this up, mainly to read the chapter on The Killing Fields- to see if it had anything I could add to my bloated dissertation on biopics (and to read the chapter on Withnail & I, of course!). Read those chapters- and continued and started over again- this is a great book.
The book is nine chapters based on works of Bruce Robinson (screenplays, films, novels etc) that are a conversation between editor Alistair Owen & Robinson. I love this kind of book, as it gives insight into the work of art under discussion (and a whole lot more). Very much like the best 'X' on 'X' books published by Faber (Paul Schrader, Scorsese, Allen...).
Robinson's life & experiences are detailed and provide a backdrop for the famous works he's associated with (and the ones that went wrong)- so we get The Killing Fields, Withnail, How to Get Ahead... & recent novel The Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman. And the films that didn't quite work- the messy wonderfulness that is Jennifer Eight; Fatman & Little Baby that I've never seen (but would love to see a book by Robinson on) & the painful experiences of writing In Dreams & Return to Paradise.
The conversation is so rich, I even want to seek out these dud films- and as with books by Wim Wenders I find the world of film to be horrifying ... the experiences Robinson details on J-8 is anithetical to any utopian notion of being an 'artist'. Easy to see why he chose to write some books and do a spot of acting in the pleasant Still Crazy.
There is loads here for Withnail fans and a whole lot more besides- would have loved to see his scripts for High Rise & a Jack the Ripper film- there are lots of interesting politcal elements here and loads for aspiring writers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By What The Dickens on 23 Mar 2013
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if you loved Withnail and I then you are in for a treat. This is a fabulous read which delves into the sharp (and often inebriated) mind of Bruce Robinson and the back stories of his career. Devoured it. Loved it. Want more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A N Other on 23 Aug 2011
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Bruce Robinson - the mastermind behind Withnail & I - provides an uncompromising and insightful look into the world of a proffesional writer. Relating tales from his experience of work being passed around by producers from writer to writer, the trouble he had convincing anyone that Withnail would work, his dissatisfaction with the "way things are" and some anecdotes too.

Alister Owen presents the work as an almost interview - not interjecting too much but posing the right questions at the right time.

Highly recommended for writers aiming to "make it" in the biz, a good way for preparing yourself for the realities of the world of film.
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