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4.0 out of 5 stars Great subject, but not quite the book it might have been
The career of Sir Ken Adam, one of the geniuses of film design, was surely worth a book, and Sir Ken (the first film designer ever to be knighted) is possessed of a fairly phenomenal memory about his adventures over fifty-odd years in the movie business. The book is extensively illustrated (though we might have had some colour!) and the detail is fascinating. In fact, the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars a good read, but where's the other half?
This book is important because it gives a great picture of this amazing person:
His background; a childhood under the nazis; what he did during the war; how he became one of the pre-eminent and most influential Production Designers ever.
Christopher Frayling has compiled a number of interviews for this book: so there are a number of fun and telling anecdotes,...
Published on 28 Sep 2005 by Guy Dunsterville


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3.0 out of 5 stars a good read, but where's the other half?, 28 Sep 2005
This review is from: Ken Adam and the Art of Production Design (Paperback)
This book is important because it gives a great picture of this amazing person:
His background; a childhood under the nazis; what he did during the war; how he became one of the pre-eminent and most influential Production Designers ever.
Christopher Frayling has compiled a number of interviews for this book: so there are a number of fun and telling anecdotes, and there are some dialogues that might contain useful ideas when it comes to convincing others that an idea will succeed!
I'll mark this book low, because this should really be part of a set: with another one for colour plates of what Ken Adam is celebrated for - his Visual work.
I should've realised that I'd be disappointed: the low price is a tip-off.
I find it a huge shame that this nice shaped book has No Colour Photos inside!: Considering Adam worked at the peak of technicolor and panavision, just a few rather dark sketches in b&w leave this reader feeling let down.
It would be more useful if these sketches were compared next to stills from the incredible films he's helped to make so memorable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough photos, 16 May 2013
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Not enough photos for me as i wanted more of a reference book than a biography, otherwise an interesting read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great subject, but not quite the book it might have been, 20 Feb 2014
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The career of Sir Ken Adam, one of the geniuses of film design, was surely worth a book, and Sir Ken (the first film designer ever to be knighted) is possessed of a fairly phenomenal memory about his adventures over fifty-odd years in the movie business. The book is extensively illustrated (though we might have had some colour!) and the detail is fascinating. In fact, the book has only one problem, really, and that is the inescapable presence of Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, who, as ever, is most anxious that we recognise him as a knowing, clever fellow and as a great friend of Sir Ken's. But readers of this book don't want to know about Frayling, we want to know about Adam, and all the too-numerous interludes where Frayling intrudes instances of his own supposed cleverness get to be immensely irritating. He isn't half as knowledgeable or funny as he thinks he is, he is patronising and he shows a startlingly poor taste in movies (this is man who actually likes "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution" and "In And Out"!); he certainly doesn't want to submerge his own personality so we can concentrate on the brilliance of his subject. As a result, areas of Adam's career are inadequately explored, some of his films are ignored or passed over too quickly, and too much space is taken up with irrelevancies. Adam is, however, endlessly fascinating, and it is good to have a tribute to so important a figure.
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