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Cary Grant: A Celebration Hardcover – 23 Feb 1995

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Godfrey Cave Associates Ltd; New edition edition (23 Feb. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185471497X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854714978
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 2.1 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,300,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Perfect exactly what I was looking. The book is in perfect condition. Brilliant item and excellent delievery time. I'm a big cary grant fan and it was a amazing value price as well.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice analysis of Grant's film career... 1 Sept. 2002
By ehakus - Published on
Format: Paperback
Often, to sell copies, authors of celebrity biographies stoop to including gossip, rumors, and throughly unsubstantiated claims to ruin the reputation of the celebrity. Among other things, the nice thing about Cary Grant A Celebration is that it does not need to resort to these tactics, which are very tasteless, not to mention disrespectful for the celebrity involved.
In addition to having its lack of gossip as a recommendation, A Celebration is really a clear, interesting analysis of Cary Grant's career. It goes through each movie he made, reviews it, and presents a comprehensive theory on Grant's work and the times and man that led to its creation. The reviews, which are blended in to the narrative, are very useful for fans who want to know which movies are worth watching besides the obvious choices.
So, anyhow, this book has a simple but truthful biography of a real Hollywood legend, whose talent and originality on screen was only matched by his reticence and desire for privacy off of it. It is also a useful reference. For all of Cary Grant's fans and anyone interested in classic cinema in general, this is highly recommended. If you aren't interested in any of the above things, why are you looking here anyhow?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for serious Grant buffs 18 Sept. 2013
By Lucy E. Amis - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a superb analysis of Grant's films and his place in cinema history. It is not a biography and never pretends to be.
If that's what you're looking for, then go elsewhere e.g. Cary Grant - A Class Apart. This however is fantastic for anyone who seriously wants to understand why Cary Grant was able to sustain himself at the top of the box office for so long, and why he was regarded as one of the greatest film actors ever, including by Hitchcock, Howard Hawks and Marlon Brando.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative documentary 4 Aug. 2013
By madfleur - Published on
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I have always enjoyed Cary Grant and wanted to learn more about him as a person. This book is very informative regarding Archie Leach (stage name Cary Grant) and how his career began. It gies an in-depth synopsis of each of his films and how his acting blossomed throughout the years as he was able to decipiher what characters were best for him to play. The book also revealed what a shrewd and competent business man the actor was, being the first actor ever to go independent without a major studio behind him. He succeeded and became one of the wealthiest movie stars of all time. Even though he had abundant assets, Cary Grant was not frivolous and invested well (again using his business acumen). He was able to leave a substantial estate to his daughter, Jennifer Grant and his 5th wife, Barbara Harris Grant.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Film Essay from a movie critic, not a biography 17 Jun. 2011
By Sun City Walt - Published on
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As the author notes in the beginning, this is an essay to "enrich the reader's understanding of what Grant was up to on the screen". Mr Schickel is a film critic and thus his viewpoint in this essay is that of a critic but focused on one actor covering 72 films. The essay does not deal with Cary Grant's personal life but rather the lives he portrays in his more than 70 movie roles. It is this aspect that I found the book very disappointing. With few exceptions, all the pictures of Cary Grant were taken from films or studio publicity shots. Mr.Schickel theme throughout is to describe Grant in terms of his roles and conversely his real life persona being expressed in his role. The occasion for writing this book is Grant's 80th birthday, a very personal and defining event in anyone's life, yet after finishing the book, I found that I learned very little about his life, about his dreams, aspirations or disappointments. What did Grant at the age of 80 think about his life and career? The author give no hint of this nor offers any insight from Grant's fellow actors/actresses or contemporary directors, producers or screen writers. The author continuously analyzes Grant's on-screen role with events in his life, especially his childhood in England. It's impossible to say how accurate these comparisons are, but in my view this is no vehicle to document a famous screen star's life. I don't believe it enriched my understanding of Gary Grant; if anything, it is artificial and contrived. Finally, the author makes blunt assessments of Grant's movies, particularly his later ones, without providing any rationale for his judgement. For example, the author describes the characters played by Ingrid Bergman in "Notorious" and that of Grace Kelly in "To Catch a Thief" as be nymphomaniacs without any rationale for this puzzling assertion. Schickel also uses motion picture jargon such as "program pictures" without giving any explanation for the reader. In summary, we are presented with Mr. Schickel's opinions and judgements regarding Grant's films with little to convey to the reader Cary Grant, the person.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 28 Nov. 2013
By Ingrid Jones - Published on
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There was so little of Grant 's personal life. The book is an extensive filmography but gets into none of the essence of the real person or his relationships. It does a well researched job of chronicling his 50 plus motion pictures and the various character developments of the parts he played in each.
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