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Dean & me. (Una storia d'amore) (Italian) Hardcover – 1 May 2010
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'Lewis writes with awe about Martin's unflappable stage persona,
and with humour and affection' -- Sunday Times
'Read with a Martini and cigarette in hand' -- Independent --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
A wise-cracking memoir of one of the greatest comedy double acts of all time
The funny, atmospheric memoir of performing alongside Dean Martin in the most successful double act of all time--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Product description
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Having said that, I found the book an easy read because there is nothing much in it. I bought it because I enjoyed James Kaplan's book on Sinatra which was concise and a real page-turner. Not so with "Dean & Me".. Co-written with Jerry Lewis it seems to gloss over everything except when it's about... Jerry. No great insights.. nothing memorable.. I will be giving my copy to the charity shop. Definitely not a keeper.
There is a video around the internet with their final MDA telethon back in 1956.. they had already split and you can almost see in places where Dean could absolutely strangle Jerry. It's painful to watch them as a team.. it is just about as unfunny as their Colgate Comedy Hour skits. I repeat, I fail to see why they were so popular. I fail to see why the French think Jerry Lewis is a comedy genius.. well, okay.. I'll give him "The Nutty Professor".. but.. I dunno.. I guess you had to be there..
Jerry's candid memoir shares a behind the scenes look at this sensational comedy duo, so popular that people queued around the block night after night to see their act, often refusing to leave their seats afterwards, until lured outside with the promise of seeing Dean and Lewis leaning from their hotel windows, hurling signed photos down to the crowds below, before the next show. Post war and pre Beatles, no one had seen anything like it.
Jerry reinforces his feelings of love and admiration for Dean throughout, despite the fear he felt, alone for the first time after their very public split. He remains dignified and never descends into blame or name calling. In fact he graciously says it was his fault, although anyone would wonder how this pair endured working so closely together, six to eight nightclub performances a day for ten years, plus films thrown in, for as long as they did do.
They worked hard and played hard, surviving on a few hours sleep whilst juggling Hollywood's high life with families back home.
Sometimes selfish, sometimes vulnerable, you can't help feeling for this crazy talented nut, this whirling dervish who was born to perform and had it all and more by the time he was 19. This volatile man child with a big mouth and big heart reaches out, ever desperate for reassurance and recognition from the man who he adores, and you fall a little in love with him yourself.
You wonder at Jerry's energy and drive, keeping going even when his health begins to bear the brunt of it all. Something has to give.
A bitter sweet love story.
it seems that James Kaplan is writing while Jerry tells the story, very honestly it seems, it seems that way because the writing is interrupted often, thankfully, by Jerry with one liners and asides that are just perfectly funny and help hugely towards the sense of time and place, of capturing a moment in the golden years of showbusiness, that Kaplan is so brilliant at (see his book on Sinatra if you actually want to feel your living with Frank through some of the key moments in his rise to fame).
wonderfully warm and alive, it comes close, as only Jerry Lewis could, to seeing who the real Dean Martin was, a huge achievment as he was THE enigma of the Rat Pack and beyond.
Great read, and important lessons to all of us about deep friendship and its, perhaps inevitable, demise as our lives change.
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