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Lee Marvin Hardcover – 15 Feb 2013
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"Thanks to Epstein's literary efforts, Marvin's place in the pantheon of legitimate silver screen heroes is secure." --Marshall Terrill, author, "Steve McQueen: The Life and Legend of a Hollywood Icon"
"Unforgettable. . . . A surprisingly intelligent and heroic figure springs from the page. . . . Epstein looks at a complicated figure and presents him in a full-length, three-way mirror. And it is absolutely impossible to look away." --Stefan Kanfer, "New York Times"-bestselling author, "Tough Without A Gun: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart"
"Epstein masterfully lays out and puts together all the pieces of the Marvin puzzle without moralizing or salivating. All future writing about Lee Marvin will be measured against [this book]. Like its subject, it will be a tough act to follow." --Bill Krohn, author, "Hitchcock at Work"
"It's a good Hollywood bio, focusing on its subject's public and private lives without descending into the sort of gossip and rumor that typify many celebrity life stories" and "This is the kind of biography Lee Marvin deserves."--"Booklist Online", December 21, 2012
"Epstein's admiration for his subject is clear yet never too heavy-handed. A well-paced, thoughtful examination of a singular corpus of work that influenced film portrayals of violence in subsequent decades."--"Kirkus Reviews" (Nov. 15, 2012)
"Epstein has crafted a thorough, intimate, and highly readable portrait of this imposing actor who became an unlikely star...I doubt anyone will ever match its breadth and depth in assessing Lee Marvin's life and career."--"Leonard Maltin, Movie Crazy"
"Epstein hits the bulls eye."--"Noir City", a publication of the Film Noir Foundation
"Author Epstein takes on the not-inconsiderable goal of fleshing out Marvin as a genuine person. His outstanding book presents meticulously researched facts about the man and his work, combined with insightful comments and interviews from those who knew him."--"Cinema Retro"
."..good, warts-and-all portrait of a truly complicated man, seen through Epstein's sympathetic eyes."--"True West"
"Epstein handles Marvin's career and checkered personal life with equal adroitness." --"Filmfax"
About the Author
Dwayne Epstein is a freelance journalist and author whose reviews, essays, and articles have appeared in numerous film publications and newspapers, including "FilmFax," "Outre," and "Variety," as well as Bill Krohn's books "Serious Pleasures" and "Hitchcock at Work." He is also the author of several young adult biographies of subjects ranging from Adam Sandler to Hillary Clinton. A lifetime fan and collector of Lee Marvin photos and memorabilia, he has appeared in the A&E Biography episode devoted to Lee Marvin. He lives in Long Beach, California.
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he must have been a shock to his family.
He would drink round the clock,went with any woman,but a lovable rogue.
This book was very good I enjoyed it.
Would recommend it.
Epstein gives us a rounded, finely drawn picture of a man who was probably more sensitive than he cared to admit. If there was sadness in Marvin's career it was that he never got the roles he deserved towards the end of his life, reduced as he was to appearing in junk like the sequel to the Dirty Dozen.
In the end he looked older than his years, burnt out by a lifetime of self-abuse. Perhaps, as Epstein tacitly admits, this was no surprise to the man himself. His premature death left us with a sense of what might have been. Epstein even acknowledges this by exploring what roles might have suited Marvin had he lived.
Overall a compelling read and highly recommended.
The biography goes to great lengths to reveal the real man behind the image and also what an under-rated actor Lee Marvin is. The author clearly has a passion and commitment toward his chosen subject and has chosen well.
The reason behind the actors fondness for the bottle is rather a tragic one but perfectly understandable under the circumstances. I perceive Lee Marvin to be a rather troubled man and that alcohol was used as a means of attempting to numb his feelings of guilt.
All the classic films are covered: Point Blank, The Dirty Dozen, Emperor of The North, The Killers, The Big Red Ones, Hell in the Pacific amongst others.
Anyone who is a huge fan of Lee Marvin - like me - shall enjoy this book.
The number of photographs have been well chosen, some of which I've not seen before.
It's hard to say the least.
"Point Blank" by Dwayne Epstein was a book I bought with trepidation. What could he have to say about the man I had enjoyed on screen for so long? Would it be another slam rag?
Dwayne obviously respects Marvin and Marvin needs that respect. This book is an honest appraisal of an actor nobody could really know. The research is there and personal opinion is kept to a minimum. This book is totally worth the entrance fee. If you love Marvin... You will love this. I believe Dwayne Epstein should write about Audie Murphy next. Audie needs some honest appraisal too.
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