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Al Pacino: The Authorized Biography Paperback – 6 Aug 2007
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About the Author
Lawrence Grobel has written for Rolling Stone, New York Times and many others. His previous books include THE ART OF THE INTERVIEW, CONVERSATIONS WITH BRANDO and CONVERSATIONS WITH CAPOTE.
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Yes, the wide-ranging interviews do cover Pacino's childhood growing up poor in the Bronx and his relationship with his parents and in the introduction, the author does give us a brief overview of Pacino's amazing career but the real focus on this book is Pacino's relationship with the craft of acting itself and particularly, with his love of William Shakespeare and the theatre in general. As such, this book will not shine an awful lot of light on the many amazing films that most of us know so intimately.
There are many pages in this book on Pacino's personal projects, Chinese Coffee and The Local Stigmatic, two films he personally financed and were only released many years - decades even - after they were made. On one level, this is absolutely understandable: these films were Pacino's private passion for many years and he only ever screened them privately but conversely, most readers of this book will want his insight in to films such as The Godfather trilogy or Dog Day Afternoon. Pacino does discuss these films with Grobel (mostly The Godfather trilogy and in particular, what he sees as the flaws in The Godfather Part III) but certainly the balance seems out of kilter.Read more ›
For the most part he bulk of the book becomes more conversational including many years of recorded interviews between the writer and Al. This may not be appealing to many. Usually I don't enjoy parts like these either but as an avid Al Pacino enthusiast, I saw through this and became quite interested in what he had to say. None the less, this biography is very enjoyable, simple, that will have you reading for hours. Who wouldn't want to learn about this man, after all, he paved the way for some of the great actors you see today. Highly Reccommended
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Just struggling with it, Love Al Pacino but this is just endless questions and I'm finding it a bit boring, will force myself to read it eventually.Published 11 months ago by JohnCa