Shop now Shop now</arg> Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle Listen with Amazon Music Unlimited Shop now

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
7
4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
5
4 star
1
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
Format: Hardcover|Change
Price:£9.80+ Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

on 18 October 2003
This is a very personal account from a dedicated and distinguished filmaker. In particular, in Boorman's accounts of his relationships with Lee Marvin and his own family. It also reveals the heartache and struggle through which a filmaker has to go in order to realise their vision in making a film. The early parts of the book deal with Boorman's life growing up in London but also sets the backdrop for the relationships that have sustained him throughout his life. His respect for nature pervades the book, especially his past and present life in Ireland. The descriptions of the various films that he has made and the personalities involved are all excellent and very vivid. However, it was the personal reflections on the tortuous process in bringing a film to realisation and the subsequent cost to John Boorman and his family that stayed with me after I finished reading this book. Fantastic. Highly recommended.
0Comment| 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
VINE VOICEon 11 September 2004
If you are looking for a well written and genuinely insightful perspective on Hollywood, film making, stars and Boorman's movies, this it it. A great story, little self-indulgence, and a sensitive account of his life and times. It offers lots of detail and reflection, and was a compelling read.The last chapter stays with you- a great life and contribution to film, but with it's share of sadness and regret. Only a few in today's celebrity culture have the stature and strength to say as much, and John Boorman is one of them.This is a great book about a career in film, and the genuine feelings of a sensitive and creative director.Surely one of Britain's finest.
0Comment| 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 5 July 2015
Presumably people who show interest in this book are already familiar with John Boorman's films. I doubt they will be disappointed, he proves an excellent writer and the book is both informative & moving.
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 25 June 2015
This is a thorough account of Boorman's life up to and including his entry into film-making. My only gripe is Boorman's hypocrisy over the education of his children. On page 101 of the paperback edition he criticises the 1947 Education Act (this is incorrect, he was referring to the 1944 Act) for failing to abolish public (fee-paying schools). Take a look at Charley Boorman's biographical details, and one finds that he was educated privately. Poor show, Mr Boorman.
11 comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 21 January 2010
Being a suburban boy myself brought up but one mile or so from the author and and roughly the same time (I'm three years younger) there were many moments in theis book that rang very true and brought back many memories, anyone who has seen the author's film 'Hope and Glory'will know what I mean. The 'naughty' secrets of his personal life are not revealed but I probably wouldn't either! As an avid reader of biography (mainly auto) I found it very readable but I've read many better.
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 20 April 2013
A fine book with a deep insight at an important body of work and a life that marked movies in the 20th Century. Humor and honesty, information and heart. I loved it.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 24 May 2015
Good book bargain
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Customers also viewed these items

£9.99

Need customer service? Click here

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)