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Tough Without a Gun The Extraordinary Life of Humphrey Bogart by Stefan Kanfer
  

Tough Without a Gun The Extraordinary Life of Humphrey Bogart

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Tough Without a Gun The Extraordinary Life of Humphrey Bogart by Stefan Kanfer

A Humphrey Bogart comes along only once in a century: someone who isn't conventionally handsome or particularly versatile, but who can convince an audience that whatever character he's playing is of great importance, because he represents something vital about themselves and their time. He honed his craft for years in the theatre only becoming a star at the age of 42 as Sam Spade in 'The Maltese Falcon'. In the 16 years that were left to him, he made an indelible mark on movies - such that film-makers as diverse as Woody Allen and Jean-Luc Godard paid homage to him in their films. At the heart of this biography is Bogey's love affair with the 19-year-old Lauren Bacall, who stole to have and have not - and his heart - by lolling in a doorway, tossing insolent remarks and teaching him to put his lips together and whistle.

Reviews

A swift, smart, scrupulous book. It brims with insights. --Tom Shone, Slate
Terrific. . . . Kanfer is particularly good in sketching [Bogart's] lasting influence. -- Los Angeles Times
Evocative. . . . Gives the reader a palpable sense of the sadly truncated arc of [Bogart's] life. --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
Insightful. . . . The value of this book lies in Kanfer's insights into and analysis of the way that Bogart worked

-- Chicago Sun-Times
There may be no better analysis of Bogart's mysterious and enduring appeal. -- The Daily Beast

Gracefully written. . . . [Kanfer] approaches the complicated and difficult man Katharine Hepburn called 'one of the biggest guys I ever met
with a fair, discerning eye

. . . . Both sensitive and agile. . . . An insightful, compassionate portrait of a man who cared about his craft and, close friends said, camouflaged a kind and generous heart with a sardonic wit and snarl. -- Dallas


About the Author

Stefan Kanfer is the author of Ball of Fire: The Tumultuous Life and Comic Art of Lucille Ball and Somebody: The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando. He was a writer and editor for Time magazine for more than twenty years. He lives in New York and on Cape Cod.

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Book Info

Publication date

5th January 2012

Author

Stefan Kanfer

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Publisher

Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Biography: arts & entertainment
Individual actors & performers
Films, cinema

ISBN

9780571260737

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