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Brando Unzipped: Marlon Brando: Bad Boy, Megastar, Sexual Outlaw Kindle Edition

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"Brando Unzipped contains major revelations about the American actor. Its author spent 50 years assembling meticulously documented source material." -- Le Journal du Dimanche (France)

"Brando Unzipped is YUMMY. Practically every page discloses a fascinating tidbit. An irresistibly flamboyant romp of a read." -- Bookmarks / Books to Watch our For.

"Darwin Porter paints an extraordinarily detailed portait of Brando that is as blunt, uncompromising, and X-rated as the man himself." -- Women's Weekly (Australia)

"Deliciously low, with anecdotes that are so entertainingly outrageous, you'll want to throw your suspensions of disbelief out the window." -- Los Angeles' Frontiers Magazine, edition of Dec 20, 2005

"Lurid, raunchy, and perceptive...there's an astounding revelation on almost every page. Compelling...This book is certainly worth reading." -- The Sunday Times (London)

"Original and at times amazing, BRANDO UNZIPPED documents a life of gargantuan excess that only Hollywood could have produced." -- The editorial board of The Georgia Literary Association

Brando Unzipped is the definitive gossip guide to the late, great actor's life. -- The New York Daily News

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Mega-star Marlon Brando is remembered both as a sexual outlaw and as the most radical and astonishing actor of his generation.

The subject is fascinating, historically important, and highly commercial. In fact, I'm amazed that other, larger publishing houses failed to compile biographies of their own since his death in July of 2004.

Maybe they were afraid of the controversy, or maybe they didn't have access to the wealth of previously unpublished material that the book's author, Hollywood veteran Darwin Porter, spent 45 years compiling.

Much to my amusement, during our pre-publication publicity of this title, a well-preserved and sexy, but otherwise not-particularly-flamboyant woman confronted me at a trade fair, hoping that her name--based on a short sexual interlude she cited-- had been included among Marlon's thousands of "conquests."

It was then that I fully appreciated the animal attraction Brando held for his fans, and the energy that some of them expend, even today, linking their names to his historical record.


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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Bay Reader on February 12, 2006
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Mr Darwin Porter's account of the events of Marlon Brando's life may contain some inchoate truths, but the book reads more like a long tabloid paper than a true biography. I find many of the supposed dialogues between individuals as unbelievable. And since Porter never consistently references his sources, you never know which information is reliable and which is tabloid and gossips.

Disappointing as a biography, but great as gossip book.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Gentleman Smeller on February 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The book is filled with typos and very poorly laid out, which damages the credibility and visual appeal of the book. (My previous review pointing this out was deleted for some reason).

It's hard to know exactly who this book is meant for--and it's no wonder it wasn't picked up by a major publishing house. The stories, even if all of them are true, need an editor and are so poorly written that the book is often unreadable.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John Davenport on May 9, 2008
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Cannot imagine someone enjoying this book or believing 99% of it. It is not even speculative. It's lower. Suited for a person of very low intelligence, so please do not waste your money. Talentless author that published the book a year after Brando died. Truly the work of genuine scumbag. Have to say I did not read the description before I purchased it. My fault. It's somewhere in the county garbage dump.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Doepke on June 22, 2007
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It's hard to know what to make of this book. Over 600 pages of bedroom revelation covering a mere 15 year period, and make no mistake, each page contains multiple couplings with the famous and not-so-famous. If only a fraction are true, Brando qualifies as a world-class sexual athlete. And that's the trouble. The reader can't know how much to believe since the vignettes pass by rapidly and without attribution. There're some named sources cited at volume's end, but these remain vague and without specifics. Given Brando's proven allure and prodigious talent (at least, during the early years), it's a good bet many are true. But which ones and to what extent, we can only imagine. Author Darwin Porter's narrative resembles a scorecard more than a biography, zipped, unzipped or flagging in the wind. In fact, the narrative leaves much to be desired. The thread, such as it is, follows a rough time-line from about 1943 to 1960, though dates are rarely cited. Instead, the episodes unfold fluidly without framing, merging ultimately into a kind of orgiastic reverie. I hate to say so, but the piling-on becomes repetitive and eventually rather monotonous. Anyone looking to better understand Brando, the man or the artist, better look elsewhere. And in what may be the unkindest reaction of all-- the author manages to turn this legend's rich private life into what is finally a rather tiresome read.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A. Day on June 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A boring, poorly edited, repetitive book filled with unlikely dialogue and third hand gossip.There is no new insight into Brando's character to be found here.If you are a Brandophile and must read this book, my advice is to get it from the library.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David on January 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I had read the serialised version of the book and thought that it was going to be a well written, racy, and meticulously researched biography of Marlon Brando. I was bitterly disappointed.

The structure of the book is very poor. The book seems to meander through Brando's early life at a very slow pace. The author fails to use endnotes and footnotes to help make the book more readable and instead chooses to be easily distracted by the interesting lives of Brando's acquaintances. For example Liz Renee a burlesque dancer with a fascinating life story of her own supposedly had a brief affair with Brando. Personally I believe her life story should have been in the footnotes and just the part about her affair with Brando belonged in the main text. Instead we were given a summary of her exploits, interesting as they were, when you consider how many people Brando knew you can imagine how distracting this is and how tedious it becomes when every other character receives this treatment. Concentrating heavily on Brando's early life and career the book seems to stop in the early to mid 1960s. After this point it descends in to boxes with a picture and a few paragraphs about later events in Brando's life. I expected there to be quite a lot of information about Brando's children especially Christian there wasn't. Even the death of Dag Drollet was reduced to just a brief outline of events that took place. It would have been better if the book only concentrated on his life up to the late 1950s because after this the book seems to be unfinished. Considering the author's determination to put all sorts of mini biographies of Brando's acquaintances in the main text it seemed to really jar that after the 1960's the detail becomes so scant.
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24 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Berry on May 17, 2006
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If all of this novel is to be believed I am wondering where Mr. "I Can't Keep My Pants Up" Brando had time to make any movies at all. Marlon went to bed with half of the world according to this tale of unbridled sex with men and women. The loves of his life is said to be his mother, Dodie, and Wally Cox. There is a hint of incest with his mother in the book. He was bisexual to say the least and made no bones about it - early in life affairs with James Dean, Monty Clift, Burt Lancaster, Rock Hudson and on and on. Too many men and women to name. It is a side of Brando that has not been written about. If you want to know every little detail of his sex life and who sampled his "noble tool" as he called his package, then read the book.
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