- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: Vestal Press (January 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1879511096
- ISBN-13: 978-1879511095
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #843,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lon Chaney: The Man Behind the Thousand Faces Paperback – January 1, 1997
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Two highlights: numerous, never-before-seen (at least by me) photos and Blake (himself a make-up artist) reveals the secrets behind many of the actor's "thousand faces", at the same time dispelling many inaccurate "facts" that have been perpetuated over the years concerning said make-up creations.
Whether you're a fan of Chaney or of film history in general, you will find this book invaluable.
The book mainly concentrates on the impact he left on critics and movie goers. Also,his agenda and work relationships with film makers and various experts needed for subject matter that was essential for unusual plot elements in some of his greatest films. The author further demonstrates how these relationships enhanced his skill, and how that would inspire him to progress beyond what he already achieved in prior films for futer projects.
The auther accounts for his private life with integrity and honor. However, you'll learn of the private life he wanted people to think he had, regardless of how accurate it was, in comparrisson to the truth, and why.
I am a horror/sci-fi fanatic, with an extensive collection of films, novels and magazines spawned from those very genres-minus Lon Chaney!!! I can only account for two Fangoria magazines that have articles profiling him, and they are not very extensive. It's very hard to find information and literature about this man, which is a shame, considering how much he inspired present day movie makers. That's why this book is a must read, especially for those interested in a medium leading to any type of film carreer. If not, if you want to read something different, Lon Chaney is definately that in every which way, and Micheal F. Blake explains why!
I dock it one star only because I sincerely hope Blake is working on a followup edition in larger format, with a high-quality, photograph-rich tribute to Chaney's immortal artistry.
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Any Chaney fan could not go wrong with this wll researched and written bio of the great silent film actor. It is a real treat to see so many pictures I haven't seen before.Published on February 27, 2013 by Rowdy Easter
Arrived ahead of schedule and was just like new!!! It didn't look like it had ever been read! No marks on the cover and pages were clean, pictures clear. Bravo!Published on December 31, 2012 by Grey Hill II