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Yul Brynner Photographer Hardcover – September 1, 1996

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From Publishers Weekly

This collection of duotone and color photographs by the famed screen actor, who died in 1985, was put together by his daughter, herself a photographer and photography producer. Brynner took pictures of his family, the occupants of the refugee camps he visited as Special Consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and his friends and colleagues in the film world. His success as a photographer rested not so much on technical skill as on a gift for putting his subjects at ease, with the result that he could capture Cecil B. DeMille at a private mountain retreat in California where few photographers were allowed; Elizabeth Taylor, who never let anyone else photograph her off the set or without makeup, in a pool with her daughter; Ingrid Bergman and Deborah Kerr relaxing between takes; a radiant Mia Farrow cradling her enormous stomach a week before she gave birth to twins. In her brief introduction, Victoria Brynner writes of her close relationship with her father, from whom she gained her love of photography, and she includes brief comments by many of the famous friends who trusted and respected him enough to allow him to shoot these intriguing pictures.
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From Booklist

The actor who made baldness sexy was also an accomplished photographer. Compulsive, too, he stashed a camera behind his throne or in his chariot while playing the pharaoh in The Ten Commandments (1956), so he could snap away "during rehearsals or while waiting for a scene to begin." This album shows off his talent most winningly. Many of the images are candid portraits of the rich and renowned; outstanding among them are those of that whimsical ham of an artist, Jean Cocteau; of tiny Ron Howard striking muscle poses on the set of his first movie in 1958; and of virtually all the women, for what Roddy McDowall says in one of the many appreciative remarks sprinkled throughout the book seems true: "He was wonderful with women--they all felt safe with him." As warm is the handful of pictures of refugee children and elderly that Brynner took while serving as a special consultant to the UN in 1959. Loving and lovely. Ray Olson

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810931443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810931442
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lee Kanne on April 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Yul Brynner was a very good actor. A lot of people know that. What most people don't know is that he was also a brilliant photgrapher.
This book is just beautiful. It has pictures of Yul himself, taking pictures of other people; Yul's family; and of course, what we all want to see, photos of his famous friends. Only he could photogrpah Liz Taylor, swimming in the pool with her daughter, without any makeup on, or Deborah Kerr standing with a color palet over her head, while the director of "The King And I" tries to decide what color her hair will be in the film. His daughter, who edited the book, wrote that her father was charmed by Ingrid Bergman's beauty, and it certainly shows - we see some wonderful, candid pictures of this great actress in the book, too. Also included are pictures taken on the sets of his famous movies - "The Ten Commandments", "Anastasia", "The King And I", and "The Magnificent Seven", and pictures of his celebrity friends, including: Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Charlton Heston, Jean Cocteu, Kay Kendall, Charlie Chaplin,Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth, Richard Burton and Salvador Dali.
My favourite photos, however, are of his (later ex) wife, Doris. You can see that he really loved her - like he loved each and every one of the people he photgraphed. They trusted him, and gave them the best gift possible -his art.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Aspen on October 10, 2004
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The wonderful Brynner's excellent photography is showcased here with a great assortment of pictures, assembled by his daughter. She tends to overdo it with her prose, as I suppose any adoring daughter would, but the moody B&W images are the star skip right to them and enjoy a glimpse back at the times captured by the talented actor/photographer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Mckenzie on January 13, 2011
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This is a wonderful and classic collection of photos from the past of our favorite movie stars and film producers. The book is well composed showing private moments, in depth character studies, portraits, and on set scenes. A very tasteful tribute to an amazing era of the entertainment Industry.
I enjoyed reminiscing my years gone by at the movies and will continue to do so in the years to come. Thank you Victoria for sharing these private moments with us.

-Nicole Mckenzie
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I was one when the King and I debuted on Broadway. I was not until years later that my mother took me to the movies to see the King and I. I had never seen anything like that. I made my mother dance me around the house for weeks. I don't remember many other Yul Brynner movies except Anastasia and then his posthumoAls smoking add. So the movie was on TV I watched it and wondered where on earth did this man come from...who was he where did all the talent come from. His bio Yul The Man who would be King was written by his son so you get and insight into the family, like water skiing at Busch Gardens. Also his incredible energy and desire to learn. He went to Northwestern. Next is his kindness. Strict but kind. I loved the photography book and his biography. I highly recommend this book and his biography Yul the man who would be king.It is a fascinating read or listen
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