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All Those Moments: Stories of Heroes, Villains, Replicants, and Blade Runners Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Rutger Hauer is an international film star who has made more than a hundred movies, playing everything from romantic leads to action heroes to sinister villains. He makes his home in the Netherlands but spends most of his time traveling the world on film shoots.
Patrick Quinlan is the author of two novels and has been a journalist and political organizer. He lives on the coast of Maine. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File Size : 284 KB
- Publication Date : October 13, 2009
- Publisher : HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
- Language: : English
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 272 pages
- ASIN : B00188V7ZU
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #269,958 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In keeping with his view that in acting, less is more, Mr. Hauer's prose is direct and spare. However, through his use of understatement and irony, he does reveal matters close to his heart. His love for his wife, family, friends and country shine through, as does his compassion for others.
As the title suggests, we get some of the highlights of Mr. Hauer's life and career, the moments that brought him from where he was to where he is now. I looked at some of the other reviews before I bought 'All Those Moments' and noticed that several reviewers would have liked more space devoted to the movies. It's funny because after reading this book, I would have liked more about Mr. Hauer's later life in Holland. The early years were covered, but then the emphasis shifted to life in the film industry. I don't want "enquiring minds want to know" details, but I had hoped for a non-invasive glimpse of this aspect.
I was very disappointed that there were no photos in the book. I didn't pay close attention when I purchased the book, but after I read it, I found where the publisher stated that the electronic edition has no fotos. They add greatly to a book like this, and it is frustrating that publishers leave fotos, illustrations and maps out of the eBooks in many cases.
I enjoyed the book, especially the part with the early years. I loved 'Soldier of Orange', so it was very nice to learn something about how it was made. For those more interested in the Hollywood years, there are plenty of interesting tidbits and personal observations. This was not what I would consider to be a full, comprehensive biography, but an overview with highlights of some memorable moments. It made for a pleasant, engaging read.
I was tempted to give this book fewer stars because of the lack of photos, but that is not the author's fault. Curse all publishers who withhold photos, maps and illustrations! I am giving the book five stars and I highly recommend it, as long as the reader is aware that this is an overview and lacks fotos.
What I particularly find interesting are the behind-the-scenes machinations and relationships that go into producing popular films, and I wish the book had more of that. However, overall, the book was fun and informative. Well done, Mr. Hauer.
One more thing: keep in mind the Kindle version of this book does not include the illustrations found in the hard copy editions. It would have been nice to know this ahead of time, and I'll definitely consider this when deciding to purchase any future HarperCollins e-books.
Top reviews from other countries
I was obviously a big fan of Rutger, mostly via my total addiction to Blade Runner, but also for other films like The Hitcher and Osterman's Weekend. After reading this book my admiration has grown much more, and I would have liked to have met him in the flesh, because he comes through as a very honourable, captivating and witty person. He really is Roy Batty through and through, and I was amazed to find out, almost 40 years later, that the famous ending line ("I've seen things.... Time to die") was his own work: the notion brought tears to my eyes, on top of those I shed for his passing away, the same year as in Blade Runner, 2019....
The story of his life and career is interesting and very well written here, including his accidents and misfortunes. The book goes beyond Rutger and gives insights into life as an actor and all that goes around it.
If you liked Blade Runner, you gotta have this book, but even if you didn't, God forbid, it is totally worth a read.
R.I.P. my friend Rutger, I'll always miss you.