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Steve McQueen: The Actor and His Films Hardcover – Unabridged, December 15, 2011
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About the Author
Andrew Antoniades is a Chartered Accountant and lifelong Steve McQueen fan and expert. He studied English Literature at Southampton University and edited Marshall Terrill's 2010 biography Steve McQueen: Life and Legend of a Hollywood Icon. He has collected Steve McQueen memorabilia for over a decade and his collection includes original vintage film posters and several items personally owned by McQueen.
Mike Siegel is a filmmaker, film historian and the director of more than a dozen documentaries on classic films and directors of the 1960s and 1970s. He is best known for his work regarding American director Sam Peckinpah including his acclaimed film Passion & Poetry – The Ballad of Sam Peckinpah and the accompanying book Passion & Poetry – Sam Peckinpah in Pictures. Over the years he has contributed to countless books and magazines, including the American film magazine Cinema Retro, and produced a number of special-edition DVDs. He started his historical film collection at the age of ten and now owns one of the leading archives in Germany.
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A complex, enigmatic person, McQueen grew up scarred by a childhood that had seen him abandoned by both his parents. A juvenile delinquent-turned-drifter in his teen years, McQueen got turned around by a stint in the Marine Corps before he fell into acting in New York City. The WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE series drew the public's eye to the soft-spoken actor with the expressive face. McQueen's role in the show, that of a bounty hunter, served as the protype of the anti-hero character McQueen would make his own on the silver screen. Towards the tail-end of the show, McQueen co-starred in THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, stealing the show from star Yul Brynner. With THE GREAT ESCAPE, Hollywood had a new star. McQueen never looked back, becoming a movie legend and, at one time, the highest paid actor of his day.
Sigel and Antoniades lavishly trace McQueen's cinematic career in a book that sets the standard for actor filmographies. In a word, this book is ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICENT! Visually, it's a delight. Over 1,000 color and b&w photographs and movie posters and artwork illustrate each and every TV or film production McQueen was in. Just as importantly, the authors offer a wealth of information on the production of each show or movie based on a wide variety of sources including interviews. As brought out in the book, McQueen could be a monster on the set, clashing with directors, producers and fellow actors in selfish attempts to expand his character. Likewise, at the height of his fame, he 'crashed and burned,' his unbridled egotism producing almost fatal career missteps not to mention a divorce.
All of that is part and parcel of STEVE MCQUEEN, THE ACTOR AND HIS FILMS and it's presented in an exceptionally well-researched, well-written and well-illustrated package. Superlatives come easy for this book. It's worth every penny of its $69.00 price tag. Buy it; you'll love it. Highly recommended.
In addition each chapter is richly illustrated, not only by posters and trade press but also unseen set photos. These add further richness and character depth. For example McQueen in the Magnificant 7 publicity shot is the only one not standing in the correct position- he was the rebel, the real star, the king of cool.
Lavishly illustrated and beautifully written, this one is a keeper. And I especially like the politically incorrect photo of McQueen smoking. What more could you ask for?