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5.0 out of 5 stars "Dear boy, is this grand book all about ME?", February 15, 1997
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This review is from: David Lean: A Biography (Hardcover)
Kevin Brownlow has rightfully taken his place as the world's best writer on film history. His silent film trilogy (THE PARADE'S GONE BY..., THE WAR, THE WEST & THE WILDERNESS, and BEHIND THE MASK OF INNOCENCE) will stand as the definitive work on that subject for years to come. He has applied this same technique on one of the last directors to whom just the mention of the name recalls a singular image. David Lean gave us some of the most vivid pictures in cinema-whether it was a man on a camel growing from a mere dot on the horizon or a mid-western spinster falling in a Venitian canal or a lover's house in the middle of nowhere covered in ice and snow-you can never forget them. Brownlow has done a masterful job of telling the story of this complicated man who really was his films. He also was a man who cut himself off from friends, family and wives (5, if my count was right) if they didn't fit into his vision. This is a warts and all biography, but it never slides into sensationalism. The biographer makes no excuses for his subject, a man easy to admire and venerate, but very difficult to like and love. I came away from this book perhaps knowing more than I needed to know, but Brownlow's writing style never intrudes, and his way of making the filmmaking process absolutely riveting always impresses. There are tons of beautiful pictures (both B/W and color), and I would recommend listening to the music from the films while reading this. The only dilemma is this: what subject will be worthy of Mr. Brownlow next
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