The Real Life of Laurence Olivier (英語) ペーパーバック – 2007/8/7
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The acclaimed biography of Laurence Olivier is reissued to coincide with the centenary of his birth.
Laurence Olivier was both an enchanter and a force of nature. In The Real Life of Laurence Olivier, Roger Lewis goes beyond the magical illusions the actor created, to tell the truth about the man’s sexuality, ambition, revenges, power, preoccupations and achievements.
Most of all, Olivier’s life and work become a love story — the tale of the relationship with Vivien Leigh, who was destroyed by the extent of her passion for him, as he himself was cast into a frenzy of guilt and disillusion.
“Forget the standard show business ‘life,’ Lewis has reinvigorated the genre.”
“Confirms Lewis as the most ferociously attentive describer of stage- and screen-acting since Ken Tynan in his pomp. It’s magnificent….”
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The writer is obviously homophobic, so if you are gay prepared to be at least annoyed and probably offended on several ocassions.
He also makes no bones about the little, to no, respect he has regarding the ability/talent of Vivien Leigh. Not being a particular fan of Ms Leigh, I feel that I can fairly objectivly state that for the author to ignore the pretty obvious fact that the 3 hours of "Gone With The Wind" is basically pretty much held together by her sterling performance of Scarlett. And also she won her 2nd Oscar for her great-and underated( due to the now over emphasis on Marlon Brando's fine work) Blanche in " A Streetcar Named Desire".
He also holds no respect for Merle Oberon in "Wuthering Heights".
The actual format of the book also makes it quite a difficult read, it doesn't flow.
What he does write is fairly interesting- although good taste makes me wonder, was it really neccessary to inform us of the size of Mr Olivier's cock? In case curiousity about this makes you rush out to buy this let me save you the trouble -it was not big.