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After Midnight: The Life and Death of Brad Davis [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Susan Bluestein Davis , Hilary De Vries
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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 299 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pocket Books (April 1997)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0671796720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671796723
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,6 x 15,5 x 3 cm
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Annoyed 17. Juni 1999
Von Ein Kunde
I wanted to read this book because of the impact of 'Midnight Express" and was curious as to why he then had such a sparse career. Now I know. His tragically short life is sad, as it is for anyone...but I couldn't get past being annoyed by how careless he was with the people in his life and careless about his career. He was good, then he seemed to blow it with bad behavior. I know there are reasons for it, but I could only feel sorry to a point. A lot of my annoyance was the "name dropping"..Susan's reference to would-be stars "then" and informing us as to who they have become... as if we the public would not know. I have the feeling she wanted some vindication for what she went through, some acknowledgement for her perseverence...and some legacy of value for her husband. Who can blame her. So many people have died of AIDS, so many horrific stories of ordinary people who never had a voice. I guess I get annoyed that people look to Hollywood for their heroes!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Highly Recommended! 20. Februar 1999
Von Ein Kunde
A very courageous book! No whining, no blaming, a painfully honest book
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Not interesting to read, but makes a good point about actors 22. Mai 2000
Von "zara_azari" - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book is neither interesting nor educational(regarding Hollyowood, I mean). However, it makes [unintentionally] one excellent point about actors: Brad Davis' life and career show that not only women are treated as "piece of meat" in Hollywood; it also applies to men, who happen to be handsome, sexy, etc. Looks can help actors' career and they can also destroy it, if actors are not allowed "out of their stereotypes" or if they become too impressed with themselves. Maybe Davis was not handsome per se, but there was an undeniable and irresistible sensuality/mystery about him. You can almost feel it, watching his films and looking at the photos. Davis' wife stayed with him, despite of all the hell he put her through, because she had always been desperately in love with him. And now she is still angry. She testifies in the book that Davis was self-destructive, unstable, and careless person, who was a hustler in his young days and later spent many nights on the town, "cruising and boozing". Yet, she is still afraid to admit who he really was. Why write this book, then? This book is very depressing and certainly is very uninspiring to AIDS-affected people, their families, gay people, and even young actors, who are starting in the business. I feel for Susan Bluestein as a woman, who chose a difficult life and a difficult love, but she does not seem to be a person, who knew Davis best. May be there is somebody else, or may be noone could ever really know him...In any case, Davis's made an important contribution to the world of cinema.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen What a pathetic waste of money... 27. Juli 2002
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I was extremely disappointed with "After Midnight". The author, his widow, has written the book from her own life's perspective, and there is sadly little about the true Brad Davis. His homosexuality, or perhaps bisexuality, is mentioned only in passing, and anyone in New York or Hollywood that knew him will tell you that this was a huge part of his life. I guess a book written by his wife can't be expected to delve too deeply into this area, but even other interesting details - his drug addiction, his acting technique, etc. are only minimally suggested here. I wanted to put the book down after two chapters, but kept waiting for it to get interesting. I suggest the publishers retitle the book "My Life with Brad Davis - The Saga Of A Wife Kept In The Dark", or something similar, to indicate to readers that this book is about Susan Bluestein, and tells very little about Brad.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating...yet disappointing 3. Juni 1998
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I originally bought the book because "Midnight Express" was one of my favorite movies and was the vehicle that prompted me to stop using marijuana when I was 17 years old. Brad Davis' performance in that film left me frozen in my seat and changed my life from one of "partying and getting high" to focusing on a career and educating myself.
I was deeply disappointed that Susan failed to see that her husband did at times in his life have sexual relations with men. She admits it by saying he was a hustler and hustled men in New York City before he was a big star. Yet several times in the book she says "Brad was not Gay" or "I know that Brad was never Gay". He may not have been gay, but he certainly was bisexual. He had to have some desire or homosexual tendancies to have had sex with men. He had more gay friendships then most gay men I know.
The underlining message of Susan's book is that she wants the stigma of AIDS to be accepted (we all do) and not have victims chastized for acquiring the virus. Well many of us want our gay lifes to be accepted as well. Just as Brad did not chose to be an AIDS victim...we did not chose our sexuality. When people start to accept people for whatever they it color, religion, sexuality or misfortune of being ill with AIDS or Cancer...and we are able to accept diversity in society the world will be better place.
I hope that Susan and Alexandra (Brad's daughter) continue to live well in the wake of the hell they endured through life with Brad Davis. However, they cannot and should not forget his wonderful contributions to entertainment with his roles in "Midnight Express", "RFK" and "Roots". All of these performances of Brad's are memorable ones for me. But Midnight Express was the one that changed my life forever and I owe that to Brad Davis and Billy Hayes, the character on which the story was based.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A difficult book to get through... 23. Juli 2006
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This is a book that is interesting and compelling, even heartbreaking at times, and since the only people who would be buying this book are more than likely fans of Brad Davis or of Midnight Express, it's worth reading.

But the key words of that last sentence are "at times." Those who previously used the word "annoying" to describe this book are right. To get to the moving moments, one must bear with Susan Bluestein Davis, who is so self-absorbed and, well, annoying, that it's hard to get through the book. For example, the first three chapters are filled with her listing every famous person she or Brad has ever met or whom Brad has been compared to. It's frustrating. I expected to be reading about Brad Davis, but the book is more to be about Brad Davis in relation to her. What seems to have kept their relationship alive is the deep denial Bluestein was/is living with, which kept her so dedicated to him, while in return he gave her "the best sex [she] ever had in her life." And that's it. Davis treated Bluestein so badly-he treated everyone very badly, but especially her. Then again, she found ways to justify his behavior. She stood by him through everything, but only by avoiding as much of the truth as possible. It's hard to criticize someone who has been through so much.

I would have rather read a biography of Davis written by someone else. His widow may be the best source, and she did promise him to write the book, but her narrative takes away from what could have been a much more powerful book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Challenging reading 13. Januar 2008
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This is a difficult book to read, not because of how it is written but because of how painful it is. To those that argue that this is not a biography, the author states at the beginning that it is not a biography but a memoir through her eyes of her husband Brad Davis covering the years that they were together. A true biography of Brad Davis has yet to be written. That said, I was glad that I read it. One criticism that I have is that I did not get a good sense of what Brad Davis was like before he was clean and knew that he was positive. It was only then that he came alive as a person for me. I realize that before he got off alcohol and drugs that his life & the life of his family was in constant turmoil, but I really would have liked to have had a clearer picture of Brad and not the state of his addiction. I would have loved to have had a better sense of all the wonderful and unique things about him that made her fall in love with him. I am in awe that no matter how unfaithful he was to her, he was nothing but loyal and absolutely committed to her. People confuse faithfulness and loyalty, but here is a prime example of how they are not the same thing. I am sorry that Midnight Express became an albatross around Brad Davis's neck because it was the most powerful performance. To see him in that is to remember him forever. Finally, I must say that I appreciated all the info regarding all the Hollywood & New York performers, agents, etc. of the time. Maybe others know all about who was doing what then, but I sure don't. It helped place things for me. I am about to start reading a biography of someone supposedly very important in the theatre world that I have never heard of & I certainly hope that the writer gives enough information that I have some perspective. Otherwise, it will be like reading a novel written in a biography form.
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