- Gebundene Ausgabe: 460 Seiten
- Verlag: McFarland & Co Inc (April 2004)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0786412771
- ISBN-13: 978-0786412778
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 26,3 x 17,7 x 3,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 3.620.238 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Christopher Lee Filmography: All Theatrical Releases, 1948-2003 (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – April 2004
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"The first filmography of Lee's prodigious output...great for fans" -- Library Journal "Library Journal"
"the first filmography of Lee's prodigious output...great for fans"--Library Journal; "fascinating...hugely enjoyable read...well-balanced...excellent"--Film Review; "superior...detailed...essential...highly recommended"--ARBA; "massive...essential reading...masterful job...insightful...fresh, intelligent insight...a wonderful legacy to the enduring career of Christopher Lee"--Midnight Marquee; "thorough, comprehensive, and entirely enjoyable...superior"--Monsters from the Vault; "exhaustive...monumental. Lee's comments are quite valuable...fascinating insights"--Reviewing The Evidence; "this monumental effort is worth every moment of waiting...the definitive book on Lee's career...I can't recommend this book any more highly...you gotta have it"--Little Shoppe of Horrors; "immensely satisfying...each film is thoroughly synopsized"--Video Watchdog; "superb...valuable"--VideoScope; "Christopher Lee's sad passing last year was a huge loss to the world of cinema but until I read this fine book, I didn't realize just how much of a loss...I wholeheartedly recommend this superb book"-- Destructive Music; "handsomely produced...lively and succinct...judicious commentary...the finest and most thorough examination of Lee's film work ever published...rich in information, informed opinion, and reminiscence. Its utility as a reference work is obvious, and it also will whet readers' appetites for some of the lesser-known Lee pictures"--Filmfax. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
The career of towering, handsome actor Christopher Lee has stretched over half a century in every sort of film from comedy to horror. He has assumed such diverse roles as the Man With the Golden Gun, Frankenstein's Monster, Fu Manchu, Sherlock Holmes, and Doctor Catheter (from Gremlins 2). From Corridor of Mirrors in 1948 to Star Wars: Episode II-Attack of the Clones in 2002, this reference book covers 166 of Lee's theatrical feature films in detail. Each entry provides all production information (including year of release, studio, running time, and location), full credits for cast and crew, a synopsis of the film, and a critical analysis of the film and Lee's involvement, with a detailed account of its making and commentary drawn from some thirty hours of interviews with Lee himself. Each film is also placed within the context of Lee's career and discusses the director and other significant figures. Two appendices list Lee's television feature films and miniseries and Lee's short films, with brief credits and Lee's role in each. The work concludes with an afterword by Christopher Lee. Photographs from the actor's private collection are included.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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While they obviously have great respect and affection for their subject, Miller and Johnson are never sycophantic.
You may buy this book because you are a fan of Christopher Lee or a horror film completist. But you'll return to it again and again because it is well-written, well-researched, and just plain fun to read.
McFarland books tend to be very high priced, and since most of them never make it to a bookstore shelf, consumers don't have the luxury of checking out the goods before hand. So you're never really sure of what you're getting until the money has left your wallet. At $55, THE CHRISTOPHER LEE FILMOGRAPHY may seem pricey, but it's well worth the investment; the book is beautifully written and McFarland has done a bang-up job of laying out the text and (rare) photos. For Lee fans, it's a must-have item.
Ah! Tom Johnson & Mark A. Miller's exhaustive, scholarly, and compulsively readable THE CHRISTOPHER LEE FILMOGRAPHY saved the day. Nearly 2000 words from this smart, handsome book are devoted to the Wilder film, offering complete cast & credits; a plot synopsis that is concise, useful, and entertaining; and a lengthy "Commentary" section that looks at the film as a whole, thus placing the contributions of Lee and others in a helpful context that encompasses art and industry realities.
The latter portion of the authors' commentary about the Wilder film, as with every Lee film discussed, focuses on Lee's involvement in the film. Johnson & Miller's remarks comments reflect two perspectives: critical and business/ historical. So it is that, throughout the book, we get informed comment on Lee's work as an artist, as well as original research that illuminates the making of the film, and the particulars of Lee's relationships with other cast members, as well as his comments regarding director, producer, writer, and others who helped make the film a reality--or who may have impeded its success.
The U.S.-based authors spent many hours in face-to-face confabs with Mr. Lee at the actor's home in London (plus numberless follow-up phone calls and letters), asking questions, taking down the actor's marvelous anecdotes, looking through career scrapbooks that Lee graciously opened for them, and selecting rare photographs from Lee's personal collection. This is what scholars of any stripe call "original research," and its value pays off here, with insights into Lee's movies (more than 160 of them!) that simply are not available from other sources--or if they are, they may have been cribbed, without acknowledgemt, from Johnson & Miller.
A special pleasure is that nearly every essay concludes with Mr. Lee's remarks, presented verbatim, about the individual films. Over the course of these first-person recollections, Lee reveals himself as a dedicated artist, of no small ego, perhaps, and also a man of powerful and varied talents. Above all, he has wished to work in meaningful films of quality and integrity, and to stretch himself as an actor. That he has not always been able to do so says more about the inanities of the film business than it does about Mr. Lee. Given opportunities worthy of him--the early Dracula roles, Lord Summerisle, Mycroft Holmes, Count Dooku, Jinnah (the founder of Pakistan), and many others--Lee dominates the screen not merely with his physical presence and that marvelously deep and cultured voice, but with his ability to become lost in his role. Like other great film actors--all of whom are forced to perform in fits and starts--Lee BECOMES the character. Film scholars and movie fans alike are swept away; they buy the illusion.
As an incredibly detailed--and always fascinating--chronicle of the career of one of cinema's most compelling actors, THE CHRISTOPHER LEE FILMOGRAPHY is the last word on Mr. Lee's professional life. And it is that rarity: a book created by the authors AND the subject, in protracted and amiable collaboration. How unusual that is, how valuable, and what a treat.