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This absorbing book is compiled from over 40 hours of taped conversations, conducted between 1979 and 2005. Lawrence Grobel is Pacino’s loyal Boswell. The result is a rich and fruitful interchange, a classic account of the acting process’
Sunday Express 27/8
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'This time of year always sees a splurge of star biographies and autobiographies, and this year has produced a very interesting crop. The best is undoubtedly Al Pacino in which Lawrence Grobel reproduces the interviews he has conducted with the star over a 30-year period, during which the two became friends, allowing for some surprisingly candid exchanges about Pacino's life and his incredible body of work'
Film Review, January 2007 issue --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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For more than a quarter century, Al Pacino has spoken freely and deeply with acclaimed journalist and bestselling author Lawrence Grobel on subjects as diverse as childhood, acting, and fatherhood. Here, for the first time, are the complete conversations and shared observations between the actor and the writer; the result is an intimate and revealing look at one of the most accomplished, and private, artists in the world.

Pacino grew up sharing a three-room apartment in the Bronx with nine people in what he describes as his "New York Huckleberry Finn" childhood. Raised mostly by his grandparents and his mother, Pacino began drinking at age thirteen. Shortly after he was admitted to the renowned High School for Performing Arts, his classmates nicknamed him "Marlon," after Marlon Brando, even though Pacino didn't know who Brando was. Renowned acting coach Charlie Laughton saw Pacino when he was nineteen in the stairwell of a Bronx tenement, and the first words out of Laughton's mouth were "You are going to be a star." And so began a fabled, lifelong friendship that nurtured Al through years of not knowing where his next meal would come from until finally -- at age twenty-six -- he landed his first salaried acting job.

Grobel and Pacino leave few stones unturned, touching on the times when Pacino played piano in jazz clubs until four a.m. before showing up on the set of Scarecrow a few hours later for a full day's work; when he ate Valium like candy at the Academy Awards; and when he realized he had been in a long pattern of work and drink.

As the pivotal character in The Godfather trilogy and the cult classic Scarface, Pacino has enshrined himself in film history. He's worked with most of Hollywood's brightest luminaries such as Francis Ford Coppola, Sidney Lumet, Michael Mann, Norman Jewison, Brian De Palma, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Gene Hackman, Sean Penn, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank, and Robin Williams, among many others. He was nominated for eight Academy Awards before winning the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in Scent of a Woman. Pacino still seems to prefer his work onstage to film and, if he's moved by a script or play, is quick to take parts in independent productions.

Al Pacino is an intensely personal window into the life of an artist concerned more with the process of his art than with the fruits of his labor, a creative genius at the peak of his artistic powers who, after all these years, still longs to grow and learn more about his craft. And, for now, it's as close to a memoir as we're likely to get.

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  • Broché: 288 pages
  • Editeur : Gallery Books; Édition : Reprint (22 avril 2008)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1416955569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416955566
  • Dimensions du produit: 15,2 x 2 x 22,9 cm
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2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Maité le 22 janvier 2010
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Un livre d'entretiens qui s'étalent sur près de 30 ans. Un Al Pacino étonnant et Un Lawrence Grobel qui démontre sa grande qualité de journaliste!
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13 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
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Five BIG Stars!! A fascinating and frank look at Al Pacino in an article and essays, but mostly through interviews with one of his most cherished friends. Lawrence Grobel is an award-winning author and longtime trusted Pacino associate. Even so, he is a probing, persistent journalist who asks the tough questions. In the foreword, Al "forgives" him for this book. The introduction reveals Alfredo James (Sonny) Pacino as I would have never imagined him. Although this book is totally Pacino-centric, frank questions fly both ways in the series of interviews covering a period of over 25 years. Pacino's questions reveal as much about himself and the depth of their friendship as his answers. Full of personal insights and professional tidbits that heretofore were unknown, unless you read the articles and interviews in a previously published form over the decades, this is one book that ALL Pacino fans will want to read. After all, Al Pacino is a private person who usually keeps it that way.

In this book, we learn the impact of Charlie Laughton, among others, on Pacino. The inside scoop on plays, movies, and roles that could have happened but didn't. His saddest professional experience. The best young actor he ever saw. We also learn the true meaning of 'the show must go on' as Al shows incredible inner resolve during the Broadway run of the play "American Buffalo". I couldn't have done it, but I understand why he did it and he was right! He carves out some protective space regarding his women, while acknowledging them. And again what he won't divulge about them says alot about his character. But there is much more that he will discuss and it makes this book worth every penny of it's cost. Not a lot of verbal fat herein, this book is trenchant and to the point. Also included are 8 pages of photos from the almost obligatory baby picture to family photos to professional associates with Pacino and an ad announcing something that every Pacino fan will want when it's available. This is a deep look at the life and psyche of one of the world's greatest actors and it is very engrossing. Highly recommended!! Five ENGROSSING Stars.
(Hardcover, unabridged, 245 pages)
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Susan's Pick As The Best Book About Al Pacino! 5 octobre 2006
Par S. Myers - Publié sur
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Larry Grobel is the master of all interviewers. His book on Al Pacino gives an insight into one of

America's finest actors who is so private and removed from the public that, up until now, we have

known very little about him. The compilation of interviews are done over several periods of time

(usually a film between each interview)and Mr. Grobel's questions show a transformation and

growth in the actor as his career and life progress. Mr. Grobel has let the actor talk with his

guard "up" and his guard "down" and go at his own pace, and the reveal is one of intense depth and

an interesting look inside the life and career of Al Pacino. One of the most fascinating revelations

is hearing of his humor and vision of himself. One is particularly astonished to find the comedic

humor of the legendary actor because it is so very different from how we associate him through his films. The book makes you yearn to sit down and engage in a wonderful conversation with the author

and the actor and know it will be a treat and time well spent. In fact, by the time you finish reading the book, you will feel that you have become friends with both Mr. Grobel and Mr. Pacino. This is

definitely a five star read!
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Fascinating and Compelling Portrait of Al Pacino 28 avril 2007
Par Carlos Rodriguez - Publié sur
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Excellent book in interview form which delves deep into the fascinating and complex psyche of one of the most accomplished and gifted actors in cinema history. Reknown journalist and writer Lawrence Grobel goes to where no other interviewer/reporter has gone before:deep into the mind and thought process of legendary film and stage actor extraordinaire Al Pacino. This fantastic and thorough book explains in great depth the complex and brilliant acting career of Al Pacino. If you love Pacino's work like I do you will love this book. Highly recommended and entertaining. Al is widely known not only for his remarkable work on film and in the theater but for his passion for his craft. He is passionate about acting and is a very serious actor but who would of thought that this dark and intense actor would have a sense of humor. Some of the answers that he gives to Lawrence Grobel are actually quite funny. He can be serious when he needs to be and quite amusing when he feels the need. Get this book and you will not be disappointed. He discusses in great detail his entire career from his humble beginnings when he was a homeless struggling actor to his defining status as an icon of American cinema.
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Engaging Interviews spread over 25 years 6 décembre 2006
Par R. J. Marsella - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
The friendship between interviewer Lawrence Grobel and Al Pacino that developed over the years represented by the interviews in this collection contributes to the frankness of the revealing and insightful dialogue.

The two men explore Pacino's approach to his craft and career and the result is a fresh appreciation for the body of work Pacino has accomplished. For anyone interested in his films or the movie industry this is an excellent choice.

Beginning in 1979 and running through 2005 the interviews capture some of Pacino's thinking at different stages of his career and there is a richness derived from this approach that might be missed in a retrospective biography.
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Fascinating Look at Pacino & His Craft 24 octobre 2006
Par Timothy Haugh - Publié sur
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As close to autobiography as we're likely to get from Al Pacino, this series of interviews with Lawrence Grobel begins in 1979 and ends in 2005. For some reason, Pacino and Grobel struck up a real friendship. Through that friendship, Grobel was able to get a decent insight into Pacino and actually get him to answer some questions.

Let's be clear, however. Those looking to find insight into Pacino's personal life are going to be disappointed. There's some dancing around Pacino's relationships with his mother & father, and some less than telling information about his relationships with the opposite sex. Even his comments in later years about fatherhood seem less than revealing.

On the other hand, Grobel does seem to be very good and getting Pacino to talk about his work. There's a lot of good stuff about how Pacino views his work and the characters he's created. He's not afraid to say when he thinks he failed or when a movie in which he's participated misses the mark. And he's not afraid to speculate on the reasons why. There's also a lot of talk about Pacino's theatre work which is quite interesting. If there's also a lot of talk about the movies Pacino has produced which, up until recently, few have seen...well, that's the prerogative of close friendship.

All in all, it's an interesting look at a powerful actor and his craft. Anyone who's ever been moved by a Pacino performance or is fascinated by the craft of acting would enjoy this book.
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