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James Stewart (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Donald Dewey

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In this penetrating and riveting biography of one of Hollywood's most beloved screen icons, Donald Dewey probes beneath Jimmy Stewart, the conservative image and ideal, to reveal James Stewart, the actor and the man.

Through hundreds of interviews and in-depth analysis of his seventy-five films, the author assesses how the Hollywood man-about-town of the 1930's and 40's - Stewart's lovers included Ginger Rogers, Olivia de Havilland and Marlene Dietrich - became the epitome of American family values who remained married for forty-five years; and how the studio-bred, effervescent star of It's a Wonderful Life developed into the brilliant actor whose performances in films such as Vertigo and Shenandoah exposed a vulnerability unseen in his personal relationships. With many insights into the turmoil of his private life, the artistry behind his cinematic craft and his heroic military record in the Second World War, Dewey gives us much more than a legend to love.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 539 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0751521604
  • Editeur : Sphere; Édition : New Ed (3 avril 2014)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 This book is thoroughly written and researched. 9 décembre 1997
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I have read many books about the life of Jimmy Stewart and found that this one is the most thorough and balanced. Mr. Dewey details Jimmy Stewart's life from all angles but never resorts to smarmy or tabloid-like tactics. While he does not sugar coat Stewart, he doesn't blast him either; he leaves the reader to draw his/her own conclusions. This is the book I would recommend to anyone who wished to find out as much as possible about one of the greatest actors and intriguing personalities of the 20th century.
10 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Competent, but not very interesting 27 décembre 2011
Par perryhaymes678 - Publié sur
James Stewart was a giant in the film world, beloved by audiences and peers alike. It should be that this book would be like the man himself, but I was wrong.

Instead what we get a mess of a book that contains some very useful information along with some very glaring errors. One of the good parts of the book is that we do get a good look at Stewart's professionalism as well as a summary of every film performance he ever gave. However this does not prepare for those other parts.

1. The book is so unbelievably boring. The writing is dry, humorless and slow. Dewey spends a lot of time on trivial issues and uses a roundabout way of expressing his ideas. In short, he hints at things, but never actually says them.

2. There are some inaccuracies involving Henry Fonda. Stewart and Fonda were life long friends and political opposites, and at one time had a fist fight over the issue. The fight led to an agreement that they would never discuss politics again. Dewey does not accept this, and seems to think that in 1947, Stewart and Fonda did have another, bitter fight over Fonda's involvement in the trip to Washington D.C. to protest against HUAC along with Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Danny Kaye and Paul Henreid etc. Well, how come no one knows about this political argument? Fonda never spoke about it in his book, and according to Dewey, they never spoke about it to other people. Oh and one more thing, Fonda did not travel to Washington to protest against HUAC. Photographs do not show him there, nor do the commentaries of those present ever mention Fonda.

3. Dewey claims that Stewart and Bette Davis did not get along while filming RIGHT OF WAY. Every account other than this book tells a completely different story. According to co-workers, the two stars were total professionals and loved working with each other. Both stars always spoke fondly about one another.

4. The most controversial element is the charges of racism. These allegations have done a little damage to Stewart's reputation, but nothing major. Dewey makes a critical mistake by accepting the very slim evidence of racism as fact without investigating further. Hal Kantor was the first to make the accusations in 1971 when he revealed that Stewart had fired black actor Hal Williams from his tv series. Williams has denied the story and still has nothing but respect for James Stewart.

Dewey also makes the point of referencing the incident on the set of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE when John Ford accused Stewart of hating Woody Strode because he was black. Did it occur to Dewey that Ford was not someone to be taken seriously? Did it also occur to Dewey that Woody Strode also has nothing but good things to say about Stewart?

And what of the idea that Stewart was uncomfortable around blacks? Why is it then that he was able to associate with Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington if he were so uncomfortable?

Read this book for some interesting background information concerning Stewart's films and home town, but dismiss these other part.
6 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 A life-story competently told, but uninspired 18 octobre 1997
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The memory of Jimmy Stewart suffers not at all in this well-researched biography. A nice touch is the brief summary and review of each movie in which Stewart appeared over the course of his lifetime, and the impact, for better or worse, that each had on his career. However, the author's prose style is dry as toast and lacking in any humor whatsoever. What could have been an outstanding work is, in the end, only a competent treatment of his subject.
8 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Where's the biography? 23 juillet 2003
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I thought this was supposed to be a biography about Jimmy Stewart. I learned so little about him that I quit reading the book. The author, Donald Dewey, spent a vast amount of time on the town of Indiana, PA's quarrel over a museum. Mr. Dewey also spent more time writing about other people. I forgot who the book was about. I am so glad there are other biographies about Jimmy Stewart. His movies are such great entertainment, it would be a shame if this were the only biography to read.
2.0 étoiles sur 5 DISAPPOINTING BOOK 30 décembre 2013
Par Arlene M. Pellegrino - Publié sur
I just loved James Stewart. I was extremely disappointed with this book. It gives a plot description of every movie, which most of us already know. I wanted more "meat" about the making of the movies, how the actors got along, more about the man than the plots. It was not a page turner as the Cary Grant bio I read. Didn't like the writing style ether. I enjoyed the pictures the most. There was not even one word about the acting relationship of James and Donna Reed! Save your money.
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