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Tough Without a Gun: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart
 
 
Author
Stefan Kanfer.
Publisher Knopf  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780307271006
Pages/Publication Date 288/2011
Daedalus Item Code 33399
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The biographer of Lucille Ball, Groucho Marx, and Marlon Brando, Stefan Kanfer here illuminates the life and career of Humphrey Bogart. In his lively account of Bogie's friendships, behind-the-scenes anecdotes of his stage and screen productions, and the love story of Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Kanfer maintains a wide-ranging cultural appraisal of Bogart movies considered to be masterpieces of American cinema, including The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, and To Have and Have Not.

"Humphrey Bogart was 42 before in 1941 he broke through as an A-list star in The Maltese Falcon and High Sierra. He was dead of lung cancer a mere 16 years later. Yet, as Kanfer points out in his revealing account of Bogart's life and legacy, Bogie, in those few short years, established a cinematic identity that lives on across generations. Kanfer thoroughly covers the relatively familiar ground of Bogart's upbringing as the rebellious child of blue-blood parents; his long apprenticeships, first in the theater and then playing bad guys in the movies; and, finally, his brief but iconic years of stardom. Beyond that, though, what separates Kanfer's book from other Bogart bios by David Thomson, Jeffrey Meyers, and Richard Schickel is the emphasis on the actor's 'afterlife,' the way that somehow his persona—'integrity, stoicism, sexual charisma accompanied by a cool indifference to women'—has never gone out of style. Bogart divided the world into 'professionals and bums,' and Kanfer makes a convincing case that, with so many bums surrounding us today, the real pros never grow stale."—Booklist

 
 
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