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Author Youngkin, Stephen D.

Title The lost one : a life of Peter Lorre / Stephen D. Youngkin.

Imprint Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c2005.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    791.43 Lorre,P YOU    Available
Description xiii, 613 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 567-580) and index.
Contents "Who are you, really?" -- Facemaker -- M is for morphine -- Escape to life -- Softly, softly, catchee monkey -- Being slapped and liking it -- Insider as outsider -- The swamp -- Smoke gets in your eyes -- Elephant droppings -- The mask behind the face -- Mimesis.
Summary Often typecast as a menacing figure, Peter Lorre achieved Hollywood fame first as a featured player and later as a character actor who trademarked his screen performances with a delicately strung balance between good and evil. His portrayal of the grisly child murderer in Fritz Lang's masterpiece M (1931) catapulted him to international fame. Today, the Hungarian-born actor is also recognized for his riveting performances in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The Maltese Falcon (1941), and Casablanca (1942). The first full biography of this major actor draws upon more than three hundred interviews, including conversations with directors Fritz Lang, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, John Huston, Frank Capra, and Rouben Mamoulian. Author Youngkin examines Lorre's pivotal relationship with German dramatist Brecht, his experience as an émigré from Hitler's Germany, his battle with drug addiction, and his struggle with the choice between celebrity and intellectual respectability.--From publisher description.
Subject Lorre, Peter.
Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States -- Biography.
ISBN 0813123607 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Standard No. 9780813123608 (hardcover : alk. paper) 53995

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