4 edition of Entirely Up To You, Darling found in the catalog.
|LC Classifications||October 28, 2008|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xvi, 140 p. :|
|Number of Pages||77|
nodata File Size: 7MB.
Among the eclectic cast of characters who appear in this two-handed memoir are Steve McQueen, Mother Teresa, Charlie Chaplin, Robert Mugabe, Edward G Robinson, Ronald Reagan, David Lean, Margaret Thatcher, John Mills, Steven Spielberg, Noel Coward, Indira Gandhi, Gordon Brown and Nelson Mandela.
Granted, that Steven Spielberg is a great director, however he had a budget of millions to make ET, Darling, when one of us Brits comes up with an epic film, on a shoestring budget, that is like making something out of nothing. This is the life story of a truly remarkable person, an actor, a director, and generally, a wonderful all round humanitarian, who is no longer with us. To an extent, this autobiography upholds the public image.
They have now teamed up to write this frank and funny account of their unlikely partnership and his extraordinary life. That is one of the great things about people of light, because they raise others.
No obvious damage to the book cover, with the dust jacket if applicable included for hard covers. Ben Kingsley won best actor. I've had a wonderful week immersed in this excellent book, which I found almost impossible to put down until I'd finished it!
His book reveals a tough-minded individual, whose almost superhuman energy is fuelled by a sense of purpose and vast quantities of chocolate he describes eating six Walnut Whips in succession while walking down the street. It covers a huge amount of his life in film but I was disappointed that they completely washed over his time filming A miracle on 34th street, a firm Christmas favourite and the role that brought him to my attention in the first place.
Prompted by his adventures in the movie business, Attenborough goes on to reflect on the highs and lows of a long life, both in and out of Entirely Up To You public gaze. The first time I skimmed through half of it and left it there for about a year. John Mollo and Bhanu Attaiya won in the best costume designer category. The first part of the book was therefore a wonderful read for me, as I got to read much more about what went on. However as the chapters Entirely Up To You quite long I got lost confused as to who was talking as it was either Richard Attenborough or two other people who's names escape me.
I enjoyed the back Entirely Up To You forth between Attenborough and Diana Hawkins although it was a bit confusing at time going from the 1950's to 2000 and then going back again. Hawkins, 70, a twice divorced author and single parent who lived for a time on benefits, went on to become Attenborough's publicist, business partner and, ultimately, his co-producer.
He writes revealingly of his passion for football and politics, of his avuncular relationship with Princess Dia.
I will point out that while I enjoyed Diana Hawkins and her sections, this review is based on Attenborough and his writings.
John Mollo and Bhanu Attaiya won in the best costume designer category.