Favourite books of Cary Elwes

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Top 3 books recommended by Cary Elwes

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Brando's Smile by Susan L. Mizruchi

Cary Elwes recommends Brando's Smile

A brilliant insight into perhaps our greatest actor. I have read nearly every book about Brando but Mizruchi is the first to dissect his method and his talent in a way I have never seen anyone accomplish, including the subject himself. With access to archives never before shared by Brando’s estate, the reader will discover just how he managed to navigate the film industry as the first great actor to become a movie star. Fascinating, not only for people in the film industry, but for anyone who might be interested in this captivating, enigmatic and legendary performer.

A groundbreaking work that reveals how Marlon Brando shaped his legacy in art and life.

The second non-fiction book by the legendary novelist and screenwriter responsible for such classic films as The Princess Bride (a personal favorite), Marathon Man, All The President’s Men and Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. Like the prequel, Which Lie Did I Tell includes candid behind-the-scenes stories, a window into the process of how to write good scripts and how The Princess Bride became his first screen credit in nearly nine years. A thoroughly entertaining insider’s look into how Hollywood works.

From the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride (he also wrote the novel), and the bestselling author of Adventures in the Screen Trade comes a garrulous new book that is as much a screenwriting how-to (and how-not-to) manual as it is a feast of insider information. If you want to know why a no-name like Kathy Bates was cast in Misery-it's in here. Or why Linda Hunt's brilliant work in Maverick didn't make the final cut-William Goldman gives you the straight truth. Why Clint Eastwood loves working with Gene Hackman and how MTV has changed movies for the worse-William Goldman, one of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood today, tells all he knows. Devastatingly eye-opening and endlessly entertaining, Which Lie Did I Tell? is indispensable reading for anyone even slightly intrigued by the process of how a movie gets made. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Before I Get Old by Dave Marsh

Cary Elwes recommends Before I Get Old

There have been many biographies about The Who but this one is almost as entertaining as the group it documents. Dave Marsh, who was a founding editor at Creem magazine and an editor at Rolling Stone, writes as an unashamed fan of the band. No other writer, with the exception of Richard Barnes, has ever really understood The Who the way Marsh did with this work. In Before I Get Old the author analyzes their roots in "Mod" culture to their development into "the first avant-garde rock band". As a biography it is valuable piece of rock-music history.

Before I Get Old is one of the best books ever written about rocknroll, discarding much of the mythology that often surrounds a lesser informed appraisal of the Who. It tells the story of six personalities songwriter and guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle, drummer Keith Moon and singer Roger Daltrey, plus their original managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. Here are the bands origins within the steamy nightlife of London, their meteoric rise to fame, the laughter and the pathos, the craziness of the world they inhabited, the drugs, the destruction, the vandalism, the debts and, of course, the music. In short, every element that makes up the fascinating, shocking and hilarious story of the Who. Before I Get Old is essential reading, an exhaustive study of an exhausting band who always lived up to their legend.

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