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The lost one : a life of Peter Lorre

Author: Stephen D Youngkin
Publisher: Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Peter Lorre
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen D Youngkin
ISBN: 0813123607 9780813123608 0813136067 9780813136066
OCLC Number: 58807422
Description: xiii, 613 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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.
Responsibility: Stephen D. Youngkin.
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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.

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