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« #1260 : June 19, 2016, 10:47:08 AM »

Does it say anything about how Feltrinelli dealt with the widow who was bugging him for her share of the copyrights while he tried to persuade her to leave everything to him?

After Pasternack dies, there is some brief discussion about the settling of the estate/royalties, though I do not remember offhand much of what it says about that. I think that some deal was worked out a few years later by the widow with Soviet officials - of course, the gov't had to be involved with money transfers from abroad, and probably took a hefty cut. Also, Pasternack's mistress claimed that before he died he had signed a document leaving things in her hands, but the person who was supposed to bring the document from the USSR to Italy lost it and the document was never entered into the record. The mistress ended up receiving a small portion of the money.

btw, I see on Amazon another book,, written one year before the Finn/Couvee book, about the publication of Doctor Zhivago. It's called "Inside the Zhivago storm: The editorial adventures of Pasternak's masterpiece," (English and Italian Edition) by Paolo Mancosu

https://www.amazon.com/Zhivago-editorial-adventures-Pasternaks-masterpiece/dp/8807990687

Mancosu has a website here https://zhivagostorm.org/



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« #1261 : June 21, 2016, 11:41:52 AM »


It reads well, though it suffers from having been written in 1991 when the russian archives were just starting being accessible. But Conquest is a good narrator and especially when  dealing with  the pre-IIWW years his portrait of Stalin is still valuable. 9/10


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« #1262 : October 03, 2016, 11:40:11 AM »




Euro Noir: The Pocket Essential Guide to European Crime Fiction, Film and TV (Pocket Essential series) - Barry Forshaw

A personal tour in state- of-the-art continental crime fiction. Mainly devoted to Italian and French contemporary writers the author throws some historical hints and reviews some movies and tv series he considers worthy of note. Well, if one likes reading crime fiction he can find some reading hints here, but this is a very idiosyncratic book. I give it 8/10 because I presume it is the only book dealing with rumenian, polish, dutch, greek and portuguese crime fiction, which I doubt though  I'll ever read. But oddly, it leaves out russian crime fiction, an important one.

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Good anthology of stories of alternative history. The level is generally good, though I do not think there's a masterpiece among them, but most are coming up with a sly approach. Oddly Hitler himself doesn't share the limelight.   7/10


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« #1264 : November 18, 2016, 11:23:46 AM »

Dan Brown The Lost Symbol and Inferno




Brown's ability lies not so much  in his russian dolls enigmas but in his chases and how the chased ones manage to find a way out. He also gives many anectodical informations on many locales (in these cases Washington, Florence, Venice and Constantinople) and organisatons (masons).  7/10


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« #1265 : November 18, 2016, 03:46:53 PM »

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« #1266 : November 22, 2016, 10:06:49 AM »

If you like Barry Gifford then you should check out his writings on Film Noir. If you haven't already that is.


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« #1267 : February 02, 2017, 03:37:21 PM »



A good collection of crime stories, some from not specialist in the field. With one exception all quite good and some very good. Published in 1950, roundin' up stories from the '20's on.


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« #1268 : March 12, 2017, 06:05:34 PM »

Five Came Back - Mark Harris - Really excellent book about five directors (Capra, Ford, Huston, Stevens, Wyler) who served in World War II.

I also read Harris's Pictures at a Revolution recently, chronicling the 1967 Best Picture nominees and their role in ushering in the New Hollywood. So far as I know these are his only two books, but even on that basis I'd rank him among the best film writers out there.


I just got Five Came Back from the library (Ben Menckeweicz mentioned on TCM recently after a showing of THEY WERE EXPENDABLE).

I'm only a hundred pages in, but it is indeed very good  O0 O0 O0 O0 O0


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« #1269 : March 14, 2017, 06:08:35 AM »



Filled with quotations from Ventura and his colleagues plus a ton of photographs make this indispensable for this actor's fans, like me who consider him the best french actor ever...were it not that he kept his italian nationality till the end:"You can't stop being italian" runs a quotation in the book. So much so that he played in italian in Rosi's Cadaveri eccellenti. But what results from the book just confirms what the audience perceived: he was in real life what he appeared to be in movies. The book is on the man and his art, little is told of his movies. That is why i give it only 9/10.

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« #1270 : April 12, 2017, 11:25:07 PM »


I just got Five Came Back from the library (Ben Menckeweicz mentioned on TCM recently after a showing of THEY WERE EXPENDABLE).

I'm only a hundred pages in, but it is indeed very good  O0 O0 O0 O0 O0

I finished FIVE CAME BACK. Very, very, very, very, very good book.

I then read ROUND UP THE USUAL SUSPECTS: THE MAKING OF CASABLANCA: BOGART, BERGMAN, AND WORLD WAR II, by Aljean Harmetz. Good book about the making of one of the greatest movies of all time.

It was completely  coincidental that I read those two books back to back. But of course, some of the material they cover relates to one another.

FCB focuses on the military film work that five famous filmmakers did during WWII: Fors, Capra, Stevens, Huston, and Wyler.

As RUTUS is set during World War II, it also has some discussion of the military film work by Hollywood studios - specifically Warner Bros.


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« #1271 : April 18, 2017, 07:43:28 AM »



A biography come out right after the actor's death, concentrating more on the man Gabin than on his movies. To be read at a half-sitting. 8/10


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« #1272 : April 23, 2017, 09:30:14 PM »

If you like Barry Gifford then you should check out his writings on Film Noir. If you haven't already that is.



A couple of heads-up to little known movies, which I doubt though are worth the efffort. The most interesting snippets are those involving some autobiographical happenings. The reviews of the noirs themselves are generally not particularly deep, may be useful to beginners. 6/10


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« #1273 : April 24, 2017, 07:31:23 AM »

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A couple of heads-up to little known movies, which I doubt though are worth the efffort.

But they ARE worth the effort. I can't even count the times when I stumbled on some (unjustly) forgotten little gem. Sure, there are lots of disappointments along the way, but it's great when you hit the jackpot.

I agree that Gifford's reviews aren't particularly deep, but he's an extremely gifted writer. It's joy to read his prose.


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« #1274 : April 25, 2017, 05:55:45 AM »

I can't even count the times when I stumbled on some (unjustly) forgotten little gem. Sure, there are lots of disappointments along the way, but it's great when you hit the jackpot.

Indeed... I've not heard of the Gifford book before, so I'll have to find me a copy. It sounds great!

For obscure poverty row noirs, I can recommend 'Death on the Cheap' by Arthur Lyons. Love it, the first half of the book focuses on the rise & fall of the poverty row studios and how they operated, the second half contains small reviews of hundreds of obscure noirs & thrillers.



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