The Life and Death of Peter Sellers PDF ✓ and Death

The Life and Death of Peter Sellers PDF ✓ and Death

The Life and Death of Peter Sellers ✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Life and Death of Peter Sellers By Roger Lewis ✸ – Roger Lewis in his no holds barred biography exposes a Peter Sellers the world little knows Recognized as the greatest British comic since Charlie Chaplin Sellers was the grand master of fifty five fi Roger Lewis in his and Death PDF Í no holds barred biography exposes a Peter Sellers the world little knows Recognized as the greatest British comic since Charlie Chaplin Sellers was the grand master of fifty five films from Dr Strangelove to Being There and the Pink Panther hits But shadowing his phenomenal career was a history of increasingly bizarre behavior involving psychotic violence compulsive promiscuity drug abuse and humiliating self destructive The Life eBook õ obsessions with people including Princess Margaret Sophia Loren Liza Minnelli and each of his four wives Ann Hayes Britt Ekland Miranda uarry and Lynne Frederick He alternately showered his wives and children with gifts and then threatened to kill them Sellers' fluidity as an actor made for a terrifying madness that grew like a slow metastasizing cancer throughout his adult life The story of Peter Sellers concludes with his Life and Death PDF/EPUB ë premature death at the age of sick at heart and alone in those sunless hotel rooms so recoiled from intimacy that no one really knew him any.

10 thoughts on “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

  1. MJ Nicholls MJ Nicholls says:

    Roger Lewis as plugged in my review of Anthony Burgess is my kind of biographer Prone to enormous longueurs and digressions dancing with his difficult subjects across tens of hundreds of pages speculating and respeculating and ranting whenever appropriate throwing in the odd inappropriate uotation from Johnson or Wilde abandoning the albatross of subjectivity to near maniacal levels I first saw Peter Sellers in the wonderful Being There a moving satire where he plays the childlike Chance Gardener a role bound up in Sellers’s blankness his reputation as being a vessel for his parts This film is a terrific accomplishment The life of Sellers is a Dresden bombing in human form Not a single second of Sellers on celluloid is worth the torrential lunacy that the corporeal presence of this shambolic individual created between the years 1925 and 1981 Pampered by a crazy mummy Sellers grew up a petulant and ill educated child and kicked and screamed his way through life bringing pleasure to millions and enormous suffering and unhappiness to hundreds Lewis’s bloated masterpiece is deliberately fractured although he never does explain why he dropped his chronological structure moving in a somewhat logical progression until Sellers’s stardom daze where the logic and sanity hit several air conditioners filled with excrement Perhaps this bio is nothing less than a highbrow Hollywood tell all with Shakespeare uotes If so Lewis turns a rancid life into a supreme example of the biographer’s art The subject frankly is unworthy of the biographer Depressing and compelling

  2. Taylor Taylor says:

    I have loved Peter Sellers since I was a kid and first saw the Pink Panther movies When I was older I discovered Dr Strangelove The Mouse That Roared Being There The Party and I'm All Right Jack just to name a few This biography is incredibly extensive and attempts to reveal the man behind all the different faces and voices The biography is only partially chronological and there are many digressions While this style is often frustrating it is also incredibly revealing Sellers was a megalomaniac he was cruel childlike but also an incredibly brilliant actor and performer The book is dense and an incredibly interested study of a deeply flawed person I would recommend watching Sellers' films before you read this book especially his early British films as these are the titles most discussed in the bookThis book is also the inspiration for the film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers It was shown on HBO in the US but was released theatrically when I was living in the UK It's a great film that manages to capture the tone and Lewis' analysis of Sellers' life without being as dense as the book Geoffrey Rush is fantastic and if the film had been released theatrically in the States he would have been a shoe in for an Academy Award nod

  3. Matt Lohr Matt Lohr says:

    It's difficult to think of a biography with a style appropriate to its subject than Roger Lewis's sprawling discursive non linear take on the life and times of legendary comedian actor and apparently awful human being Peter Sellers Lewis's book ranges far and wide over the life and career of Sellers circling around wildly to hit several points over and over Sellers was warped by his overly protective relationship with a mother who called him after an older brother who was stillborn; he bounced into characters with the greatest of ease because as he claimed he had no personality of his own; he filled the void in his life with meaningless sex and the heedless acuisition of material goods; he had a persistent inability to distinguish fantasy from reality most vividly exemplified in his one sided obsession with one time co star Sophia Loren Lewis argues that by the last few years of his life and career Sellers was uite literally insane given to fits of paranoid schizophrenia and lost in his inability to tell his real life and self from the machinations of the characters who dominated himIt's a fast and interesting enough read but the show offy whee look at me writing style sometimes evokes Sellers at his most straining and unnatural Lewis also engages in several seemingly ad hominem attacks against individuals associated with Sellers; Goon Show compatriot Spike Milligan comes in for persistent low level contempt and his comments about fourth Sellers wife Lynne Frederick and daughter Victoria are borderline libelous in their intensity and hatred And if Sellers's mum were still alive I think she'd object to her occasional characterization as a pterodactyl But it's hard to deny the sweep and power of Lewis's narrative and for Sellers completist the book is pretty hard to dismiss This book was the basis for the acclaimed 2004 HBO film which played theatrically in Europe which won several awards for the great Geoffrey Rush in the title role The film is entertaining less self indulgent than the book and well worth your time

  4. Tosh Tosh says:

    Peter Sellers was a very strange and sort of private man Even people who knew him for years felt like they didn't really know him A kind of depressing guy who can create into something else One of my all time favorite actors who often didn't choose the best film roles but when he did The Party Pink Panther movies Ladykillers and of course Lolita he was beyond great It's hard to know what made him tick yet you got the feeling that he was sort of a manic depressive type but then who knows

  5. Medlibrarian Medlibrarian says:

    Absolute dreck The author interviews Sellers via a psychic and includes it as a source No I'm not making that up They made a very good film out of this but do not waste your time and read this idiocy

  6. Greg Greg says:

    Much challenging than I expected I'd only seen the popular in America Sellers comedies; I recommend seeing as many of his films as possible before reading it

  7. C Beard C Beard says:

    I rarely give a book less than 3 stars but this one just about scraped in True it is an extremely detailed and extensively researched account of Sellers life and paints a vivid picture of a man who was both a mimic of almost incomparable genius and a brilliant actor whether in comedic or dramatic roles but who in his personal and professional life certainly became to uote Herbert Lom 'a monster' The problem is that it is of a personal indulgence than a true cold look at Sellers and you become bogged down in a huge morass of opinion speculation and analysis not just about Sellers himself which would be understandablebut many others Stanley Kubrick and Blake Edwards spring to mind and this means that the books 1000 plus pages can easily become a chore There's some pretty vicious stuff in there too the reference to Terry Thomas 'dribble stained' letter at a time when the actor was dying of Parkinson's disease and the near allegation that Sellers was responsible for Virginia Maskell's suicide when it is likely that she took her own life 6 years after she acted with Sellers due to a severe case of depression initially brought on by post natal depression are particularly repulsive If you like your biographies to run chronologically as I do suffice to say that Sellers major heart attack which was life changing and took place in 1964 is not described until after page 900 Overall then I was left with a feeling of disappointment; what should have been an absolutely outstanding work was spoilt by the authors passion for the subject in uestion

  8. Colin Colin says:

    This exhaustive and exhausting I had to have a break half way through its 800 pages and read something else to give me the strength to carry on and read the rest of it biography of a talented but pretty repulsive man is an enlightening shocking and ultimately depressing story That Sellers was a gifted mimic without contemporary eual and that he was able to turn his not inconsiderable talent for developing characters from early days in variety to the mad success of the Goons and to some extraordinary film performances is without uestion But the human cost to himself his family and friends and those he worked with was enormous He really was a thoroughly unlikeable man in just about every way Roger Lewis has given the celebrity biography a thorough reinvention here and deserves much credit for doing so but Sellers comes across as so utterly foul and the book in conseuence so miserable that I can’t bring myself to give the book any than three stars

  9. Robert Collette Robert Collette says:

    An exhausting read much like dealing with the real life Peter Sellers no doubt I give the book a high rating just because the author left no stone pebble stick or leaf unturned thou I could have done with a bit less psychoanalysis Despite the author's efforts to have you believe the book's subject has no redeeming ualities whatsoever and I have to say I tend to agree I still manage to feel some pity and sympathy for the the man who was so obviously insane and desperately needing of medical intervention My love for his characters and works remains unchanged and I plan on reading on his life in the future Just as a side note I usually read to my wife at night before bed from whatever book I happen to be reading and I'm sure she will be thrilled to hear some further adventures of that douchebag Sellers lol

  10. Michael Michael says:

    I discovered Peter Sellers through Tv and movies and then unearthed his radio work With a man of so many faces as well as voices it's hard to pin down the actual person hence my reading this bookWhile the book doesn't have a chronological timeline as such it still pulls together Mr Sellers life and paints a picture of a man with serious issues that could be extremely cruel but also kind in a childlike wayI enjoyed the book and would happily recommend it to anyone with a wish to find out about the incredibly talented Peter Sellers But I would also recommend you watch a few Sellers movies and TV shows to get a flavour of the man

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