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Stan and Ollie: The Roots of Comedy (vuoden 2002 painos)

– tekijä: Simon Louvish

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"Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy have remained, from 1927 to the present day, the screen's most famous and popular comedy double act, celebrated by legions of fans." "Simon Louvish has delved into the early lives of Stan and Ollie, bringing to life the British theatrical and music-hall background that bred young Stanley Jefferson of Ulverston, England; and the harsh childhood of young Norvell Hardy, in an American South scarred by racial division and living memories of the Civil War. Relating Stan's transition to America with the Fred Karno touring company - alongside his rival Chaplin - in 1910, and Ollie's movie debut in the pioneering days of cinema comedy, the book examines the rarely seen solo films of both of our heroes, as well as their serendipitous teaming at the Hal Roach Studios, their well-loved shorts and features, and their often tumultuous marriages, which found echoes in so many of their films."--BOOK JACKET.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Stan and Ollie: The Roots of Comedy
Kirjailijat:Simon Louvish
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Stan and Ollie: The Roots of Comedy: The Double Life of Laurel and Hardy (tekijä: Simon Louvish)

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Very well researched bio of the leading film comedy team of all time - Laurel and Hardy. The book goes into quite a bit of detail about their lives and their films. I learned much from the book and found it easy to read and at times, hard to put down. My only complaint is that the photographs are not very clear but very dark and it is hard to discern what is in some of them. For anyone who wants to know about Stan and Ollie - this is the book for you! ( )
  knahs | Apr 27, 2019 |
This well-researched overview of Laurel and Hardy's career suffers from the fact that neither Stan nor Ollie led remarkable or extravagant lives. Unlike Chaplin, Keaton or Arbuckle there is neither grandiosity, decline nor scandal to report – merely a lot of hard work. Laurel and Hardy's contribution twentieth century culture is enormous, so it is reassuring not to have it eroded by any off-screen failings; the 'Louella Parsons' side of their lives is addressed (and gossip is sometimes scotched) but not given undue importance. Louvish succeeds in collecting and evaluating the often unreliable accounts of events – whether inflated by studio publicity or misremembered by elderly moguls – and reducing them to what is verifiable as fact. He is less successful when he lets his own imagination fill in the gaps, such as his ex nihilo assertion that the young Hardy was a local outcast because of his weight. Apart from this small complaint (and the occasional unwelcome intrusion of 'theory'), Stan and Ollie gives a balanced account of a the career of the screen's greatest comedy team. ( )
  Lirmac | Jan 11, 2019 |
I've read a number of biographies and filmographies of my favorite comedy team, Laurel and Hardy, by now (even named my two cats Stan and Ollie). My memory may be faulty, but it seems to me that this writer has gone to extra lengths to add to the body of knowledge about the boys, or unearthed the truths behind some of the long-accepted stories about them. In particular, there are a number of Hal Roach's (their long-time producer and director) self-serving oral memories from late in his own life that are debunked here.

Through it all, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy remain two genuinely decent gentlemen who liked and respected each other, enjoyed their work, and saw what they did as craft rather than art. But the author also reviews each of their numerous films and makes it clear that, in his opinion (and mine), some are masterworks of comic art. There are some pictures here, but it's never enough to suit me.

The author includes one of my favorite stories about Stan, which may be apocryphal, but I find it believable, on his deathbed:

To the nurse who was preparing an injection: "I'd much rather be skiing than doing this."
The nurse: "Oh, Mr. Laurel, do you ski?"
Stan: "No, but I'd much sooner be skiing than what I'm doing now." ( )
  burnit99 | Oct 17, 2013 |
More a filmograghy than a biography, Interesting people presented in a dull book
  jamespurcell | Jun 3, 2008 |
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"Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy have remained, from 1927 to the present day, the screen's most famous and popular comedy double act, celebrated by legions of fans." "Simon Louvish has delved into the early lives of Stan and Ollie, bringing to life the British theatrical and music-hall background that bred young Stanley Jefferson of Ulverston, England; and the harsh childhood of young Norvell Hardy, in an American South scarred by racial division and living memories of the Civil War. Relating Stan's transition to America with the Fred Karno touring company - alongside his rival Chaplin - in 1910, and Ollie's movie debut in the pioneering days of cinema comedy, the book examines the rarely seen solo films of both of our heroes, as well as their serendipitous teaming at the Hal Roach Studios, their well-loved shorts and features, and their often tumultuous marriages, which found echoes in so many of their films."--BOOK JACKET.

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