Mr. Strangelove

Mr. Strangelove : A Biography of Peter Sellers

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Now in paperback: "An authoritative biography and a compulsive page-turner." (Michael Palin, New York Times Book Review) Peter Sellers' explosive talent made him a beloved figure in world cinema and continues to attract new audiences. With his darkly comic performances in Dr. Strangelove and Lolita and his outrageously funny appearances as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther films, he became one of the most popular movie stars of his time. In this lively and exhaustively researched biography, Ed Sikov offers unique insight into Sellers' comedic style. Beginning with Sellers' lonely childhood dominated by a mother who wouldn't let go, through his service in the Royal Air Force, and his success on BBC Radio's The Goon Show, Sikov goes on to detail the actor's relationships with his family, costars, directors, and admirers--a portrait that is as comic and tragic as Peter Sellers himself.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 433 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 23mm | 454g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0786885815
  • 9780786885817
  • 862,096

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"[Sikov] treats Sellers with just the right mix of awe, irritation and sympathy, giving readers a clear-headed, respectful tribute to a disturbed genius."
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About Professor Ed Sikov

Ed Sikov is the author of On Sunset Boulevard: The Life and Times of Billy Wilder, Screwball, Laughing Hysterically, and Study Guide for American Cinema. He earned a doctorate in film studies at Columbia University and has taught film courses at Haverford and Colorado colleges. He lives in New York City.
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