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The Life and Work of Dennis Potter

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His remarkable career included "Pennies from Heaven," the inspiration for the movie starring Steve Martin-for which Potter wrote the screenplay-and the brilliantly complex "The Singing Detective," one of the finest artistic achievements ever created for television.


W. Stephen Gilbert brilliantly analyzes Potter's work, emphasizing the dramatic interplay between this brillia
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Paperback, 382 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by The Overlook Press (first published 1995)
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Ryan
Oct 31, 2007 Ryan rated it liked it
dennis potter was arguably the greatest television writer of all time. and we're not talking fucking "csi" here - this guy raised the television medium to a legitimate art form, using the intimacy of television filming and long-form storytelling as an integral part of his movies and miniseries (check out the bbc miniseries "pennies from heaven" or "the singing detective" for examples. but don't see the "detective" movie, because it sucks). his imagination was unparalleled, and his ingenuity in t ...more
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Nov 09, 2013 Peter Wise rated it liked it
The author notes early that he didn't have cooperation with many of the people associated with the great TV writer and author of "The Singing Detective." How much this steered the biography into mostly an analysis of Potter's life through the lens of his work is obvious and somewhat disappointing. On the other hand, Gilbert is a good critic and sums up Potter's work chronologically and concisely, matching events in Potter's life with the teleplays in a very believable and trustworthy fashion. I' ...more
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