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De Niro: A Biography

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The life of Hollywood’s number one movie actor, the elusive Robert De Niro, who shuns the limelight and rarely gives interviews, written by the leading film critic and biographer of Spielberg, Kubrick, Woody Allen and George Lucas.

Robert De Niro is the pre-eminent Hollywood character performer of our time: film portraits like the young Don Vito Corleone in THE GODFATHER II
Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 6th 2003 by HarperCollins
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Well, I only kept at this one for as long as I did because it was Robert De Niro. But it was not well-written at all. I think that I'm going to have to wait until he dies (hopefully for a long long long long time) before a decent biography comes out. I liked reading about how all his films came together and how he worked his craft, but it did things like, say, he took a class with an African-American (was the guy his teacher, his class-mate? I don't know), and this is the reason he hung out with ...more
Starts out strong, but as it goes on it becomes less and less interested in DeNiro's creative work and more and more interested in tabloid-y scandal stories. DeNiro emerges from the book as a weak, uninteresting character who only really comes alive in his roles and, judging by his more recent career (which Baxter rightfully pans), this means there's little of interest to read about from about the late 80's onwards. The book ends with a very silly showbiz epilogue (something along the lines of " ...more
Matt Micucci
Just because a book is easy to read it does not mean it's well written.
Terribly written and seems to end mid sentence
I enjoyed it as it was very well researched and interesting. It did annoy me a bit the way John Baxter down played Deniro a bit...i.e. made him out to be far less billiant than what he really is and as a result also didn't rate his perfomance in various of the movies he was in appropriately...especially the more recent of his movies.
Liz Hernandez
If you don't know anything about the De Niro's movies this is a good start. It gives you a lot of details about his movies more than his personal life. This book was first published in 2002. I guess, 10 years later, an autobiography will be a lot better.
Terrance Gelenter
Starts out with a bang just like DeNiro but he stopped making good movies before the book was finished so it sags at the end.
Tim Evans
Decent biography though a bit over critical. I mean the guy doesn't even like King Of Comedy?!
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John Baxter (born 1939 in Randwick, New South Wales) is an Australian-born writer, journalist, and film-maker.

Baxter has lived in Britain and the United States as well as in his native Sydney, but has made his home in Paris since 1989, where he is married to the film-maker Marie-Dominique Montel. They have one daughter, Louise.

He began writing science fiction in the early 1960s for New Worlds, Sci
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