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Al Pacino

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For more than a quarter century, Al Pacino has spoken freely and deeply with acclaimed journalist and bestselling author Lawrence Grobel on subjects as diverse as childhood, acting, and fatherhood. Here, for the first time, are the complete conversations and shared observations between the actor and the writer; the result is an intimate and revealing look at one of the mos...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Gallery Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Not one word of spite or contempt from this man about the work he's done or the people he's worked with. His love for acting and Shakespeare, as well as his sense of humour comes across quite well through these interviews.

I feel I know more about him as Al Pacino, instead of the stereotypes of his acting roles. What I see is a classy person, full of compassion, generosity and integrity. Some of the questions do get repeated over the years, but in context, it helps give a window of his growth as...more
Nilo  Begi
آل پاچینو نه تنها یه بازیگر بزرگه بلکه یه مرد و هنرمند فرهیخته است. اگه حتی بازی هاش رو دوست ندارین- که من نمی تونم باور کنم که همچین کسی وجود داشته باشه- این کتاب رو بخونین تا بفهمین پاچینو چطور به این جا رسیده. جمله های این آدم دوست داشتنی رو بخونین تا درکش از زندگی رو بدونین. کسی که از فقر خودش رو به این جا رسونده و مدام تاکید داره که کاری که می کنه رو صرفا به خاطر خود بازیگری انجام می ده چون ازش لذت می بره و تمام زندگی اش بازیه و پول هیچ ارزشی براش نداره. پول رو برای گذران زندگی اش می خواد ن...more
Great read. You get to see the friendship develop between the actor and the interviewer and read some of Al Pacino's opinions in his own words. I'm sure there had to be some "shaping" or "editing" but the book feels like an insider's view which, as an outsider, tends to be what we (the audience) are looking for. And I really loved how classy Pacino is when speaking about colleagues and/or projects. He knows that any little thoughtless remark could cause immoderate damage so he speaks with care,...more
Stephen Parkinson
This book was always going to be enjoyable for me as I'm a big fan of Al.

The book is set out in a transcript question and answer style format , which is interviews done with Al over the years.

There are some personal and difficult questions asked and I really enjoyed reading a little more into the life of one of the greatest actors of his times.
Кремена Михайлова
Започнах с чувството, че Ал Пачино не може да се изразява много богато. Явно това е било заради нежеланието му да участва в „тази работа“ (интервюта). Но постепенно се отпуска и разтваря. Не само че самият той уляга с годините, но и отношенията с Лорънс Гробъл (интервюиращият) се променят. Всъщност стават приятели. Което е много, като се има предвид, че Ал не допуска лесно голяма близост .

В началото ми приличаше на чепато италианско момче, което зад шегуването прикрива много неща. Но Гробъл успя...more
Taysha Charlton
"And in an age of commerce, Al Pacino just may be the last artist standing". No truer words have been spoken. Al Pacino is an amazing man and my all-time favourite actor. I absolutely adore him :) This book was special for many reasons but mostly since Pacino doesn't do many interviews. For this to be so intimate and informative is a true gift for any Pacino fan and Lawrence Grobel sounds like a really cool guy; any close friend of Al's must be cool. This was a joy to read.
Hugh Carson
An incredible biography of an actor that is the greatest actor of the late 20th and early 21st century. The author was the first interviewer to whom Pacino ever opened up, and both became fast friends over the decades. One of the pluses of the book is how it brings out the passion and dedication that Pacino has for acting on the stage, and it becomes apparent where his heart truly lies. Apparently his portrayals of Richard III are astounding (available on DVD).
Henrik Schunk
A nice insight into the interesting mind of one of Hollywood's greatest. I would have wished for more questions concerned with general questions of love, happiness and philosophy though. It is a tad too focused on his acting, instead of the person, which does not really make it a comprehensive biography. After all, despite being called autobiography it is basically a collection of interviews
This book is so nice and the interview is free flowing and amazed that Al Pacino love movies by Tom Hanks,John Goodman.

This book is a treasure and most of his movies I have in my DVD collection and make a lot of sense out of his frank views on several topics on plays,movies

He never acted in any Shakespeare plays reason being noone offered him a role in any.----
I've never been a big Al Pacino fan and this book didn't make me change my mind. But it did leave me with the impression that I've met a man who lived a full life and learned a lot on the way. It is probably a must read for the fans of his movies as the dialog insists a lot on the roles he played, the way he lived and felt every one of them, the way his thoughts evolved in time. I appreciated the spark between him and the author, Lawrence Grobel. The personal relationship they developed along th...more
Where do I start?!? Being that he is one of my all time favorite actors, it was interesting to see how the legend himself has such a passion for what he does! He's such a deep individual I truly enjoyed learning how he dealt with life and his acting career. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Pacino as much I do!
William Johnson
A peculiar, yet entirely entertaining, set of interviews between Al Pacino and his friend Lawrence Grobel. Thanks to a chronological format, what starts as a potentially contentious relationship in 1979 evolves over time (though the '80s, '90s and '00s) into a solid friendship. Oddly, the closer the two get in their lives, the less revealing Pacino is ...

For example, the book's best interview is, by far, the first: 1979. During this time, Pacino was starting to star in some failures as the glow...more
Alex Vasai
This book was amazing for me because I discovered Alfred James Pacino through his biography composed of interviews. I was impressed by his appreciation for Shakespeare's works, his shyness and his way of playing famous roles with authenticity . For me ,definitely, he is the greatest actor alive.
Има ли въобще някой, който да не е чувал името на Ал Пачино? Има ли някой, който да не е гледал „Кръстникът“ или „Белязаният“, където този мъж прави забележително добри роли? Сигурно има такива хора… На мен лично Ал Пачино никога не ми е бил от най-любимите актьори, но безспорно съм се възхищавала на таланта му. Причината за това е, че около неговите филми винаги се таи някаква магия, излъчвана от погледа му, независимо дали играе добрия или лошия. Затова и с голям интерес подходих към книгата н...more
One of my favourite actors ever, I loved the way this as done, it was interesting, humorous and I learnt about Mr Pacino and his acting history and style in a more personal way.
Horia Bura
Pacino is the Man! This book details his life and work, both on stage and in front of the camera, as well as his great passion (not obsession, as he points out!) for Shakespeare's plays, especially "Richard III". For a series of interviews, it's an enjoyable book to read, because you can see not only Pacino's overwhelming personality, but also how the relationship between him and his interviewer develops over the years from a professional one into a real friendship. For the true cinephile, by em...more
Pacino is that Man ... nothing else needs to be said ... and period.
ترجمه: فرزاد فربد
نشر: كتاب پنجره
Dankwa Brooks
As Pacino himself writes in the Foreward “I had not yet said yes to our first interview, but when I read his interview with Marlon Brando on Brando’s island in Tahiti, I was impressed.” Since that day in 1979 when he agreed to the interview, the two have become good friends and over the years they did many casual interviews.

Through these nine interviews, all the way up to 2005, you can see what kind of friendship they have and what kind of love and dedication Pacino has for acting.

I personally...more
Awesome book. What a man of such depth. Second (in my own opinion, and strictly in terms of movie stars and acting ability) only to the masterful Daniel Day Lewis ... But Pacino can actually almost shape-shift facially. He is... no there are no words with which I can do him justice, so lets just call him the Don.
After watching the Pacino boxed set of his theater-to-film stuff - Looking for Richard, Chinese Coffee, and The Local Stigmatic - and loving it, I felt like reading this book that had come out about the same time. Lawrence Grobel has been Pacino's preferred interviewer his whole career and the collected interviews here are quite interesting. It is more than just a celebrity talking and a chance for us to look at Al Pacino. In it are a lot of thoughts and ideas into art and performing that were q...more
This book is amazing. It is, above all, inspiring and very funny. It is food for thought.
Pacino talks about his love for acting, theater and Shakespeare. Long time friend and interviewer, Grobel brings you to his first meeting with the young Pacino, before Scarface was even a glimmer in the studio's eye. They spend a lot of time talking about relationships, something that Grobel enjoys poking at and something that Pacino keeps trying to avoid. He's not the kiss and tell type. But he does talk ab...more
Wiosna Wiosnowska
Good read. You can feel the friendship between writer and Al.
i am not even the biggest al pacino fan, so i was kind of surprised how much i liked this book. it gets a little repetitive toward the end when the interviewer keeps asking the same questions, but pacino just seems like such a reasonable guy, it's quite charming, actually. i was even able to overlook pacino's constant shakespeare quoting in the middle of normal conversation. it turns out maybe he's not pretentious, just one seriously single-minded dude.
Not sure what this would offer a non-actor, but I found it pretty fascinating. Pacino, despite what his later years might suggest, is a deeply committed artist with strong views on theatre, film and the purpose of each. Other than some redundancies in the book's middle section (mostly when Pacino wasn't working as much), these interviews paint a fascinating portrait of a movie star who considers himself a theatrical character actor.
Richard Janzen
I saw this at the bookstore, and became interested because I just finished watching the Godfather trilogy. I mainly wanted his reflections on these movies and his career. Interesting read, and I feel like I have had a glimpse of the off-screen side of Pacino.
yes, i am a big nerd. but this book is awesome. i love that it is just a bunch of interviews over a span of time. i love al pacino i must say, and he is hilarious and often tells amazing stories. i dig it.
Erin ~ (It's October, time for creepy books)
This biography was written through tidbits of interviews. Interesting for fans of Pacino, yet nothing too indepth or personal. Would love to read an autobiography someday but doubt that would happen.
Lucy J Jeynes
Fascinating interviews, mostly on the process of acting but with some bio stuff in there too. Makes you want to rush home and watch the Godfathers and Scarface. Always a good idea.
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