Shawn Levy

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Shawn Levy is the author of nine books of biography and pop culture history. The former film critic of The Oregonian and KGW-TV and a former editor of American Film, he has been published in Sight and Sound, Film Comment, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Black Rock Beacon, among many other outlets. He jumps and claps and sings for victory in Portland, Oregon, where he serves on the board of directors of Operation Pitch Invasion.

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Paul Newman: A Life

3.80 avg rating — 1,329 ratings — published 2009 — 26 editions
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Rat Pack Confidential: Fran...

3.75 avg rating — 1,300 ratings — published 1998 — 12 editions
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De Niro: A Biography

3.74 avg rating — 289 ratings — published 2014 — 11 editions
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Ready, Steady, Go!: The Sma...

3.90 avg rating — 260 ratings — published 2002 — 11 editions
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The Last Playboy: The High ...

3.90 avg rating — 168 ratings — published 2005 — 6 editions
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King of Comedy: The Life an...

3.98 avg rating — 136 ratings — published 1996 — 6 editions
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The Castle on Sunset: Life,...

3.74 avg rating — 82 ratings — published 2019 — 5 editions
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Dolce Vita Confidential: Fe...

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The Rat Pack: Limited Edition

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“What can you possibly say about Rome?
That it's eternal? That all roads lead to it? That it wasn't built in a day? That when there you should do as the locals do?

For millennia, Rome has embodied and repelled every cliché, description, and act of comprehension or explanation applied to it.
As a city, it has been built and destroyed and rebuilt by - and has celebrated and signified and outlasted - caesars and barbarians and popes and Fascists and prophets and artists and pilgrims and schemers and migrants and lovers and fools.”
Shawn Levy, Dolce Vita Confidential: Fellini, Loren, Pucci, Paparazzi, and the Swinging High Life of 1950s Rome

“A man without enemies is a man without character.”
Shawn Levy, Paul Newman: A Life

“Paul Schrader drove past theaters in New York where the film originally played and were at once thrilled and sickened to see lines of young men dressed in Bickle’s familiar outfit of army fatigues and blue jeans, waiting to see the film for, presumably, second and third go-rounds.”
Shawn Levy, De Niro: A Life

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