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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
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Published December 1st 2006 by Gallery Books (first published January 1st 2006)
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Mony Shamim
'ইনসমনিয়া' চলচচিতরের শুটিং চলাকালীন সময়ে হিলারি সুয়াঙক সহ আরও কোন কোন সহশিলপী আল পাচিনো কে আল 'ফাকিং' পাচিনো বলে ডাকতেন। 'সকারফেস' চলচচিতরে আল পাচিনো সবমিলিয়ে '১৮২' বার ফাকিং শবদটি উচচারণ করেছিলেন। এমনকি সকারফেস চলচচিতর মুকতি পাবার পর একটি গানের বযানড তাঁদের নাম দিয়েছিল 'বলিঙক- ১৮২!' বুঝুন অবসথা!

শুরুর দিকে পনেরো বছরে মাতর দশটি চলচচিতরে অভিনয় করেছিলেন পাচিন। পরথম মুকতিপরাপত চলচচিতর 'দি পযানিক ইন নিডল পারক' এ অভিনয়ের আগে তিনি একে একে এগারোটি চলচচিতরে অভিনয়ের পরসতাব ফিরিয়ে দিয়েছিলেন। কোন চলচচিতরের
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Florence
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Cat
Jan 22, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Katarina
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fatemeh Beygi
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: سینما
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
Taysha Charlton
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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.
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
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Barry Hammond
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series of conversations with interviewer Lawrence Grobel over a number of years is as close as most of the public is going to get to Al Pacino. Famously reluctant to discuss his personal life, which he believes to detract from his work as an actor, he talks about many aspects of that work and about some of the films that have defined it. Despite his reticence, many aspects of his personality come across in these talks, his humor, his dedication to his craft, family and friends, and his rela ...more
Hugh Carson
Nov 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible biography of an actor who is arguably 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).
Farhad Javani
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
توی یک دوره از زندگیم من غرق در زندگی و سینمای آل بودم ... و وقتی این کتاب رو خوندم چیزهای خیلی جالبی درباره ی زندگیه آل فهمیدم . به همه ی سینما دوستان پیشنهاد میکنم این کتاب رو هم از دست ندن و توی این گشت و گذار هیجان انگیز با آل و لارنس همراه بشن ... یک گفت و گوی فوقالعاده از طرف لارنس عزیز با آل بزرگ ..
Henrik Havighorst
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
SA
Nov 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.----
Mark
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Alex Vasai
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jason Navallo
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting read about one of my favorite actors, Al Pacino. I especially loved the Q&A interview format!
Kerry
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Violet
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pacino is that Man ... nothing else needs to be said ... and period.
Tina
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ترجمه: فرزاد فربد
نشر: كتاب پنجره
Jessika Santulli
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, acting
The entire book was interview transcripts. The content was fascinating overall. Most of the time, Grobel asked pointed questions. Pacino's responses ranged from wise to funny to just plain ridiculous. I liked reading about his childhood the most (as I do with every biography I read). I also enjoyed Grobel's descripton of his surroundings (i.e. Pacino's apartment, a coffee shop, or a paddle tennis court).

Some of Grobel's questions were repetative, which had a positive and negative effect. Pacino
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Zhinas
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love it
Rafal Jasinski
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lawrence Grobel nie zawodzi. Rozmowy z Alem Pacino, to zbiór rozciągających się na kilka dekad wywiadów, których - stroniący wcześniej od tej formy kontaktów z prasą i publicznością - będąc pod ogromnym wrażeniem opublikowanych wcześniej rozmów z Marlonem Brando, aktor udzielił Grobelowi .

Dzięki faktowi, iż Grobela i Ala Pacino z biegiem lat połączyła zażyła przyjaźń, aktor przy każdym kolejnym wywiadzie coraz bardziej otwiera się przed pisarzem - jest otwarty, szczery i niesamowicie dowcipny.
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Dankwa Brooks
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nicole Pramik
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm normally not a fan of celebrity biographies and autobiographies, chiefly because the former tend to be unauthorized and the latter can be too much like a PR attempt in book form. Thankfully, Grobel's work, as it falls under the autobiography category, avoids the common pitfalls I usually see.

I personally loved the format here as this book is organized as a series of interviews that spans a 25 year period and chronicles Pacino's life and career in his own words. Rather than reading like strai
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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
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Milena
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Simona
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
Jon
Jan 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Mohit Prasad
Looking at Al Pacino's movies, there is this sense one gets of the truthfulness he puts into the character in every movie he does. I always wanted to know what made him act that way, how he approached a particular character, what was it inside his mind when he was alone and had to prepare for the concerned protagonist. So, I gave this book a shot. Three reasons why i liked it-
1. It gives insights to the mind of one of the most honest actors, vis-a-vis acting, i ever came across.
2. Pacino has a
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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
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