Cela fait trente-cinq ans que je tiens des journaux intimes. J'y consigne mes réussites et échecs, mes joies, mes chagrins, les choses qui m'ont émerveillé et celles qui m'ont fait rire aux éclats. Trente-cinq ans à prendre conscience, à me souvenir, à me rendre compte, à comprendre, à rassembler et à griffonner ce qui m'a ému ou excité en route. Comment être juste. Comment moins stresser. Comment m'amuser. Comment moins blesser les autres. Comment être moins blessé. Comment être un type bien. Comment obtenir ce que je veux. Comment trouver un sens à la vie. Comment être plus moi-même.
Récemment, j'ai trouvé le courage de m'attaquer à ces journaux et de les relire en entier. Ce que j'ai trouvé?? Un catalogue d'histoires, de leçons que j'avais apprises et oubliées, de poèmes, de prières, de recommandations, de réponses à des questions que je me posais, de questions que je me pose encore, d'affirmations, de doutes, de professions de foi sur ce qui importe vraiment, de théories sur la relativité, et toute une ribambelle de slogans.
J'ai découvert ce qui, dans mon approche de la vie, m'avait donné le plus de satisfaction à l'époque et m'avait guidé. J'ai appelé ça attraper les feux verts. C'est un thème solide.
Donc j'ai pris mes journaux sous le bras et me suis offert un confinement en solitaire dans le désert, où je me suis mis à écrire ce que vous lisez à présent?: un album, une trace, une histoire de ma vie jusqu'à ce jour.
Les choses que j'ai vues, rêvées, cherchées, données et reçues.
Les vérités explosives qui ont tellement court-circuité mon espace-temps que je n'ai pu les ignorer.
Les contrats que j'ai passés avec moi-même, que j'honore pour beaucoup, et dont pour la plupart je cherche encore à me rendre digne.
Voilà ce que j'ai vu, et comment - mon ressenti et mes trouvailles, mes moments de classe et de honte. Les grâces, les vérités et les beautés de la brutalité.
Les initiations, les invitations, les calibrages et transitions.
Les «?je m'en sors à bon compte?», les «?je me fais choper?», et les «?je me mouille en essayant de danser entre les gouttes?».
Les rites de passage.
Ce livre raconte aussi comment choper les feux verts, réaliser que les feux orange et les rouges peuvent changer de couleur aussi.
Ce livre est une lettre d'amour.
À la vie
Piper Kerman est une jeune femme ordinaire : un emploi, un compagnon, une famille aimante. Elle est très loin de l'intrépide étudiante qui a livré une valise d'argent sale dix ans plus tôt. Mais le passé la rattrape : condamnée à quinze mois de prison, elle devient le matricule 11187-424.
Rien ne l'a préparée aux surveillants abjects ou indifférents à sa souffrance, aux douches crasseuses, à la promiscuité et à la solitude. Ni aux rencontres avec les autres détenues, amies ou ennemies, féroces ou résignées. C'est ce monde humiliant et déshumanisant qu'elle décrit ici. Elle parvient cependant à surmonter cette épreuve, à résister au désespoir, à contourner les règles de la prison.
Déchirant, drôle et révoltant, le récit de Piper Kerman a inspiré la série télévisée du même nom.
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER David Lynch - co-creator of Twin Peaks and writer and director of groundbreaking films such as Eraserhead , The Elephant Man , Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive - opens up about a lifetime of extraordinary creativity, the friendships he has made along the way and the struggles he has faced to bring his projects to fruition. Room to Dream is both an astonishing memoir told in Lynch's own words and a landmark biography based on hundreds of interviews, that offers unique insights into the life and mind of one of the world's most enigmatic and original artists.
From Drugstore Cowboy to Elephant, Milk and Good Will Hunting, Gus Van Sant?s films have captured the imagination of more than one generation. Alongside his filmaking, however, Van Sant is also an artist, photographer and writer. Based on a series of completely new and exclusive interviews, this book provides a personal insight into how Van Sant successfully approaches these different and very varied artforms, providing an inspirational look into the working life of one of America?s most pivotal cultural and creative practitioners.
The first collected edition of legendary writer, actress, and adventurer Cookie Mueller's stories, featuring the entire contents of her 1990 book Walking through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black, alongside more than two dozen others, some previously unpublished.
Legendary as an underground actress, female adventurer, and East Village raconteur, Cookie Mueller's first calling was to the written word: I started writing when I was six and have never stopped completely, she once confessed. Muellerís 1990 Walking through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black, the first volume of the Semiotext(e) Native Agents series, was the largest collection of stories she compiled during her life. But it presented only a slice of Mueller's prolific work as a writer. This new, landmark volume collects all of Mueller's stories: from the original contents of Clear Water, to additional stories discovered by Amy Scholder for the posthumous anthology Ask Dr. Mueller, to selections from Mueller's art and advice columns for Details and the East Village Eye, to still new stories collected and published here for the first time. Olivia Laing's new introduction situates Mueller's writing within the context of her life--and our times.
Thanks to recent documentaries like Mallory Curley's A Cookie Mueller Encyclopedia and Chloé Griffin's oral biography Edgewise, Mueller's life and work have been discovered by a new generation of readers. Walking through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black: Collected Stories returns essential source material to these readers, the archive of Mueller's writing itself. Mueller's many mise en scènes--the Baltimore of John Waters, post-Stonewall Provincetown, avant-garde Italy, 1980s New York, an America enduring Reagan and AIDS--patches together a singular personal history and a primer for others. As Laing writes in her introduction, Collected Stories amounts to a how-to manual for a life ricocheting joyously off the rails . . . a live corrective to conformity, conservatism, and cruelty.
Annoncé comme une « expérience repoussant les limites de l'esprit », L'Homme qui venait d'ailleurs (The Man Who Fell to Earth) de Nicolas Roeg, sorti en 1976, a sidéré le monde du cinéma. Véritable coup de maître dans l'art de la science fiction, le film n'a pas seulement provoqué des hallucinations visuelles et proposé une exploration obsédante de la folie contemporaine, il a aussi permis à une légende du glam-rock, David Bowie, de faire ses débuts d'acteur, dans le rôle principal de l'extraterrestre paranoïaque Newton.
Inspiré du roman de science-fiction L'Homme tombé du ciel (The Man Who Fell to Earth) signé Walter Tevis, L'Homme qui venait d'ailleurs suit le destin de Newton, un extraterrestre débarqué sur terre pour y trouver de l'eau : sa transformation en riche entrepreneur grâce aux technologies révolutionnaires de sa planète d'origine, son éveil à la sexualité avec la jeune Mary-Lou, puis la révélation de son identité d'extraterrestre, son emprisonnement, son abandon et son basculement vers l'alcoolisme. Dans tout le film, Roeg convainc par son séduisante casting, dont Bowie bien sûr, excellent dans son personnage de voyageur de l'espace décalé, mais aussi Candy Clark, Rip Torn et Buck Henry, interprètes parfaits dans leur rôle.
Pour célébrer les 40 ans de ce film culte, TASCHEN sort son The Man Who Fell to Earth avec une profusion d'images extraites du film ou prises pendant le tournage par le photographe de plateau David James, y compris les nombreux clichés d'un Bowie jouant à plein sur son ambiguïté. Une introduction inédite dévoile le tournage du film et son impact au-delà, grâce au récit exclusif de David James, témoin direct de la naissance de ce chef-d'oeuvre de la science-fiction.
Viola Davis is a critically revered, award-winning actress of film, television and theater. She is the first Black actress to win Tony ( Fences & King Hedley II ), Oscar ( Fences ) and Emmy ( How to Get Away with Murder ) awards - The ''Triple Crown'' of acting. Davis starred in the Shondaland show "How to Get Away with Murder," a role for which she became the first African American actress to receive the Emmy Award for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series." In 2012, Davis and her husband founded their production company, JuVee Productions, with its focus being on giving a voice to the voiceless through strong, impactful and culturally relevant narratives. Davis will next star in Showtime''s The First Lady, portraying Michelle Obama. Finding Me is her first book.>
A silent comedy star whose legendary slapstick routines are recognisable to this day, Charles 'Charlie' Chaplin's My Autobiography is an incomparably vivid account of the life of one of the greatest filmmakers and comedians, with an introduction by David Robinson As a child, Charlie Chaplin was awed and inspired by the sight of glamorous vaudeville stars passing his home, and from then on he never lost his ambition to become an actor. Chaplin's film career as the Little Tramp adored by the whole world is the stuff of legend, but this frank autobiography shows another side. Born into a theatrical family, Chaplin's father died of drink while his mother, unable to bear the poverty, suffered from bouts of insanity. From a childhood of grinding poverty in the south London slums, Chaplin found an escape in his early debut on the music hall stage, followed by his lucky break in America, the founding of United Artists with D.W. Griffith and Douglas Fairbanks, the struggle to maintain artistic control over his work, the string of failed marriages, and his eventual exile from Hollywood after personal scandals and persecution for his left-wing politics during the McCarthy Era. Sir Charles 'Charlie' Chaplin (1895-1976) was born in Walworth, London. Best known for his work in silent film, his most famous role was The Little Tramp, a universally recognisable and iconic character who appeared in films such as The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925) and City Lights (1931). His other films include Modern Times (1936), a commentary on the Great Depression, and The Great Dictator (1940), a satirical attack on Hitler and the Nazis. If you enjoyed My Autobiography , you might like Andy Warhol's The Philosophy of Andy Warhol , also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'Tells so much about this curious, difficult man ... a wonderfully vivid imagination' The New York Times 'The only genius to come out of the movie industry' George Bernard Shaw
They say that sometimes ghosts don't realize they're dead and wander around screaming because no one is paying them any attention. Well, in show business you may have been dead five years before you finally twig. You howl around the corridors of power while the elected march straight through. Then one day you catch yourself in a mirror and there is nothing looking back. In his highly anticipated third memoir, Rupert Everett tells the story of how he set out to make a film of Oscar Wilde's last days and how that ten-year quest almost destroyed him. (And everyone else.) Travelling across Europe, he weaves in extraordinary tales from his past, remembering wild times, freak encounters and lost friends. There are celebrities, of course. But we also meet the glamorous but doomed Aunt Peta, who introduces Rupert (aged three) to the joys of make-up. In 80s Paris, his great friend Lychee burns bright, and is gone. While in 70s London, a 'weirdly tall, beyond size zero' teenage Rupert is expelled from the Central School of Speech and Drama. Unflinchingly honest and hugely entertaining, Tainted Glory offers a unique insight into the 'snakes and ladders' of filmmaking. It is also a soulful and thought-provoking autobiography from one of our best-loved and most talented actors and writers.
'Coming from Glasgow, it's weird, I don't really tell jokes, like Irish jokes and all that. I tell wee stories. And some of them don't even have punchlines. But you'll get used to it as the night goes on, and on, and on, and on and on...' In December 2018, after 50-years of belly-laughs, energy, outrage and enjoyment, Billy Connolly announced his retirement from stand-up comedy. It had been an extraordinary career. When he first started out in the late Sixties, Billy played the banjo in the folk clubs of Glasgow. Between songs, he would improvise a bit, telling anecdotes from the Clyde shipyard where he worked. In the process, he made all kinds of discoveries about what audiences found funny, from his own exaggerated body movements to the power of speaking explicitly about sex. He began to understand the craft of great storytelling too. Soon the songs became shorter and the monologues longer, and Billy quickly became recognised as one of the most exciting comedians of his generation. Billy's routines always felt spontaneous. He improvised, embellished and digressed as he went: a two-minute anecdote could become a 20-minute routine by the next night of a tour. And he brought a beautiful sense of the absurd to his shows as he riffed on holidays, alcohol, the crucifixion, or naked bungee jumping. But Billy's comedy could be laced with anger too. He hated pretentiousness and called out hypocrisy where ever he saw it. He loved to shock, and his startling appearance gave him license to say anything he damn well pleased about sex, politics or religion. It was only because he was so likeable that he got it away. Billy had the popular touch. His comedy spanned generations and different social tribes in a way that few others have ever managed. Tall Tales and Wee Stories brings together the very best of Billy's storytelling for the first time and includes his most famous routines including, The Last Supper , Jojoba Shampoo , Incontinence Pants and Shouting at Wildebeest . With an introduction and original illustrations by Billy throughout, it is an inspirational, energetic and riotously funny read, and a fitting celebration of our greatest ever comedian.
At last, the Academy, Tony, and three-time Emmy Award-winning actor and trailblazer, Cicely Tyson, tells her stunning story, looking back at her six-decade career and life.
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A Daily Mail Book of the Year. A Mail on Sunday Book of the Year. Famed American actress Demi Moore at last tells her own story in a surprisingly intimate and emotionally charged memoir. For decades, Demi Moore has been synonymous with celebrity. From iconic film roles to high-profile relationships, Moore has never been far from the spotlight - or the headlines. Even as Demi was becoming the highest paid actress in Hollywood, however, she was always outrunning her past, just one step ahead of the doubts and insecurities that defined her childhood. Throughout her rise to fame and during some of the most pivotal moments of her life, Demi battled addiction, body image issues, and childhood trauma that would follow her for years - all while juggling a skyrocketing career and at times negative public perception. As her success grew, Demi found herself questioning if she belonged in Hollywood, if she was a good mother, a good actress - and, always, if she was simply good enough. As much as her story is about adversity, it is also about tremendous resilience. In this deeply candid and reflective memoir, Demi pulls back the curtain and opens up about her career and personal life - laying bare her tumultuous relationship with her mother, her marriages, her struggles balancing stardom with raising a family, and her journey toward open heartedness. Inside Out is a story of survival, success, and surrender - a wrenchingly honest portrayal of one woman''s at once ordinary and iconic life.
A message from the Captain: 'On behalf of myself and the entire Ayoade team, welcome to Ayoade on Top . At last, the definitive book about perhaps the best cabin-crew dramedy ever filmed: View from the Top , starring Gwyneth Paltrow.' Buckle up for the flight of your life. 'The most profoundly silly book on film I've ever read and somehow one of the most insightful too.' Edgar Wright 'A brilliant satire of film, academia, commerce and Richard Ayoade . . . The funniest book I've ever read.' Jesse Eisenberg 'I haven't laughed this much reading a book in a long time. The man is a national treasure.' Big Issue
One of the bestselling memoirs of all time, David Niven's The Moon's a Balloon is an account of one of the most remarkable lives Hollywood has ever seen. Beginning with the tragic early loss of his aristocratic father, then regaling us with tales of school, army and wartime hi-jinx, Niven shows how, even as an unknown young man, he knew how to live the good life. But it is his astonishing stories of life in Hollywood and his accounts of working and partying with the legends of the silver screen - Lawrence Oliver, Vivien Leigh, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, James Stewart, Lauren Bacall, Marlene Dietrich, Noel Coward and dozens of others, while making some of the most acclaimed films of the last century - which turn David Niven's memoir into an outright masterpiece. An intimate, gossipy, heartfelt and above all charming account of life inside Hollywood's dream factory, The Moon is a Balloon is a classic to be read and enjoyed time and again. .
In 1994 fledgling journalist Louis Theroux was given a one-off gig on Michael Moore's TV Nation, presenting a segment on apocalyptic religious sects. Gawky, socially awkward and totally unqualified, his first reaction to this exciting opportunity was panic. But he'd always been drawn to off-beat characters, so maybe his enthusiasm would carry the day. Or, you know, maybe it wouldn't . . .In Gotta Get Theroux This, Louis takes the reader on a joyous journey from his anxiety-prone childhood to his unexpectedly successful career. Nervously accepting the BBC's offer of his own series, he went on to create an award-winning documentary style that has seen him immersed in the weird worlds of paranoid US militias and secretive pro-wrestlers, get under the skin of celebrities like Max Clifford and Chris Eubank and tackle gang culture in San Quentin prison, all the time wondering whether the same qualities that make him good at documentaries might also make him bad at life.As Louis woos his beautiful wife Nancy and learns how to be a father, he also dares to take on the powerful Church of Scientology. Just as challenging is the revelation that one of his old subjects, Jimmy Savile, was a secret sexual predator, prompting him to question our understanding of how evil takes place. Filled with wry observation and self-deprecating humour, this is Louis at his most insightful and honest best.
''There is no one on earth quite so wonderful'' STEPHEN FRY BAFTA-winning actor, voice of everything from Monkey to the Cadbury''s Caramel Rabbit, creator of a myriad of unforgettable characters from Lady Whiteadder to Professor Sprout, MIRIAM MARGOLYES, OBE, is the nation''s favourite (and naughtiest) treasure. Now, at the age of 80, she has finally decided to tell her extraordinary life story - and it''s well worth the wait. Find out how being conceived in an air-raid gave her curly hair; what pranks led to her being known as the naughtiest girl Oxford High School ever had; how she ended up posing nude for Augustus John as a teenager; why Bob Monkhouse was the best (male) kiss she''s ever had; and what happened next after Warren Beatty asked ''Do you fuck?'' From declaring her love to Vanessa Redgrave to being told to be quiet by the Queen, this book is packed with brilliant, hilarious stories. With a cast list stretching from Scorsese to Streisand, a cross-dressing Leonardo di Caprio to Isaiah Berlin, This Much Is True is as warm and honest, as full of life and surprises, as its inimitable author.
Through a curated selection of quotations, images and interviews, Filmmakers on Film reveals what matters most to the masters. Discover how the giants of filmmaking - from Sofia Coppola to Agnès Varda - developed their distinctive visual styles, the core ideas that underpin their practice and, most importantly, what their films mean to you.
''No one ever fully recovers from their past. There is no cure for it. You just learn to manage and prioritise it. I believe the second you feel you have triumphed or overcome something you have merely decided to stop being vigilant and embraced denial as your modus operandi. And that is what this book is about, and for: to remind you not to buy in to the Hollywood ending.'' Baggage chronicles the actor''s life in Hollywood and the ways in which work has repeatedly whisked him away from personal calamities to sets and stages around the world. Taking us through the highs and lows of his career, his struggle with mental health, each failed relationship or encounter with a legend (Liza! X Men! Gore Vidal! Kubrick! Spice Girls!), every bad decision or moment of sensual joy, Cumming shows how every experience - good or bad - has shaped who he is today: a happy, flawed, vulnerable, fearless middle-aged man, with a lot of baggage. Startlingly honest, both poignant and joyous, Baggage shines a light on how to embrace the complicated messiness of life.
PRE-ORDER NOW At 95, the legendary Mel Brooks continues to set the standard for comedy across television, film, and the stage. Now, for the first time, this EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winner shares his story in his own words. "I hope fans of comedy will get a kick out of the stories behind my work, and really enjoy taking this remarkable ride with me." -Mel Brooks For anyone who loves American comedy, the long wait is over. Here are the never-before-told, behind-the-scenes anecdotes and remembrances from a master storyteller, filmmaker, and creator of all things funny. All About Me! charts Mel Brooks''s meteoric rise from a Depression-era kid in Brooklyn to the recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Whether serving in the United States Army in World War II, or during his burgeoning career as a teenage comedian in the Catskills, Mel was always mining his experiences for material, always looking for the perfect joke. His iconic career began with Sid Caesar''s Your Show of Shows , where he was part of the greatest writers'' room in history, which included Carl Reiner, Neil Simon, and Larry Gelbart. After co-creating both the mega-hit 2000 Year Old Man comedy albums and the classic television series Get Smart, Brooks''s stellar film career took off. He would go on to write, direct, and star in The Producers, The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety , and Spaceballs , as well as produce groundbreaking and eclectic films, including The Elephant Man, The Fly , and My Favorite Year. Brooks then went on to conquer Broadway with his record-breaking, Tony-winning musical, The Producers. All About Me! offers fans insight into the inspiration behind the ideas for his outstanding collection of boundary-breaking work, and offers details about the many close friendships and collaborations Brooks had, including those with Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, Gene Wilder, Madeleine Kahn, Alfred Hitchcock, and the great love of his life, Anne Bancroft. Filled with tales of struggle, achievement, and camaraderie (and dozens of photographs), readers will gain a more personal and deeper understanding of the incredible body of work behind one of the most accomplished and beloved entertainers in history.