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American Titan: Searching for John Wayne Rating: 4,4/10 1578 reviews

John Wayne: The World War II Hero Who Didn't Serve?

American Titan: Searching for John Wayne

The best part of the book is the short Acknowledgement section at the end; here Eliot riffs on the notion of the auteur, arguing that writers, cinematographers, producers, actors, as well as directors might be auteurs. The book begins with his family background, then soon branches into the early life of Marion Morrison. But The Duke was always a gentleman and respectful to others even when he totally disagreed with them. Eliot pays tribute to the man and the myth, identifying and analyzing the many interesting contradictions that made John Wayne who he was: an Academy Award-winning actor associated with cowboys and soldiers who didnt like horses and never served in a war; a Republican icon who voted for Democrats Roosevelt and Truman; a white man often accused of racism who married three Mexican wives. The author's writing is very readable but he does tend to follow a pattern chapter after chapter which becomes a bit tedious, such as continuously stating the salaries Wayne and his co-stars received for each movie as footnotes.

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American titan : searching for John Wayne

American Titan: Searching for John Wayne

I wanted something more substantial. But by the time I got to the end of the book, I was still trying to find out what it was Eliot was searching for and why he never found it. It is a history of the American film industry from about 1930 until Wayne died in 1979 - production companies who went in and out of business, directors, other famous actors, movie production costs and earnings. After he decked one of his bigger tormentors, that put a stop to the teasing. Eliot also sometimes neglects the role of the supporting cast in building Wayne's image a notable example is Walter Brennan's work as narrator and Wayne sidekick in Red River and Rio Bravo.

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American titan : searching for John Wayne

American Titan: Searching for John Wayne

Overall, a good read about the American patriotic movie scene from the silent movie era to the early seventies focusing mainly on westerns and war movies. It wasn't until the end of the book the author explains how movies were his focus; the actors, genre, and aura of film during this time. Eliot offers as evidence the distinct personality that runs through Wayne's staggering 169 films, from Stage Coach and The Searchers to The Quiet Man and The Green Berets. It also plays on his politics and his activities during the McCarthy Era. Covers Wayne's 3 failed marriages and his mistress before he died.

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American Titan: Searching for John Wayne by Marc Eliot

American Titan: Searching for John Wayne

Becoming entangled enough in an extramarital affair to make a complete sham of the original deferment, he boasted she was the best lay he ever had. Eliots canny, well-judged study gives us the complexity of Wayne the man and the archetype. Interesting details of his relations with co starts and directors especially John Ford. Donec in tortor in lectus iaculis vulputate. Eliot's canny, well-judged study gives us the complexity of Wayne the man and the archetype.

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American Titan Searching for John Wayne: Marc Eliot: Hardcover: 9780062269003: Powell's Books

American Titan: Searching for John Wayne

Eliot pays tribute to the man and the myth, identifying and analyzing the many interesting contradictions that made John Wayne who he was: an Academy Award-winning actor associated with cowboys and soldiers who didn t like horses and never served in a war; a Republican icon who voted for Democrats Roosevelt and Truman; a white man often accused of racism who married three Mexican wives. Together they made 23 films and Ford features most prominently in this biography. For some, his comments are disturbingly relevant to discussions still taking place in 2019. If he died in the war, she alone would be left to provide for their four children. It also plays on his politics and his activities during the McCarthy Era.

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American Titan by Marc Eliot and Pete Larkin by Marc Eliot and Pete Larkin

American Titan: Searching for John Wayne

An all around interesting biography on John Wayne. I was expecting a little more on Maureen O'Hara. It is a history of the American film industry from about 1930 until Wayne died in 1979 - production companies who went in and out of business, directors, other famous actors, movie production costs and earnings. So many I know from the older generation grew up watching his movies and loving the man. Wayne's heroic outsider also influenced a new generation of actors and filmmakers who would borrow from it to use in their own movies.

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American titan : searching for John Wayne

American Titan: Searching for John Wayne

Abstract: The acclaimed Hollywood biographer digs deep beneath the myth in a revealing look at the most legendary Western film hero of all time; the man with the distinctive voice, walk, and demeanor who was an inspiration to many and a symbol of American masculinity, power, and patriotism. Note that If I was critical of this biography I would say it contains many typos and drew a few conclusions that seemed to be based on opinion. Interesting details of his relations with co starts and directors especially John Ford. See the real man, flawed in many ways, successful in many ways, fiercely passionate always and right up to the end, a true lover of: life, America, too many women, dear friends, colleagues. Wayne was a very opinionated man, extremely political and Republican who had no time to waste on fools so there are certainly some captivating stories! He developed many trademarks including his speech, walk and gun twirl. In 1948, John Wayne became president of The Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals.

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American Titan: Searching for John Wayne Audiobook by Marc Eliot

American Titan: Searching for John Wayne

Wayne used a homophobic slur to describe the characters played by Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight. The book begins with his family background, then soon branches into the early life of Marion Morrison. Many famous names are included here. Being open with fans and media outlets about their health created awareness. His politico rubbed wrong in Hollywood, even then- as Clint Eastwood's does today. I received this book from the Goodreads First Reads program.

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American titan : searching for John Wayne (Audiobook on CD, 2014) [tinnitusarchive.org]

American Titan: Searching for John Wayne

Wayne's divorce from his second wife Esperanza Bauer m. I like biographies and I have always liked John Wayne movies. It spends too much time giving the reviews of his movies when they were first released, but other than this, it reads well. But if you really want to get deep and find some psychological projection, his disdain for Vietnam protestors and draft dodgers sounds like a cry for help. So while I've never actually seen a John Wayne movie, I'm fully aware of who John Wayne is. Etiam pulvinar, mi et molestie vestibulum, neque tellus pulvinar massa, vel varius nulla tellus at tortor. I'd never heard of this before.

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