The Good, the Bad and the Dolce Vita

The Good, the Bad and the Dolce Vita

The Adventures of An Actor in Tinseltown, Paris and Rome

Book - 2004
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Born and raised in Brooklyn with a street fighter’s instinct and sharp Jewish wit, Mickey Knox leaves the army for the bright lights of Hollywood. But when the rise of McCarthyism puts an abrupt end to his hopes of working in American films, Knox debarks to France and Italy to work in European cinema. It turns out to be the best move of his life. This book?where every major film actor and writer of the last century appears?is a wonderful, gossipy history of European cinema as seen through the observant eye of Knox. From arguing with John Wayne, teaching Anna Magnani to articulate English, to fending off Zsa Zsa Gabor’s advances and getting lost in Italy with a hungry Orson Welles, Knox was in the midst of it all, watching with a dry smile and a witty comeback. Of the colorful cast of characters who have passed through his life?Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, Anthony Quinn, Henry Fonda, Burt Reynolds, Sam Fuller, Elvis Presley, Gore Vidal?one lasting friendship runs throughout the text. That friend?Norman Mailer?writes a preface to ?a rare warrior of that rarely heroic world of stage and screen.” Black-and-white photographs are included.

Born and raised in Brooklyn with a street fighter's instinct and sharp Jewish wit, Mickey Knox leaves the army for the bright lights of Hollywood. But when the rise of McCarthyism puts an abrupt end to his hopes of working in American films, Knox debarks to France and Italy to work in European cinema. It turns out to be the best move of his life. This book?where every major film actor and writer of the last century appears?is a wonderful, gossipy history of European cinema as seen through the observant eye of Knox. From arguing with John Wayne, teaching Anna Magnani to articulate English, to fending off Zsa Zsa Gabor's advances and getting lost in Italy with a hungry Orson Welles, Knox was in the midst of it all, watching with a dry smile and a witty comeback. Of the colorful cast of characters who have passed through his life?Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Ava Gardner, Anthony Quinn, Henry Fonda, Burt Reynolds, Sam Fuller, Elvis Presley, Gore Vidal?one lasting friendship runs throughout the text. That friend?Norman Mailer?writes a preface to "a rare warrior of that rarely heroic world of stage and screen." Black-and-white photographs are included.


Blackwell North Amer
Who is Mickey Knox? To a small group of aficionados, he is the genius behind the unforgettable English dialogue in Sergio Leone's cult classic The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. But for many years, living in semi-exile in Italy, this actor was known as the unofficial "Mayor of Rome," - a friend and confident to Norman Mailer, Anna Magnani, Anthony Quinn, Burt Lancaster, Sergio Leone and many others.
Now Mickey Knox has put his own life story to paper and The Good, the Bad, and the Dolce Vita is the result. Born and raised in Coney Island, Brooklyn, with a street fighter's instinct and sharp Jewish wit, Knox's passion for acting was inspired by John Garfield and James Cagney. Having served three years in World War II - where London was his stage and Paris his mistress - Knox moves to Hollywood to work for Hal Wallis, the legendary producer of Casablanca. At first he seems set for stardom, appearing on screen with Mickey Rooney, Burt Lancaster, Clark Gable, and Kirk Douglas, but the rise of McCarthyism puts an abrupt end to his career. Knox debarks to France and Italy to work in European cinema. It turns out to be the best move of his life.

Publisher: New York : Nation Books, 2004
ISBN: 9781560255758
1560255757
Branch Call Number: 791.43028092 KNO
Characteristics: 359 p. : ill

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