After completing work on Visconti's Death in Venice, the celebrated actor seeks a refuge from 20 years of 'continual motion'. This dream of a peaceful retreat materialises itself in the form of a neglected farmhouse in the South of France. However, before he is rewarded with the calm he craves, he is forced to endure the relative evils of dying olive trees and the rampaging mistral. We are exposed to the struggles and intricacies in trying to change the very fabric of one's existence. In this pursuit of the tranquil, Bogarde manages to portray the simplest of issues in the most delicate and humane way. This third volume also covers the years in which Dirk Bogarde gave some of his finest acting performances and began his career as a gifted writer, imposing order on a rich and varied life.
First published in 1983, this is Volume Three of his best-selling autobiography.
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About the Author
Sir Dirk Bogarde was an English actor and novelist. Initially a matinee idol, Bogarde later acted in art-house films such as Death In Venice. As well as completing six novels, Bogarde wrote several volumes of autobiography.
Between 1947 and 1991, Bogarde made more than sixty films. For over two decades he lived in Italy and France, where he began to write seriously.
In 1985 he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of St Andrews and in 1990 was promoted to Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This third volume of Dirk Bogarde's autobiography covers the apex of his acting career. It begins as work on Visconti's "Death in Venice" draws to a close, Dirk Bogarde is preparing his house in Provence as a retreat. It also covers the years in which he gave some of his finest, most sensitive acting performances and began his career as a writer, imposing order on a rich and varied life.
A bit of a letdown after the first two installments of Bogarde's autobiography, but not too steep a descent. The action begins with the release of Visconti's Death in Venice, in which Bogarde delivers what I consider his finest performance: in fact, one of the most extraordinary examples of film acting ever delivered by anybody. Some other remarkable films are also covered in some detail, including The Night Porter and Providence. If his characteristic urbanity and detachment seem a little brittle in this volume, it really doesn't impede his ability to sustain amusement. Throughout, his asides on a multitude of topics are never uninteresting and usually quite original. For instance, he makes some remarks about the differences between British and American English that are as insightful as anything thought up by Henry Higgins. What a shame that Bogarde apparently never took on that role.