An Orderly Man: A Memoir

An Orderly Man: A Memoir

by Dirk Bogarde


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ISBN-13: 9781448208203
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 04/25/2013
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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.

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An Orderly Man 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
jwhenderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
jburlinson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.