eYE Marty: The newly discovered autobiography of a comic genius

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eYE Marty: The newly discovered autobiography of a comic genius

eYE Marty: The newly discovered autobiography of a comic genius

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In conclusione mi sentirei di consigliare questo libro solo ai veri appassionati del personaggio Marty Feldman, mentre invece un normale lettore può trovare nella biografia citata su wikipedia già un buon livello di informazione.

A particularly good autobiography, I think largely because it was an early draft, finished days before the author's death. Il buon Marty (oddio, il buon geniale, ubriacone, iperdipendente Marty, se vogliamo dirla tutta) avrebbe meritato di più. I don't want to give too much away but this is the story of simple soul, projected to the heights of fame by his grit, determination and gift for comedy. My mind is an attic full of crazy dreams that never quit or disappoint me, and I have been blessed with these eyEs to see things differently and have people see me in a different way.Towards the end of his life, Feldman was involved in a screenplay about Buster Keaton’s desperate later years writing gags at MGM. He later joked that when a Labour cabinet minister said to him, "Of course you vote Labour," Feldman replied, "No, I don't, because I'm a socialist!

His great friend, Mark Flanagan had it transcribed, with even the photos inserted where Feldman had noted where they should go. All the writings were discovered in the attic long after he passed away at far too young an age - possibly due to the abysmal traffic in Mexico.That last one is particularly crucial, as the first chapters of this book tell the stories of Marty’s early life through well-worn anecdotes from the man himself – with no corroboration – in a way that suggests nothing more than Marty sat late at night in a TV show with Michael Parkinson or Russell Harty listening intentively. it is difficult not to read it without a degree of sadness now that Marty Feldman is no longer with us. Feldman created a number of immensely successful and influential shows such as Marty, The Frost Report and sketches for Monty Python.

Tanti, troppi dettagli sui contratti televisivi e radiofonici, dicevo, contrapposti a una scarsa capacità narrativa vera e propria: mancano le sequenze, ci sono salti temporali, non si capisce bene quando si svolgano certe situazioni e, se non fossero indicati gli anni in alcuni momenti, ci si troverebbe in un vero e proprio limbo narrativo. Acclaimed author Robert Ross has interviewed Marty’s friends and family, including his sister Pamela, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Michael Palin and Terry Jones, and also draws from extensive, previously unpublished and often hilarious interviews with Marty himself, taped in preparation for the autobiography he never wrote. All eYE MARTY needs is an accompanying DVD to bring some of his greatest works back in the public eye, and it would be a perfect memoir. Marty was co-author the famous Monty Python 'Four Yorkshiremen' sketch and was also script editor on The Frost Report with future members of Monty Python. Marty played the fool, often very happily and with tremendous talent and volcanic, anarchic energy, for his entire life.He died of a heart attack [10] in a hotel room in Mexico City on December 2, 1982 at age 48 [6] during the making of the film Yellowbeard; the film was subsequently dedicated to him. The pictures were great but not enough of an effort was made to cobble together Marty's notes to create a coherent narrative. As with all good books, I found myself both wanting to read all night, and also wanting to delay finishing it. There is a marvellous introduction by Eric Idle and you can tell that Marty was valued highly by his peers and collaborators. Some flaws are acknowledged in this period at the dreg-end, but in a way that’s anxious to prove that Marty’s comedy genius is still visibly radiating from them.

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