Through a Pint Glass, Darkly: Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole, and Oliver Reed by Robert Sellers

0000000000     Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole, and Oliver Reed is a paean to talent squandered, lives ruined and endless acts of debauchery, violence and vandalism resulting in personal insult, broken marriages and destroyed career paths, slavishly assembled by author Robert Sellers, with the major chronicling focused on the four actors listed in the sub-heading, though there are equally infelicitous anecdotes related about the contributory likes of Robert Newton, Denholm Elliot, Lee Marvin, Hugh Griffith, Jack Hawkins, Dylan Thomas, Jack MacGowran, Trevor Howard, Robert Shaw and Laurence Harvey, all related with an overly generous sense of solicitude while the noticeable brickbats are saved for Rachel Roberts and that great white whale of self-promoted puffery Elizabeth Taylor, as it seems that within the British Empire, the tolerance for mythic levels of public disgrace is excusable only by the male of the species, a hypocritical stance fostered by the author though never acknowledged, explained nor defended.

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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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