The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray : A Critical Appreciation of the World's Finest Actor Paperback
The New York Times Best Seller. The man. The movies. The life. The legend. He s played a deranged groundskeeper, a bellowing lounge singer, a paranormal exterminator, and a grouchy weatherman. He is William James Bill Murray, America s greatest national treasure. From his childhood lugging golf bags at a country club to his first taste of success on Saturday Night Live, from his starring roles in Hollywood blockbusters to his reinvention as a hipster icon for the twenty-first century, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murraychronicles every aspect of his extraordinary life and career. He s the sort of actor who can do Hamlet and Charlie s Angels in the same year. He shuns managers and agents, and he once agreed to voice the lead in Garfield because he mistakenly believed it was a Coen Brothers film. He s famous for crashing house parties all over New York City and if he keeps photobombing random strangers, he might just break the Internet. Part biography, part critical appreciation, part love letter, and all fun, this enormous full-color volume, packed with color film stills and behind-the-scenes photography, chronicles every Murray performance in loving detail, recounting all the milestones, legendary Murray stories, and controversies in the life of this enigmatic performer."
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: illustrations
- Publisher: Quirk Books
- Publication Date: 30/09/2015
- Category: Individual actors & performers
- ISBN: 9781594748011
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Review by DarthDeverell
In The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray, Robert Schnakenberg creates less a biography than an alphabetical Encyclopedia Bill Murriana. Schnakenberg orders all of Murray’s films, the people in his life, places, and his ideas alphabetically in an easy-to-digest volume with cross-references. Though he could not get Murray’s input or feedback, Schnakenberg clearly did his research, interviewing as many people as he could and scouring Murray’s numerous interviews to gain insight into the man. This book is sure to delight film fans, film students, and Bill Murray fans (not to mention fans of any of the directors with whom Murray has worked over his extensive career). The only weakness in Schnakenberg’s impressive volume comes from his reviews of the films, where he sacrifices objectivity to give his personal opinion, though he does warn the audience in the introduction that “all opinions, of course, are the author’s own” (p. 9). This minor issue does not detract from the book itself and it will find a good home on many a bookshelf.