Black Narcissus

Black Narcissus

NOW A HAUNTING BBC DRAMA, STARRING GEMMA ARTERTON AND DIANA RIGG 'Godden's wonderful book sets out a complex vision of the variety, necessity and danger of desire, rendered into a story that is completely pleasurable.

Author: Rumer Godden

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781405512657

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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High in the Himalayas near Darjeeling, the old mountaintop palace shines like a jewel. When it was the General's 'harem' palace, richly dressed ladies wandered the windswept terraces; at night, music floated out over the villages and gorges. Now, the General's son has bestowed it on an order of nuns, the Sisters of Mary. Well-intentioned yet misguided, the nuns set about taming the gardens and opening a school and dispensary for the villagers. They are dependent on the local English agent of Empire, Mr Dean; but his charm and insolent candour are disconcerting. And the implacable emptiness of the mountain, the ceaseless winds, exact a toll on the Sisters.When Mr Dean says bluntly, 'This is no place for a nunnery,' it is as if he foresees their destiny...
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Black Narcissus

Black Narcissus

An intensely human story of devotion, faith, and madness, this beloved novel by the New York Times-bestselling author of In This House of Brede stands among the finest fiction written in the twentieth century.

Author: Rumer Godden

Publisher: Open Road Media Books

ISBN: 1504066375

Category:

Page: 268

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Five nuns confront nature--physical and human--in a remote Himalayan convent in the bestselling novel that inspired the new FX miniseries. Under the guidance of Sister Clodagh, the youngest Mother Superior in the history of their order, five European Sisters of the Servants of Mary leave their monastery in Darjeeling, India, and make their way to remote Mopu in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. There, in the opulent, abandoned palace where an Indian general housed his harem, the holy sisters hope to establish a school and a health clinic. Their aim is to help combat superstition, ignorance, and disease among the mistrusting natives in the village below, and to silence the doubts of their royal benefactor's agent, the hard-drinking and somewhat disreputable Mr. Dean. But all too soon, the isolation, the ghosts and lurid history, and the literally breathtaking beauty of this high, lonely place in the Asian mountains begin to take a serious toll on Sister Clodagh and her fellow nuns. And their burdens may prove too heavy to bear, exposing a vulnerable humanity that threatens to undermine the best intentions of the purest hearts. The basis for the Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning motion picture starring Deborah Kerr, as well as the new miniseries on FX starring Gemma Arterton, Black Narcissus has been universally praised for its poignancy, passion, and rich evocation of a time and place. An intensely human story of devotion, faith, and madness, this beloved novel by the New York Times-bestselling author of In This House of Brede stands among the finest fiction written in the twentieth century. "Bears comparison with A Passage to India." --Arthur Koestler
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Barth

Barth

Barthé ' s close study of the idealized body would pay off as his sculpture
capitalized on that “ magnetism ” in ways unrealized by his contemporaries . The
delicate Black Narcissus , a figure thought to display “ the appreciation of the
black boy ...

Author: Margaret Rose Vendryes

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1604730927

Category: Art

Page: 229

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Richmond Barthé (1909-1989) was the first modern African American sculptor to achieve real critical success. His accessible naturalism led to unprecedented celebrity for an artist during the 1930s and 1940s. After four years of academic training at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Barthé reaped the benefits of the 1920s New Negro Arts Renaissance. He also endured difficulties as a gay, Roman Catholic, Creole sculptor working during the nation's post-World War II era. He gave his black subjects in particular an intensity and sensuality that attracted important European American patrons and the press. Much of Barthé's biography is recorded here for the first time in tandem with analyses and interpretations of his sculpture. Born to Creole parents in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, Barthé's art brought him out of poverty. At the height of his fame, he was often criticized for not talking about injustices African Americans faced. He expected his art to speak not only for itself, but also for him. He fled the United States for an expatriate's life in Jamaica only to learn that, as an artist and a black man, he could not be accepted on his own terms, and there was no such thing as a perfect home. Barthé: A Life in Sculpture reveals the breadth of Barthé's oeuvre through readings of his figurative masterworks that attest to accomplishments in a life lived well beyond race. Independent scholar Margaret Rose Vendryes has taught art history and African American studies at York College, Princeton University, and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has published in International Review of African American Art and elsewhere. Jeffrey C. Stewart, professor of history at George Mason University, is the author of numerous articles and books, including Paul Robeson: Artist and Citizen.
Categories: Art

Echoes of Narcissus

Echoes of Narcissus

CHAPTER 17 = BLACK NARCISSUS : REFLECTIONS ON IDENTITY IN
AFRICAN NARRATIVE Patrick Corcoran In 1948 , in the form of a preface to L . -
S . Senghor ' s Anthologie de la nouvelle poésie nègre et malgache , Jean - Paul
Sartre ...

Author: Lieve Spaas

Publisher: Berghahn Books

ISBN: 1571817611

Category: History

Page: 286

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The tragic story of Narcissus, in love with himself, and of Echo, the nymph in love with him, lies at the heart of this collection of essays, selected from the fields of humanities and social sciences, exploring the origins of the myth and some of its many cultural manifestations and meanings relating to the self and the self's relationship to the other.
Categories: History

Movie Greats

Movie Greats

8 Black Narcissus (GB, 1947): Nuns in Exotic Places 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 10. 11. 12. 13
. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Review of Black Narcissus, Picture Show, 24 July
1948. Review of Black Narcissus, Monthly Film Bulletin, 14/161 (1947), p. 60.

Author: Philip Gillett

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 9781847884619

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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Why are some films regarded as classics, worthy of entry into the canon of film history? Which sorts of films make the cut and why? Movie Greats questions how cinema is ranked and, in doing so, uncovers a history of critical conflict, with different aesthetic positions battling for dominance. The films examined range across the history of cinema: The Battleship Potemkin, The 39 Steps, Modern Times, Citizen Kane, It's a Wonderful Life, Black Narcissus, The Night of the Hunter, Lawrence of Arabia, 8 1/2, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Godfather, Raging Bull, The Piano and Kill Bill: Vol. 1.Each chapter opens with a brief summary of the film's plot and goes on to discuss the historical context, the key individuals who made the film, and initial and subsequent popular and critical responses. Students studying the history of film, canon formation or film aesthetics will find this book relevant, provocative and absorbing.
Categories: Performing Arts

Sequence Analysis Black Narcissus by M Powell and E Pressburger

Sequence Analysis   Black Narcissus  by M  Powell and E  Pressburger

The aim of this essay is a detailed analysis of a sequence close to the end of the film. It consists of roughly five scenes: the first scene shows natives drumming in the jungle.

Author: Sandra Kuberski

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783656859833

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 11

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Essay from the year 2012 in the subject Film Science, grade: 1,3, University of Essex (Film), course: Introduction to Film, language: English, abstract: “The Black Narcissus” is a British film from 1974, directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and based on the same-named novel by Rumer Godden. The aim of this essay is a detailed analysis of a sequence close to the end of the film. It consists of roughly five scenes: the first scene shows natives drumming in the jungle. In the next scene the spectator is transferred to the hallways of the Convent, where Sister Clodagh (Deborah Kerr) searches for Sister Ruth (Kathleen Byron). The third scene shows the occurrences between those two in Sister Ruth’s room and her final flight, the fourth is composed of the search of the nuns for Sister Ruth and the sequence has its climax when Sister Ruth visits Mr. Dean, confesses her love and in the end faints. Furthermore it will be examined, how the cinematic techniques underline the main themes and to what extent film language mediates a sense of foreboding to the spectator. As a whole, the film deals with the fall of the British Empire, here represented through the failing missionary work of the nuns. The chosen sequence itself, however, deals with the consequences of the tantalising setting on the Sisters and their repressed sexuality which takes overhand. Most striking is thereby the juxtaposition of Clodagh and Ruth, who are shown as mirror images. Whilst the one overcomes the temptation, the other one falls for it and – when repulsed by Mr. Dean – in the end loses control and becomes insane.
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Rumer Godden and Black Narcissus

Rumer Godden and Black Narcissus

Rumer Godden's Black Narcissus was an instant hit in the post colonial period as it reminisce the good old days of British Indian Empire.

Author: G. L. Rai-Zimmdar

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1495479331

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 44

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Rumer Godden's Black Narcissus was an instant hit in the post colonial period as it reminisce the good old days of British Indian Empire. However, there is a tragic difference, Godden was writing about the one and only place where the Brits and their Gurkha wives had lived in peaceful harmony of tea gardens of Darjeeling.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The India Novels Volume One

The India Novels Volume One

With Black Narcissus, her novel of five nuns in a remote Himalayan convent struggling against nature—both physical and human—Rumer Godden established her impeccable literary reputation.

Author: Rumer Godden

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504054508

Category: Fiction

Page: 780

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Three unforgettable novels from a New York Times–bestselling author—including Black Narcissus, which “bears comparison with A Passage to India” (Arthur Koestler). With Black Narcissus, her novel of five nuns in a remote Himalayan convent struggling against nature—both physical and human—Rumer Godden established her impeccable literary reputation. TheNew York Times wrote of her work: “Her craftsmanship is always sure; her understanding of character is compassionate and profound; her prose is pure, delicate, and gently witty.” Having spent her formative years in colonial India, she would continue to return to that setting for inspiration in several subsequent novels, each of them “beautifully and simply wrought by a woman of depth and sensitivity” (Los Angeles Times). Black Narcissus: Led by Sister Clodagh, the youngest Mother Superior in the history of their order, the European Sisters of the Servants of Mary take up residence in an abandoned palace in the foothills of the Himalayas, where an Indian general once housed his harem. The sisters hope to establish a school and clinic to combat superstition, ignorance, and disease. But the isolation and mountain altitude, the ghosts and lurid history, and one young nun’s unhealthy obsession with their royal benefactor’s agent, Mr. Dean, threaten to undermine the best intentions of the purest hearts. Black Narcissus was made into an Academy Award–winning film starring Deborah Kerr and directed by Michael Powell. “A very remarkable novel.” —The Observer Breakfast with the Nikolides: As the Nazi juggernaut rolls through occupied France, Louise Poole is forced to flee Paris with her two daughters and return to East Bengal and the husband she left. Despite Louise’s hatred of rural India, eleven-year-old Emily is intrigued by her exotic new home, left free to explore—and enjoy the hospitality of her glamorous neighbors, the Nikolides. But as the cracks in her parents’ marriage become more obvious, an act of thoughtless cruelty ultimately shatters the tenuous bonds of family, violently disrupting the lives of the Pooles and the community. “A fascinating book . . . It is absorbing and as original . . . as Black Narcissus.” —Kirkus Reviews The River: The Second World War seems very far away for eleven-year-old Harriet, the daughter of a British businessman, and her home in Bengal, India, along the Ganges River—until the arrival of a handsome wounded soldier. Harriet is entranced by their new neighbor, Captain John, but unprepared for the rush of unfamiliar emotions he stirs up in her: longing, jealousy, and infatuation. Inspired by the author’s personal experiences growing up in India, The River is an evocative and bittersweet coming of age story. The River was made into a film directed by Jean Renoir. “So intense, so quietly demanding of attention, that at the time there will be nothing in your thoughts but a small girl in India, and the people and places that were her world.” —Saturday Review
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Rumer Godden

Rumer Godden

Chapter 2 "Far More Remote Than It Actually Is": Rumer Godden's Black
Narcissus and 1930s Mountain Writing Mark Rawlinson Rumer Godden's hostility
towards Michael Powell's and Emeric Pressburger's 1947 film treatment of her
first ...

Author: Dr Lucy Le-Guilcher

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781409475798

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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From 1929 to 1997, Rumer Godden published more than 60 books, including novels, biographies, children's books, and poetry; this is the first collection devoted to this important transnational writer. Focusing on Godden's writing from the 1930s onward, the contributors uncover the breadth and variety of the literary landscape on display in works such as Black Narcissus, The Lady and the Unicorn, A Fugue in Time, and The River. Often drawing on her own experiences living in India and Britain, Godden establishes a diverse narrative topography that allows her to engage with issues related to her own uncertain position as an author representing such nomadic Others as gypsies, or taking up the displacements brought about by international conflict. Recognizing that studies of the transnational must consider the condition of enforced and elected exile within the changing political and cultural borders of postcolonial nations, the contributors position Godden with respect to different and overlapping fields of inquiry: modern literary history; colonial, postcolonial, and transnational studies; inter-media studies; and children's literature. Taken together, the essays in this volume demonstrate the richness and variety of Godden's writing and render the myriad ways in which Godden is an important critical presence in mid-twentieth-century fiction.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Films of Michael Powell and the Archers

The Films of Michael Powell and the Archers

Sight and Sound , Winter 1946 - 47 , pp . 155 - 156 . Winnington , Richard . “ A
Matter of Life and Death . ” News Chronicle , November 22 , 1946 . Black
Narcissus Agee , James . “ Films . ” Nation , August 30 , 1947 , p . 209 . “ Black
Narcissus .

Author: Scott Salwolke

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015042153349

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 335

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Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger successfully collaborated on 16 films over a period of 15 years, most often with their identities united as the Archers. To their credit are such classics as Black Narcissus, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The Red Shoes, and The Tales of Hoffman.
Categories: Performing Arts

Costume Design in the Movies

Costume Design in the Movies

... BLACK HORSE CANYON Thomas BLACK KNIGHT, THE Dawson BLACK
LEGION Anderson BLACK MAGIC George Annenkoff, Novarese BLACKMAIL
Tree BLACKMAILED Caffin BLACKMAILER Lange BLACK NARCISSUS Hein
Heckroth ...

Author: Elizabeth Leese

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486134291

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 176

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Comprehensive, lavishly illustrated reference work provides biographical/career data for major designers (Adrian, Jean Louis, Edith Head, more). Updated to 1988, with over 400 new film credits. 177 illustrations. Index of 6,000 films.
Categories: Antiques & Collectibles

Women s Writing Englishness and National and Cultural Identity

Women   s Writing  Englishness and National and Cultural Identity

31 The sisters in Black Narcissus belong to a Surreybased religious order that
sent nuns to Egypt, Persia, India andChina,whose job isto construct a chapel '
copied exactlytomatch thechapel at Canstead'(BN, p.82). English missionaries ...

Author: M. Joannou

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137265296

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

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An original mapping of women's writing in the 1940s and 1950s, this book looks at Englishness and national identity in women's writing and includes writing from Scotland, Wales, Ireland the Indian subcontinent and Africa. The authors discussed include Virginia Woolf, Daphne Du Maurier, Doris Lessing and Muriel Spark.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Black Narcissus

Black Narcissus

Author: Rumer Godden

Publisher:

ISBN: LCCN:39006480

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Page: 232

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The Big Screen

The Big Screen

In 1947, Britain won four Oscars: Guy Green for blackand-white cinematography
on Great Expectations; Jack Cardiff for color on Black Narcissus; John Bryan for
black-and-white art direction on Great Expectations; and Alfred Junge for color ...

Author: David Thomson

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781466827714

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 608

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The Big Screen tells the enthralling story of the movies: their rise and spread, their remarkable influence over us, and the technology that made the screen—smaller now, but ever more ubiquitous—as important as the images it carries. The Big Screen is not another history of the movies. Rather, it is a wide-ranging narrative about the movies and their signal role in modern life. At first, film was a waking dream, the gift of appearance delivered for a nickel to huddled masses sitting in the dark. But soon, and abruptly, movies began transforming our societies and our perceptions of the world. The celebrated film authority David Thomson takes us around the globe, through time, and across many media—moving from Eadweard Muybridge to Steve Jobs, from Sunrise to I Love Lucy, from John Wayne to George Clooney, from television commercials to streaming video—to tell the complex, gripping, paradoxical story of the movies. He tracks the ways we were initially enchanted by movies as imitations of life—the stories, the stars, the look—and how we allowed them to show us how to live. At the same time, movies, offering a seductive escape from everyday reality and its responsibilities, have made it possible for us to evade life altogether. The entranced audience has become a model for powerless and anxiety-ridden citizens trying to pursue happiness and dodge terror by sitting quietly in a dark room. Does the big screen take us out into the world, or merely mesmerize us? That is Thomson's question in this grand adventure of a book. Books about the movies are often aimed at film buffs, but this passionate and provocative feat of storytelling is vital to anyone trying to make sense of the age of screens—the age that, more than ever, we are living in.
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The Cinema of Steven Spielberg

The Cinema of Steven Spielberg

... The Nation, The Biskind, P. 48, 53, 55 black American responses 6 Black Hawk
Down 350 15, 37,203, 286, 366, 376, Black Narcissus 112, 286 ack Narcissus
ack Narcissus Blade Runner T HE CI NEM A OF ST EVEN SPI ELBER G 422.

Author: Nigel Morris

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231503457

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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Cinema's most successful director is a commercial and cultural force demanding serious consideration. Not just triumphant marketing, this international popularity is partly a function of the movies themselves. Polarised critical attitudes largely overlook this, and evidence either unquestioning adulation or vilification often vitriolic for epitomising contemporary Hollywood. Detailed textual analyses reveal that alongside conventional commercial appeal, Spielberg's movies function consistently as a self-reflexive commentary on cinema. Rather than straightforwardly consumed realism or fantasy, they invite divergent readings and self-conscious spectatorship which contradict assumptions about their ideological tendencies. Exercising powerful emotional appeal, their ambiguities are profitably advantageous in maximising audiences and generating media attention.
Categories: Performing Arts

Neo Romantic Landscapes

Neo Romantic Landscapes

It is here that many of the elements of Neo-Romanticism, noted in the previous
chapter in relation to A Canterbury Tale and Black Narcissus, can also be
detected. Again, Powell and Pressburger employ a number of strategies in their
formal ...

Author: Stella Hockenhull

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443808590

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 220

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Neo-Romantic Landscapes offers a reappraisal of the 1940s films of Powell and Pressburger focusing on their use of landscape. Questioning the established notion that the two film-makers, owing to their non-British personal roots, are located as un-British and ‘other’, Stella Hockenhull draws a correlation between the two media of film and painting to suggest otherwise. Emphasising the spiritual aspects of landscape and nature at a time when the experience and imagery of the war years generated a particular kind of ‘affect’ arising from the aftermath of destruction, she locates Powell and Pressburger’s wartime films in their historical and cultural context, notably Neo-Romanticism. By offering a close analysis of films such as A Canterbury Tale, I Know Where I’m Going!, Black Narcissus and Gone to Earth she finds similar aesthetic qualities in a number of British landscape paintings executed contemporaneously. Drawing on press reviews for contemporary spectator response, Neo-Romantic Landscapes offers a redirection of Film Studies, foregrounding the aesthetic pleasures of cinema in excess of narrative plausibility, thus resituating Powell and Pressburger in the British cultural traditions of the visual arts.
Categories: Performing Arts

The River

The River

Several of her novels were made into films, including Black Narcissus in an
Oscarwinning adaptation by Powell and Pressburger, The Greengage Summer,
The Battle of the Villa Fiorita and The River, which was filmed by Jean Renoir.

Author: Rumer Godden

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781405512688

Category: Fiction

Page: 144

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Harriet is caught between two worlds: her older sister is no longer a playmate, her brother is still a little boy. And the comforting rhythm of her Indian childhood - the sounds of the jute factory, the colourful festivals that accompany each season and the eternal ebb and flow of the river on its journey to the Bay of Bengal - is about to be shattered by a tragic event. Intense, vivid, and with a dark undertow, The River is a poignant portrait of the loss of a young girl's innocence.
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The Director s Eye

The Director s Eye

Hein Heckroth Three Costume designs pencil on cream paper For : Black
Narcissus , 1948 Dirs . Michael Powell / Emeric Pressburger Courtesy BFI Stills ,
Posters , Designs Hein Heckroth Costume design pencil on cream paper For :
Black ...

Author: Astrid Bowron

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015038566165

Category: Drawing

Page: 25

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Categories: Drawing

Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing

... Ingrid ref1, ref2 Berman, Monty ref1 Bertil of Sweden, Prince ref1 Birdman of
Alcatraz, The ref1 Bishop, Joey ref1, ref2 Black Knight, The ref1, ref2 Black Lion
Films ref1 Black Narcissus ref1 Black Park Studios ref1 Black Shield of Falworth,
 ...

Author: Roger Moore

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 9781782432678

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 375

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In a career that spans over seven decades, Roger Moore has been at the very heart of the show-business scene. We all know him as an actor who has starred in films that have made him famous the world over, but he's also a tremendous prankster, joker and raconteur - in fact, he's well known as one of the nicest guys in the business, and someone who has always been up for some fun. In this fabulous collection of true stories from his stellar career, Roger lifts the lid on the movie business, from Hollywood to Pinewood. It features outrageous tales from his own life and career as well as those told to him by a host of stars and filmmakers, including Tony Curtis, Sean Connery, Michael Caine, David Niven, Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck, John Mills, Peter Sellers, Michael Winner, Cubby Broccoli and many more. Wonderfully entertaining and laugh-out-loud fu
Categories: Biography & Autobiography