Hello, everybody. Joe Morella and Frank Segers, your classic movie guys, once again dipping into our e-mail bag, and coming up with interesting reader responses.
One of our biggest fans — thank you very much — is Dino Martin Peters, who (as his monicker indicates) is ga-ga about Dean Martin.
Last week we posed the following question to Dino: what do you think of a somewhat less than flattering biography about your man?
We were not referring to the books written by Martin’s children, Deana and Ricci, but the 1999 Nick Tosches tome, Dino: Living High In The Dirty Business of Dreams.
Well, Dino in his inimitable prose style surprised us with the following:
Hey pallies Frank and Joe, how great to have you feature my Dino-thoughts in this here post. To me Tosches’ stunnin’ Dino-bio is not the sort of masterpiece that one reads cover to cover likes any ordinary volume.
DINO: Living High In The Dirty Business Of Dreams is our main man’s main book, and I see it as the essential Dino-resource for all Dino-philes to savor and delve deeply into over and over again.
As scriber Nick points out….our Dino is likes the ultimate engima…likes totally totally unknowable, but Tosches does a stellar job of puttin’ the life, times, and teachin’s of our Dino into one portable source. Others have spoken of Tosches havin’ sorta a love/hate relationship with our great man…and I thinks that is perhaps the best way of framin’ his amazin’ work.
In other writin’s on our Dino, Tosches has described our most beloved Dino as “an American Buddha” and I find that a brillant comparison. You may wanna checks out the Dino-amore-day 2012 post at ilovedinomartin tagged Dino-amore Nick Tosches Style where we posted Tosches amazin’ Dino-essay God Created Dean Martin In His Own Image Then Stood Back, which is chapter 27 in Nick Tosches’ Reader. Anyone who questions Tosches devotion to our Dino simply needs to read that amazin’ reflection.
BTW, did you know that DINO: Living High In The Dirty Business Of Dreams won Blender Mag’s top award for greatest Rock and Roll bio of all times? Pallies who shy away from Tosches’ tome simply are afraid of seein’ all sides of our great man’s great life. Those who truly love our Dino loves each and every detail of his amazin’ life journey.
Our pal Kim Wilson took us to task for not including in our Feb. 27 blog (Ernest Borgnine — ‘Working Actor’ and a STAR) Bette Davis among the luminaries who worked with the veteran actor.
What about Bette Davis? I think they did two films together, and you don’t get a bigger star than Ms. Davis!
Agreed, Kim. But Borgnine’s comments about Davis in his superb 2008 autobiography Ernie are (to us, at least) less interesting than his observations about Gary Cooper, Frank Sinatra, Shelley Winters and Montgomery Clift. For the record, the actor found Bette a terrific professional, and was honored to work with her. No surprises there.
Kim also wrote in about our Feb. 28 blog, Just Who Is PEDRO ARMENDARIZ and Why Is He Saying Those Things About Us?
Ha! I must have misread the title because I thought it said Just Who Is Pedro Almodovar, and why is he saying those things about us? Here I thought you were going to talk about one of my favorite directors? Still, enjoyed the piece on the other guy.
Thanks, Kim, and undoubtedly Senor Armendariz would too if he could.
Finally, Jerry B. comments on our Jan. 18 blog Lawrence of Arabia — Was He Gay?
This is a theme only hinted at in many films — I have looked a bit and have found nothing to substantiate my suspicions.
(T.E.) Lawrence writes (in his Seven Pillars of Wisdom, upon which the movie Lawrence of Arabia is based) as if it was a matter of course, but doesn’t sound as if it was really an integral part of the culture.
Seems to me the way that females are so guarded in Muslim, and I assume prior in all Arab cultures, that young men would need only a precedent to proceed. But what about the girls? I suppose if rape, even ‘statutory’ is punished in similar fashion to theft, just the thought of it would remove the possibility of the act (as I would think it would for anyone anyway).
Thanks readers…. Keep those comments coming.