Kiss Me Like a Stranger is an intimate glimpse of the man behind the image on the screen. In this audiobook, Wilder talks about everything from his experiences in psychoanalysis to why he got into comedy (his first goal was to be a Shakespearean actor) to how a midwestern childhood with a sick mother changed him. He writes about the creative process on stage and on screen, and divulges moments from life on the sets of some of the most iconic movies of our time.
Wilder also opens up about his search for love and his marriages, including his marriage to comedienne Gilda Radner. But the core of Kiss Me Like a Stranger is an actor's search for truth and a thoughtful analysis of why the choices he made, some of them so serendipitous they were practically accidental, changed the course of his life.
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"A gracious, endearing book....[Wilder] writes with striking candor." (The New York Times)
"Pure Gene Wilder! Uproarishly funny and at times very moving. It made me want to go out and see every Gene Wilder movie again." (Mel Brooks)
Gene Wilder, in telling about his career, leaves enough hints for the aspiring actor, director and producer to better themselves. There are joyous moments and there are sad moments. But there isn't a moment where you'll lose interest.
I don't know why but I am always surprised to find that even the rich and famous are plagued by the same problems and insecurities everyone else has. Yes, certain parts of the book are painful to read but who's life story is without pain? I was very touched and found it moving. And yes, it did bring to mind the many funny movies Gene Wilder has been in and I hope they have made it to dvd because I wouldn't mind seeing them all over again.
It becomes clear that the early segment of Wilder's narrative parallels years of sessions with his therapist--touching and painful and ultimately leading to growth as an artist and as a man, flawed but fascinating. I can't imagine this book read by anyone but the author, especially given that his credo as an actor is to make it real. It definitely makes one want to go back to a number of his movies, especially some of the lesser-known ones.
Gene Wilder discusses his childhood; his parents, his marriages; with brutal honesty and charm. Truly an unexpected glimpse into a great mind; more than I expected in some areas, less than I wanted in others; Bravo Mr. Wilder-- would like to read more of your writings!
In spite of Mel Brooks review, the book is not funny. It occasionally reaches for amusing. It did make me want to see a few of Wilder's movies again. Mostly the stories are painful to hear but they were interesting enough for me to finish the book.
this is one of the most easy and comforting books to listen to, by my very favorite actor who feels very fatherly and brotherly and I loverly to me, I grew up with Gene Wilder in many movies and I even was with a man for 5 years who looks remarkably like Gene, and so this story helps me feel closer with dear Gene Wilder and also we have so many things in common I am in a struggle for finding art and love myself! This so helps me feel better and less lonely and more strong Brave and thank you so much ! I really wish I could do something to thank you :-) bless you for writing this ! 🌈🌌
The different perspectives that are learned, is so amazing to hear.
I have always been a fan of the talent, I'm now a bigger fan of the human being of Gene Wilder.
Related tremendously to the military school trauma. And admired his frankness and courage not only writing about but reading it very well. But overall I get a report of what sounds like a profound depression coming from Gene and a kind of apathy that feels solipsistic. Is that all there is? Were you just a sublime actor and behind it was a grim, miserable, sop with saccharine sentimentality and towers of bitterness? Gene Wilder had NO idea what he was to us. What he was communicating. True magical razzmatazz. Not the dumb kind. The sparkling like the sun kind. That's not acting, that comes from a soul on fire and you can't kill it. Age and hair loss doesn't kill it if it's real. It should enhance IT. He should right now be out there with blazing cataract eyes freaking the shit out of all us kids. His comedy was the madness of a man who couldn't stand how dumb the world was but was grinning and bearing it even if through his teeth. And showering us with love at the same time. That's why he played God sooo well. Do it again Gene.
I've admired Gene for so long , I hate running but listening to him tell his story made me anxious to get outside and run just to listen to him speak . Wonderful book and wonderful to hear him read it .
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