Choking on Marlon Brando: A Film Critic's Memoir About Love and the Movies

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Choking on Marlon Brando is the story of how a young female film critic's love-life is affected and nearly ruined by her obsession with male movie stars.

As her increasingly hapless hunt for the right man unfolds and her television and newspaper career unravels, our heroine finally begins to understand that difficult truth: that life is not like the movies. Entwined within the narrative of her real-life love affairs is a kaleidoscope of digressions on great screen actors―her early obsession with Brando, her later dream-life with Gerard Depardieu, a personal ad seeking out Tom Cruise, a disastrous climactic encounter with Jeff Bridges. It's a helter-skelter ride through love and the movies which reads like a screwball comedy. But our heroine is no screwball; she seems to know everything about movies and the human heart, and painfully little about anything else. Written in a fresh and utterly engaging voice, Choking on Marlon Brando is moving and hilarious, a bittersweet and endearing story of a woman who can't draw the line between her live life and the art she loves.

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"It is a very, very straightforward concept indeed that life is not like a movie, but one I have amazing difficulty in grasping," writes Quirke, a well-known UK movie critic, in this chronicle of her tumultuous love life with men on-screen and in-person. Clever and forthright, Quirke's debut is a charmer; she knows herself well, and actors even better, regularly capturing the allure of any given leading man in a single phrase: George Clooney is a Cary Grant type who "has played and will play a man of the same age for three decades. That age being: no age at all. The Prime"; in Klaus Kinski, Quirke sees "handsomeness gone insane...as though every feature on his face is trying to out-handsome the others." Just as precise and memorable when writing about real-life lovers ("That is what he wanted above all. The look on my face. That is all you're allowed to give some men"), Quirke's nimble story-telling is enough to forgive a less-than-dynamic tale-Quirke loves man, man loves Quirke, things go bad, repeat-but her reluctance to take action may frustrate an audience expecting personal growth or obstacles overcome; nevertheless, fans of snappy writing, movie actors and dead-end romance will find Quirke's book a treat.
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