Cary Grant: A Celebration of Style by Richard Torregrossa
Reviewed by Benjamin Schwarz
The Atlantic Monthly
[Ed. Note. This review discusses the contents and context of three books: Cary Grant: A Celebration, Cary Grant: A Class Apart, and Cary Grant: A Celebration of Style.]
"'I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be and I finally became that person. Or he became me. Or we met at some point.' That meeting ? when Archie Leach, the Bristol-born son of a part-Jewish suit presser, came to be fully assimilated by his creation, Cary Grant ? amounts to one of the great events in the annals of twentieth-century culture. It created what the critic David Thomson (in A Biographical Dictionary of Film, the finest reference book on the movies) flatly declares to be 'the best and most important actor in the history of the cinema.'..." Read the entire Atlantic Monthly review.