The Passionate Voice
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
Imprint: The University Press of Kentucky
Sales Date: 01/09/2024
320 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 33 b&w illustrations
- Published: January 2024
Once described by the New York Times as "the quintessential French Romantic, half adventurer, half-intellectual," actor, singer, and political activist Yves Montand won the hearts of audiences around the world with a charisma and talent that transcended physical and linguistic borders.
Born in Italy as Ivo Livi, Montand achieved international recognition for his singing and performances in films such as Salaire de la Peur (1952) and Let's Make Love (1960) with Marilyn Monroe, with whom he had a passionate but short-lived affair. An Oscar and BAFTA Award winner who was also twice nominated for a César Award for best actor, Montand's success was not limited to his work in film. Discovered and mentored by Edith Piaf, his interpretations of French songs were intense and intoxicating. His mellow baritone voice led to Broadway stardom and sent him on tour, making him one of the best-known entertainers of his day.
Yves Montand: The Passionate Voice profiles Montand's complex, dynamic, and extraordinary life. From his birth in an Italian village near Florence in 1921 to his "accidental" immigration to France, his international success as an actor, singer, and activist to his sudden death from a heart attack in 1991, Joseph Harriss covers every aspect of Montand's life and career. Drawing on foreign-language biographies, Montand's autobiography, specialized studies, interviews, and other archival materials, Yves Montand is a riveting and multidimensional account of Montand's story and legacy.
1. The Blackshirts Come
2. Amateur Night
3. "I Discover My Career"
5. First Films
11. New York
14. Three More For Fox
15. Mixing Stage and Screen
17. Political Thriller
18. The Other Political Films
19. From Music Hall to Met
20. Montand President?
In fast-paced prose, Joseph Harriss tells the many sided life story of the great Yves Montand, an Italian peasant who became the quintessential Frenchman. Juggling careers as a romantic crooner, political activist and accomplished cinema actor, Montand found time to be a serial lover. His wife, Simone Signoret, mostly looked the other way. Other men wanted to be Yves Montand but no one came close.~Michael Johnson, American music critic, writer, portrait artist, author of six books.
How did the young, dirt poor Italian peasant Ivo Levi become the singer, dancer, actor, political activist with his wife Simone Signoret, activist and international matinée idol Yves Montand. As with his biography of Jean Gabin, Joseph Harriss has dug deep to present a long overdue and complete look at the life of Yves Montand.~Terrance Gelenter, The Paris Readers Circle
An Italian broom-maker's son who became France's international superstar, Yves Montand was an idealist who became a realist, his songs and movies capturing and captivating the incendiary twentieth century and reflecting it back onto us. Joseph Harriss writes for casual Montand fans who might know him only from his performances in Z and State of Siege to completists who are familiar with the length and breadth of his astonishing musical catalog. A compulsively readable masterwork.~Charles Zigman, Author of World's Coolest Movie Star: The Complete 95 Films and Legend of Jean Gabin