Accustomed to Her Face: Thirty-Five Character Actresses of Golden Age Hollywood

Accustomed to Her Face: Thirty-Five Character Actresses of Golden Age Hollywood

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Drawing on historical documents and newspaper reports, this book provides a fascinating portrait of a diverse group of character actresses who left their stamp on Hollywood from the early sound era through the 1960s. The lives of 35 actresses are explored in detail. Some are familiar: Margaret Hamil... More info →
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PREORDER Agnes Moorehead on Radio, Stage and Television

PREORDER Agnes Moorehead on Radio, Stage and Television

In a career spanning six decades, Agnes Moorehead (1900-1974) was perhaps unique among 20th-century American actresses in making her name in four entertainment media--radio, theater, film and television--after age 40. Focusing on 25 of her most representative performances, this retrospective analyze... More info →
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Agnes Varda between Film, Photography, and Art

Agnes Varda between Film, Photography, and Art

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Agnès Varda is a prolific film director, photographer, and artist whose cinematic career spans more than six decades. Today she is best known as the innovative “mother” of the French New Wave film movement of the 1950s and '60s and for her multimedia art exhibitions. Varying her use of differen... More info →
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The Art of Horror Movies: An Illustrated History

The Art of Horror Movies: An Illustrated History

This magnificent companion to The Art of Horror , from the same creative team behind that award-winning illustrated volume, looks at the entire history of the horror film, from the silent era right up to the latest releases and trends. Through a series of informative chapters and f... More info →
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The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop

The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop

The definitive behind-the-scenes history of one of Hollywood’s most closely guarded cinematic secrets finally revealed—painted backdrops and the scenic artists who brought them to the big screen.In almost every feature film of Hollywood’s golden age, from The Wizard of Oz to North by Northwest... More info →
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Becoming AFI: 50 Years Inside the American Film Institute

Becoming AFI: 50 Years Inside the American Film Institute

For over fifty years, the American Film Institute has flourished as one of America’s great cultural entities. Its graduates, faculty, supporters, and trustees have included such acclaimed individuals as Steven Spielberg, Maya Angelou, Gregory Peck, Meryl Streep, Les Moonves, Patty Jenkins, David L... More info →
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Classic Movie Fight Scenes: 75 Years of Bare Knuckle Brawls, 1914-1989

Classic Movie Fight Scenes: 75 Years of Bare Knuckle Brawls, 1914-1989

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Both brawls and elaborate martial arts have kept movie audiences on the edges of their seats since cinema began. But the filming of fight scenes has changed significantly through the years--mainly for the safety of the combatants--from improvised scuffles in the Silent Era to exquisitely choreograph... More info →
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Elizabeth Taylor: Tribute to a Legend

Elizabeth Taylor: Tribute to a Legend

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This book of quotes explores the many sides of the one-and-only Elizabeth Taylor. In her time, she was perceived as a celebrity, an actress, a siren, and a champion for causes. She became a popular and prominent female figure in the twentieth century, and her legacy continues to thrive today. In thi... More info →
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Film Noir

Film Noir

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Into the Night All you need to know about Film Noir Whether it’s Double Indemnity, Kiss Me Deadly, or The Big Sleep, roam a screen world of dark and brooding elegance with this essential handbook to Film Noir. From private eyes and perfect crimes to corrupt cops and doomed affairs, editors Paul Du... More info →
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Grace Kelly: Hollywood Dream Girl

Grace Kelly: Hollywood Dream Girl

The definitive visual biography of Grace Kelly’s unforgettable Hollywood career, chronicled in 400 extraordinary black-and white and color photographs, including many never-before-seen."Mr. Hitchcock taught me everything about cinema. It was thanks to him that I understood that murder scenes shoul... More info →
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Hairpins and Dead Ends: The Perilous Journeys of 25 Actresses Through Early Hollywood

Hairpins and Dead Ends: The Perilous Journeys of 25 Actresses Through Early Hollywood

“I’ve been away so long that nothing matters now. I went home to die, but I wasn’t that fortunate.” Edwina Booth “He who enters Hollywood leaves self—the real self—behind. It is the land of Let’s Pretend, and the hardest acting is done off screen.” Herbert Howe, writer “From the ... More info →
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PREORDER Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart

PREORDER Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart

New York Times bestselling author Scott Eyman tells the story of the remarkable friendship of two Hollywood legends who, though different in many ways, maintained a close friendship that endured all of life’s twists and turns.Henry Fonda and James Stewart were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood... More info →
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PREORDER The Hollywood B-Film: Cinema on a Shoestring (Short Cuts)

PREORDER The Hollywood B-Film: Cinema on a Shoestring (Short Cuts)

The Hollywood B-Film offers readers a concise overview and compelling analysis of the so-called B-film in the United States between the late 1920s―when the emergence of the double-feature film exhibition format led to the creation of motion pictures intended for the bottom half of a theater's dual... More info →
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Ingmar Bergman’s Face to Face

Ingmar Bergman’s Face to Face

The 1976 premiere of Face to Face came at the height of director-screenwriter Ingmar Bergman's career. Prestigious awards and critical acclaim had made him into a leading name in European art cinema, yet today Face to Face is a largely overlooked and dismissed work.This book tells the story of its r... More info →
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Lillian Gish: A Life on Stage and Screen

Lillian Gish: A Life on Stage and Screen

With a theatrical career spanning nearly 100 years, Gish saw motion pictures evolve from flickers to blockbusters. Usually playing someone needing to be rescued or protected, her trademark delicacy and vulnerability belied a strong and complex woman whose fatherless childhood taught her frugality, l... More info →
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PREORDER The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox

PREORDER The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox

A riveting story of ambition, greed, and genius unfolding at the dawn of modern America. This landmark biography brings into focus a fascinating brilliant entrepreneur—like Steve Jobs or Walt Disney, a true American visionary—who risked everything to realize his bold dream of a Hollywood empire.... More info →
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PREORDER Monitoring the Movies: The Fight over Film Censorship in Early Twentieth-Century Urban America

PREORDER Monitoring the Movies: The Fight over Film Censorship in Early Twentieth-Century Urban America

As movies took the country by storm in the early twentieth century, Americans argued fiercely about whether municipal or state authorities should step in to control what people could watch when they went to movie theaters, which seemed to be springing up on every corner. Many who opposed the governm... More info →
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Montgomery Clift: A Biography

Montgomery Clift: A Biography

“The definitive work on the gifted, haunted actor” (Los Angeles Times) and “the best film star biography in years” (Newsweek). From the moment he leapt to stardom with the films Red River and A Place in the Sun, Montgomery Clift was acclaimed by critics and loved by fans. Elegant, moody, an... More info →
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PREORDER Movies That Mattered: More Reviews from a Transformative Decade

PREORDER Movies That Mattered: More Reviews from a Transformative Decade

Dave Kehr’s writing about film has garnered high praise from both readers and fellow critics. Among his admirers are some of his most influential contemporaries. Roger Ebert called Kehr “one of the most gifted film critics in America.” James Naremore thought he was “one of the best writers o... More info →
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On Reflection: An Autobiography

On Reflection: An Autobiography

In addressing her grandchildren in the foreword to this autobiography, Helen Hayes writes: 'It is no longer fashionable to have faith; but your grandmother has never been famous for her chic.' It is, in fact, because of her tenacious faith in the world that Helen Hayes decided to write this book as ... More info →
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Rita Hayworth Paper Dolls

Rita Hayworth Paper Dolls

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The Latin beauty, Rita Hayworth, is featured in this reproduction of the gorgeous 1942 paper doll book. The cover illustrations by Norman Mingo showcase her lovely features and dancing ability. The inside pages by Clara Ernst are beautifully designed with a wonderful wardrobe of clothes and accessor... More info →
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Sex In the Cinema: The Pre-Code Years (1929-1934)

Sex In the Cinema: The Pre-Code Years (1929-1934)

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Hollywood movies in the 1920s depicted sex, violence, and alcohol and drug abuse with freewheeling abandon, but filmmaking freedom halted with the mysterious murder of director William Desmond Taylor, the drug death of writer-director-actor Wallace Reid, and the rape trials of Roscoe “Fatty” Arb... More info →
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PREORDER Claire Trevor: The Life and Films of the Queen of Noir

PREORDER Claire Trevor: The Life and Films of the Queen of Noir

Claire Trevor (1910-2000) is best remembered as the alluring blonde femme fatale in such iconic noir films as Murder, My Sweet (1944) and Raw Deal (1948). Yet she was a versatile performer who brought rare emotional depth to her craft. She was effective in a range of diverse roles, from an outcast p... More info →
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Dan Duryea: Heel with a Heart (Hollywood Legends Series)

Dan Duryea: Heel with a Heart (Hollywood Legends Series)

Dan Duryea (1907–1968) made a vivid impression on moviegoers with his first major screen appearance as the conniving Leo Hubbard in 1941’s classic melodrama The Little Foxes. His subsequent film and television career would span from 1941 until his death. Duryea remains best known for the nasty, ... More info →
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You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet: Interviews with Stars from Hollywood’s Golden Era (Screen Classics)

You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet: Interviews with Stars from Hollywood’s Golden Era (Screen Classics)

Journalists James Bawden and Ron Miller spent their careers interviewing the greatest stars of Hollywood's golden age. They visited Lee Marvin at home and politely admired his fishing trophies, chatted with Janet Leigh while a young Jamie Lee Curtis played, and even made Elizabeth Taylor laugh out l... More info →
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Wayne and Ford: The Films, the Friendship, and the Forging of an American Hero

Wayne and Ford: The Films, the Friendship, and the Forging of an American Hero

John Ford and John Wayne, two titans of classic film, made some of the most enduring movies of all time. The genre they defined—the Western—and the heroic archetype they built still matter today.   For more than twenty years John Ford and John Wayne were a blockbuster Hollywood team, turning ou... More info →
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The Way It Was: My Life with Frank Sinatra

The Way It Was: My Life with Frank Sinatra

A candid and eye-opening inside look at the final decades of Sinatra's life told by his longtime manager and friend, Eliot Weisman.By the time Weisman met Sinatra in 1976, he was already the Voice, a man who held sway over popular music and pop culture for forty years, who had risen to the greatest ... More info →
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