A Star is Born
The Moment an Actress Becomes an Icon
Vivien Leigh's performance in Gone with the Wind or Anita Ekberg's in La Dolce Vita were pivotal moments in cinema, when a relatively unknown actress was transformed into a major international star. With full-page portraits and brief biographies, this film history identifies the breakthrough moments of 75 leading actresses from Greta Garbo in Mata Hariand Grace Kelly in High Noon to Jane Fonda in Klute and Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.
The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe
Sarah Churchwell’s exploration of Marilyn mythology starts by deconstructing the ways the star has been written about. By comparing different approaches taken to issues such as her parents and childhood, the casting couch, her affairs, marriages and psychological problems, her onscreen persona and her tragic death, she argues that Marilyn is both worshipped as an icon, but simultaneously trivialized.
My Life Outside the Lines
Coming to prominence on television at the age of 35, Nick Nolte has since earned three Oscar nominations for his film performances. This autobiography explores his early life in Iowa and years as a model as well as his Hollywood career and high-profile addiction problems. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Catch and Kill
Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators
Ronan Farrow won the Pulitzer Prize for his exposés of the sexual abuse carried out by Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood’s casting couch culture. This account of his long-term investigative campaign describes how rich and powerful men conspired to suppress the stories and silence the reporters and victims – a well-established process known as catch and kill.
Donald Spoto’s much-acclaimed biography of Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011) was written some 15 years before the actress’s death and follows her career in film, from child star to international success and the first million dollar pay cheque for a female star, and her complicated and sometimes scandalous private life and relationships. Off-mint.
The Art of Production Design
This interview-based biography of the film production designer Ken Adams (1921–2016), perhaps best known for his innovative work on the James Bond franchise and Stanley Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove, explores both his personal history and the range, force and variety of his achievements. Slightly off-mint.
A Brief Life
Hitchcock carefully controlled his public persona, emphasizing his lugubrious humour and often retelling selected anecdotes from his childhood to explain his mastery of the cinematic thriller. Delving behind these stories Ackroyd investigates what the director also owed to his formative experiences in British and German film-making and how the fears, fantasies and obsessions of his lonely upbringing in East London shaped his lifelong controlling personality and his films’ characteristic mixture of comedy and suspense. American-cut pages. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
William Cameron Menzies
The Shape of Films to Come
Oscar-winning art director William Menzies, whose films include The Thief of Bagdad and Gone with the Wind, noted that ‘one picture is worth a thousand words’. He rejected the theatrically of the silent era for a graphic approach to filmmaking, and pre-designed films using story boards, incorporating furniture, actors, camera angles, texture and tone into his illustrations. This fascinating biography, which draws on interviews, family archives and sketchbooks, reveals the unique influence Menzies had on the motion picture industry. American-cut pages.
A Celebration of Film and Television
In 1929, three years after two large film stages were built near Elstree in Hertfordshire, the studio produced the first British ‘talkie’, Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail. Elstree has since been at the heart of the film and television industry in the UK. This celebration of the studio explores its history through film stills and archive photographs of famous productions from The Dam Busters, The Avengers and Star Wars to The King’s Speech and Strictly Come Dancing.
Arthouse to Exploitation
Italian movie-making has had a profound influence on the development of world cinema and this study considers its evolution from the 'neorealism' of the 1940s and the influence of directors such as Fellini, Antonioni and Leone, to modern Italian films and television drama.
The Lost Notebook
Herman Schultheis and The Secrets of Walt Disney's Movie Magic
The Disney production employee Herman Schultheis kept a detailed diary of the special effects he worked on during classic productions such as Fantasia, Dumbo and Pinocchio. The notebook, reproduced and analysed in this volume, lay forgotten for decades and includes revealing technical information about how innovative visual effects were created, as well as the reference photographs used as templates for the animations, and behind-the-scenes shots of sets, artists, directors and voice actors.
Federico Fellini received twelve Oscar nominations for the four feature films that he made during the 1960s, his iconic work helping to define the style of the era. This celebration of the decade in the director's oeuvre presents over 150 images, reproduced from the original negatives, of the making of all his films of the period, including La Dolce Vita and 8½, and also contains a series of essays discussing the movies and their influence. Off-mint.
A Life in Movies
This well illustrated biography of Ava Gardner covers four decades of film history. The authors examine Gardner’s roles in movies such as The Killers and Night of the Iguana, the creation of her image, her tempestuous relationships (including with Hemingway and Sinatra) and her loyal friendships, revealing her to be far more than an MGM-created ‘cookie-cutter star’. Slightly off-mint.
In The Name Of The Father, the Daughter and the Holy Spirits
Remembering Roberto Rossellini
In 2006, as a tribute to her father, Isabella Rossellini made a film about him, recreating episodes of his life and imagining conversations with collaborators. This book includes a DVD of the film, the script and additional photographs and memorabilia from the family archive.
Principally remembered as the James Bond of the 1970s and 1980s, Roger Moore (1927–2017) made his first film appearances in the 1940s and was hired and fired from a Hollywood contract in the 1950s before making his name in television. This collection of autobiographical sketches recalls his childhood, wartime experiences and national service, as well as his show-business career, and includes family stories and musings on modern life.
The Ultimate Star
One of the grandest stars of the silent era, Gloria Swanson made a glorious comeback in Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard in 1950, playing a faded movie queen. This biography considers her achievements in films, providing a template for stardom in Hollywood's early days, examines her private life and separates the real Gloria Swanson from the tragic Norma Desmond, with whom she will always be associated. Slightly off-mint.
The Greatest Films of 1939
1939 was a pivotal year for Hollywood and the world, and no other has produced so many iconic pieces of cinema. This illustrated volume showcases the great movies of those twelve months, including Gone With the Wind,The Wizard of Oz, Of Mice and Men and Dark Victory), shedding light on the films’ cultural significance, and profiling the remarkable actors and directors who made them.
In the Camera Eye
When Barbra Streisand began to make her mark on Broadway in the early 1960s, her unusual and striking looks were as notable as her singing and acting. Beginning with studio portraits made when she was only 18, this portfolio collects some of the finest images of the star throughout her career, including stills from iconic stage and film productions and commissioned portraits by leading photographers including Bob Willoughby, Cecil Beaton and Philippe Halsman.
Women I've Undressed
The name may not be well known, but Orry-Kelly’s designs clothed Hollywood stars for 30 years, winning him Oscars for An American in Paris and Some Like It Hot. Moving from Australia to New York in 1922, he started by painting murals, and rose to become head of the Warner Brothers’ costume department. His memoirs, discovered in a pillowcase, are presented with labelled photographs, costume designs and movie posters, and feature entertaining anecdotes about many of the stars he dressed.
The Fashion of Film
How Cinema Has Inspired Fashion
With examples from 45 films across seven genres, including crime, musicals, horror and fantasy, this illustrated volume explores Hollywood’s influence on fashion. Demonstrating how costumes can prompt designers’ creativity decades after appearing on screen, it includes looks that have become mainstream – Marlene Dietrich’s androgynous appearance in Morocco in 1930 has been mimicked repeatedly – and those that remain outlandish, such as the robotic bodysuits in Thierry Mugler’s 1995–96 collection, inspired by the 1927 classic Metropolis.
A Life in Pictures
Destined for the limelight from childhood, Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011) was just twelve when National Velvet made her a star. And while later films such as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) established her depth and power as an actress, she was better known for her many marriages and passion for diamonds. Illustrated with photographs, this handsome book charts her life and career, her turbulent relationship with Richard Burton, and her charity work. Off-mint.
Robert Altman's breakthrough film as a director was MASH in 1970 and he went on to establish a reputation as one of the most innovative and influential filmmakers, receiving further acclaim for The Player and Short Cuts in the 1990s after a period of relative inactivity. This celebration of his career includes a foreword by Martin Scorsese, interviews and reviews, stills and production shots as well as writings and memorabilia from Altman's own archive.
From Shadow Play to the Silver Screen
The earliest films were shown at fairgrounds and exhibitions, in the long tradition of novelty light and image entertainments such as the magic lantern shows and moving panorama attractions of the 19th century. This illustrated history traces the roots of cinema back to the camera obscura and examines a range of early photographic technologies that astonished audiences, including Reynaud's Optical Theatre and Edison's Kinetoscope, before the establishment of the modern movie industry in the early 20th century.
The Oliver Stone Experience
Before studying film in New York, Oliver Stone had spent over a year on active service in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968, experiences that would later inform his breakthrough film as a director, Platoon, in 1986. This biographical celebration of the filmmaker is led by extensive interviews with Stone about his life and films and also includes essays about his work and archive photographs and film stills covering his whole career.
Dysfunctional Fashion in Film
Marlene Dietrich’s blood-stained Dior dress in Stage Fright, the white-suited assassin of The Untouchables, Cary Grant’s ‘armour-plated suit’ in North by Northwest... This extensively illustrated volume examines ‘clothing-related moments’ in a vast range of films. Discussing clothes and accessories including overcoats, trench coats and furs, jewellery, shoes, gloves and scarves, white suits (‘the tailoring of evil’) and women in red, the fashion theorist Jonathan Faiers explores the visual and psychical resonance of movie actors’ costume.
A Life in Conflict
Sergei Eisenstein, one of the geniuses of world cinema, was not only a leading practitioner of his art, but also its principal theorist. Here, Bergan tells the dramatic story of the director's life and his groundbreaking work, from a precocious childhood to the revolutionary art scene of the 1920s, through a landmark film career and relationships with artists as diverse as James Joyce and Walt Disney, to his untimely death at the age of 50.
Masters of Cinema
Jérôme Larcher traces Charlie Chaplin’s life and work from the London music hall to his tremendous success as the Little Tramp, and from the films he made in Hollywood after the advent of ‘talkies’, to his later work in Europe – minus the baggy trousers and bowler hat.
The Cinematic Legacy of Frank Sinatra
Already famous as a singer, Frank Sinatra (1915–1998) entered the film industry as a song-and-dance man, but soon demonstrated his versatility in roles ranging from romantic leads to tough guys in films such as Ocean's 11 (1960) and The Manchurian Candidate (1962). This book celebrates his career as an actor, pairing more than 200 photographs and posters with commentaries from co-stars including Grace Kelly and Sammy Davis Jr, and essays from his children Nancy, Tina and Frank Jr.
His Life, Thought, and Work
Marlon Brando (1924–2004) is remembered for his charismatic screen presence, rugged good looks and rebellious stance. Drawing on unpublished documents, letters, the actor's own library and interviews with friends and colleagues, this major biography presents a very different portrait of the fascinating private man: a civil-rights activist and intellectual who collected 4,000 books, rewrote scripts to sharpen his dialogue, loved the poetry of Emily Dickinson, and embraced other cultures and let them shape both his politics and his art.
Sirens and Sinners
A Visual History of Weimar Film 1918–1933
From the Berlin Kinemathek archive of some 30,000 images dating from the Weimar years, this selection of 443 stills and photographs provides a record of over 70 films of the Weimar years. Accompanied by an authoritative essay and comment, and representing every genre from realist drama to science fiction, the chronological survey includes obscure films as well as masterpieces, including Nosferatu, Metropolis, Pandora's Box and The Blue Angel, and illuminates a fascinating period in German cinema.
The first icon of the silver screen, Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp remains one of cinema's most memorable characters. In this 'brief' biography, Ackroyd explores the character behind the bowler hat and baggy trousers, tracing Chaplin's progress from a background of estranged, alcoholic parents and workhouses in London, to the artistic achievements as actor and director in Hollywood that would make him 'the most famous man on earth'. American-cut pages.
A Life in Pictures 1915–1982
From early photographs in Sweden to her last formal portrait taken by Lord Snowden in 1982, this volume follows the life and career of Ingrid Bergman in over 350 photographs. Accompanied by an interview with John Kobal and texts by Robert Capa, John Updike, Martha Gellhorn and others, the photographs show Bergman on and off set in all her major films, with family and friends, and in her final role, as Golda Meir in A Woman Called Golda (1982). Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
A Brief Life
The first icon of the silver screen, Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp remains one of cinema's most memorable characters. In this 'brief' biography, Ackroyd explores the character behind the bowler hat and baggy trousers, tracing Chaplin's progress from a background of estranged, alcoholic parents and workhouses in London, to the artistic achievements as actor and director in Hollywood that would make him 'the most famous man on earth'. American-cut pages and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Hollywood star, Oscar-winning director, the greatest stage actor of the 20th century – Laurence Olivier's singular triumphs were due above all to two things: talent and a ravenous determination to succeed. In this much-acclaimed biography, Ziegler draws on over 50 hours of unpublished interviews to offer the fullest portrait yet of the legendary actor, both on and off stage, and in films from Henry V to The Prince and the Showgirl with Marilyn Monroe.
A Visual History of the World's Greatest Film Festival
The Traversos have run a photographic business in Cannes since 1919, and one of the family has photographed the stars at the town's international film festival since its inauguration in 1939. With commentary by a former Editor-in-Chief of Cahiers du Cinéma, the 550 monochrome images in this book tell the story of the festival and post-war cinema through the faces of leading actors and directors on the beach, the Croisette and the red carpet. Slightly off-mint.
Born in Philadelphia in 1929, Grace Kelly became an Academy Award-winning actress, starring with Hollywood’s leading men, a favourite and a friend of Alfred Hitchcock and a style icon for millions; in 1956 she left America, married Prince Rainier of Monaco and became Princess Gracia, renowned for her benevolence and unwavering poise. In this biography, Thilo Wydra explores the ambivalence that coloured Grace’s personality, drawing on her letters to Hitchcock and an interview with her son, as he examines a life ‘in two halves’. Off-mint.
Watching Them Be
Star Presence on the Screen from Garbo to Balthazar
Taking its title from James Baldwin’s comment on iconic movie stars, ‘one does not go to see them act; one goes to watch them be’, Harvey’s book delves into the mysteries of how charisma is created in the movies. Beginning with the enigmatic and transcendent Greta Garbo, he discusses stars and directors including Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Bette Davis, Robert De Niro and Ingrid Bergman, and ends with a transcendent film and a donkey, Bresson’s Au Hasard Balthazar (1966).
The Autobiographical Turn in Germanophone Documentary and Experimental Film
In 12 essays, this volume examines films - including works by Heldmann, Haemmerli and Wenders - that give an idea of the forms of autobiography unique to the German context and highlight the challenges of constructing the self via audiovisual media.
The Art of Minnie Mouse
Minnie Mouse has been a part of the Disney empire since the very beginning, starring with Mickey in Steamboat Willie in 1928. This pictorial tribute features a selection of interpretations of Minnie in a variety of media by almost 100 artists from the Walt Disney Company. The book also explores the development of the iconic character and provides a full filmography of her screen appearances from the early cartoon shorts to television and video specials of recent years.
Five Came Back
A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War
After Pearl Harbor, five of the most renowned Hollywood film directors were enlisted into the American armed forces to fight the propaganda battle, explain American objectives in the war, and shape a narrative that would determine how Americans would perceive the conflicts in Europe and the Pacific. This account of Hollywood’s contribution to fighting the Second World War is told through the wartime service of the five great directors: John Ford, George Stevens, John Huston, William Wyler and Frank Capra.
The Wonderful World of Disney Trains
Walt Disney fell in love with trains as a boy, and featured them in his work for the rest of his life. With anecdotes about Walt’s job on his local line, and Mickey Mouse’s ‘birth’ on a train, this publication catalogues the locomotives in Disney movies, from Trolley Troubles, in 1927, through to 2014’s Planes: Fire and Rescue. Also featuring Walt’s own miniature railways, and the full-size Disney Railroad, the book includes colour photographs and previously unseen conceptual artwork.
Movie Star Italian Style
In a career spanning almost seven decades, Sophia Loren has achieved recognition as one of the most beautiful and talented actresses of all time. Part one of this photographic tribute traces her life from childhood poverty in wartime Pozzouli, near Naples, to Academy Award-winner, singer and UN Goodwill Ambassador. In part two, her films are each introduced with a concise text and illustrated with film stills, posters and rarely seen photographs.
20 Iconic Film Posters
Film director Otto Preminger gave Saul Bass his break in movies, allowing the designer to carry through his ideas of creating a unified graphic identity for a film, removing sensationalist illustrations and images of the stars. This book reproduces 20 of his classic poster designs, from Vertigo and Spartacus to The Shining. The reproductions are printed on heavy board and sized to fit 12 x 16 inch (305 x 406mm) frames.
Creating the Illusion
A Fashionable History of Hollywood Costume Designers
From the beginning of movie history to the present day, this volume profiles 65 costume designers, including Coco Chanel, Erté and Cecil Beaton, and describes the work and artistry that went into creating some of Hollywood’s most iconic costumes. Well illustrated with film stills, photographs and original sketches, the authors draw on archival material and dozens of new interviews to offer a comprehensive and entertaining history of fashion on film.
British Municipal Cinema 1920–1980
Presenting an overview of the development, achievements and demise of British municipal film and illustrated with stills, this book includes in-depth studies of films and the film-making processes of Bermondsey Borough Council’s Public Health Department and Glasgow Corporation.
Emblem of The American Spirit
Mickey Mouse first appeared in an animated film in 1928 and helped establish Disney as a national institution. Co-opted by the pop art generation, Mickey became a cultural icon, used and adapted, often ironically, in product design, satirical literature and contemporary art. This illustrated review investigates the character's original conception and traces its development and subsequent adoption as a shorthand for certain aspects of American culture.
Owners' Workshop Manual
Beginning life as an ambulance conversion of a 1959 Cadillac Series 62, the 'Ectomobile' from Ghostbusters was one of the stars of the film. This tongue-in-cheek technical analysis also includes dissections of vehicles from the sequels and of some of the special spook-hunting gadgets.
The Mystery of Style
Published to accompany the 2010 exhibition of the same name at the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum in Florence, this volume investigates Greta Garbo’s life in fashion. Although almost everything she wore was custom-made, her sartorial style was not that of a conventional film star and her wardrobe consisted of comfortable, practical clothes and footwear, many previously unpublished photographs of which feature here. Also included are full-page studio portraits and paparazzi shots plus essays and anecdotes about her life on and off-screen.
Star Wars, The Last Jedi
Episode VIII of the Star Wars saga sees the return of Luke Skywalker to the action but also a wide range of new spacecraft, speeders and walkers. This large-format volume explores the technology of the rival First Order and Resistance factions with cutaway illustrations and features a double fold-out plan of Supreme Leader Snoke’s enormous flagship, the Supremacy. Age 9+
The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression
Shirley Temple and 1930s America
During the 1930s Shirley Temple became the biggest box office star in the world: this is the story of her film career, with a strong focus on the wider cultural and political impact of her movies. Supported by contemporary photographs and visual material, it also explores the way that huge merchandise sales boosted jobs and local economies, and how the cinema reflected the mood of the nation during the Depression and FDR’s New Deal.
Showmen, Sell it Hot
Movies as Merchandise in Golden Era Hollywood
Before the modern phenomenon of the big budget movie, released simultaneously around the world with an enormous and coordinated marketing effort, individual picture houses had much more autonomy in how they promoted films locally. Illustrated with posters, lobby cards and archive photographs, this celebration of the golden age of cinema in America, from the 1930s to the 1960s, pays tribute to the showmanship of small-town exhibitors who kept audiences coming back week after week, whatever was playing.
A Cinematic Artist
The Films of Man Ray
Although better known as an artist and photographer, Man Ray was one of the key figures in the cinematic avant-garde of the early 20th century. This is a systematic study of his four films – Le Retour à la raison (1923), Emak Bakia (1926), L’Etoile de mer (1928) and Les Mystères du Chateau du Dé (1929) – and his ‘home movies’ featuring friends and lovers. Slightly off-mint.
Robert Redford is best known as a film actor whose iconic roles include Jay Gatsby and the Sundance Kid, but he also became a public figure through his film festival and a prominent political activist. This biography draws on his personal papers to portray a man whose self-doubt, rebellious nature and restless curiosity underpin the offbeat, careless charm of his movie personas.
No Way But This
In Search of Paul Robeson
The singer and actor Paul Robeson was one of the most celebrated African-Americans of his time, but sacrificed fame and fortune for his political ideals. Blending biography with travelogue, the author follows Robeson from Harlem to Spain, the Welsh valleys and Moscow.
Through Her Lens
The Stories Behind the Photography of Eva Sereny
Eva Sereny's career took off in 1970 when she was hired as a 'Special Photographer' on the set of Catch-22, breaking the glass ceiling in what was then a male-dominated industry. She progressed to working behind the scenes on many of the films that shaped late 20th-century American and European cinema and captured some of the greatest stars of the age, including Audrey Hepburn, Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor. This retrospective presents more than 100 rare images, interspersed with her memories and anecdotes.
The Legendary Love Story of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
In 1968 the singer Serge Gainsbourg, devastated by his break-up with Brigitte Bardot, met Londoner Jane Birkin, who would revive his career and his personal life. Following the author’s itinerary as she zigzags across France from Deauville to St Tropez to interview their friends and associates – and in Paris, Jane herself – this book explores the charismatic couple’s 10-year romantic and creative partnership.
Miller and Max
George Miller and the Making of a Film Legend
Privately funded by its writer/director and starring the unknown Mel Gibson, Mad Max was an international success in 1979, generating three sequels. This analysis of the films examines how they were made and draws parallels between the post-apocalyptic hero, Max, and his creator, George Miller.
The Iconic Filmmaker and His Work
This highly illustrated celebration of Tim Burton's idiosyncratic work profiles each of his films including classics such as Edward Scissorhands and Batman. Exploring Burton's own background and influences, the book describes how each of his movies was conceived, produced and critically received.
Both of Us
My Life with Farrah
Ryan O’Neal, star of Love Story and Bones, and Charlie’s Angel Farrah Fawcett seemed a golden couple. Their romance was complex though, and fell apart in 1994 only to be rekindled in the years before her early death. This frank memoir addresses the insecurities and unsavoury moments in their relationship while also expressing O’Neal’s love and regrets.
Tippi Hedren came from modest Mid-West beginnings to become the matriarch of a Hollywood dynasty and a cinematic icon. This autobiography details her early breakthroughs; complicated relationship with Hitchcock; life as a single mother; the terrifying filming of Roar, featuring dozens of lions and tigers; and her work as a humanitarian and animal rights activist. A photographic insert includes images of key moments in her life, co-stars and her big-cats preserve. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Magic Movie Moments
Gene Kelly singin’ in the rain, which was half-water, half-milk so the camera could see it; Charlie Chaplin serving up his shoe, made of liquorice, in The Gold Rush; Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet on the prow of the Titanic in Mexico – this photographic tribute to 20th-century cinema includes synopses and behind the scenes facts as well as stills of 150 iconic moments.
Fast Times and Excellent Adventures
The Surprising History of the '80s Teen Movie
With late 1970s productions such as Saturday Night Fever and Grease proving the younger market to be lucrative, the 1980s became an iconic period for teen films. From cult hits to studio blockbusters, James King’s overview reveals the role played by music, comedy and politics in the genre’s success and the intricacies of casting and timing that led to unknown actors such as Winona Ryder, Tom Cruise and Keanu Reeves becoming A-list celebrities.
Selling the Movie
The Art of the Film Poster
The first Hollywood posters focused on the theme and tone of the movie but when star actors became the principal draw in the 1920s, the promotional artwork followed suit. This history of film marketing through the poster shows the development of different approaches and graphic styles and is illustrated with hundreds of poster designs from many countries and all eras of film-making.