The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
Taken in as a baby by the immortals of the Forest of Burzee, Claus grows up eager to help children, and he does so by making toys for them. First published in 1902, this retelling of L Frank Baum’s original story is illustrated by Charles Santore and explains the origins of flying reindeer, stockings, Christmas trees and Santa Claus himself. Age 5+
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.
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
Dismissive of her own talent and largely remembered for her off-screen antics, this well-illustrated biography of Ava Gardner aims to set the record straight. Charting 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.
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.