Sammy Davis Jr
A Personal Journey With My Father
Faced with the prejudice and segregation of post-war America, Sammy Davis Jr established himself as a mainstream entertainer, famously teaming up alongside Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin as part of the Rat Pack. His life was extremely eventful and his experiences included a near-fatal car accident, conversion to Judaism and a prominent interracial marriage. This biography, illustrated with photographs from the family archive, has been compiled from conversations between the star and his daughter.
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. This retelling of L Frank Baum’s original story, first published in 1902, with illustrations by Charles Santore, 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
Spanning over 100 years of movie history, from the Silent Era 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. Richly 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.
Scandinavian Stitch Craft
Unique Projects and Patterns for Inspired Embroidery
Inspired by traditional Swedish textiles, this photographic guide provides ideas for customizing items from T-shirts and baby clothes to cushions and lingerie. Useful advice in a section at the back includes an embroidery lesson illustrating basic stitches as well as templates for all the designs and a packet of tracing paper. Readers can adjust pattern sizes, if necessary, before transferring them onto their own projects.
The Greatest Films of 1939
Poised between the Great Depression and the Second World War, 1939 was a pivotal year for Hollywood and the world – and no other, before or since, has produced so many cinematic masterpieces. 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); it sheds light on the films’ cultural significance, and profiles the remarkable actors and directors who made them.