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Alfred Hitchcock

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ISBN: 9780385537414
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Published: Nan A. Talese - October 25th, 2016

As the jacket states, this "brief life" Alfred Hitchcock provides the perfect introduction to the complex personal and professional history of the iconic filmmaker. Incidents experienced on the long road from his self-imposed isolation as a child to his status as the most recognized and celebrated movie director in the world provide clues to a mystery that is as fascinating as the stories he explored on the screen. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Hamilton

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$45.00
ISBN: 9781455539741
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 12th, 2016

Everything you could possibly want to know about the "once in a generation" Broadway phenomenon. This handsome book includes the complete libretto from the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that interweaves hip-hop music into the story of one of America's Founding Fathers. Lavishly illustrated with production photos. The next best thing to a front row seat. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Dear Mr. You

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ISBN: 9781501107849
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Published: Scribner - June 14th, 2016

Mary-Louise Parker has written an extremely accessible and candid memoir. Taking the form of letters sent to the men who have played pivotal roles in her life, "Dear Mr You" is a far cry from your typical Hollywood tell-all. Parker has the talent of a novelist, and a gift for telling her stories with heart and clarity. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


How Star Wars Conquered the Universe

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ISBN: 9780465049899
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Published: Basic Books - October 6th, 2015

I've read a lot of Star Wars books in my life, both fiction and non-fiction. How Star Wars Conquered the Universe is by far one of the better ones.

I initially balked at the "unofficialness" of the title, as well as the god-awful cover art the book was saddled with upon initial release. I'm glad I ended up taking the plunge into the softcover though, as I ended up loving it.

The author uses the non-sanctioned nature of this work to dig deep into the dramas surrounding the creation and expansion of George Lucas' sci-fi empire. The film was almost doomed from the start, with several studios passing on the project, and constant struggles to keep the young director on budget.

Personal dramas also threatened to derail the series, as principal actors felt the series was "rubbish" and, behind the scenes, Lucas and his wife were headed into a messy divorce.

The book tends to bog down a bit with a bit too much hatred directed at the prequels in its concluding chapters, presenting arguments and platitudes that have been better explored in other scholarly looks at the Star Wars saga.

As a whole though, this is a major contribution to the ever-expanding universe of Star Wars books, and one that most fans will enjoy their time with. While there may not be much in the way of new or relevatory findings, this is a welcome, all-in-one volume. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


One-Man Band

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ISBN: 9780670024919
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Published: Viking - April 5th, 2016

By 1947, Welles’ marriage to Rita Hayworth was as dead as the box-office receipts for The Lady from Shanghai, their only film together. In the years between that milestone and the release of Chimes at Midnight in 1968, Welles reinvented himself many times over: Television tour guide, magician, stage director, Shakespearean actor. He also wrote, directed, and starred in the brilliant, but much tampered with Touch of Evil. This is a masterful look at one of the most fruitful and fascinating periods in the great man’s tumultuous life. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Life after Rita Hayworth

He was some kind of a man. What does it matter what you say about people. -- Marlene Dietrich, Touch of Evil

Orson Welles was only 26-years-old when he made his first movie. He spent the rest of his life basking in the admiration that Citizen Kane inspired and engulfed in the shadow it cast over the rest of his career. Welles had already made an impression upon the nation with a vivid and, as it turned out, notorious radio broadcast of H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. It was done so convincingly that thousands of listeners believed the country was under attack by aliens from outer space. It was inevitable that Welles would be asked to apply his skill for evoking such visceral reactions from mass audiences to the big screen, but an aspiring young filmmaker is throwing down a mighty gauntlet when he writes, directs, and stars in what is generally regarded as the greatest American movie ever made his first time out.

Simon Callow has authored two previous books on Welles. The third volume, One Man Band, traces the years beginning in 1947 until 1964. Welles’ life was always tumultuous, but a more fitting adjective for this part of it might be chaotic; a frantic quest, not unlike that of the figure he most wanted to immortalize on film, Don Quixote...(READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780670024919
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Published: Viking - April 5th, 2016

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