Portraits of the British Cinema: 60 Glorious Years 1925-1985 - John Russell TaylorLondon: Aurum Press, 1985, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper otherwise a very well presented copy.
Contains: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: “Stiff upper lips, Regency rakes, cool ladylike blondes — Merle Oberon, Charles Laughton, Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll, Leslie Howard, Ronald Colman, Jean Simmons, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Diana Dors, Kay Kendall, Dirk Bogarde, Greer Garson, Deborah Kerr, James Mason, Stewart Granger, Rex Harrison… a mere handful of names that come effortlessly to mind when one thinks of British born or raised stars who have graced not merely the British but enriched world cinema with their style, their wit, their talent, their charm — not to mention their beauty. Certainly Hollywood and the American film industry would have been the poorer without these stars.
Since the turn of the century Britain has been famous for photography and since the early 1930s famous for its film stars. And while the Film Weekly and picture-goer annuals that flourished from the twenties until the late fifties regularly supplied us with portraits of annual favourites, there has been no book to date to bring together British photographers and the British film star — the two so interdependent — and pay tribute to both. Well, here they are: those who left and those who stayed behind.
The authors cast a unique light upon the whole history of British cinema. But of course, since this history is seen through the faces of its popular screen idols, the emphasis is on the stars. For when one speaks of the richness of the British cinema, with few exceptions one really speaks of the richness of its stars -the actors and actresses spawned by that cinema. This is a book to help you remember, enjoy and appreciate the great photographers whose work projected the appeal of these stars from the British Isles across the four seas.”