The Movie Book: An Illustrated History of the Cinema - Don ShiachEnderby: Acropolis Books, 1992, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Photographic end papers & blanks; Title page vignette;
From the cover: “The most potent entertainment medium ever invented, the cinema has entranced us with its magic for nearly one hundred years. Wrapping its images around us in a receptive darkness, it has poured out a ceaseless flow of romance and adventure, fantasy and comedy, scares and thrills, providing on the way an escape from the mundane world of reality, or a thoughtful or inspiring comment on it.
For all the wonderful effects that the movies have developed over the years, what draws us to the multi-screened complexes of today, or has us reaching to the video shelves, is the same as drew people to the old picture palaces and the flea pits of the silent era — what we go to see are stars, actors in a well-told story, characters whose emotions we share, or works of directors whom we admire.
This book is the story of the movies, told through the people in them and behind them. All the great stars are here — the Garbos, Brandos, Deans and Monroes — each described in an individual pen portrait with pictures of them in their greatest roles. Equally, individual accounts are also given of the great directors from around the world, not only those lauded by the critics as auteurs but also the honest journeymen who have contributed much to the pleasure of films without setting out to stamp their world view on them. Often more important than the directors, or even the stars, are the studios, also profiled here; established and run by ruthless ambitious men, each gave its films its own particular character.
Finally, no account of the movie world is complete without admitting that our idols have feet of clay. The book looks behind the myth of the stars at the sometimes squalid and even criminal activities of their private lives. These stories can be even more dramatic than those their screen personas took part in. But all combine to throw into sharper relief the magic and power of the films themselves, and to make this both a highly entertaining study and a rich and compelling source book.”