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Hollywood Movie Stills : Art and Technique In The Golden Age of the Studios - Joel W. Finler

Hollywood Movie Stills

Art and Technique In The Golden Age of the Studios

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Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe . . . it is through the eye of the stills camera that we experience and recall some of the cinema's most memorable events and faces. Still images are so powerful that they can easily pass for actual scenes from the movies they represent--rather than separately posed, lighted, and photographed shots that may not even find their way into the finished film.

This classic study traces the origin of stills photography during the silent era and the early development of the star system, to the rise of the giant studios in the 1930s and their eventual decline. Finler focuses on the photographers, on the stars they photographed, and on many key films and filmmakers.

Hollywood Movie Stills is illustrated by hundreds of rare and unusual stills from the author's own collection, including not only portraits and scene stills but production shots, behind-the-scenes photos, poster art, calendar art, leg shots, photo collages, and trick shots. There are also photos showing the stars' private lives and special events in Hollywood, all produced in vast numbers by the great studios in their heyday.

About the Author

Joel W. Finler born and raised in New York, was the first film critic for London's Time Out Magazine. He is the author of numerous books on cinema, including Stroheim , Alfred Hitchcock- The Hollywood Years, The Movie Director's Story and the award-winning The Hollywood Story .

ISBN: 9781905287727
ISBN-10: 9781781161937
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 14th August 2008
Dimensions (cm): 27.0 x 21.2  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.948