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Bad Guys: A Pictoral History of the Movie Villain
William K Everson 100:-

A truly comprehensive look at the movie villian. Starting with the very early films such as
The "Great Train Robbery"(1903) through the early sixties when screen stars like Joan Crawford
starred in "Straightjacket", Everson creates a truly inside view to "The Bad Guys". Especially interesting
is the influx of the Japanese villian during the height of World War 2. If you are in you mid-fifties to late sixties,
the photos of some of these film scenes will spark memories of your childhood film going days.
Burton, Tim - Planet of the Apes: Re-Imagined
(Newmarket Press US 2001 HC/DJ 120:-)

With over 200 photographs, drawings, storyboards, and the complete screenplay, a magnificent visual book on Twentieth Century Fox's Planet of the Apes, as reimagined by visionary director Tim Burton (Sleepy Hollow, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Batman). The original 1968 Planet of the Apes starring Charlton Heston spawned a worldwide cult of devoted fans, along with four movie sequels, two TV series, and over $100 million in merchandise sales. This Planet of the Apes tells an all-new story (with echoes of the original), brought up to date by today's most acclaimed creator of cinematic worlds and a state-of-the-art production team. This book reveals the brilliant filmcraft—from preliminary production designs and character sketches to fully realized scenic art and blueprints, and the final sets and action as photographed. The complete screenplay is included, as well as details of the production from casting to post, glimpses behind the creation of the thrilling action and special effects, and insights into Tim Burton's envisioning of this classic story. Over 200 color illustrations. First Edition.
Comedy Greats
Barry Took 120:-

Offers profiles of top American and British comedians and looks at their movies, television shows, and stage performances
Fisher, Jude - Sagan om Ringen
(Norstedts Sweden 2001 HC/DJ 120:-)

denna generöst illustrerade och läckert formgivna bok följer du med in i Sagan om ringens värld och får massor av information i text och bild om Frodo, Gandalf, Ringvålnaderna och alla de andra färgstarka karaktärerna. Här finns också detaljrika och storslagna bilder på filmens miljöer: Fylke, Rivendel och Mordor.
Harpo Marx - Harpo Speaks!
Rowland Barber 60:-

This is a riotous story which is reasonably mad and as accurate as a Marx brother can make it. Despite only a year and a half of schooling, Harpo, or perhaps his collaborator, is the best writer of the Marx Brother. Highly recommended." Library Journal "A funny, affectionate and unpretentious autobiography done with a sharply professional assist from Rowland Barber.
Holden, Anthony - Olivier
(Weidenfeld & Nicolson UK 1988 HC/DJ 100:-)

Revealing the man behind the myth, this perceptive, witty, and penetrating portrait investigates Laurence Olivier—not merely the greatest actor of the 20th century, but perhaps of all time. Its chapters touch on his achievements as a director of both plays and films, his central role in the founding of the National Theater, and the off-stage dramas of his private life. First Edition.
Lax, Eric - Woody Allen
(Charterhouse US 1975 HC/DJ 80:-)

Although a bit early for a biographal piece, this book does provide some great insight into the thought processes of one of the greatest comedians of all time. It is seperated into stages, first going into Woody doing stand-up at Vegas, then taking a look at his (rather interesting) early life, then his film debut in "What's New Pussycat?" and further on into some of his other films, most notably "Sleeper." It then highlights some experiences from his plays and discusses a few of his essays published in "The New Yorker." Obviously it's not chronological throughout, not that it needs to be.
Monty Python speaks!
David Morgan 60:-

The definitive account of the first thirty years of Monty Python, in the words of the Pythons themselves – John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.

"Gilliam is one of the most manipulative bastards in that group of manipulative bastards. Michael is a selfish bastard, Cleese a control freak, Jonesy is shagged out and now forgets everything, and Graham as you know is still dead. I am the only real nice one!" Eric Idle

From the Dead Parrot sketch to The Holy Grail, from Spam to Conquistador Instant Leprosy, from the Judean People’s Front to the People’s Front of Judea, these are the some of the biggest cults of the last thirty years (nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more).
O'Toole, Peter - Loitering with Intent
Peter O'Toole 80:-

Peter O'Toole's account of his early life - a childhood framed by "Captain" Patrick O'Toole, itinerant racetrack bookmaker and Constance Jane Eliot Ferguson who had "wavy black hair, quick eyes and a determination to marry for money", his schooldays under the long shadow of Adolf Hitler, his years in the navy, his short-lived career as a cub reporter and the almost accidental audition at RADA that launched his career.
Palin, Michael - Diaries 1969-1979
Michael Palin 80:-

Very entertaining read and not just for fans of Monty Python. The start of Python and the start of this diary coincide more or less with my birth and so it was very interesting to read of events that to me are history from a contemporary point of view as they are unfolding. It is also a story of course, of the unfolding of the Monty Python story and the dynamic between the Pythons themselves. Michael is a thoughtful and erudite penman with a light touch which makes this an enjoyable and gentle way to pass the time.
Paul Newman - Superstar
Lionel Godfrey 50:-

This was the first full-length biography to shed light on a Hollwood Idol whose real-life exploits and enigmatic personality have become even more fascinating with the passage of years. Paul Newman Superstar explores the extraordinary careers and the shared life of Paul and Joanne, but above all Lionel Godfrey provides us with an in-depth, rare and incisive look at Paul Newman himself--the celebrity and the extremely private man, the beer-drinking, fast-driving, hard-living sex symbol, and the uncomplicated family man whose marriage has endured through decades of Hollywood stress and slander. It is a story of one of the rarest acting talents of our time; a great director and great man.
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