Hardcover. NY, Columbia University Press, 1st, 2014, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 448 pages. Golden Age Hollywood screenwriter Charles Brackett was an extremely observant and perceptive chronicler of the entertainment industry during its most exciting years. He is best remembered as the writing partner of director Billy Wilder, who once referred to the pair as "the happiest couple in Hollywood," collaborating on such classics as The Lost Weekend (1945) and Sunset Blvd (1950). In this annotated collection of writings taken from dozens of Brackett's unpublished diaries, leading film historian Anthony Slide clarifies Brackett's critical contribution to Wilder's films and Hollywood history while enriching our knowledge of Wilder's achievements in writing, direction, and style. Brackett's diaries re-create the initial meetings of the talent responsible for Ninotchka (1939), Hold Back the Dawn (1941), Ball of Fire (1941), The Major and the Minor (1942), Five Graves to Cairo (1943), The Lost Weekend, and Sunset Blvd, recounting the breakthrough and breakdowns that ultimately forced these collaborators to part ways. Brackett was also a producer, served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Screen Writers Guild, was a drama critic for the New Yorker, and became a member of the exclusive literary club, the Algonquin Round Table. Slide provides a rare, front row seat to the Golden Age dealings of Paramount, Universal, MGM, and RKO and the innovations of legendary theater and literary figures, such as Alfred Lunt, Lynn Fontanne, Edna Ferber, and Dorothy Parker. Through Brackett's keen, witty perspective, the political and creative intrigue at the heart of Hollywood's most significant films comes alive, and readers will recognize their reach in the Hollywood industry today.
Hardcover. New York, Rizzoli, 1st, 2010, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 304 pages. Like new in publisher's shrink-wrap. The most lavishly produced and profusely illustrated volume on Akira Kurosawa ever published, timed for the centennial of his birth. Akira Kurosawa is arguably the greatest of all Japanese film directors and is respected around the world as one of the masters of the art form. This is the first illustrated book to pay tribute to his unmistakable style--with more than two hundred images, many never before published. The filmmaker is also famous for his attention to detail, and fans will delight in seeing annotated script pages, sketches, and storyboards that reveal the meticulous craft behind Kurosawa's genius. Peter Cowie examines how Kurosawa took the samurai genre to its apogee in such films as Yojimbo and Seven Samurai; his literary influences in such films as Throne of Blood [Macbeth] and Ran [King Lear]; and in his take on our relationship to the modern world in such films as High and Low and Dreams.
Hardcover. New York, Harry N. Abrams, 1st, 2014, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 333 pages. Hardcover with laminated boards. Clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to edges. Color pictures throughout. Photographs and ephemera, many from private family albums, and personal recollections of the director. Complete visual, historical, and critical narrative of Altman?s films and his process. Introduction by Martin Scorsese.
Hardcover. New York, Viking Studio, 1st, 1989, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 271 pages including an Index and a Chronology of Hanna-Barbera Animated Series. Color illustrations throughout. SIGNED BY BOTH HANNA AND BARBERA.
Hardcover. New York, Crown Publishers, 1st, 2005, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 463 pages, b&w illustrations. What do you need to make money making movies? The answer, according to cult hero, creator of the sexploitation film, and the man the Wall Street Journal once dubbed the King Leer of Hollywood, Russ Meyer, is: "big bosoms and square jaws." In the first candid and fiendishly researched account of the late cinematic instigator's life, Jimmy McDonough shows us how Russ Meyer used that formula to turn his own crazed fantasies into movies that made him a millionaire and changed the face of American film forever.
Hardcover. New York, Crown, 1st, 2005, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 463 pages, b&w photos. In a bright, unclipped dust jacket. 16 pages of b&w photos. McDonough persuasively argues that Russ Meyer, creator of such epic films as Super Vixens and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! is the father of the modern porn industry, a pop cultural icon in his own right, and something of an auteur who may be appreciated more by film historians of the future than he is now. Meyer achieved technical excellence in low-to- no-budget productions that reveal his "oddly passionate vision of the world," says McDonough. In so doing, Meyer was "a pioneer who represents what's most seductive and what's most repulsive about the USA." McDonough proceeds to compare Meyer to, among others, Elvis (seductive and repulsive, after all) and incorporates vivid, well-referenced anecdotes and observations from Meyer's friends, associates, and stars, including most notably, perhaps, movie critic Roger Ebert (co-conspirator for Meyer's crowning achievement, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls) and porn-parodist director John Waters. Four Meyer movies have been among Variety's 100 all- time top grossers.
Hardcover. New York , Time Warner International, 1st, 1996, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket, 286 pages, color and b&w illustrations. Foreward by Robin Williams. The director of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Road Runner cartoons discusses his childhood influences, gives advice on how to draw, and reveals how his characters were created.
Hardcover. Lexington KY, University Press of Kentucky, 1st, 2018, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket, 448 pages. Greta Garbo proclaimed him as her favorite director. Actors, actresses, and even child stars were so at ease under his direction that they were able to deliver inspired and powerful performances. Academy-Award-nominated director Clarence Brown (1890-1987) worked with some of Hollywood's greatest stars, such as Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Mickey Rooney, Katharine Hepburn, and Spencer Tracy. Known as the "star maker," he helped guide the acting career of child sensation Elizabeth Taylor (of whom he once said, "she has a face that is an act of God") and discovered Academy-Award-winning child star Claude Jarman Jr. for The Yearling (1946). He directed more than fifty films, including Possessed (1931), Anna Karenina (1935), National Velvet (1944), and Intruder in the Dust (1949), winning his audiences over with glamorous star vehicles, tales of families, communities, and slices of Americana, as well as hard-hitting dramas. Although Brown was admired by peers like Jean Renoir, Frank Capra, and John Ford, his illuminating work and contributions to classic cinema are rarely mentioned in the same breath as those of Hollywood's great directors. In this first full-length account of the life and career of the pioneering filmmaker, Gwenda Young discusses Brown's background to show how his hardworking parents and resilient grandparents inspired his entrepreneurial spirit. She reveals how the one-time engineer and World War I aviator established a thriving car dealership, the Brown Motor Car Company, in Alabama-only to give it all up to follow his dream of making movies. He would not only become a brilliant director but also a craftsman who was known for his innovative use of lighting and composition.
Softcover. New York, Billboard Books, 1st, 2006, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 656 pages. Softcover with no dust jacket. Remainder mark on top edge, otherwise, clean, unmarked copy. Light edgewear to wrappers. Black and white pictures throughout. Mann, a novelist and author of books on film history, presents this biography of director John Schlesinger (1926-2003), based on interviews with the director and his family following his stroke in 2001, in addition to other primary source documents, articles, and reviews. He describes Schlesinger's childhood; his early days as a documentary director at the BBC; his films during the era of New Hollywood; and Midnight Cowboy, which won an Academy Award. His other films, such as Billy Liar, Darling, Cold Comfort Farm, and The Day of the Locust, are discussed, as well as his accurate depictions of homosexuality, and his personal and professional relationships.
Hardcover. London, Hutchinson, 1st, 2008, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 318 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. SIGNED BY ATTENBOROUGH on title page, otherwise clean and tight copy. Pictures throughout. The long awaited autobiography by one of the world's best-loved actors and directors. The story begins in 1983 with a famously weeping Attenborough accepting two Oscars when his film Gandhi broke all previous records to win a total of eight Academy awards. Hawkins, 67, is Attenborough's publicist, confidante, co-producer and long-term business partner.Attenborough reflects on the highs and lows of a long life both in and out of the public gaze. Few know, for instance, that he once risked prison on a matter of conscience or that, as an air-gunner cameraman, he took part in bombing raids over Germany during the war. More poignantly, Attenborough will finally break his silence about his long-running friendship with Princess Diana, and the tsunami tragedy that robbed him of his eldest daughter and granddaughter in December 2004.
Hardcover. NY, Metropolitan Books, 2nd pr., 2008, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 701 pages, b&w illustratios. When Jean-Luc Godard, exemplary director of the French New Wave, wed the ideals of film-making to the realities of autobiography and current events, he changed the nature of cinema. In this study, the author has amassed hundreds of interviews with friends, family and collaborators to demystify the elusive director and paint the fullest picture yet of his life and work.
Hardcover. New York, Grove Press, 1st, 1962, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 255 pages, Illustrated in b&w. Very good condition. Dust jacket spine tanned, one small tear and crease at bottom back.
Hardcover. New York, Abrams, 1st, 2010, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 511 pages. Hardcover, slipcase, ribbon marker. Like new in publisher's shrink-wrap. Candid accounts of the people, hit movies, and adventures that have shaped his career enliven these memoirs from the director of Romeo and Juliet, Endless Love, and Jesus of Nazareth. 24 black-and-white, 16 color illustrations.
Hardcover. Metuchen NJ, Scarecrow Press, 1st, 1985, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 504 pages, b&w photos. A study of the film and stage director who got his professional start in television. He films included Patton, Planet of the Apes, Papillon and The Boys from Brazil. Clean. Issued without a dust jacket.
Hardcover. NY, Knopf, 1st, 1989, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket. Black & white photos. 579 pages. A massive and well-researched biography of one of the most powerful and influential men in Hollywood, from his days as a poor Polish immigrant through his steady climb to prominence. Photographs, notes, and sources, index.
Hardcover. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1st, 2017, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, hardcover in a bright dust jacket, 224 pages. Roger Ebert was the most influential film critic in the United States, the first to win a Pulitzer Prize. For almost fifty years, he wrote with plainspoken eloquence about the films he loved for the Chicago Sun-Times, his vast cinematic knowledge matched by a sheer love of life that bolstered his appreciation of films. Ebert had particular admiration for the work of director Werner Herzog, whom he first encountered at the New York Film Festival in 1968, the start of a long and productive relationship between the filmmaker and the film critic.Herzog by Ebert is a comprehensive collection of Ebert's writings about the legendary director, featuring all of his reviews of individual films, as well as longer essays he wrote for his Great Movies series. The book also brings together other essays, letters, and interviews, including a letter Ebert wrote Herzog upon learning of the dedication to him of "Encounters at the End of the World;" a multifaceted profile written at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival; and an interview with Herzog at Facet's Multimedia in 1979 that has previously been available only in a difficult-to-obtain pamphlet. Herzog himself contributes a foreword in which he discusses his relationship with Ebert.
Hardcover. Boston, Little Brown, 1st, 1988, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 220 pages, b&w photos. The author was an actor, film editor, and director and this book is the sequel to his first book of memoirs, Growing Up in Hollywood.
Hardcover. NY, Grove Press, 1st, 1994, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 578 pages, b&w photos. In a bright, unclipped dust jacket. Remainder line on top edge, otherwise clean. The first major biography of David Samuel Peckinpah, who began writing scripts for Gunsmoke, The Rifleman, and The Westerner and went on to direct phenomenal films such as Riding the High Country, Straw Dogs, The Getaway, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, and The Wild Bunch.
Hardcover. London, W.H. Allen, 1st, 1963, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 303 pages, b&w photos. Previous owner's signature on fly leaf otherwise very good in a similar dust jacket. The filmmaker of Nanook of the North.
Softcover. Philadelphia, Ratpac/Running Press, 1st US, 2016, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 942 pages, b&w photos. Clean, bright copy. Renoir made more than forty films from the silent era to the late '60s and today he is revered by filmmakers and seen by many as one of the greatest of all time. Previously unknown information including Renoir's close affiliation with Communism in the '30s is detailed in this definitive biography.
Hardcover. Los Angeles, Sherbourne Press, 1st, 1965, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright dust jacket. Biography of the controversial and award-winning director, covering the entire span of his career. Illustrated with photographs. Two appendixes: The Projects of John Huston: Films and Plays 1931-1965, and A Huston Bibliography. 247 pages.
Hardcover. New York, Oxford University Press , 1st, 1994, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket. "In addition to appraising his thirty-one features, Caute provides a compelling portrait of a hugely driven talent, honoured in Europe but ignored by Hollywood, whose creative generosity, alcohol addiction and sometimes brutal egoism excited equally fierce reactions."
Softcover. Los Angeles, CA, Taschen, 1st, 2005, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 192 pages. Softcover. Very clean, unmarked copy still in publishers shrink-wrap. Luis Bunuel, one of the most brilliant representatives of the surrealist movement, chose to make films and was able to make them with unflagging fidelity to his principles for fifty years. After an audacious Parisian showing of Un Chien Andalou in 1929 (Bunuel carried stones in his pockets in case he needed them to fend off the audience), Bunuel's subsequent career in Spain (Las Hurdes), Hollywood and Mexico (Los Olvidados, Robinson Crusoe, El, Nazarin) before returning to France (Diary of a Chambermaid, Belle de jour, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, That Obscure Object of Desire), showed that the only subjects he cared to make films about were the three that are never supposed to be discussed in polite society: sex, religion, and politics.
NY, St. Martins, 1st, 2000, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, black & white illustrations. 442 pages. The story of the popular Rocky and Bullwinkle show. The legendary Jay Ward and Bill Scott produced the gleeful wonder and cumulative joy that transcended the crude drawings and occasionally muddy sound. Jay Ward was the magnificent visionary, the outrageous showman, while Bill Scott was the genial, brilliant head writer, coproducer, and all-purpose creative whirlwind. With exclusive interviews, original scripts, artwork, story notes, letters and memos, Keith Scott has written the definitive history of Jay Ward Productions.
Softcover. NY, Vintage, reprint, 1984, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 256 pages, b&w photos. Clean copy. A provocative memoir from Luis Bunuel, the Academy Award winning creator of some of modern cinema's most important films, from Un Chien Andalou to The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie.Luis Bunuel's films have the power to shock, inspire, and reinvent our world. Now, in a memoir that carries all the surrealism and subversion of his cinema, Bunuel turns his artistic gaze inward. In swift and generous prose, Bunuel traces the surprising contours of his life, from the Good Friday drumbeats of his childhood to the dreams that inspired his most famous films to his turbulent friendships with Federico Garcia Lorca and Salvador Dali. His personal narratives also encompass the pressing political issues of his time, many of which still haunt us today--the specter of fascism, the culture wars, the nuclear bomb. Filled with film trivia, framed by Bunuel's intellect and wit, this is essential reading for fans of cinema and for anyone who has ever wanted to see the world through a surrealist's eyes.
Hardcover. NY, Knopf, 1st, 1968, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 580 pages plus index. Generally considered to be the best book on the early years of filmmaking. Illustrated with nearly 300 rare photos. A narrative and photographic history of the early days of the movies, combining fact, anecdote, and reminiscence in a critical survey of films, actors, directors, producers, writers, editors, technicians, and other participants and hangers-on. Light shelf wear, inked price on front fly leaf blacked out otherwise clean, in a lightly worn jacket.
Hardcover. NY, Harry N. Abrams, 1st, 2020, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, pictorial boards, 288 pages. An illustrated mid-career monograph exploring the 30-year creative journey of the 8-time Academy Award-nominated writer and directorPaul Thomas Anderson has been described as "one of American film's modern masters" and "the foremost filmmaking talent of his generation." Anderson's films have received 25 Academy Award nominations, and he has worked closely with many of the most accomplished actors of our time, including Lesley Ann Manville, Julianne Moore, Daniel Day-Lewis, Joaquin Phoenix, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. In Paul Thomas Anderson: Masterworks, Anderson's entire career--from Hard Eight (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), Punch Drunk Love (2002), There Will Be Blood (2007), The Master (2012), Inherent Vice (2014), and Phantom Thread (2017) to his music videos for Radiohead to his early short films--is examined in illustrated detail for the first time. Anderson's influences, his style, and the recurring themes of alienation, reinvention, ambition, and destiny that course through his movies are analyzed and supplemented by firsthand interviews with Anderson's closest collaborators--including producer JoAnne Sellar, actor Vicky Krieps, and composer Jonny Greenwood--and illuminated by film stills, archival photos, original illustrations, and an appropriately psychedelic design aesthetic. Masterworks is a tribute to the dreamers, drifters, and evil dentists who populate his world.
Hardcover. NY, Pantheon, 1st, 1997, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover in a bright, unclipped dust jacket, 470 pages. An unfinished novel by the murdered Italian author and filmmaker focuses on Carlo, a left-wing Italian Catholic working for the state-controlled oil company, a man who becomes obsessed with satisfying his perverse, insatiable sexual passions. Small remainder dot to bottom edge otherwise a clean copy of this now scarce book.
Softcover. NY, Museum of Modern Art, 1st, 1983, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 222 pages. Softcover. B/w illustrations throughout. Wrapper and pages have some tanning due to age, otherwise clean. Front cover has a crease. In very good condition, no rips or tears. Binding tight.
Hardcover. Lexington KY, University Press of Kentucky, 1st, 2014, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 328 pages, in a bright unclipped dust jacket, b&w illustrations. Noted for his charisma, talent, and striking good looks, director Rex Ingram (18931950) is ranked alongside D. W. Griffith, Marshall Neilan, and Erich von Stroheim as one of the greatest artists of the silent cinema. Ingram briefly studied sculpture at the Yale University School of Art after emigrating from Ireland to the United States in 1911; but he was soon seduced by the new medium of moving pictures and abandoned his studies for a series of jobs in the film industry. Over the next decade, he became one of the most popular directors in Hollywood, directing smash hits such as The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921), The Prisoner of Zenda (1922), and Scaramouche (1923). n Rex Ingram, Ruth Barton explores the life and legacy of the pioneering filmmaker, following him from his childhood in Dublin to his life at the top of early Hollywood's A-list and his eventual self-imposed exile on the French Riviera. Ingram excelled in bringing visions of adventure and fantasy to eager audiences, and his films made stars of actors like Rudolph Valentino, Ramon Novarro, and Alice Terry-his second wife and leading lady. With his name a virtual guarantee of box office success, Ingram's career flourished in the 1920s despite the constraints of an increasingly regulated industry and the hostility of Louis B. Mayer, who regarded him as a dangerous maverick.Barton examines the virtuoso director's career and controversial personal life-including his conversion to Islam, the rumors surrounding his ambiguous sexuality, and the circumstances of his untimely death. This definitive biography not only restores the visionary filmmaker to the spotlight but also provides an absorbing look at the daring and exhilarating days of silent-era Hollywood.
Hardcover. New York, Harry N. Abrams, 1st, 2013, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 288 pages. Large format, profusely illustrated review of Polanski's films, from Knife in the Water (1962) to Carnage (2011). Over 200 color and black-and-white images.Light edgewear to dust jacket, else a clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. NY, Random House, 1st, 2018, Hardcover, 592 pages, b&w photos. In a bright, unclipped dust jacket. An unprecedented look into the personal and creative life of the visionary auteur David Lynch, through his own words and those of his closest colleagues, friends, and family. In this unique hybrid of biography and memoir, David Lynch opens up for the first time about a life lived in pursuit of his singular vision, and the many heartaches and struggles he's faced to bring his unorthodox projects to fruition. Lynch's lyrical, intimate, and unfiltered personal reflections riff off biographical sections written by close collaborator Kristine McKenna and based on more than one hundred new interviews with surprisingly candid ex-wives, family members, actors, agents, musicians, and colleagues in various fields who all have their own takes on what happened. Remainder dot to bottom edge'
Hardcover. New York, NY, Bulfinch, 1st, 2005, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 271 pages. Hardcover. Color and B/w illustrations throughout. Dust jacket unclipped, excellent. Decorated cover boards, decorated endpapers. Binding tight, pages clean. Spine straight. In beautiful condition. A lavishly illustrated, fun, and informative look at more than 400 films of the decade of the 1970's. Features an interview with Peter Bogdanovich.
Hardcover. Greenwich CT, New York Graphic Society, 1st, 1973, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 187 pages. Written with Busby Berkeley. Foreward by Ruby Keeler. With more than 250 photographs. "The life and works of the Wizard of Oz of the Thirties and Forties with a complete filmography of his meticulously ordered fantasy world." Clean copy.
Hardcover. Hollywood CA, Cine/Grafic, 5th pr., 1973, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 252 pages, b&w illustrations. With the aid of hundreds of photographs and diagrams, it clearly and concisely presents the essential concepts and techniques of motion picture camerawork and the allied areas of film making that they interact and impact with. Branching out from five central subject areas, the five Cs -- camera angles, continuity, cutting, close-ups, composition -- Mascelli offers film makers a detailed and practical course in visual thinking. Included are discussions of: cinematic time and space; compositional rules; point-of-view; camera height and angle; master scenes; types of editing; screen direction. Clean, bright copy.
Softcover. NY, 101 DISTRIBUTION, 1st, 2009, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 214 pages. In Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), the Vietnam vet turned New York taxi driver, Scorsese created a character who summed up perfectly the seething discontents of an American still traumatized by Vietnam and Watergate. In the context of director Martin Scorsese's many influences that led to "Taxi Driver", from Dostoevsky novels to John Ford westerns and film noir thrillers, and the film's subsequent impact on the work of countless later directors, "The Making Of Taxi Driver" explores how this modern classic came together. And, looking at some of the myths surrounding the movie, asks why, 30 years on it still has such resonance with contemporary audiences.
Hardcover. NY, Abrams Books, 1st, 2013, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover with pictorial boards, 336 pages. This New York Times bestselling overview of Wes Anderson's filmography features previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photos, artwork, and ephemera, with an introduction by Michael Chabon. Writer/director Wes Anderson guides movie/television critic Matt Zoller Seitz through Anderson's life and career in a hardcover book-length conversation, woven together with original illustrations and production images from Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Moonrise Kingdom.The result is a meticulously designed book that captures and reflects the spirit of Wes Anderson's movies: melancholy, playful, wise, and wonderfully unique.
Hardcover. NY, Disney Editions, 1st, 2010, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 192 pages. One Joe was in his ninety-seventh year when he died in 2005; the other Joe died the same year at age forty-five. Both died before their time. This book explores the interplay between personal creativity and the craft of animation storytelling, as seen through the lives and art of two of its greatest practitioners: Joe Grant and Joe Ranft.Grant and Ranft were unique influences on storytelling at two major studios during important periods in the history of animation. Joe Grant, in fact, straddled two eras. A gifted newspaper caricaturist, he contributed ideas for Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphony shorts as well as classic masterworks like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; Pinocchio; Fantasia; and Dumbo. As Walt Disney's confidant, Grant played a leading role in defining Disney's pioneering animation legacy. He returned to the studio at eighty-one after a fortyyear hiatus, his creative spirit and abilities undiminished, and made significant contributions to Beauty and the Beast; Aladdin; Mulan; and The Lion King, among others.Joe Ranft built on the traditions of the past forged by Grant and others to become the top animation storyboard artist of his generation, working on Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas; The Brave Little Toaster; Who Framed Roger Rabbit; James and the Giant Peach; The Little Mermaid; and Beauty and the Beast, among other films. As one of Pixar's creative founders and a close friend of John Lasseter's, Ranft had a major influence on the studio's signature originality, warmth, and irreverent humor, through his contributions to Toy Story; Toy Story 2; A Bug's Life; Monsters, Inc.; and Cars.
Hardcover. New York, Pantheon, 1st, 2015, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 432 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. A very clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket edges. A tight copy. William Cameron Menzies was the consummate designer of film architecture on a grand scale, influenced by German expressionism and the work of the great European directors. He was known for his visual flair and timeless innovation, a man who meticulously preplanned the color and design of each film through a series of continuity sketches that made clear camera angles, lighting, and the actors' positions for each scene, translating dramatic conventions of the stage to the new capabilities of film.