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Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design
Deborah Nadoolman Landis
Visually stunning costume design is the subject of this lavishly produced and exhaustively researched homage to Hollywood’s first 100 years. The book features more than 500 high quality photographs from every decade in Hollywood history along with scores of original sketches – many in colour. The author has been a member of the Hollywood Costume Designers Guild for 30 years and is the current President. She has a Ph.D. in the history of costume design from the Royal College of Art. Hardcover. $120.00. Coming in November.
The Star Wars Vault : A Scrapbook of 30 Years of Rare Memorabilia Stephen J. Sansweet
Created with the full co-operation of Lucasfilm and covering all six movies, this is an amazing collection of behind the scenes stories, memorabilia, hand written script pages from Lucas, artists’ early sketches, slides for early special effects. This is the ultimate Star Wars fan gift. Hardcover. $125.00. Coming in November.
Malakhov’s Sleeping Beauty: Escapades with the Berlin State Ballet Frank Sistenich & Christiane Theobald
Over 250 black & white and colour photos capture all the stages of Vladimir Malakhov’s brilliant new staging of this pinnacle in the classical repertoire. We are given full access to the Berlin State Ballet in pre-production, rehearsal, and performance of this modern interpretation which is destined to make dance history. Hardcover. $62.95. Coming in September.
Grey Gardens The Complete Book and Lyrics
Doug Wright, Michael Korie, Scott Frankel
Based on the Maysle Bros. 1975 film about the eccentric Beales who languished in an East Hampton manor, this touching and heart wrenching musical examines the dysfunctional relationship between mother and daughter. Softcover. $20.95. Coming in August.
The Playbill Broadway Yearbook June 2006 - May 2007
Taking the form of a school yearbook, this third edition is packed with photos, facts and memorabilia fro the 2006-2007 Broadway Season. Crammed with backstage stories on all 67 Broadway production of the season gathered from excellent sources including dressers, stage doormen, stage managers and cast members, this is the definitive “ go-to” for Broadway fans everywhere. Hardcover. $37.95. Coming in September.
Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life
Steve Martin is and always has been a writer. In this subtly intimate memoir, Martin illuminates the sacrifice, discipline and originality that made him an icon and informs his work to this day. While telling his story he also paints a vivid portrait of his times from “free love “ to the Vietnam war and student protests. Whether as a performer, actor or writer, Martin’s memoir reveals the unique qualities that have inspired his creativity. Illustrated with over forty photos from his personal collection. Hardcover, $26.99, also on CD $34.99. Coming in November.
In the Frame: My Life in Words and Pictures
Helen Mirren has been working in stage, film and television for over forty years and is one of the world’s most admired actors. Her early beginnings were not always glamorous, as she reveals in this delightful memoir. Beginning with the story of her Russian antecedents stranded in England by the Bolshevik revolution, Mirren takes us through a life story that is richly documented with photographs and memorabilia collected from her earliest days to the present. A memoir and a life to savour from one of the great personalities of our age. Hardcover. $37.95. Coming in October.
Lust, Caution: Story to Screenplay
Story by Eileen Chang, Screenplay by James Schamus and Wang Hui-Ling
This official tie-in companion to Academy Award winner Ang Lees's new espionage thriller set in WW II-era Shanghai, features the original short story, the shooting script plus a preface by Ang Lee, an essay by screenwriter/producer Schamus and a large selection of stills from the film. Softcover. $23.00. Coming in August.
La Nilsson: My Life in Opera
Finally available in this translation, the great Diva takes us from her humble early days in rural Sweden to the heights of international acclaim at The Met in New York City. We get glimpses of her temper and her resolution to protect herself when she has some difficult encounters with the legendary impressario Rudolph Bing and the great conductor Herbert von Karajan. Throughout the memoir we identify her love of life and of course her love of music and in particular the joy of singing. Hardcover. $42.95.
Nureyev The Life
Genius, charm, passion, beauty and sex appeal as well as an innate ability to excite an audience with his immense prowess as a classical dancer were all traits Rudolph Nureyev had in spades. Award-winning dance critic and arts writer Julie Kavanagh draws on previously unseen letters and diaries as well as interviews with Nureyev's inner circle to give us the most intimate, revealing and dramatic picture we have ever had of this legendary dance artist. Hardcover. $47.00. Coming in October.
Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would be King
The creator of some of the most enduring pictures in film history, "Otto the Terrible," as he was called, receives this first full-scale biography portraying a complex, paradoxical but wholly fascinating figure. Hirsch shows Preminger battling studio head Darryl F. Zanuck, defying the notorious Production Code, leading the industry in the employment of black actors in the '50's and breaking the Hollywood blacklist by crediting the screenplay of Exodus to Dalton Trumbo. The range of his work was remarkable as Foster shows us through this thoroughly researched and deftly written portrait. Hardcover. $44.00. Coming in November.
Conversations with Woody Allen: His Films, the Movies and Moviemaking
In discussions with the author of the best-selling biography Woody Allen, that began in 1971 and end in 2007, Allen discusses every facet of moviemaking through the prism of his own films as well as in the context of the larger world of filmmaking. Everything from casting through acting, shooting, directing, editing and scoring is discussed in revealing detail. Hardcover. $38.00. Coming in October.
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