Before the digital age, photographers used contact sheets to edit their shots. Go back through almost 50 years of Hollywood photographs and review these contact sheets from the great films of the era: “Giant”, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, “Funny Face”, “White Christmas” “Bonnie & Clyde” and “The Godfather”. “Hollywood Frame by Frame The Unseen Silver Screen in Contact Sheets, 1951-1997″ by Karina Longworth, $30.00 cloth.
Look in depth at the theory and philosophy of the comedies of Ernst Lubitsch with thinkers and writers Slavoj Zizek, Elizabeth Bronfen, Aaron Schuster, Alenka Zupancic, Russell Grigg and others in the new collection “Lubitsch Can’t Wait A Theoretical Examination” edited by Ivana Novak, Jela Krecic, and Mladen Dolar, $30.00 paper. Films discussed include “Design for Living”, “Trouble in Paradise”,” Ninotchka”, “To Be or Not to Be” and “Cluny Brown”.
Once more unto the Death Star, dear friends. William Shakespeare concludes his version of the original Star Trek trilogy in “William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return” by Ian Doescher, ‘Star Trek Part the Sixth’ $14.95 cloth. Time to gather up your friends the Star Trek players and put on the play. “The play’s the thing”.
JamesBrown gets his own bio pic in”Get on Up”. Directed by Tate Taylor, cinematography by Stephen Goldblatt and starring Chadwick Boseman as James Brown. In the new issue of “American Cinematographer” August, 2014 $5.95. Other articles on the making of “Jersey Boys”, “The Strain” and “Happy Christmas”.
Trace the rise of the modern musical from its ethnic roots. Whether it be the shtetl, the all Black cast early Hollywood musicals , the Mexican musicals imported into the United States which were first considered marginal. However their traditions were incorporated into the classic Hollywood musical: “The Migration of Musical Film from Ethnic Margins to American Mainstream” by Desiree J. Garcia, $27.95 paper.