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BUSTER KEATON: A FILMMAKER’S LIFE

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BUSTER KEATON: A FILMMAKER’S LIFE by James Curtis (Knopf) At more than 600 pages, this is not the kind of book one takes up casually. I cleared time on my calendar to read it cover to cover. By the…

FILM BOOKS FOR THE NEW YEAR

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Some of these books are new, while others were released under cover of pandemic darkness. In any case, this is my first opportunity to acknowledge and write about them. KEEP ‘EM IN THE EAST: KAZAN, KUBRICK AND THE POSTWAR…

THE BEST MOVIE BOOKSTORE IN THE WORLD

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I never dreamed I would be in partnership with the world-famous Larry Edmunds Bookshop, but they are your one-stop source for a personally signed copy of my brand-new book Starstruck: My Unlikely Road to Hollywood (GoodKnight Books) When I made my…

CELEBRATING JERRY LEWIS

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I can’t pretend to have any objectivity about Jerry Lewis. I grew up worshiping him. And while I came to realize that he was fallibly human I never stopped being impressed, especially after I met him. That’s why I…

NEW AND NOTABLE BOOKS JUNE 2021

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A LOT CAN HAPPEN IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE MAKING OF FARGO by Todd Melby; foreword by William H. Macy (Minnesota Historical Society Press) Despite the pedigree of its publisher, this book is not…

CARY GRANT: A BRILLIANT DISGUISE by Scott Eyman

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CARY GRANT: A BRILLIANT DISGUISE by Scott Eyman (Simon and Schuster) Over the years, it’s been said, people told Cary Grant they wished they could be like him and the star responded, “So do I.” This is more than…

NEW AND NOTABLE FILM BOOKS  September 2020

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  HITCHCOCK’S CALIFORNIA: VISTA VISIONS FROM THE CAMERA EYE by Robert Jones, Dan Auiler, and Aimee Sinclair; introduction by Bruce Dern; afterword by Dorothy Herrmann (Middlebrow Books) At first glance I thought this striking, oversized book was a series…

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