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A Box Full of Spirits Adventures of a Film-Maker in Africa

By Woodhead, Leslie

Heinemann, 1987. Over 500g at 246 crisp pp. A behind the scenes look at 3 expeditions made by filmmaker Leslie Woodhead to make a documentary about the life of the Musri people of remote south-western Ethiopia. . Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 24 Cm.


Inside Hollywood

By Manning, Fiona

Allen & Unwin, 1989. 189pp, less than 500g. From back cover: "This is the story of a naive but brave 23-year-old Sydney journalist who went to Hollywood in the summer of 1984 looking for work and bluffed her way onto the staff of Star magazine, home of gossip and scandal about the rich and famous. In 2 1/2 years, Fiona Manning 'covered' all the top names in Hollywood. The Los Angeles Times christened her 'the Queen of Soap'. Not only does Miss Manning get to the inside of Hollywood, she turns it inside out". Card Cover. Very Good/None issued. 16cm.



By Tyler, Parker

Pelican, 1971. SEX PSYCHE ETCETERA IN THE FILM by Tyler is under 500g & 240 crisp pp. Tyler's critique of the film world's potential, its handicaps, its achievements, its near successes - and the portrayal of its "godesses & gods" Published by Pelican, England (1971) . Paperback. Very Good/None issued. 18 Cm.


All Time Movie Favourites

By Finler,Joel W.

UK: Sundial, 1975. All Time Movie Favourites by Finler is 189pp with about two pics, book over 500g. Published by Sundial Books with an intro by Dustin Hoffman. Comedies, thrillers, epics, musicales, love stories, westerns, war films and more.. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 29cm.


Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

By Schulman, Lester

Random House Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is less than 500g to post & has a centre photo section, 107pp. American archaeology professor Jones heads off to Europe and the Middle East to save the Holy Grail from Hitler. . Softcover. Very Good/None issued. 19cm.


Celluloid Serial Killers

By Kidd, Paul

UK: Five Mile Press, 2007. 402 crisp pp & over 500g to post. A unique and compelling guide to serial killer movies and their true-life counterparts. Australia's most popular true crime author, Paul B. Kidd, presents cinema's classic serial killer movies and introduces the real killers who inspired some of our worst nightmares. Complete with movie posters and real-life photos of the murderers, this comprehensive book is a must-have for all cinema devotees and true crime buffs.. Softcover. Very Good/None issued. 23.5cm.


Ingrid Bergman My Story

By BERGMAN, Ingrid and BURGESS, Alan

Michael Joseph, 1980. 480pp with multiple pix sections, 1.2 kg for posting, small gift inscription. Illustrated with photos from her private collection, as well as from her films - this book will enthrall all her countless admirers and show why she is one of the worlds best loved actresses of all time. Ingrid Bergman - winner of three Academy Awards - tells her own story both onstage and off. The book describes her relationships with the characters she knew and worked with, including Selznick, Garbo, Bogart, Gary Cooper and Ingmar Bergman. Above all, she reveals the story of her personal life - her childhood in Sweden, her marriages (including her dramatic and controversial elopement with Roberto Rossellini), and her battle against cancer. . Hardcover. Excellent/Very Good. 24 Cm.


By Myself

By Bacall, Lauren

Jonathan Cape, 1979. 377pp, 2 photo sections, over 500g to post, short gift inscription. review says > She was the husky-voiced rising star, and he was the grizzled veteran. While "Laurel Bacall: By Myself" covers much of Bacall's life, the centerpiece of it is her marriage to Humphrey Bogart. Here Bacall reflects back on her eventful life, relationship and how things are for her since. Teenage Betty Bacall first saw Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca," and decidedly did not think he was sexy. But she started to think otherwise when she became a rising model-turned-starlet in Hollywood, a nervous budding It-girl. She met and befriended Bogart, then trapped in an alcoholic, abusive marriage with a woman he didn't love. Their friendship quickly become a hidden love affair, despite their age difference. After his divorce from third wife Mayo, the two of them married and had two children, until Bogart's untimely death of cancer. Bacall chronicles her sorrow at his loss, and her life "by herself." Bacall does a good job with this biography. She writes her own life story as a smart but insecure woman who isn't afraid to reveal her embarrassments and flaws. She comes across as a lot stronger than she believes herself to be, though she falters quite a bit in middle-age. At times Bacall may frustrate readers by being somewhat clueless about her own relationships and marriages (drinking and marital discord). "By Myself" is not exceptionally written, however; the style is quite plain and lacks quite a few details. Bacall compensates somewhat with her dry, self-deprecating wit and forthrightness. There's a bit of lingering displeasure with some people like her ex-husband and Bogart's ex-wife Mayo, but Bacall keeps any negative feelings strictly reined in.. Hardcover. Very Good/Good to Very Good. 24.5cm.


Peter Finch, A Biography Foreword by Liv Ullmann

By Faulkner, Trader

Angus & Robertson, 1979. 312pp & over 500g to post, short gift inscription. Trader Faulkner was a student and protege of Peter Finch and worked with John Gielgud and Vivien Leigh. >> Womaniser, drinker, acting genius, poet, egocentric, rogue - just some of the labels that have been attached to this incredibly complex and tragic man. Best remembered for films like Sunday Bloody Sunday, Far From The Madding Crowd, and Network, for which he won a posthumous Oscar, Finch was a man of great intellect, a man torn between being a true artist and becoming a glittering Hollywood star. Often a victim of his own failings, his life abounds with stories of his charm, his unpleasantness, his drinking and his insatiable appetite for women - and appetite that led him into numerous affairs, sometimes disastrous, with actresses like Kay Kendall and Vivien Leigh. Here is a moving and immensely absorbing profile of an extraordinary man, covering a unique and unforgettable era in film history. . Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 24 Cm.



By Flamini, Roland

UK: Robert Hale, 1984. 269pp, centre photo section, more than 500g to post, small (smaller than a 1 cent piece) piece AWOL from dj rear. Here's a taster >>> In N.Y. for a visit, North Carolina girl Ava had her picture taken by an admiring friend; the photo caught the eye of an MGM talent scout; a screen-test followed. So, despite her lack of experience or talent, Ava's "stunning beauty" won her a Hollywood-starlet contract, though for years her fame came from off-screen activities: brief marriage to ardent, insecure Mickey Rooney; an oppressive affair with Howard Hughes; living-in-sin (then marriage) with Artie Shaw, who tried to do a Pygmalion job on unlettered Ava. Then, after her career took off (from The Killers to One Touch of Venus, etc.), Ava stepped up her drinking ("you name it, she guzzled it") and her love-life--reaching her high point when alternating between a series of Spanish matadors and hard-won husband Frank Sinatra.. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 23 Cm.


Audrey Hepburn A Biography

By Harris, Warren

UK: Simon & Schuster, 1994. 318pp, centre photo section, 800g to post. Audrey Hepburn: A Biography by Warren G. Harris chronicles the life of the charming and dignified actress, discussing her childhood in Nazi-occupied Holland, rise to stardom, unhappy marriages, and work for UNICEF. Audrey Hepburn, daughter of a Dutch baroness and an Anglo-Irish banker, oozed class from every pore. Everywhere she went, she radiated elegance and her own particular brand of chic. For forty years millions of women tried to emulate her. This is the story of the schoolgirl who worked with the Dutch Resistance in World War II; the ballet dancer-turned model who nearly married a Yorkshire landowner; the British starlet who won the Best Actress Oscar for her very first film and went on to become the world's highest-paid star and a living legend. Here too is the story of a woman who loved widely but not too well; of the two husbands who used and abused her, the miscarriages that nearly destroyed her dreams, and of her passionate, doomed affair with heartthrob William Holden. And we learn of the woman who really did live up to her saintly image; the megastar who spent her last years as a roving ambassador for UNICEF, helping starving children who didn't even know her name. . Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 24 Cm.


Audrey Hepburn

By Paris, Barry

UK: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1997. review first >>> "Barry Paris has written the model of a movie biography, and very movingly" Daily Express. 454 crisp pp, just over a kilo, 2 photo sections, only fault is beginnings of a crease on dj, text block hunkydory. Really wonderful snaps of Hepburn complement this treasure of bio writing. With the insights of family and friends who never before spoke to a Hepburn biographer-and never-before-published photographs-Paris has created an in-depth portrait of the actress, from her childhood in Nazi-occupied Europe, through her legendary career, and into her UN ambassadorship. A charming, very personal review >>> My uncle once mockingly asked "Why do you want to read about her?". I said that I learned so much about this beautiful woman, her love for people and peace, and I think I am a better and more caring person as a result of this.. 2nd Impression. Hardcover. Excellent/Good. 24 Cm.


Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn

By Spoto, Donald

UK: Hutchinson, 2006. Faults? repaired tear at dj bottom flapfold. 288pp, 2 photo sections, 700g or so packed for post. Her name is synonymous with elegance, style and grace. Over the course of her extraordinary life and career, Audrey Hepburn captured hearts around the world and created a public image that stands as one of the most recognizable and beloved in recent memory. Tracing her astonishing rise to stardom, from her harrowing childhood in Nazi-controlled Holland during World War II to her years as a struggling ballet dancer in London and her Tony Award–winning Broadway debut in Gigi, Spoto illuminates the origins of Audrey’s tenacious spirit and fiercely passionate nature.. Hardcover. Excellent/Very Good/Good. 24cm.


Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn

By Spoto, Donald

UK: Hutchinson, 2006. 288pp, 2 photo sections, 700g or so packed for post. Her name is synonymous with elegance, style and grace. Over the course of her extraordinary life and career, Audrey Hepburn captured hearts around the world and created a public image that stands as one of the most recognizable and beloved in recent memory. Tracing her astonishing rise to stardom, from her harrowing childhood in Nazi-controlled Holland during World War II to her years as a struggling ballet dancer in London and her Tony Award–winning Broadway debut in Gigi, Spoto illuminates the origins of Audrey’s tenacious spirit and fiercely passionate nature.. Hardcover. Excellent/Very Good. 24cm.


Empire of Dreams The Epic Life of Cecil B. Demille

By Eyman, Scott

Simon & Schuster, 2010. 579pp, centre photo section, a kilo to post. Best known as the director of such spectacular films as The Ten Commandments and King of Kings, Cecil B. DeMille lived a life as epic as any of his cinematic masterpieces. Although his reputation rests largely on the biblical epics he made, DeMille’s personal life was no morality tale. He remained married to his wife, Constance, for more than fifty years, but for most of the marriage he had three mistresses simultaneously, all of whom worked for him. He showed great loyalty to a small group of actors who knew his style, but he also discovered some major stars, among them Gloria Swanson, Claudette Colbert, and later, Charlton Heston. As Scott Eyman brilliantly demonstrates in this superbly researched biography, which draws on a massive cache of DeMille family papers not available to previous biographers, DeMille was much more than his clichéd image. A gifted director who worked in many genres; a devoted family man and loyal friend with a highly unconventional personal life; a pioneering filmmaker: DeMille comes alive in these pages, a legend whose spectacular career defined an era.. Hardcover. Excellent/Very Good/Excellent/very Good. 24.5cm.


Some Like it Hot: Me, Marilyn and the Movie

By Curtis, Tony;Vieira, Mark A.

UK: Virgin Books, 2009. review >>> Read Tony Curtis' memoir, Some Like It Hot: Me, Marilyn and the Movie on the making of Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot, and it's hard to believe that the final film product is such a sparkling example of film comedy. It's amazing that the film was even completed, that such a well realized and much loved piece of film history emerged from so much chaos and personal dramas. faults? repaired short tear at dj flap fold. Less than 500g to post & 232pp with lots of bw pix & a mid-section of colour pics so you can get a glimpse of how it may have been in Technicolour.. Hardcover. Excellent/Very Good. 22cm.


Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. Audrey Hepburn and Breakfast at Tiffany's

By Wasson, Sam

UK: Aurum, 2010. This is both a review & a contents-tempter > In "Fifth Avenue, 5 A. M.: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Audrey Hepburn, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman", Sam Wasson offers the reader more than just an insider's look into the making of this movie. Wasson, a social historian, delves into so many worlds in this book it is sure to have something for everyone. The movie industry insider tidbits and chronology leading to the making of Breakfast at Tiffany’s is reason enough to read this book, but, Wasson gives his readers so much more than this. "Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M." is like a slice of cultural pie that encompasses the way women were portrayed in the 1950’s and the foreshadowing of the new "modern woman" of the 1960’s. The unlikely center of this shift into the modern woman is none other than sweet, timid Audrey Hepburn and her portrayal of Truman Capote’s Holly Golightly. There is so much "scoop" in this book it’s impossible to even attempt to touch it here. 231 crisp pp & less than 500g. Photo section centre. review (do you really need one?) > Great biography. Really interesting because it wasn't completely about Audrey. Had to watch the movie as soon as I was done- it was like watching a behind the scenes documentary.. Hardcover. Excellent/Excellent. 20.5cm.



By SELZNICK, Irene Mayer

USA: Alfred A. Knopf, 1983. 384pp & 800g to post. Irene Mayer came to Hollywood when she was ten. Her childhood was populated with legendary names as her father, Louis B., practically created the movie industry. But life at the Mayers' was not lived in the typical Hollywood style. They believed in family, in strict hours, tiny allowances, no boys, no going away to college, and no socializing with actors. She didn't marry an actor. She married David O. Selznick, a wildly energized, and ambitious man who would go on to make some of the greatest movies Hollywood would ever see. Irene eventually left him, and Hollywood, for New York where she became a Broadway producer. Here she tells her story: about being her father's daughter, her husband's wife, and, finally, herself. "Irene Mayer Selznick offers us a front-row seat at the Hollywood spectacle and we enjoy every moment of it." (Variety) - and this from Wikipedia >> Irene Mayer married producer David O. Selznick in 1930. Her husband came from an extremely dysfunctional but talented family and he was one of the few men who stimulated her intellect. During the marriage, Irene Selznick acted as a hostess to the couple's Hollywood parties. The couple frequently socialized with Hollywood stars including Ingrid Bergman, Janet Gaynor, and Katharine Hepburn. Selznick was also an executive at her husband's production company. Selznick also did volunteer and charity work and worked as a probation officer for juveniles for Los Angeles County during World War II. After separating from her husband in 1945, Irene Selznick moved to New York City where she pursued her love of the theatre. In 1947, she worked with playwright Tennessee Williams and director Elia Kazan and produced her first play, A Streetcar Named Desire, which gave Marlon Brando his break-out role. The play's success brought her a great deal of respect, and she went on to produce four more plays, among them 1955's The Chalk Garden for which she received a Tony Award nomination. She retired in 1961. Considered by her peers within the entertainment industry as one of the foremost historians of Hollywood and Broadway, Selznick published her autobiography A Private View in 1983.. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good/Good. 24 Cm.


DAMNED IN PARADISE. The Life of John Barrymore

By Kobler, John

USA: Atheneum Publishers, 1977. DAMNED IN PARADISE. The Life of John Barrymore by Kobler is over 500g to post & 418pp. The central mystery of the life of John Barrymore is his epic self-destruction. Barrymore, it would seem, willed, embraced the instruments of his own fall. Endowed with rare physical grace and beauty, surpassing brilliant as both comedian and tragedian, wit, boonfellow, lover, a caricaturist of no mean ability, art collector, scholar, yachtsman, sportsman, he stood for a time at the pinnacle of both his professional and social community. But Barrymore chose to walk a steeply graded downward path - the process had begun even as his fame soared - into debasement and disintegration.. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 21.5cm.


Tony Curtis: Nobody's Perfect

By Munn, Michael

UK: JR Books, 2011. 312pp & 800g, photo section amidships; faults? bump on lower board edge.. This biography by Michael Munn, who met Curtis several times and interviewed him at length, tells the definitive story of the one of the last matinee idols from the Golden Age of Hollywood, a heart-throb who, when asked what he wanted on his epitaph, replied, fittingly, 'Nobody's perfect.' Born into a poor Hungarian family living in the Bronx, all Tony Curtis ever wanted to be was a movie star. As a young boy he lived in fear of anti-semitic beatings and abuse, but the child who began life as Bernard Schwartz went on to conquer Hollywood and live his dream. By the time he died, he was a legend with more than a hundred and twenty movies and TV dramas to his name. Here is the full story of a man plucked from obscurity to become the ultimate movie star; someone who skyrocketed to success via the Studio System. Nobody's perfect covers his inauspicious start - struggling during the Depression then serving on a wartime submarine and witnessing the Japanese surrender at Tokyo Bay. The book goes on to describe Curtis's days as one of the top movie stars of the 1950s and 60s, his five marriages and life-or-death struggle with drugs and alcohol. While his professional life was at its peak, his private life was beginning to fall apart. By the mid-1950s he was seeing a psychiatrist three times a week and soon succumbed to the lure of drugs. Munn's book lets you get up close & personal with Tony.. Hardcover. Excellent/Very Good/Excellent. 24.5cm.


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