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Hollywood Movie Stills: The Golden Age Joel W. Finler

Hollywood Movie Stills: The Golden Age

Joel W. Finler

Published October 1st 2008
ISBN : 9781905287727
Hardcover
192 pages
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Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe . . . it is through the eye of the stills camera that we experience and recall some of the cinemas most memorable events and faces. Still images are so powerful that they can easily pass forMoreMarlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe . . . it is through the eye of the stills camera that we experience and recall some of the cinemas most memorable events and faces. Still images are so powerful that they can easily pass for actual scenes from the movies they represent—rather than separately posed, lighted, and photographed shots that may not even find their way into the finished film. This classic study traces the origin of stills photography during the silent era and the early development of the star system, to the rise of the giant studios in the 1930s and their eventual decline. Finler focuses on the photographers, on the stars they photographed, and on many key films and filmmakers. Hollywood Movie Stills is illustrated by hundreds of rare and unusual stills from the authors own collection, including not only portraits and scene stills but production shots, behind-the-scenes photos, poster art, calendar art, leg shots, photo collages, and trick shots. There are also photos showing the stars private lives and special events in Hollywood, all produced in vast numbers by the great studios in their heyday.