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George, George L, American Cinematographer


FACETS OF CINEMA

The updated and revised edition of the classical history of American motion pictures, THE MOVIES, is an imposing large-format volume that captures the many facets of the industry from its birth to the present in a panoramic view of its factual, scholarly and glamorous aspects. Eileen Bowser joins the original authors, Richard Griffith and Arthur Mayer, in this definitive, abundantly-illustrated survey (Simon & Schuster $24.95).

Drawing on their 40 years with the Disney Studios, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnson pool their experience and artistry in a superb volume, DISNEY ANIMATION: THE ILLUSION OF LIFE, where their technical expertise and creative imagination combine in an absorbing text and spectacular illustrations (Abbeville $49.95). In WALT DISNEY'S TREASURY OF SILLY SYMPHONIES, a selection of 17 outstanding shorts displays Disney's style of animation at its best in some 180 full-color frame blowups (Abrams $28.50).

David Shipman's incomparable set of biographies, THE GREAT MOVIE STARS-THE GOLDEN YEARS and THE GREAT MOVIE STARS-THE INTERNATIONAL YEARS are reissued in completely revised editions. A brilliant blend of scholarship and nostalgia, these historic surveys provide career data, sound appraisals and critical comments in a comprehensive and entertaining Who's Who of the screen's perennial favorites (Hill & Wang $25 ea.).

Taylor and Burton, Bogart and Bacall, Tracy and Hepburn, Hope and Crosby are some of the great Hollywood teams that Garson Kanin discusses in TOGETHER AGAIN, a witty and warm appraisal of the special chemistry that propelled them to the top (Doubleday $24.95). In THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, Stanley Cavell offers a discerning assessment of a genre he calls "comedy of remarriage," embracing such classic films as It Happened One Night, Philadelphia Story and His Girl Friday, where subtle psychological twists play artfully with delicate and risqué situations (Harvard U. Press $17.50).

In Bob Hope's THE LAST CHRISTMAS SHOW (as told to Pete Martin), the farflung journeys undertaken by the comedian during the last 30 years to boost our servicemen's spirits are narrated with zest and humor in this engaging book (Doubleday $11.95). Charles Thompsons BOB HOPE: PORTRAIT OF A SUPERSTAR is an affectionate memoir, reprising the versatile performer's half-century of consistent popularity (St. Martin's $9.95).

The U.S. movies' recognized role as ambassador to the world of our values, lifestyle and culture is explored by Tony Thomas in HOLLYWOOD AND THE AMERICAN IMAGE, a perceptive and entertaining estimate of films and personalities that have best projected the special qualities of our people (Arlington $22.95). John Sandford's informative study, THE NEW GERMAN ClNEMA, examines the social and economic conditions of its emergence in the 1960s, the directors who spearheaded the movement, and the principal concerns of their films (Barnes & Noble $25.75).

The 32nd edition of John Willis' comprehensive yearly pictorial and statistical record, SCREEN WORLD 1981 includes all movies released in the USA during the previous year. Its thorough coverage-10,000 entries and 1000 photographs-provides full data on films, personalities and other relevant matters (Crown $19.

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