Magazine article American Cinematographer

Forties Film Talk

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Forties Film Talk

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Forties Film Talk by Doug McClelland MacFarland 447 pps., cloth, $49.95

The price of books keeps going up and Forties Film Talk is pricey enough to give one pause, but it's easy to get hooked on its vast collection of interviews with and quotes from some of Hollywood's finest from the Forties. This is, in fact, one of those rare works that truly justify that well-worn huzzah about a book that's hard to set aside once it's been opened.

The first 191 pages are excerpted from exclusive interviews by the author; the balance is made up of shorter quotes from other sources. McClelland, who has been doing this sort of thing for a long time, has mined some rich nuggets, mostly from actors, writers and directors. Although no cinematographers were interviewed, there are numerous references to them throughout. Rouben Mamoulian, for example, realized in the middle of directing a Technicolor musical that the cinematographer (Charles Schoenbaum) was color blind and the sound supervisor was deaf. …

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