Magazine article American Cinematographer

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Magazine article American Cinematographer

The Bookshelf

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A revealing look into the work and life of a noted director, Conversations With Losey offers interviews by French film critic and historian Michel Ciment, Joseph Losey's articulate views on Hollywood politics, studio interference and censorship contrast with the sense of relative freedom he enjoyed during his self-imposed exile in England. Visual techniques, plot development and cinematic style are also discussed in this significant book Methuen, NYC, $39.95/16.95).

Charles Higham's biography, Orson Welles, is a well-researched work, rich in vivid details about the often bizarre episodes in the multi-talented filmmaker's life. Higham's personal animosity towards Welles is clearly stated, but somehow does not prejudice our perception of Welles's gifts and achievements (Sl. Martins, NYC, $19.95).

In Agee: A Life Remembered, the intensity of James Agee's private and intellectual pursuits, with cinema ranking high among them, are paid eloquent tribute by friends, relatives and colleagues. They recall, in this memoir edited by Ross Spears and Jude Cassidy, their personal involvement with this uncommonly gifted man (Holt Rinehart Winston, NYC, $19.95).

An expanded edition of Stargazer, Stephen Koch's study of Andy Warhol, delves insightfully into the freakish world invented and materialized by the artist in many provocative movies (Mar/on Boyard/Scribners, NYC, $11.95).

Star in French surrealist films, top Paris fashion model, high society portrait photographer and ubiquitous wartime photo-journalist round out a unique woman's destiny as recorded in The Lives of Lee Miller by her son, Anthony Penrose. Miller's stunning photographs and her independent spirit illuminate this adventurous chronicle (Holt Rinehart Winston, NYC, $29.95).

Judy Carne's Laughing on the Outside, Crying on the Inside is the bittersweet saga of Laugh-Ins sock-it-to-me girl, a candid account of a life full of bruising experiences and courageous comebacks (Ramson, NYC, $16.95).

Widely publicized as a sex symbol and the embodiment of lust, Jane Russell was in reality a "good" girl, deeply religious and friendly, Her engrossing autobiography, My Path and My Detours makes this perfectly clear in a high-spirited, but somewhat dampening, way, (Watts, NYC, $18.95).

Encyclopedic in scope and extensively illustrated, two massive volumes trace the growth of Hollywood: The Paramount Story by John Douglas Eames and The Films of 20th Century-Fox by Tony Thomas and Aubrey Solomon. Every single feature produced to date by each studio (over 3000 and 2500 respectively) is listed with complete cast-&-credits and other relevant data (Crown. NYC, $35; Citadel, Seacaucus, NJ, $29.95).

Jerry Vermilye expands his historic surveys of movies with The Films of the Twenties and The Films of the Thirties. …

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