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New And Notable Film Books

Leonard Maltin By Leonard Maltin | Leonard Maltin August 27, 2012 at 2:04AM

Books continue coming in at a faster pace than I can possibly keep up with and it’s been a while since I did a survey. Here are some of the recent titles that pique my interest. Remember, these are not critiques, but descriptions based on a quick once-over. I hope to print full-fledged reviews, on a few more, in the weeks ahead.
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Dana Andrews-311
University Press of Mississippi

HOLLYWOOD ENIGMA: DANA ANDREWS by Carl Rollyson (University Press of Mississippi)

          The latest in Mississippi’s Hollywood Legends series is a full-fledged biography of the often-underrated actor who was a stalwart in so many films of the 1940s and ‘50s. The author secured the cooperation of many Andrews family members, giving him access not only to their memories but to diaries, letters, and even home movies, to make this more than a mere filmography fleshed out with newspaper-archive quotes. It’s difficult not to be intrigued after reading the first paragraph of Rollyson’s Acknowledgments, where it says, “I decided to write this biography after I had a long telephone conversation with Susan Andrews about her father. At the time I knew relatively little about Dana Andrews, although I had watched Laura three or four times, entranced with the actor playing Mark McPherson. He reminded me of my father, a plain-clothes detective in 1940s Detroit. Like Mark, my father was a romantic who kept his emotions hidden behind a male mask. If I were to recreate my father’s biography, it would be as a film noir.”
 

3DRevolution-680
University of Kentucky Press

3D REVOLUTION: THE HISTORY OF MODERN STEREOSCOPIC CINEMA by Ray Zone (University of Kentucky Press)

          Few people are as qualified to write authoritatively about 3-D as Zone, an enthusiast who is also a practitioner in the field. This is a follow-up to the author’s 2007 volume Stereoscopic Cinema and the Origins of 3-D Film 1838-1952. It covers Hollywood’s 1953 3-D boom (and bust), several attempts to revive the process theatrically, adoption of the medium for theme parks and IMAX in what he calls the Immersive Age (1986-2005), and the digital era that takes us up to the present day. The text is fully notated, and illustrated with useful diagrams, photos, trade advertisements, and movie posters. This seems likely to be adopted as a definitive history of the medium.

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