"A fat, lavishly illustrated run through of...50 Hollywood movies from the 1930s up to a few years after World War II...valuable and entertaining today not only as a social record but as sheer entertainment...[Zinman] begins with Mae West's classic She Done Him Wrong and touches all the cinematic landmarks, including Casablanca, Citizen Kane, and Gone with the Wind..." -Pu"A fat, lavishly illustrated run through of...50 Hollywood movies from the 1930s up to a few years after World War II...valuable and entertaining today not only as a social record but as sheer entertainment...[Zinman] begins with Mae West's classic She Done Him Wrong and touches all the cinematic landmarks, including Casablanca, Citizen Kane, and Gone with the Wind..." -Publisher's Weekly...
|Title||:||Fifty Classic Motion Pictures|
|Number of Pages||:||273 Pages|
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Fifty Classic Motion Pictures Reviews
At the tiny little library on the tiny little air force base we lived on in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean (the Azores) this book fueled my love of film and by extension, art. I checked this book out strictly to read about the horror movies, King Kong, Frankenstein and Dracula because as a ten year old boy, that's where my fascination lie. The most recent movie in this book, if I remember correctly, was 1949's All the King's Men, which, in the late 70's seemed like a million years ago, but not as far away as it seems now. Even at the time many of the stars and directors talked about in this movie were already dead. However, Zinman's nostalgic and engaging portrayals of old time stars, directors and the movies that made them famous caught my imagination. It's a neat way to go through movies. He talks about his favorite actresses and a movie which he felt kind of distilled their on-screen persona (She Done Him Wrong for Mae West, The Letter for Bette Davis or Ninotchka for Greta Garbo). He does the same with actors, ("Heroes and He-men" I remember that section being called (among these being The Maltese Falcon for Humphrey Bogart and Beau Geste for Gary Cooper, and San Francisco for Clark Gable). And directors (Frank Capra, Preston Sturges, Busby Berkeley -- again, to name a few). There are some other categories, I can't remember them all, about five movies in each, that gets Zinman to his titular fifty. It actually became more interesting to me later that some of the movies Zinman chooses are not the ones a given artist was most known for. Sometimes this book is interesting just for historical anthropological reasons, like when Zinman, in talking about Gable's appeal to the opposite sex, noting that women were swooning to be on the receiving end of one of his slaps -- because he was no damn gentleman. Indeed.I haven't read this book since I was a kid, and there are certainly more comprehensive and sophisticated books on the history of film out there. But if you have a thing for old, black and white movies and would love a trip down nostalgia lane to see what your great grandmother was watching on the silver screen than this book is for you.
I love classic movies, and this book described a number of my favorite movies in delicious detail. As with any top 50 lists, it is subject to interpretation. There were some that I had not been exposed to that I can't wait to watch. (Unfortunately there are some that are out of print or not able to be found.) All in all I think it is a good book for anyone who loves classic cinema.