Book by Kobal, John
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Kobal's new book should be embraced as enthusiastically as The Art of the Great Hollywood Portrait Photographers and his other bestsellers on aspects of film. Here are interviews with 42 people who represent the movies' golden, influential agethe 1920s through the 1940sand who express personal, sometimes arguable opinions on life in the sternly run studios. Oddly enough, the collection includes the thoughts of only one male star, Joel McCrea, but his anecdotes tell of intriguing dimensions in other memorable leading men of his time. The spotlight remains, for the most part, on the women immortalized on the screen. The book's plentiful photos remind one of the famous words uttered by Kobal's first subject, Gloria Swanson: "We had faces then." Joan Crawford, Katharine Hepburn, Louise Brooks, Joan Blondell, Barbara Stanwyck and many other unforgettables speak their minds on their work and their relations with each other. So do eminent directors, choreographers, scriptwriters and costume designers. The result is an unusually appealing, informative volume by an author whose articulate and stylish writing frequently reveals more than do the accounts of his glamorous respondents. January 30
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Film historian Kobal has spent 20 years collecting these interviews with 29 women and 14 men, all about Hollywood's heyday. The emphasis is on the glamour side: some of Hollywood's best actresses are here, including Hepburn, Bergman, and Crawford, along with some from earlier days who are not well known. The only actor represented is Joel McCrea; the other men are directors, photographers, etc. Kobal prefaces most of the verbatim interviews with a scene-setting introduction in rather syrupy prose and sometimes interjects notes describing tone of voice or body language. Otherwise, the reminiscences stand on their own, sometimes rambling and hard to follow, but often evoking the magic of Hollywood legend. Essential for film history collections, this will be enjoyed by the avid film buff more than the casual reader. Marcia L. Perry, Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Mass.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description Aurum Press Ltd, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111854101722