Monday, January 26, 2009

New Books for Classic Film Fans

I found a slew of new (and newish) books out on the market that will be of interest to classic film fans. Not all of them are specifically about classic films but I find many of them tie-in well with related interests. Enjoy!

*To be fair, I'm including a link to as well as to IndieBound can direct you to one of your local independent bookstores. Buy local if you can. I'm also including a link to the publisher's page about the book as most bookstore sites don't have much information on these quite yet.
for fans of the great director

Vincente Minnelli
~Hollywood's Dark Dreamer~
by Emanuel Levy
St. Martin's
Amazon - IndieBound - Publisher

for department store fans. The store was central to the movie Miracle on 34th Street (1947).

Macy's~The Store. The Star. The Story~
by Robert M. Grippo
SquareOne Publishers
Amazon - IndieBound - Publisher

for B movie fans (aren't we all fans?)

The B List
~The National Society of Film Critics on the
Low-Budget Beauties, Genre-Bending Mavericks,
and Cult Classics We Love~
by David Sterritt and John C Anderson
Da Capo Press (hi Lissa!!!)
Amazon - IndieBound - Publisher

for fans of the 1920's and flaming youth

Bright Young People
~The Lost Generation of London's Jazz Age~
by DJ Taylor
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Amazon - IndieBound - Publisher

for fans of comedians such as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton

Make 'Em Laugh
~ The Funny Business of America ~
by Michael Kantor and Laurence Maslon
Amazon - IndieBound - Publisher

fans of the Philo Vance mysteries of the late '20s/early '30s may appreciate this

Death by Water
~A Phryne Fisher Mystery~
by Kerry Greenwood
Poisoned Pen Press
Amazon - IndieBound - Publisher

fans of sharp and witty dialogue in classic films who aspire to charm through conversation

The Art of Conversation
~A Guided Tour of a Neglected Pleasure~
by Catherie Blyth
Gotham (Penguin)
Amazon - IndieBound - Publisher


  1. I'll have to check out nearly all of these books, especially the one on Macy's. That seems to be a must for any pop culture buff!

  2. Great choices!
    I would like to read the Bright Young People, sounds great!

    I have an early talkie book on my wishlist right now. The paperback edition of Edwin Bradley's "The First Sound Shorts" coming out soon and finally to a reasonable price. Yay!

  3. Ooh! Thanks for the heads up on the mystery story. I just love the ones that are set back in time. Poisoned Pen Press published three other period mysteries by James Anderson that are truly wonderful too. Worth a look, if you get a chance.

    The Miracle on 34th Street book looks exciting too!

  4. Mercurie - fo sho!

    Jonas - Of course you would pick that one! The First Sound Shorts sounds interesting. I'll watch for it.

    Casey - I'm beginning to love Poisoned Pen Press! I'm not a fan of mysteries, but I sure do love period pieces. Oh and I should mention the Macy's book is not about Miracle on 34th Street, but about the history of the store. So it may talk about the movie, but isn't ABOUT the movie. Just to clarify.


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