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Sunday, June 30, 2024

Forbidden Cocktails

Forbidden Cocktails 
Libations Inspired by the World of Pre-Code Hollywood
by André Darlington 
Foreword by Mark A. Vieira 
TCM and Running Press 
Hardcover ISBN: 9780762485208 
248 pages 
May 2024 

“Pre-code movies are like forbidden fruit—especially when spiked with that harbinger of mischief, the cocktail.” — André Darlington 

I thoroughly enjoyed Eddie Muller's Noir Bar: Cocktails Inspired by the World of Film Noir, which released last year (my review). So it was natural that I'd check out TCM and Running Press' follow-up Forbidden Cocktails. This one is themed around Pre-Code films, the era of filmmaking from 1930-1934 where the Hays Code—a set of guidelines that controlled how movies depicted, sex, vice, violence and morality—was in place but not enforced. As a result, there is a good 3-1/2 year period of time where we get the spiciest movies that early Hollywood had to offer. This era also coincided with Prohibition which in the United States made the consumption and sale of alcohol illegal. Prohibition ended December 5th, 1933 and we see a shift in how drinking is portrayed on screen after that. What was once forbidden then became celebratory.

Forbidden Cocktails: Libations Inspired by the World of Pre-Code Hollywood was written by author and mixologist André Darlington. He also co-wrote the TCM book Movie Night Menus which paired a meal and drink with 30 classic movies. In Forbidden Cocktails, Darlington pairs 50 Pre-Code films with a cocktail that fits both the era as well as the themes of each movie. On developing these recipes, Darlington writes:

“The mixed drinks I have created for this book are inspired by some of the most enjoyable and fascinating pre-code movies. The recipes employ period ingredients in formulations that pay homage to characters, locations, and scenarios in the films. Think of these cocktails as lost cousins that could have been consumed at the time.”
The book presents the films in a fairly chronological order starting with The Divorcee (1930) and ending (appropriately!) with The Thin Man (1934). It contains a good mix of well-known Pre-Codes and a sprinkling of more obscure titles. Hardcore Pre-Code fans will recognize all of them but others will definitely find a few gems hidden within.

I found a handful of the recipes doable based on my own very limited liquor cabinet. Some will require a special trip to the liquor store. If you're concerned about the book being full of egg-white based cocktails, a common ingredient in cocktails of the early 20th century, fear not because there are very few to be found in the pages of this book.

Half the fun of this book was finding out how the cocktail matches its movie. Here are some notable Pre-Code cocktail pairings:

Dracula (1931) — Count Draiquiri with grenadine as blood.
Trouble in Paradise (1932) — Lubitsch Touch combines brandy, rum, apricot and lime for a cocktail with an air of sophistication.
King Kong (1933) — King Kong himself gets his own twist on the Banana Manhattan which includes whiskey, amaro and banana liqueur.
Cocktail Hour (1933) — Kansas Romanov is a reference to a character who pretends to be a Russian countess but is really from Kansas. It's a take on the Vodka-Cran.
It Happened One Night (1934) — It Happened One Morning is a coffee based cocktail with a donut garnish, a fun homage to the coffee and donuts scene from the film.
The Thin Man (1934) — Asta gets his own cocktail which is inspired by the Hair of the Dog hangover chaser.

I made the Safe in Hell (1931) cocktail named Lady from New Orleans. The title is both reference to the main character and to the Walter Bergeron' New Orleans cocktail View Carre from the 1930s. This cocktail also adds pineapple juice and is garnished with a pineapple leaf for that added tropical vibe.

I have a few small quibbles with the book. While the design has an Art Deco feel, the black pages and the cover are slightly off-putting. I originally liked the cover but after looking at it numerous times it just doesn't seem to suit the book or the others in the TCM library. I also think Noir Bar is a far stronger book than Forbidden Cocktails. The background information provided with each movie feels pretty standard. Noir Bar benefits from having an author who is both well-versed in film history but a trained mixologist himself. Themed cocktail books are all the rage now so I wouldn't be surprised if we see ones for Musicals, Westerns, etc. in the future.

Forbidden Cocktails is a good fit for anyone who enjoys both Pre-Codes and a good cocktail. While it will have limited appeal, it could make for a wonderful present for a very specific recipient.

Thank you to Running Press for sending me a copy of Forbidden Cocktails for review!

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

New & Upcoming Classic Film Books (22)

New year, new books! 2024 is your year to read more film books and there are plenty of new ones coming out for you to enjoy. There is lots here for those of you who enjoy Oscar history, fashion, Westerns, film noir, etc. There are 80+ new titles featured so plenty options to consider!

Are you new to my list? Here are the details. The books include biographies, memoirs, scholarly texts, coffee table books and more from a variety of publishers. For any scholarly books I make sure the ones included are affordable. There are also some reissues and paperback editions added to the bunch. Publication dates range from January to July 2024 and these are subject to change. These are U.S. release dates. International release dates and availability may vary.

Warning: If you look on Amazon for new classic film titles, please note that there are a lot of AI generated ones for sale. Use your discretion!
Also, McFarland on sale dates change frequently and chances are the below on sale dates for those titles will not stick.

Links go to Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Powell's (I will add Larry Edmund's links as they become available). I receive a small commission if you shop through some (not all) of my buy links. 


50 Oscar Nights
Iconic Stars & Filmmakers on Their Career-Defining Wins
by Dave Karger
TCM and Running Press
272 pages — January 2024

**Paperback Edition**
The American Way
A True Story of Nazi Escape, Superman, and Marilyn Monroe 
by Helene Stapinski and Bonnie Siegler
Simon & Schuster
 384 pages — January 2024

Black Caesars and Foxy Cleopatras
A History of Blaxploitation Cinema 
by Odie Henderson
Abrams Press
304 pages — January 2024

Dorothy Arzner
edited by Martin F. Norden
University Press of Mississippi
272 pages — January 2024

**Updated On Sale Date**
Double Solitaire
The Films of Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder
by Donald Brackett
312 pages — September 2023

Legends of Westwood Village Cemetery
by E.J. Stephens, Kim Stephens and Phil Lantis
Arcadia Publishing
128 pages — January 2024

Interviews with the World's Iconoclast Filmmakers
by Gerald Peary
University Press of Kentucky
204 pages — January 2024

Muse: Cicely Tyson and Me
A Relationship Forged in Fashion 
by B Michael
224 pages — January 2024

Rosemary's Baby
by Ira Levin
Introduction by Chuck Palahniuk
Blackstone Publishing
234 pages — January 2024

**Paperback Edition**
What Price Hollywood? 
Gender and Sex in the Films of George Cukor 
by Elyce Rae Helford
University Press of Kentucky
222 pages — January 2024


Audrey Hepburn in Paris
by Meghan Friedlander and Luca Dotti
208 pages — January 2024

Audrey in Paris
by Caroline Young
Welbeck Publishing
224 pages — January 2024

The Biggest Thing in Show Business
Living It Up with Martin & Lewis 
by Murray Pomerance and Matthew Solomon
SUNY Press
342 pages — February 2024
(Note: wait for the paperback because this edition has a textbook price of $99)

Casablanca's Conscience  
by Robert Weldon Whalen
Fordham University Press
160 pages — February 2024

Cocktails with George and Martha
Movies, Marriage, and the Making of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 
by Philip Gefter
Bloomsbury Publishing
368 pages — February 2024

A Cut Below
A Celebration of B Horror Movies, 1950s-1980s
by Scott Drebit
230+ pages — February 2024

Describing Cinema
by Timothy Corrigan
Oxford University Press
176 pages — February 2024

The Greatest Westerns Ever Made and the People Who Made Them  
by Henry C. Parke and True West Magazine
256 pages — February 2024

**Paperback Edition**
Hollywood Enigma
Dana Andrews
by Carl Rollyson 
University Press of Mississippi
350 pages — February 2024

An Odyssey 
by Robert P. Kolker and Nathan Abrams
Pegasus Books
656 pages — February 2024

A Murder in Hollywood
The Untold Story of Tinseltown's Most Shocking Crime 
by Casey Sherman
304 pages — February 2024

New Perspectives on Early Cinema History
Concepts, Approaches, Audiences
by Mario Slugan
edited by Daniël Biltereyst
Bloomsbury Academic
304 pages — February 2024

**Paperback Edition**
Oscar Wars
A History of Hollywood in Gold, Sweat, and Tears 
by Michael Schulman
608 pages — February 2024

Ruth Orkin: Women
by Ruth Orkin
Hatje Cantz/D.A.P. Artbook
144 pages — February 2024


**Updated On Sale Date**
1001 Movie Posters
The Essential Collection 
edited by Tony Nourmand
introduction by Christopher Frayling
Reel Art Press
552 pages — March 2024

The Art of the Classic Western Movie Poster  
by Ed Hulse
320 pages — March 2024

**Paperback Edition**
Cinema '62
The Greatest Year at the Movies 
by Stephen Farber and Michael McClellan
foreword by Bill Condon
Rutgers University Press
274 pages — March 2024

Deanna Durbin in Hollywood
Her Life, Films and Music
by Barry Lowe
120 pages — March 2024

Death by Laughter
Female Hysteria and Early Cinema
by Maggie Hennefeld
Columbia University Press
368 pages — March 2024

Directed by Yasujiro Ozu  
by Shiguéhiko Hasumi
introduction by Aaron Gerow
translated by Ryan Cook
University of California Press
392 pages — March 2024

From the Moment They Met It Was Murder
Double Indemnity and the Rise of Film Noir
by Alain Silver and James Ursini
TCM and Running Press
352 pages — March 2024

**Paperback Edition**
A Front Row Seat
An Intimate Look at Broadway, Hollywood, and the Age of Glamour 
by Nancy Olson Livingston
University Press of Kentucky
402 pages — March 2024

Hollywood Fashion
100 Years of Hollywood Icons
by Nancy J. Hajeski
Firefly Books
240 pages — March 2024

Hollywood Sex Comedies, 1953-1964
A Critical Analysis of 25 Films
by Hal Erickson
228 pages — March 2024

**Paperback Edition**
Inventing the It Girl
How Elinor Glyn Created the Modern Romance and Conquered Early Hollywood 
by Hilary A. Hallett
464 pages — March 2024

Jean Peters 
Hollywood's Mystery Girl 
by Michelangelo Capua
University Press of Mississippi
240 pages — March 2024

John Wayne: A Little Duke Book
America, Why I Love Her
Applewood Books
32 pages — March 2024

John Wayne: A Little Duke Book
An American Boy Grows Up
Applewood Books
32 pages — March 2024

John Wayne: A Little Duke Book
The People
Applewood Books
32 pages — March 2024

Making History Move
Five Principles of the Historical Film 
by Kim Nelson
Rutgers University Press
234 pages — March 2024

Ride the High Country
Reel West
by Robert Nott
University of New Mexico Press
152 pages — March 2024

**Centennial Edition**
When Hollywood Came to Utah
by James V. D'Arc
Gibbs Smith
360 pages — March 2024


100 Films from Cinema's Greatest Year
by Robert Sellers
The History Press
320 pages — April 2024

Cleopatra and the Undoing of Hollywood
How One Film Almost Sunk the Studios 
by Patrick Humphries
The History Press
240 pages — April 2024

Dancing on the Edge
A Journey of Living, Loving, and Tumbling through Hollywood
by Russ Tamblyn
Blackstone Publishing
TBD pages — April 2024

Fabulous Faces of Classic Hollywood
by Robert Dance and Simon Crocker
Acc Art Books
240 pages — April 2024

The Fixer
Moguls, Mobsters, Movie Stars, and Marilyn
by Josh Young and Manfred Westphal
Grand Central Publishing
336 pages — April 2024

Hollywood Remaking
How Film Remakes, Sequels, and Franchises Shape Industry and Culture 
by Kathleen Loock
University of California Press
305 pages — April 2024

Honey, Baby, Mine
A Mother and Daughter Talk Life, Death, Love (and Banana Pudding)
by Laura Dern and Diane Ladd
foreword by Reese Witherspoon
Grand Central Publishing
272 pages — April 2024

In My Own Process  
by the Bruce Lee Family
Introductions by Shannon Lee, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,
Tony Hawk and Jackie Chan
Genesis Publications
272 pages — April 2024

Is Harpo Free?
And Other Questions of the Metaphysical Screen 
by Matthew Cipa
SUNY Press
256 pages — April 2024
(Note: wait for the paperback because this edition has a textbook price of $99+)

James Bond and the Sixties Spy Craze  
by Thom Shubilla
288 pages — April 2024

Joan Crawford in Film Noir
The Actress as Auteur
by David Meuel
160+ pages — April 2024

John Ford's America  
by Jeffrey Richards
Manchester University Press
408 pages — April 2024
(Note: wait for the paperback because this edition has a textbook price of $160+)

The Leopard (Il Gattopardo)  
by David Weir
120 pages — April 2024

Marlon Brando 
Hollywood Rebel 
by Burt Kearns
280 pages — April 2024

On Elizabeth Taylor 
An Opinionated Guide 
by Matthew Kennedy
Oxford University Press
272 pages — April 2024

Wicked Becomes Her
Bette Davis and the Story Behind Wicked September
by John William Law
Aplomb Books
316 pages — April 2024

Queer Film Classics: Winter Kept Us Warm
by Chris Dupuis
McGill-Queen's University Press
144 pages — April 2024


Ann Sheridan
The Life and Career of Hollywood's Oomph Girl
by Michael D. Rinella
158 pages — May 2024

**Paperback Edition**
One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World 
by Wil Haygood
University Press of Kentucky
464 pages — May 2024

Forbidden Cocktails
Libations Inspired by the World of Pre-Code Hollywood 
by André Darlington
foreword by Mark A. Vieira
TCM and Running Press
248 pages — May 2024

Global Film Color
The Monopack Revolution at Midcentury 
edited by Sarah Street and Joshua Yumibe
Rutgers University Press
320 pages — May 2024

History vs Hollywood
How the Past is Filmed
by MJ Trow
Pen and Sword History
224 pages — May 2024

Hollywood Behind the Lens 
Treasures from the Bison Archives 
by Marc Wanamaker and Steven Bingen
Lyons Press
256 pages — May 2024

Hollywood Pride
A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Representation and Perseverance in Film
by Alonso Duralde
TCM and Running Press
336 pages — May 2024

Icons of Style: Audrey Hepburn
Harper by Design
96 pages —May 2024

Icons of Style: Marilyn Monroe
Harper by Design
96 pages —May 2024

by David Forrest
112 pages — May 2024

Looking for Andy Griffith
A Father's Journey 
by Evan Dalton Smith
The University of North Carolina Press
224 pages — May 2024

His Hollywood Legacy 
edited by Richard Ravalli
University Press of Kentucky
330 pages — May 2024

Mädchen in Uniform  
by Barbara Mennel
112 pages — May 2024

Queer Film Classics: The Children's Hour
by Julia Erhart
McGill-Queen's University Press
144 pages — May 2024

The Story of John Wayne
The Ultimate Collector's Guide
by Various
Fox Chapel Publishing
128 pages — May 2024

by James S. Williams
112 pages — May 2024


The 12-Hour Film Expert
Everything You Need to Know about Movies 
by Noah and James Charney
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
248 pages — June 2024


Daughter of Daring
The Trick-Riding, Train-Leaping, Road-Racing Life of Helen Gibson, Hollywood’s First Stuntwoman 
by Mallory O'Meara
Hanover Square Press
320 pages — June 2024

Desperately Seeking Something
A Memoir About Movies, Mothers, and Material Girls 
by Susan Seidelman
St. Martin's Press
352 pages — June 2024

Dirty Real
Exile on Hollywood and Vine with the Gin Mill Cowboys 
by Peter Stanfield
Reaktion Books
344 pages — June 2024

Don Coppola  
by Amazing Ameziane
Titan Comics
228 pages — June 2024

Ingmar Bergman at the Crossroads
Between Theory and Practice
edited by Maaret Koskinen and Louise Wallenberg
Bloomsbury Academic
272 pages — June 2024

Miss May Does Not Exist
The Life and Work of Elaine May, Hollywood’s Hidden Genius 
by Carrie Courogen
St. Martin's Press
400 pages — June 2024

Only in America
Al Jolson and The Jazz Singer 
Richard Bernstein
272 pages — June 2024

Starring Joan Crawford
The Films, the Fantasy, and the Modern Relevance of a Silver Screen Icon 
by Samuel Garza Bernstein
312 pages — June 2024

Through a Noir Lens
Adapting Film Noir Visual Style
by Sheri Chinen Biesen
Columbia University Press
256 pages — June 2024

Coming in December

Falling in Love at the Movies
Rom Coms from the Screwball Era to Today 
by Esther Zuckerman
TCM and Running Press
224 pages — December 2024

I would love to hear what you think? Which books are you putting on your wishlist?

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