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Jeff Breuer
Good books on Film History?
on Mar 5, 2010 at 4:41:10 pm

I'm not a big reader but I love reading about old Hollywood. Anybody know any good books (or even documentaries) about Film History? Here are a few that I love

"Flashback: A brief History of Film"
by Louis Giannetti & Scott Eyman

"Buster Keaton: Tempest In a Flat"
Edward McPherson

"Dean & Me: A Love Story"
Jerry Lewis



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Scott Roberts
Re: Good books on Film History?
on Mar 5, 2010 at 4:59:03 pm

I know it's not "old Hollywood", but I read the amazing book Easy Riders, Raging Bulls by Peter Biskind. It goes very in depth of the American filmmaking movement from the late 1960s to the late 1970s. You learn a lot about the "behind-the-scenes" early Speilberg, Scorsese, Coppola, George Lucas (when he was good!) and much more. It is absurdly interesting if you are at all interested in that era. It's one of the best books I've read about film history (but I will admit I haven't read that many books on film history).


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Bob Cole
Re: Good books on Film History?
on Mar 6, 2010 at 4:03:30 pm

Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master by Michael Sragow.

A very fine film critic and an overdue appreciation of a director who epitomized and occasionally surpassed the "Hollywood pro."


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Jeff Breuer
Re: Good books on Film History?
on Mar 8, 2010 at 4:09:35 pm

Awesome, thanks for the tips!


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