Hollywood and Hitler: 1933-1939 by Thomas Doherty

Film historian Thomas Doherty explores the era between the start of Hitler’s reign and a world at war in Hollywood and Hitler: 1933-1939. For history buffs, World War II can be a fascinating era to look at. WWII movies are still able to draw eyeballs to the screen, big and small. But in real life, this wasn’t always the case. If you look at America in the leadup to the war, there was a strong…

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Camera Man by Dana Stevens

Dana Stevens delivers a superb biography of silent film comedian Buster Keaton in Camera Man that isn’t just a book but a book-length essay. Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin? Anyone talking about the great silent film comedy stars start with one of the two. They both have their own quirks which is what makes the debate so hard. After all, the list of the best comedy movies of all time is one that features a…

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Rachel Bloom Talks About Her Book and More

Rachel Bloom spoke with Solzy at the Movies about I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are, mental health, improv, and more. Her memoir is now available in paperback–with a new chapter–through Grand Central Publishing. I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are is now available in paperback and with a new chapter. What went into the decision to add a new chapter to the book? Rachel Bloom: Well, honestly, my publisher was…

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Gets A Sequel

In what is terrible news for Holocaust education, John Boyne has penned a sequel to his 2006 book, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. Much like the book, Holocaust scholars are also critical of the 2008 film adaptation (released in North America as The Boy in the Striped Pajamas) for the false equivalences that it creates between the Jewish victims and their perpetrators. I have not seen the film nor do I have any plans…

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The Original Bambi: The Story of a Life in the Forest

Jack Zipes provides a new English translation in the newly released The Original Bambi: The Story of a Life in the Forest by Felix Salten. Take everything you know about the 1942 film and forget it even exists. This is the best way to approach The Original Bambi. The 1942 film is not nor will ever be the same. Put it out of your head. Let me pull out a neuralyzer from Men in Black…

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Engulfed Tells The Paramount Pictures Story

Bernard F. Dick’s book, Engulfed: The Death of Paramount Pictures and the Birth of Corporate Hollywood, now available in paperback. Factoring in a new preface for the paperback, the author writes as definitive story of Paramount Pictures that there can be. Well, it doesn’t take into account the recent studio moves with naming Brian Robbins as the new CEO. What makes the Paramount story so interesting is that they almost didn’t even get acquired by Gulf…

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Starstruck by Leonard Maltin: A Must-Read Memoir

Starstruck, the long-awaited memoir from film critic/historian Leonard Maltin, is going to be the must-read book of the year for film buffs. If you’re like me, you could listen to Leonard Maltin talk all day. I certainly know that I can. He’s the type of person who not only knows what he’s doing but he puts in the research as well. It’s one of the reasons why I admire Leonard Maltin. Getting the opportunity to…

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Nobody Does It Better: A Oral History of James Bond

Nobody Does it Better: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of James Bond is a must-own book for James Bond fans. Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross draw on both their own interviews and archival interviews in telling the story of James Bond. They go back to where it all began with Ian Fleming, including the first attempts to bring Bond to either the big or small screen. In 1954, the first on-screen incarnation of…

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Scott Eyman talks Darryl Zanuck, 20th-Century Fox

Scott Eyman spoke with Solzy at the Movies about his new book, 20th Century-Fox: Darryl F. Zanuck and the Creation of the Modern Film Studio. When did you first decide to write about the history of 20th Century-Fox? Scott Eyman: I thought it was among the most interesting studios, not the highest profile studio. But always interesting because there was such a demarcation point between the films that William Fox made when he was running…

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20th Century-Fox: Scott Eyman Does It Again

Film historian and bestselling author Scott Eyman has done it again with 20th Century-Fox: Darryl F. Zanuck and the Creation of the Modern Studio. The story of the Hollywood studio can now be told after an era came to an end in 2020. If you didn’t read Vanda Krefft‘s brilliant biography on William Fox, Eyman sums up his life, the Fox Film Corporation, and his legal troubles. Zanuck really doesn’t come into the book’s picture…

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