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Publisher:  Lulu ISBN-10:  1411622480 Type: 


Copyright:  December 15, 2005 ISBN-13:  9781411622487

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Classic Films and Vintage Movies

Lionel Farrell of "The Newcastle Herald" reviewed the original 200-page, small-format British edition on November 10, 1995. For the present 256-page, large-format American edition, the number of films described and detailed in the book have been considerably increased. The book is now available in Kindle, NOOK and other ebook formats. (The distributor has changed the cover image for NOOK, etc., but it's the same text inside).

"This account is the second of four books covering the CinemaScope revolution which rescued the film industry from the dramatic slump in cinema attendance in the early 1950s due to the impact of television. It carries the title "20th Century-Fox" in recognition of the fact that this studio not only introduced CinemaScope but provided the answer to the problems of the industry, and thus took over from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as Hollywood’s leading film studio.

"All the films selected for this book, made by or released through Fox, are given the characteristic John Howard Reid treatment, namely complete information on cast, crew and production notes, plus up-to-date reviews and critical assessments.

"Informative, comprehensive and entertaining, with over 80 illustrations (most of them full page or half-page), this selection is sure to awake fond memories."

Many of these titles of course are now available in their original CinemaScope format on DVD.  

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Ross Adams in Dress Circle May 2010

"CinemaScope Two: 20th Century-Fox" was first published in 2005, but I am looking now at the 2010 reprint. Running at 260 pages, the book contains a wealth of information about the great CinemaScope movies from the Fox Studios and also some of the lesser productions in "Regalscope" that Fox released in the 1950s and 1960s. There is also a listing of British films released in 'Scope.

On the opening page, author John Howard Reid gives a background to the CinemaScope revolution. At the back of the book is a complete listing in alphabetical order with release dates, plus a massive 42 pages of lobby card and poster reproductions.

The front cover, as pictured, features a radiant photo of Rita Hayworth, while the back cover has a color shot from "How To Marry a Millionaire" showing Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable.

In all, 141 movies are detailed and reviewed in John Howard Reid's inimitable style, with complete cast and crew personnel, production and release dates in the USA, England and Australia, alternate titles, dubbing, footage and running times. Each film also has a Synopsis, a viewer's guide, and reviews from other critics.

This is a great book for the Fox CinemaScope aficionado who will no doubt drool over the array of films presented in such depth, including An Affair To Remember, The Agony and the Ecstacy, Anastasia, Bachelor Flat, Beneath the 12-Mile Reef, The Blue Max, Can-Can, Carmen Jones, Carousel, The Comancheros, Daddy Long Legs, Demetrius and the Gladiators, Desk Set, Doctor Dolittle, The Egyptian, Fantastic Voyage, The Fly, Garden of Evil, The Girl Can’t Help It, Good Morning Miss Dove, Hell and High Water, House of Bamboo, How To Marry a Millionaire, The King and I, King of the Khyber Rifles, The Last Wagon, A Man Called Peter, Night People, On the Threshold of Space, The Racers, The Rains of Ranchipur, The Robe, State Fair, The Story on Page One, The Stripper, The Sun Also Rises, That Lady, The Third Voice, Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, The True Story of Jesse James, The View from Pompey's Head, The Virgin Queen, Von Ryan’s Express, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Warlock, Way to the Gold, The Wayward Bus, What a Way To Go! And over 90 more!

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