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As the name implies, the book, "FILMS FAMOUS, FANCIFUL, FROLICSOME & FANTASTIC: Classic Movies from Cinema's Golden Age" hosted by John Howard Reid, covers a wide range of classic cinema from "Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone" through "Maria Candelaria" and "Mister Wong, Detective" to "Young Bill Hickok".
As in other books in this series, the films are arranged alphabetically for easy reference. In addition to complete cast and credit details, release information and background notes, each film carries extensive comments and reviews.
Films covered in this book include such masterpieces as John Farrow's "Alias Nick Beal" (recently described as "the finest film noir NOT available commercially on DVD" -- hopefully it soon will be!), Disney's "Alice in Wonderland", Maria Montez in "Arabian Nights", Judy Garland in "Babes on Broadway", Fred Astaire in "The Band Wagon" and "The Barkleys of Broadway", Marian Marsh in "Beauty and the Boss", Buck Jones in "Black Aces", Bela Lugosi in "Black Dragons", George Zucco in "The Black Raven", Buster Keaton in "The Boat", Robert Taylor in "The Bribe", Tim McCoy in "Bulldog Courage" -- and that's just the "A" and "B" entries. And every one of those movies is on sale in DVD and/or VHS. Why waste your money buying a movie you won't enjoy? Find out something about the film before you buy!
"Films Famous, Fanciful, Frolicsome & Fantastic" is great book to dip into. A lucky dip of revelation and information, of slapstick and romance, of music and enchantment, of wonderment and surprise.
Until quite recently, a question I was always asked at movie events was: "What's the name of the movie that featured Humpy, the Educated Camel?" That movie is not only covered in this book but illustrated on the very first page. The answer: "Slave Girl".
And as a bonus, I've reprinted my highly acclaimed monograph on director Fred Zinnemann of "High Noon", "The Sundowners" and "From Here to Eternity" fame. Originally published in a British film journal, that survey of Zinnemann's movie career, is now available in the U.S.A. and Canada for the very first time.
You can now buy ebook editions. The distributor has changed the cover, but otherwise the book is the same as the standard printed edition.
A Man For All Movies
The films of FRED ZINNEMANN
by John Howard Reid
“I think the best thing that ever happened to me,” Fred Zinnemann recalled, “was my contract to make shorts at Metro. That’s where I really learned my business. We had to make a fast, good-looking picture on a limited budget, in a limited time, and in a definite number of feet (960). There was quite a group of us: Jules Dassin, George Sidney, Jack Tourneur, David Miller, Roy Rowland; and it was marvelous training. It taught us to be quick and, above all, economical. I don’t mean just with money. Working within the limits of a single reel, we had to invent really filmic ways to get our points across swiftly and effectively. That was the best school a director could have. And especially my kind of director.”
Born in Vienna, Austria, on 29 April 1907, Fred Zinnemann is the son of Dr Oskar and Anna Zinnemann. He first thought of music as a career and at an early age began to study the violin, but when he realized his talents were insufficient to make him a great concert artist, he turned to law, enrolling at Vienna University. Whilst a student at this institution, he saw Von Stoheim’s Greed and King Vidor’s The Big Parade, which so impressed him that he decided to become a motion picture director.