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the Return of Illeanarama! A Sunday morning special w/ friends!

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SUNDAY,MAY 1st @ 11:30 am @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop-It’s “the Return of Illeanarama”- Illeana Douglas & friends!

Having Illeana Douglas & friends here a month ago was such a blast! The occasion was simply a wonderful afternoon where the multi-talented Ms. Douglas brought a group to read from her fangirl ode to the cinema, “I Blame Dennis Hopper”. The book is great ride through moments in cinema w/ a six degrees of Illeana theme. The guests brought the words to life & fun (and cake) was had by all.

Now, by popular demand, she’s back!!! Back for a Sunday morning special event here @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop on May 1st.

The cast of characters joining Illeana this time around include Ed Begley Jr., Heather Matarazzo, Kelly Carlin, Greg Proops, Wayne Federman & (they call her the closer) Jennifer Tilly!

We will reserve seats for those who call & pre-order a copy of “I Blame Dennis Hopper” while supplies last , so if you missed out last time, we are giving you another chance.

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Here’s more about why Illeana Douglas blames Dennis Hopper :

I BLAME DENNIS HOPPER And Other Stories from a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies Illeana Douglas Flatiron Books Tweet Buy it now AVAILABLE FORMATS From award-winning actress Illeana Douglas comes a memoir about learning to survive in Hollywood while staying true to her quirky vision of the world. In 1969 Illeana Douglas’ parents saw the film Easy Rider and were transformed. Taking Dennis Hopper’s words, “That’s what it’s all about man” to heart, they abandoned their comfortable upper middle class life and gave Illeana a childhood filled with hippies, goats, free spirits, and free love. Illeana writes, “Since it was all out of my control, I began to think of my life as a movie, with a Dennis Hopper-like father at the center of it.” I Blame Dennis Hopper is a testament to the power of art and the tenacity of passion. It is a rollicking, funny, at times tender exploration of the way movies can change our lives. With crackling humor and a full heart, Douglas describes how a good Liza Minnelli impression helped her land her first gig and how Rudy Valley taught her the meaning of being a show biz trouper. From her first experience being on set with her grandfather and mentor-two-time Academy Award-winning actor Melvyn Douglas-to the moment she was discovered by Martin Scorsese for her blood-curdling scream and cast in her first film, to starring in movies alongside Robert DeNiro, Nicole Kidman, and Ethan Hawke, to becoming an award winning writer, director and producer in her own right, I Blame Dennis Hopper is an irresistible love letter to movies and filmmaking. Writing from the perspective of the ultimate show business fan, Douglas packs each page with hilarious anecdotes, bizarre coincidences, and fateful meetings that seem, well, right out of a plot of a movie. I Blame Dennis Hopper is the story of one woman’s experience in show business, but it is also a genuine reminder of why we all love the movies: for the glitz, the glamor, the sweat, passion, humor, and escape they offer us all.

Ed Begley

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It’s TCM SATURDAY w/ Carl Reiner,Cari Beauchamp & Rita Moreno!

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Are you tired yet? We certainly hope not. We are hoping you are just hitting your stride & are ready for another great afternoon of book related fun in between movies here at the TCM Classic Film Festival. We will start the day at the TCL Chinese w/ comedy legend Carl Reiner , but we’ll be back at the Roosevelt for Cari Beauchamp & friends & the fabulous Rita Moreno!

Of course signed copies may be ordered for those of you who cannot make it on this spe

SATURDAY, APRIL 30 12:00PM-2:30PM-AN AFTERNOON WITH CARL REINER- Conversation, screening & book signing @ TCL CHINESE THEATRE IMAXIndie_Carl_Reiner_wearing_his_favorite_tie_photo_by_Oliver_J._Defilippo__copy_2_jpg_250x300_q85

The prolific actor-writer-director Carl Reiner will discuss his career in film and television, and share stories of his work with such comedians as Mel Brooks, Steve Martin and others in this special extended conversation immediately following a screening of his hit comedy Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982) and a special tribute video. Event starts at noon and signing is immediately after event at 2:15pm, in the lobby of the theatre.

12:30PM – 1:30PM – MY FIRST TIME IN HOLLYWOOD-the Reading

Legends of the film business—actors, directors, and screenwriters—recount their first trip to Southern California. Hear special guests Laraine Newman and Nancy Olson Livingston give dramatic readings of these humble and humorous first person accounts, culled from award-winning author Cari Beauchamp’s book, My First Time in Hollywood: Stories from the Pioneers, Dreamers and Misfits Who Made the Movies. Special guests also include: Bruce Goldstein, Sue Lloyd and David Ladd.my first time in hollywood

1:45PM-2:45PM – CARI BEAUCHAMP-the BOOK SIGNING- LOBBY STAGE @ ROOSEVELT HOTEL

Cari Beauchamp Book Signing: My First Time in Hollywood on Lobby Stage in Roosevelt Hotel

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3:30PM-5:00PM – RITA MORENO BOOK SIGNING- LOBBY STAGE @ ROOSEVELT HOTEL

Rita Moreno Signs: Rita Moreno: A Memoir

In this New York Times bestselling memoir, Rita Moreno shares her remarkable journey from a young girl with simple beginnings in Puerto Rico to Hollywood legend—and one of the few performers, and the only Hispanic, to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and two Emmys.

Making her Broadway debut by age thirteen—and moving on to Hollywood in its Golden Age just a few years later—she worked alongside such stars as Gary Cooper, Yul Brynner, and Ann Miller. When discovered by Louis B. Mayer of MGM, the wizard himself declared: “She looks like a Spanish Elizabeth Taylor.” Cast by Gene Kelly as Zelda Zanders in Singin’ in the Rain and then on to her Oscar-winning performance in West Side Story, she catapulted to fame—yet found herself repeatedly typecast as the “utility ethnic,” a role she found almost impossible to elude.

Infused with Rita Moreno’s quick wit and deep insight, this memoir is the dazzling portrait of a stage and screen star who longed to become who she really is—and triumphed.

 

It’s TCM FRIDAY w/ Illeana Douglas, Mark A. Vieira & Jeremy Arnold!

TCM FridayFriday, April 29 th @ the ROOSEVELT HOTEL in Hollywood!

The TCM Classic Film Festival will be in full swing by next Friday, April 29th & the LARE will be there!

We are thrilled to be a part of the festival for the 6th consecutive year & once again we bring to you an awesome collection of guests .

Not 1, not even 2, but 3 great authors will grace the lobby of the Roosevelt Hotel throughout the afternoon and we’re bringing the books. Be sure to join us, and come into the light from the dark of the cinema to pick up one of these great books. Signed books are awesome gifts too!

If for some reason you miss us, you can always make it down to the store to pick up signed copies of all the books from all our author events.(but you should try to stop by)

Our schedule on Friday the 29th is:

11 am-12pm-ILLEANA DOUGLAS signs, “I Blame Dennis Hopper”

1 pm- 2pm -Mark A. Vieira signs, “Into the Dark-the Hidden World of Film Noir 1941-1950”

4pm-5pm-JEREMY ARNOLD signs, “TCM the Essentials-52 Must See Movies…”

 

 

Here is some information on the books & authors:

I BLAME DENNIS HOPPER And Other Stories from a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies

From award-winning actress Illeana Douglas comes a memoir about learning to survive in Hollywood while staying true to her quirky vision of the world. In 1969 Illeana Douglas’ parents saw the film Easy Rider and were transformed. Taking Dennis Hopper’s words, “That’s what it’s all about man” to heart, they abandoned their comfortable upper middle class life and gave Illeana a childhood filled with hippies, goats, free spirits, and free love. Illeana writes, “Since it was all out of my control, I began to think of my life as a movie, with a Dennis Hopper-like father at the center of it.” I Blame Dennis Hopper is a testament to the power of art and the tenacity of passion. It is a rollicking, funny, at times tender exploration of the way movies can change our lives. With crackling humor and a full heart, Douglas describes how a good Liza Minnelli impression helped her land her first gig and how Rudy Vallee taught her the meaning of being a show biz trouper. From her first experience being on set with her grandfather and mentor-two-time Academy Award-winning actor Melvyn Douglas-to the moment she was discovered by Martin Scorsese for her blood-curdling scream and cast in her first film, to starring in movies alongside Robert DeNiro, Nicole Kidman, and Ethan Hawke, to becoming an award winning writer, director and producer in her own right, I Blame Dennis Hopper is an irresistible love letter to movies and filmmaking. Writing from the perspective of the ultimate show business fan, Douglas packs each page with hilarious anecdotes, bizarre coincidences, and fateful meetings that seem, well, right out of a plot of a movie. I Blame Dennis Hopper is the story of one woman’s experience in show business, but it is also a genuine reminder of why we all love the movies: for the glitz, the glamor, the sweat, passion, humor, and escape they offer us all.

Illeana Douglas Celebrated actress, comedienne, writer, producer, director, Illeana Douglas has starred in films like Goodfellas, Cape Fear, To Die For, Picture Perfect, Ghost World, as well as TV shows from Six Feet Under to Welcome to Sweden. She was an Internet pioneer with Easy To Assemble; millions have watched the web series she created and starred in from 2008 to 2013. As part of the Turner Classic Movies family she hosted Second Looks, and has done film introductions and memorable interviews with some of Hollywood’s greatest. She’s probably watching a movie right now.

INTO THE DARK-the Hidden World of Film Noir 1941-1950

You know film noir when you see it: the shadowed setting; the cynical detective; the femme fatale; and the twist of fate. Into the Dark captures this alluring genre with a cavalcade of compelling photographs and a guide to 82 of its best films. Into the Dark is the first book to tell the story of film noir in its own voice.

Author Mark A. Vieira quotes the artists who made these movies and the journalists and critics who wrote about them, taking readers on a year-by-year tour of the exciting nights when movies like Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, and Sunset Boulevard were sprung on an unsuspecting public. For the first time, we hear the voices of film noir artists speak from the sets and offices of the studios, explaining the dark genre, even before it had a name. Those voices tell how the genre was born and how it thrived in an industry devoted to sweetness and light. Into the Dark is a ticket to a smoky, glamorous world. You enter a story conference with Raymond Chandler, visit the set of Laura, and watch Detour with a Midwest audience. This volume recreates the environment that spawned film noir. It also displays the wit and warmth of the genre’s artists. Hedda Hopper reports on Citizen Kane, calling Orson Welles “Little Orson Annie.” Lauren Bacall says she enjoys playing a bad girl in To Have and Have Not. Bosley Crowther calls Joan Crawford in Possessed a “ghost wailing for a demon lover beneath a waning moon.” An Indiana exhibitor rates the classic Murder, My Sweet a “passable program picture.”

Illustrated by hundreds of rare still photographs, Into the Dark conveys the mystery, glamour, and irony that make film noir surpassingly popular.

Mark A. Vieira is a photographer and writer who specializes in Hollywood history. He has lectured at USC, UCLA, Lincoln Center, Universal Studios, and the Hollywood Heritage Museum. Vieira has appeared in documentaries such as TCM’s Moguls and Movie Stars and Playboy’s Sex at 24 Frames Per Second. He is also the author of George Hurrell’s Hollywood, Cecil B. DeMille, and Majestic Hollywood, among other film-related titles. Vieira resides in Los Angeles.

TCM the ESSENTIALS-

Showcasing 52 Essential films from the golden age to the present, Turner Classic Movies invites you into a world filled with stirring performances, dazzling musical numbers, and bold directorial visions that mark the greatest moments in film history. These are movies that define what it means to be a classic. Readers can enjoy one film per week, for a year of stellar viewing, or indulge in their own classic movie festival.

Jeremy Arnold, a writer and film historian, is the author of Lawrence of Arabia: The 50th Anniversary, a coffee-table book companion to that film’s Blu-ray release. In addition to his work for numerous film trade publications, he has written over five hundred programming articles for the Turner Classic Movies website and contributed audio commentaries and historical essays to the DVD and Blu-ray releases of classic films. Jeremy lives in Los Angeles.

 

 

Creating the Illusion @ the Barn- Let’s kick off the TCM Film Festival 2016!

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HOLLYWOOD HERITAGE MUSEUM- CREATING THE ILLUSION w/ Jay Jorgensen & Donald Scoggins!

Hollywood Heritage-2100 N. Highland Ave (across from the Hollywood Bowl)

I have attended many great events at the Hollywood Heritage (a.k.a. the Barn) , but surprisingly, this will be my 1st ever book signing there.

The Larry Edmunds Bookshop is proud to be a part of the TCM Classic Film Festival for the 6th year in a row, and proud to kick it off at such a historic venue.

The Festival is proud to partner with the Hollywood Heritage Museum this year. The Museum is housed in the Lasky-DeMille Barn, built in 1901, and the structure is the oldest existing motion picture production building in Hollywood. The Museum tells the story of the early Hollywood motion picture industry and the historic Hollywood community, told through archival photographs, historic documents, movie props and related memorabilia.

The Festival will co-host a book signing & short presentation at the Museum for- Creating The Illusion: A Fashionable History of Hollywood Costume Designers, with co-authors Jay Jorgenson and Donald Scoggins, at 7pm on Wednesday, April 27.

Here’s more about the book:

Marilyn Monroe made history by standing over a subway grating in a white pleated halter dress designed by William Travilla. Hubert de Givenchy immortalized the Little Black Dress with a single opening scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A red nylon jacket signaled to audiences that James Dean was a Rebel Without a Cause. For more than a century, costume designers have left indelible impressions on moviegoers’ minds. Yet until now, so little has been known about the designers themselves and their work to complement and enrich stories through fashion. Creating the Illusion presents the history of fashion on film, showcasing not only classic moments from film favorites, but a host of untold stories about the creative talent working behind the scenes to dress the stars from the silent era to the present day. Among the book’s sixty-five designer profiles are Clare West, Howard Greer, Adrian, Walter Plunkett, Travis Banton, Irene, Edith Head, Cecil Beaton, Bob Mackie, and Colleen Atwood. The designers’ stories are set against the backdrop of Hollywood: how they collaborated with great movie stars and filmmakers; how they maneuvered within the studio system; and how they came to design clothing that remains iconic decades after its first appearance. The array of films discussed and showcased through photos spans more than one hundred years, from draping Rudolph Valentino in exotic “sheik” dress to the legendary costuming of Gone with the Wind, Alfred Hitchcock thrillers, Bonnie and Clyde, Reservoir Dogs, and beyond. This gloriously illustrated volume includes candid photos of the designers at work, portraits and wardrobe tests of stars in costume, and designer sketches. Drawing from archival material and dozens of new interviews with award-winning designers, authors Jay Jorgensen and Donald L. Scoggins offer a highly informative, lavish, and entertaining history of Hollywood costume design.

Admission is free to all TCM passholders & Hollywood Heritage members and includes admission to the Museum, featuring highlights of the collection.

For more about the Museum, please go to hollywoodheritage.org.

Of Paramount importance w/ Marc & Michael! Paramount Studios 1940-2000

3494PARAcvr.inddWEDNESDAY, APRIL 13th – 7:30 pm @ Larry Edmunds Bookshop-Paramount Studios 1940-2000

It is  always a joy to welcome friends back & the Lare really doesn’t have too many friends that go back further than Marc Wanamaker. As a matter of fact, the screen we will project the presentation upon is only here because of the kindness of Marc & Robert Nudelman back in 2007 when they did the very 1st book signing event I ever did here in the store.

Marc will be joined next Wednesday by co-author & friend of the Lare, Michael Christaldi to talk all things Paramount from 1940-2000.

Join us for a presentation, some conversation & some book signing about the studio behind the famous front gate.

The fascinating tale of Hollywood powerhouse Paramount Pictures—beginning with its birth in the 1910s through the turbulent decade of the 1930s—was told in Early Paramount Studios by Marc Wanamaker, Michael Christaldi, and E.J. Stephens. Now the same authors are back to tell the next 60 years of the studio saga in Paramount Studios: 1940–2000, with a foreword by former Paramount head of production Robert Evans.

This book picks up the story during the time of World War II—a successful era for the studio—which was followed by a decade of decline due to the upstart medium of television. By the 1960s, the studio teetered on the brink of bankruptcy before rebounding, thanks to several 1970s blockbusters, such as Love Story, The Godfather, and Chinatown. The tale continues through the final decades of the 20th century when Paramount showcased some of the greatest hits in its history.

As always, you can make it a mail order special if you can’t join us on the 13th.

 

Turan Turan! Kenneth Turan & The Lady Eve @ the AERO!

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SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 6;30 pm @ the AERO THEATER-Kenneth Turan & The Lady Eve!

When you’re a film critic for the Los Angeles Times & NPR among others, you’ve seen tons of movies. When you became a film critic because you were already addicted to film, you’ve seen even more.

Join me at the AERO Theater this Sunday, April 10 @ 6:30 pm when I join film critic Kenneth Turan who will be signing, “Not To Be Missed-54 Favorites From A Lifetime of Film”, which will be followed by a screening of one of those 54 films, Preston Sturges “The Lady Eve” at 7:30 pm.

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THE LADY EVE- Discussion following with Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan.  35 mm!THE LADY EVE 1941, Universal, 97 min, USA, Dir: Preston Sturges Henry Fonda is dim-witted ale heir “Hopsy” Pike (“Snakes are my life”); Barbara Stanwyck is Eve, cardsharp and con artist par excellence. Can this relationship work? Savage but never mean-spirited, this is Sturges at his best, blending violent slapstick, zesty dialogue and genuine romance into a peerless masterwork. With Charles Coburn, William Demarest, Eugene Pallette and Eric Blore.

Illeana-Rama! Illeana Douglas Blames Dennis Hopper.

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SATURDAY,MARCH 26 @ 2 pm at Larry Edmunds Bookshop-Illeana Douglas & Friends!!!

Join us for a special Saturday matinee here at the L.E.B. when Illeana Douglas & a cast of characters that are her friends join us here for a very special reading & clips & who knows what else?

Shenanigans. Stay tuned for details on who will be reading on the 26th.

Her love for cinema is full on and she will share stories from her own career in films like , “To Die For” & “Ghost World” as well as one of my favorite t.v. shows ever, “ACTION”.

Hollywood with the curtain peeled back a little bit. Hope to see you on Saturday the 26th. As always you can guarantee a seat by pre-ordering a copy of “I Blame Dennis Hopper” today!

Here’s a little more about the book:

I BLAME DENNIS HOPPER And Other Stories from a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies

From award-winning actress Illeana Douglas comes a memoir about learning to survive in Hollywood while staying true to her quirky vision of the world. In 1969 Illeana Douglas’ parents saw the film Easy Rider and were transformed. Taking Dennis Hopper’s words, “That’s what it’s all about man” to heart, they abandoned their comfortable upper middle class life and gave Illeana a childhood filled with hippies, goats, free spirits, and free love. Illeana writes, “Since it was all out of my control, I began to think of my life as a movie, with a Dennis Hopper-like father at the center of it.” I Blame Dennis Hopper is a testament to the power of art and the tenacity of passion. It is a rollicking, funny, at times tender exploration of the way movies can change our lives. With crackling humor and a full heart, Douglas describes how a good Liza Minnelli impression helped her land her first gig and how Rudy Vallee taught her the meaning of being a show biz trouper. From her first experience being on set with her grandfather and mentor-two-time Academy Award-winning actor Melvyn Douglas-to the moment she was discovered by Martin Scorsese for her blood-curdling scream and cast in her first film, to starring in movies alongside Robert DeNiro, Nicole Kidman, and Ethan Hawke, to becoming an award winning writer, director and producer in her own right, I Blame Dennis Hopper is an irresistible love letter to movies and filmmaking. Writing from the perspective of the ultimate show business fan, Douglas packs each page with hilarious anecdotes, bizarre coincidences, and fateful meetings that seem, well, right out of a plot of a movie. I Blame Dennis Hopper is the story of one woman’s experience in show business, but it is also a genuine reminder of why we all love the movies: for the glitz, the glamor, the sweat, passion, humor, and escape they offer us all.

Illeana Douglas- Celebrated actress, comedienne, writer, producer, director.97707274

Illeana  has starred in films like Goodfellas, Cape Fear, To Die For, Picture Perfect, Ghost World, as well as TV shows from Six Feet Under to Welcome to Sweden. She was an Internet pioneer with Easy To Assemble; millions have watched the web series she created and starred in from 2008 to 2013. As part of the Turner Classic Movies family she hosted Second Looks, and has done film introductions and memorable interviews with some of Hollywood’s greatest. She’s probably watching a movie right now.

Marsha & Mahhhvin!!! Marvin Paige Remembered! Marsha Hunt in person!

 

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Marvin Paige was always a helpful friend to me here at the LARE. My first big guest, Ernest Borgnine was courtesy of his help. So was Stefanie Powers. Thank you Marvin.

Marvin did the same for the American Cinematheque & so many other venues & events throughout Hollywood. The Cinematheque is paying tribute with the 2nd annual Marvin Paige Remembered next Sunday afternoon. It will also be a salute to a dear friend to Marvin & to all of us who love the golden age of Hollywood, the lovely Marsha Hunt.

We’re bringing signed copies of Marsha’s beautiful book, “The Way We Wore” to the party too. If you don’t have a copy and you are a fan of vintage fashion from the Golden Age , it is a book for you!

 

 

 

 

Marvin Paige Remembered Double Feature!

Marsha Hunt In Person!

MARSHA HUNT’S SWEET ADVERSITY / NONE SHALL ESCAPE

Marvin Paige brought countless celebrities to Cinematheque theaters; we remember the legendary casting director in honor of his birthday. Join us at 4:30 PM for a pre-screening reception courtesy of Midcentury Productions in the lobby. Film starts at 5:30 PM.

Discussion between films with actress Marsha Hunt and documentary director Roger C. Memos.

MARSHA HUNT’S SWEET ADVERSITY 2014, 98 min, USA, Dir: Roger C. Memos This fascinating documentary on the life and career of “Golden Age of Hollywood” actress-turned-humanitarian Marsha Hunt includes interviews from such stars as Norman Lloyd, Margaret O’Brien and Harry Belafonte.

WEBSITE Archival 35mm Print! NONE SHALL ESCAPE 1944, Sony Repertory, 85 min, USA, Dir: André De Toth Produced before the end of WWII, this indictment of Nazi evil was remarkably prescient. Alexander Knox is chilling as Wilhelm Grimm, a German officer whose war crimes unfold in flashback during a Nuremberg-like trial; Marsha Hunt gives one of her best performances as Grimm’s former lover. Oscar nominated for Best Original Story.

 

Stuntwomen & Shooting Women- An afternoon of Women in Film!

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“Stuntwomen” w/ Mollie Gregory & “Shooting Women” w/ Alexis Krasilovsky

Join us for an afternoon celebrating women in the film industry with 2 great books that examine the special contributions of stuntwomen & women behind the camera.

You never know if some special guests might show up to share stories from the set & the discuss the historical contributions of women in film as well what is happening today.

Author Alexis Krasilovsky brings, “Shooting Women” a book she wrote w/ authors Harriet Margolis & Julia Stein.

Shooting Women takes readers around the world to explore the lives of camerawomen working in features, TV news, and documentaries. From first world pioneers like African American camerawoman Jessie Maple Patton who got her job only after suing the union – to China’s first camerawomen – who travelled with Mao – to rural India where poor women have learned camerawork as a means of empowerment. Shooting Women reveals a world of women working with courage and skill in what has long been seen as a male field.

Alexis Krasilovsky is Professor in the Department of Cinema and Television Arts at California State University, Northridge, where she has taught film production, screenwriting and media theory and criticism. Krasilovsky is a member of the Alliance of Women Directors, the International Documentary Association, Women in Film, and the Writers Guild of America/west.

Mollie Gregory brings her latest, “Stuntwomen-the Untold Hollywood Story”

They’ve traded punches in knockdown brawls, crashed biplanes through barns, and raced to the rescue in fast cars. They add suspense and drama to the story, portraying the swimmer stalked by the menacing shark, the heroine dangling twenty feet below a soaring hot air balloon, or the woman leaping nine feet over a wall to escape a dog attack. Only an expert can make such feats of daring look easy, and stuntwomen with the skills to perform—and survive—great moments of action in movies have been hitting their mark in Hollywood since the beginning of film.

Here, Mollie Gregory presents the first history of stuntwomen in the film industry from the silent era to the twenty-first century. In the early years of motion pictures, women were highly involved in all aspects of film production, but they were marginalized as movies became popular, and more important, profitable. Capable stuntwomen were replaced by men in wigs, and very few worked between the 1930s and 1960s. As late as the 1990s, men wore wigs and women’s clothes to double as actresses, and were even “painted down” for some performances, while men and women of color were regularly denied stunt work. For decades, stuntwomen have faced institutional discrimination, unequal pay, and sexual harassment even as they jumped from speeding trains and raced horse-drawn carriages away from burning buildings. Featuring sixty-five interviews, Stuntwomen showcases the absorbing stories and uncommon courage of women who make their living planning and performing action-packed sequences that keep viewers’ hearts racing.

Mollie Gregory is the author of Women Who Run the Show: How a Brilliant and Creative New Generation of Women Stormed Hollywood, 1973–2000

Stuntwomen, a history of American stuntwomen from silent films up through the movies of the present, is an exhaustively researched, comprehensive volume. Gregory’s book fills a void in film history about this interesting, often overlooked, and vital cog in the film industry. — Sheila Benson, former chief film critic for the Los Angeles Times and writer for the National Society of Film Critics

Mollie Gregory clearly knows her subject inside out, and writes about it vividly and excitingly. — Kevin Brownlow, Film-maker and film historian

A salute to William Cameron Menzies- January 28-31@ the AERO!

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The career of William Cameron Menzies covers such a vast amount of ground, I don’t know how the Cinematheque chose what to show. The Lare will be on hand at the Aero Theatre for all 4 nights with our friend, author James Curtis who will be signing his new book, “William Cameron Menzies-The Shape of Films to Come” and introducing the films.

Join us on  Thursday, Jan. 28 for “Our Town”/ Friday, Jan. 29 for “Things To Come” & “Invaders From Mars”/Saturday, Jan. 30 for “Gone With the Wind” /Sunday, January 31 for “Foreign Correspondent” & “Bulldog Drummond”

Book signings every night at 6:30 in the lobby & films starting at 7:30 pm.

Whatever your classic film taste, there’s something for you! See you at the AERO!

About the Book:He was the consummate designer of film architecture on a grand scale, influenced by German expressionism and the work of the great European directors. He was known for his visual flair and timeless innovation, a man who meticulously preplanned the color and design of each film through a series of continuity sketches that made clear camera angles, lighting, and the actors’ positions for each scene, translating dramatic conventions of the stage to the new capabilities of film. Here is the long-awaited book on William Cameron Menzies, Hollywood’s first and greatest production designer, a job title David O. Selznick invented for Menzies’ extraordinary, all-encompassing, Academy Award–winning work on Gone With the Wind (which he effectively co-directed).

It was Menzies—winner of the first-ever Academy Award for Art Direction, jointly for The Dove (1927) and Tempest (1928), and who was as well a director (fourteen pictures) and a producer (twelve pictures)—who changed the way movies were (and still are) made, in a career that spanned four decades, from the 1920s through the 1950s. His more than 120 films include Rosita (1923), Things to Come (1936), Foreign Correspondent (1940), Kings Row (1942), Mr. Lucky (1943), The Pride of the Yankees (1943), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), Address Unknown (1944), It’s a Wonderful Life (1947), Invaders from Mars (1953), and Around the World in 80 Days (1956).

Now, James Curtis, acclaimed film historian and biographer, writes of Menzies’ life and work as the most influential designer in the history of film. His artistry encompassed the large, scenic drawings of Douglas Fairbanks’ The Thief of Bagdad (1924), which created a new standard for beauty on the screen and whose exotic fairy-tale sets are still regarded as pure genius. (“I saw The Thief of Bagdad when it first came out,” said Orson Welles—he was, at the time, a nine-year-old boy. “I’ll never forget it.”) Curtis writes of Menzies’ design and supervision of John Barrymore’s Beloved Rogue (1927), a film that remains a masterpiece of craft and synthesis, one of the most distinctive pictures to emerge from Hollywood’s waning days of silent films, and of his extraordinary, opulent appointments for Gone With the Wind (1939). It was Menzies who defined and solidified the role of art director as having overall control of the look of the motion picture, collaborating with producers like David O. Selznick and Samuel Goldwyn; with directors such as D. W. Griffith, Raoul Walsh, Alfred Hitchcock, Lewis Milestone, and Frank Capra. And with actors as varied as Ingrid Bergman, W. C. Fields, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, John Barrymore, Barbara Stanwyck, Ronald Reagan, Gary Cooper, Vivien Leigh, Carole Lombard, Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, and David Niven.

Interviewing colleagues, actors, directors, friends, and family, and with full access to the William Cameron Menzies family collection of original artwork, correspondence, scrapbooks, and unpublished writing, Curtis brilliantly gives us the path-finding work of the movies’ most daring and dynamic production designer: his evolution as artist, art director, production designer, and director. Here is a portrait of a man in his time that makes clear how the movies were forever transformed by his startling, visionary work. (With 16 pages of color illustrations, and black-and-white photographs throughout.)

About James Curtis: JAMES CURTIS is the author of Spencer Tracy: A Biography, W. C. Fields: A Biography (winner of the 2004 Theatre Library Association Award, Special Jury Prize), James Whale: A New World of Gods and Monsters, and Between Flops: A Biography of Preston Sturges. Curtis is married and lives in Brea, California.

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