FRIDAY,JANUARY 9th-Cecil B. DeMille & the Art of the Epic!
6:30 pm book signing/7:3o pm films- “Cleopatra”& “The Sign of the Cross”
the Billy Wilder Theater @ the Hammer Museum- 10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Happy New Year!
How are you all doing? I certainly hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday season, we have here at the Lare.I am so ready to get 2015 underway with so many great guests & books! Every year has brought a bounty of cinematic gold and I feel very fortunate to do what I do. This year will be no exception.
We are happy to start the new year at a venue that is welcoming us for the first time & I would like to thank the Billy Wilder Theater for having us.
We will be with an old friend, Mark A. Vieira & we will be talking about & watching Cecil B. DeMille.
More about the many other screenings during this salute to DeMille can be found at : https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/
If you can’t make it, we can get it signed and sent as always.
We thank you Larry Edmunds Bookshop customers. Here’s wishing you the finest of years in 2015!
Here’s more about the book:
SUMMARY Colossal. Stupendous. Epic. These adjectives, used by movie companies to hawk their wares, became clichés long ago. When used to describe the films of one director, they are accurate. More than any filmmaker in the history of the medium, Cecil B. DeMille mastered the art of the spectacle. In the process, he became a filmland founder. One hundred years ago, he made the first feature film ever shot in Hollywood and went on to become the most commercially successful producer-director in history. DeMille told his cinematic tales with painterly, extravagant images. The parting of the Red Sea in The Ten Commandments was only one of these. There were train wrecks (The Greatest Show on Earth); orgies (Manslaughter); battles (The Buccaneer); Ancient Rome (The Sign of the Cross); Ancient Egypt (Cleopatra); and the Holy Land (The Crusades). The best of these images are showcased here, in Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic.
This lavish volume opens the King Tut’s tomb of cinematic treasures that is the Cecil B. DeMille Archives, presenting storyboard art, concept paintings, and an array of photographic imagery. Historian Mark A. Vieira writes an illuminating text to accompany these scenes. Cecilia de Mille Presley relates her grandfather’s thoughts on his various films, and recalls her visits to his sets, including the Egyptian expedition to film The Ten Commandments. Like the director’s works, Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic is a panorama of magnificence—celebrating a legendary filmmaker and the remarkable history of Hollywood.
ABOUT CECILIA DE MILLE PRESLEY AND MARK A. VIEIRA Mark A. Vieira is a photographer and writer who specializes in Hollywood history. He has lectured at USC, UCLA, Lincoln Center, Universal Studios, the Hollywood Heritage Museum, and the Palm Springs Film Festival. Vieira has appeared in documentaries such as TCM’s Moguls and Movie Stars, Playboy’s Sex at 24 Frames Per Second, and the BBC’s Shooting the Stars. He is also the author of George Hurrell’s Hollywood, Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy, and Majestic Hollywood, among other film-related titles. Vieira resides in Los Angeles. Cecilia DeMille Presley is the president of the Cecil B. DeMille Foundation, which endows higher education and child welfare in Southern California. She produces documentaries and serves as vice chairman of the National Film Preservation Foundation. She is also on the board of trustees of the American Film Institute, the Chapman University School of Film, and the executive board of the UCLA School of Film & Television. Presley lives in Newport Beach, California. Mark A. Vieira is a writer, historian, and photographer with over forty years of experience working in Hollywood. He makes portraits using the George Hurrell technique. Mark has lectured at USC, UCLA, Lincoln Center, Universal Studios, the Hollywood Heritage Museum, and the Palm Springs Film Festival. He has appeared in documentaries such as TCM’s Moguls and Movie Stars and Playboy’s Sex at 24 Frames Per Second. Mark is also the author of several books, including The Making of Some Like It Hot (with Tony Curtis), Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy, and Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood.