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Tip of book

Hello dear!

Well, I’m doing a job in these last weeks and because of that I didn’t appear around here anymore… But tonight I was remembering a book which I borrowed from the university’s library a couple months ago… Then I decided sharing with you this tip!

The book, once again, is about classic cinema and, in addition, it talks about several myths and cultures represented on these movies. Interesting, right? So, this book I’m talking writing about is “Classical Myth and Culture in the Cinema” (2001), edited by Martin M. Winkler, and presents us some essays about this theme.

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Front cover

According the Oxford University Press (the publishing house of the book), “is a collection of essays presenting a variety of approaches to films set in ancient Greece and Rome and to films that reflect archetypal features of classical literature. […] for anyone interested in the presence of Greece and Rome in modern popular culture” (OUP, online).

I have to confess that I only read some parts of this book, because I borrowed it when I was writing my monograph, even so I was very interested to continue reading. For now it is one of the books which are in my list to read! So, what do you think about this tip? Do you like it? Tell me in the comments and see you soon! 🙂

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Another book!

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Well, every year around December’s end I always make a cleaning and organization at my room (especially in my wardrobe!), to begin the new year with everything in order and to separate things which I don’t use anymore to donate. The point is, in the last cleaning which I did last week, I found some interesting things that I was guarding, as this book I show you now (which I gained as a gift some years ago).

This book is called “The Great American Pin-Up” (2011), organized by Charles G. Martignette and Louis K. Meisel, who reunited some of the best artists (the top 100!) in the art to create pin-ups and tell us their stories, as well as show us their best creations. Then, the book is full of beautiful images from different eras and styles.

The book also has it texts in three languages (at least this version that I have): Spanish, Italian and Portuguese (in a mix of the Portuguese from Brazil and Portugal!), and the texts of informations about the book are in English, so this is a polyglote book! In addition, the original edition is from 1996 and the publishing house is Taschen.

So, what do you think about this “find”? Tell me in the comments! 🙂

A new purchase

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Today I’m here to show you my new purchase (which I finally bought last week!): the book “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Truman Capote! Yeah, that one which inspired the namesake movie (1961) starred by Audrey Hepburn! ❤

This book was first published in 1958 and the volume which I bought is a “50th Anniversary Edition” published in 2008 which also includes three other Capote’s stories: “House of Flowers”, “A Diamond Guitar” and “A Christmas Memory” (that I’m curious to read too!).

Now, I only have to set it in a row of the other books I need to read and also take time!! Then, when I can read this book I tell you a little more about it. See you soon!

P.S.: Do you also have a wishlist of books? Tell me about it! 🙂

Book tip!

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Today I’ll continue to share with you tips of books about the American Classic Cinema. Now, I will talk about one book which approaches specifically the 40’s movies and their stars: “City of Nets – A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940’s” by Otto Friedrich (1986).

According the publishing company which published the book here in Brazil, “it is a social and cultural story of the golden era from cinema’s capital. […] And its scenario is the turbulent decade between the Second World War and the Korean War. […] Then, the “City of Nets” is a bright portrait of an unique place in an unique time” (Companhia das Letras, online).

In addition, the “City of Nets” shows us some of the main movies of this specific decade, some of the professionals who worked there – which includes the stars, directors, producers, writers, journalists, among others – and gives us a perspective about all that happened in the backstages and around these productions (including some intrigues).

This book is a good reading and it is also an awesome complement to the other books which I just showed here and here about this theme. To finish, in the final pages of the “City of Nets”, the author makes a list of the main professionals who are mentioned during the book (especially the stars) and tells us how these people were in that moment (1986) and this is very interesting to read!

So, that’s it! I hope you enjoy and see you soon with another tip!

One more tip of book

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Today I’ll continue to share some tips of books which I read to my monograph. The chosen for today is also one of the basis of my project: “Movie-Made America – A Cultural History of American Movies” (1975) of the professor Robert Sklar (1936-2011). Below you can see one of the book covers in USA (left) and the book cover in Brazil (right – which was the book that I read, translated into Portuguese).

In this book, Sklar tells us all the cinema history since the beginning: how it was formed and convert in this entertainment industry which we know today, since the first exhibitions of short movies in the late of the 19th century to the early 20th century in states as New York until the creation of Hollywood some decades later. All of this history is accompanied by a social context brought by the author, which helps us to understand some of the paths that cinema was tracing as an industry.

About the book, William Grimes of the New York Times wrote “‘Movie-Made America’ was one of the first histories to place Hollywood films in a social and political context, finding them a key to understanding how modern American values and beliefs have been shaped […]. It immediately became a standard work on the subject and has never been out of print” (2011, online).

So I hope you have enjoyed this tip and be interested to read this amazing book!

Another tip of book

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Today I’ll share with you another tip of book which I used on my monograph and one of my favorites books about cinema: “The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era” (1988) by Thomas Schatz. (In fact, I read the edition of 1991 translated to Portuguese – photo below)

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Book cover in Brazil

This is a classical book about cinema because it shows us how Hollywood worked in its Golden Era through the “Studio System” where the executive producers of major studios were (maybe) the most important pieces of that system.

Then, it is a quite interesting book about the film industry of Hollywood and it also can be considered a complement in the study of the phenomenon of “Star System”, once this phenomenon appears in the context brought by this book (at least it worked for the goal of my monograph!).

The Brazilian publishing house which published this book here in Brazil wrote: “The genius of the system details how it worked the most fascinating industry of this century and take down inumerous romantic and idealistic taboos fed by critics and scholars about cinema” (Companhia Das Letras, 1991).

So, I totally recommend the “Genius of the System” for you, as well as all the other books by Thomas Schatz, who is an amazing writer! 🙂

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Guess what?? I finaly finished and presented my monograph! Then, I was thinking (and separating) in these last weeks some tips of wonderful books which I’ve read in this last year about the classic movies and artists of the American Golden Era…

Today, I’ll talk write about one of the books basis of my monograph: “Les Stars” (1957) of the French philosopher and sociologist Edgar Morin (1921-).

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Book Cover (Brazil/Portugal)

In this book, the author conceptualizes and explains about the phenomenon of the “Star system” in the cinema (which I’ve just talked a little bit in the beginning of this blog). Then, we can understand a little more how these artists emerge in the movies and why they become real stars, reaching an unbelievable fame and converting themselves in real myths.

To finish, I really believe this is an interesting reading for those who are in love by stars, artists and celebs in general. Furthermore, this is an amazing book! See you soon with another tip!

The Second Book

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Like I said yesterday, the another book which I bought (and I was anxiously waiting for it) is about my favorite actress Audrey Hepburn. I already said here before how she is important for me, cause she inspires me to be a better person each day and I believe she was a great and incredible being human (or even a big and lovely soul here in Earth).

Then, who’s better that her son to talk about her and to tell us a little about how she was in her private life? This book is exactly this: a mix of her biography, writing by her eldest son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, where he also wrote his memories about her as his mom. In this adorable book we can see some personal materials about Audrey H., like family photographs, letters, documents and other special things, which every fan would love to see.

Oh, the book title is “Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit” (2005), and I have to confess that when I bought it, I did know it was a very special book, however when I got it in my hands I almost cry (really!), cause it’s very beautiful and sensitive, we can see that it was wrote with much love, respect, care and soul (if you can understand me).

Below I just add some photos of the front and back cover, and one internal picture. And to finish this post I only want to say Thank You Mr. Sean H. Ferrer, for this magical gift to all people who admires your Mom! I don’t even have words (in English or Portuguese) to express what I want to say, only love ❤

New Books

Hello! How are you all?

After exactly a month, I took a time in the studies to back here to share with you the last books I bought. So let’s see them!

The first one has arrived in my house last month, after just two weeks of waiting. The book is about the main directors of American cinema in the 50’s, their memorable movies and the stars who starred them. Its author is Olivier-René Veillon and the original title of the book is “Le Cinema Americain – Les années cinquante” (French version, 1984), which in free translation for English can be “The American Cinema – The fifties”. But I bought the Brazilian edition, dated from 1993 and because of this the names are in Portuguese in the photos below. Give a look!

P.S.: I forgot to comment the beautiful cover with a Marlon Brando photo! ❤

In addition, there is the second book I bought which I was waiting for TWO LONG MONTHS until it has arrived in my home, what happened yesterday! But I’ll write a separate post for this book, cause how you’ll verify later, there’s much love involved… I will just anticipate that is about the adorable Audrey Hepburn.

See you in a little while!

Tips of books

Hello darling!!

Tonight I’ll give you a simple tip of two books which I’m using in my monograph to conclude the graduation course in the university and I’ve already used one of them here, in the first posts…

And why I will talk about them? Because they are about classic cinema, of course!

The first one is about the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, its adaptation from novel to cinema, the movie backstages, some stories and a lot of interesting things about the movie. The book also talks about Audrey Hepburn’s career beginning until she starred this film as Holly Golightly. Another interesting theme in this book is how women were represented in the 50’s and 60’s in American cinema. Give a look in a photo of the book (in Brazilian version) and in some pictures which are inside it. All the informations about the book are after the photos (in the original version, in English).

The book in Brazilian version

The book in Brazilian version

Some pictures in the book

Some pictures in the book

  • Original title: Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. – Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the dawn of the modern woman
  • Author: Sam Wasson
  • Year of publication: 2010
  • Publishing house: Harper

The second tip of book is a Marilyn Monroe’s biography. And I’m indicating this book because you should know that some of her biographies are quite sensationalists. But, reading this one (that a big fan of her, indicated to me), you can see all the stories and legends about this cultural icon treated in a way more serious and credible. Besides, you can realize how the big movie stars were built by Hollywood. Like the another book, the photos are in the Brazilian version of the book and the informations are after.

Cover book (Brazilian version)

The book in Brazilian version

Some photos in the book

Some pictures in the book

  • Original title: The secret life of Marilyn Monroe
  • Author: J. Randy Taraborrelli
  • Year of publication: 2009
  • Publishing house: Rose Books

 

I hope you have enjoyed these tips!! See you! 😉