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    Gotta Dance! Movie Musical Posters

    What a perfect marriage: posters celebrating Hollywood musicals at the summertime mecca for dance, Jacob’s Pillow, in the Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts. And who better to serve as guest of honor than Marge Champion, still vital at age 95?

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    Books For Disney Diehards

    Two recent books, ‘The Lost Notebook’ and ‘Inside the Whimsy Works,’ present fresh fodder for serious Disney buffs…

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    An Amazing Buster Keaton “Find”

    Get ready for never-before-seen photographs and a copy of an annotated script for Buster Keaton’s masterpiece 'The General.'

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    The Art Of Mary Blair: In Person And In Print

    There are two outstanding exhibits in the temporary galleries at the Walt Disney Family Museum right now; one honoring master animator Marc Davis and the other paying tribute to one of Walt Disney’s favorite artists, Mary Blair.

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    John Wayne Revealed

    "John Wayne: The Life and Legend" is a thoughtful, well-written book. Even if you’re familiar with Wayne’s career, chances are you’ll learn things you didn’t know; I certainly did.

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    A Sharper Focus On Hollywood And WWII

    In "Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War," author Mark Harris has dug into primary (and private) source material to divulge the full story as no one has before.

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    My Favorite Hollywood Saga—Reinvented

    "Mabel and Me" may be a work of fiction but it is impressively detailed in its portrayal of early 20th century Los Angeles, along with the birth and development of moviemaking in Hollywood.

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    A Cult Favorite Gets His Due

    Noah Isenberg has spent the last decade working on this most welcome book, which can lay claim to being a definitive study of Edgar G. Ulmer.

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    Still More New And Notable Film Books

    Who would have thought that someone who has never written a book before could bring an unsung actress of the past to life so vividly? Through diligent research and serendipitous access to Dvorak’s journals and letters, Rice does just that.

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    More New And Notable Film Books

    Here’s a second helping of film-related books worth checking out this holiday season. I hope the listings are useful, whether you’re looking for Christmas gifts or adding to your own library.

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