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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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    New And Notable Film Books For November – Part 1

    Years ago, writer-photographer Mark A. Vieira wrote and compiled a handsome book called "Hurrell’s Hollywood Portraits." This enormous and elegant volume supersedes it...

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    More John Ford? Never Enough!

    When TCM asked if I would provide on-camera thoughts for a DVD set of five John Ford films made for Columbia Pictures, I happily said yes.

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    A Helluva Life, Making Movies

    I can’t think of many producers or studio executives who have penned memoirs. I also can’t imagine one being more entertaining or enlightening than David V. Picker’s "Musts, Maybes and Nevers," which earns my heartiest recommendation.

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    Silent Comedy Scholarship

    I pored over every page of this book with great interest, from his intricate historical notes to his detailed filmographies. And just when you think you’ve reached the end of this massive volume, he offers a bonus:

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    New And Notable Film Books

    Roman Polanski once said, “You have to show violence the way it is. If you don’t show it realistically, that’s immoral and harmful."

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    There’s No Business Like…

    Last Friday, I witnessed one of the greatest nightclub performances I’ve ever seen when singer Marilyn Maye took the stage at Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles.

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