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 Posted:   Dec 3, 2013 - 10:37 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

I bought the same Prometheus book and love it. I always enjoy those kinds of "Art of the Film" books. I have another one for the Captain America film that is terrific as well.

Michael: I came back because I wanted to add that there are some terrific pics in this book, despite my quibbles about the low definition of them. I'm glad you like it!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2013 - 7:04 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

I'll second CindyLover's choices, THE DEVIL'S CANDY and FINAL CUT--They're lip-smacking good accounts of two legendary disasters.

(And whatever DID become of DePalma's sharp young assistant on BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES, Eric Schwab, who actually executed the stunning opening shot from the Chrysler Building and the sumptuos twilight telephoto landing of the Concorde.)

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 4, 2013 - 10:03 AM   
 By:   TPC   (Member)

I didn't see this one mentioned anywhere: "The Making of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" by Allen Asherman

Also, I have the novelization of Airport 1975 which includes a section on the making of the film.

 
 Posted:   Dec 26, 2015 - 4:33 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)


I also recommend J. W. Rinzler, “The Making of Star Wars” (2007).

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0345494768



It must be a sign of how big a geek I've always been that I am reading this over the holidays.

It must be a sign of how big a geek I am no longer that I did not buy it, but only borrowed it from the library.


First it’s a lavish coffee-table book, but also filled elaborately with the description of the creative process,


And the print is so damned small! That make the book an even bigger commitment to read!

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 27, 2015 - 10:32 AM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

And here I thought that the reason this thread was revived was so that mention could be made of RETURN TO TOMORROW...

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2015 - 8:55 AM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

Would the BFI books series count? I think they had a Bladerunner one, I also bought one about The Thing which though good had some odd errors and pictures of deleted scenes - Bennings alternate death by stabbing - which are never addressed in the book. Also The Exorcist probably by Kermode. I also have the Jaws Log and maybe one about Jaws 2 or it's another book on Jaws, and one about The Exorcist 2 which is very interesting. There are lots of interesting recommendations in this thread which will probably cost me a small fortune! smile

 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2015 - 3:22 PM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)


I also recommend J. W. Rinzler, “The Making of Star Wars” (2007).

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0345494768



It must be a sign of how big a geek I've always been that I am reading this over the holidays.

It must be a sign of how big a geek I am no longer that I did not buy it, but only borrowed it from the library.


First it’s a lavish coffee-table book, but also filled elaborately with the description of the creative process,


And the print is so damned small! That make the book an even bigger commitment to read!


I bought these three (Star Wars through Jedi) for Kindle, and it works great on the iPad - no problem with small print, and there are even a few video segments!

I'd love to buy Return to Tomorrow for Kindle as well, Preston, as you may have seen me say once or twice before. And then I'd talk about it! wink

 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2015 - 4:46 PM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

The University of Wisconsin series of books on Warner Bros. features is excellent.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 28, 2015 - 6:17 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

As always, folks, Ray here is right on the money. Each book features (no pun intended) the script, along with a long treatise on the film's production history. I have many of them in my library, and would gladly have more, they're all essential.

By coincidence, I happen to be reading about the University of Wisconsin as a hotbed of film appreciation in Patrick McGilligan's introduction to his wonderful 2000 book of filmmaker interviews, FILM CRAZY. Also highly recommended, of course.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 29, 2015 - 1:01 AM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

Oh would Richard E Grant's With Nails count? It's his film diaries. Really great read, very fun with tons of anecdotes.

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2016 - 5:50 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)


I also recommend J. W. Rinzler, “The Making of Star Wars” (2007).

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0345494768




I'm afraid I have to take 2 Princess points away from an author who does the following:

In the caption for the "official backstage" Oscar photo of John Williams winning the STAR WARS award, the other person next to him, also holding an Oscar is "unidentified."

Even a mope like me can look up the winners for music for that year and find that it's Jonathan Tunick.

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2016 - 5:51 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

But I will give him 2 points for the following excellent quote, from TCF board of directors member Warren Hellman:

"The movie industry is a very vituperative and petty industry most of the time...."

 
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