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Image for Brigitte - Vol. 1, No. 1 [magazine devoted to Brigitte Bardot]

Brigitte - Vol. 1, No. 1 [magazine devoted to Brigitte Bardot]

By: (Peter A. Myerson, ed.)

Price: $40.00

Publisher: New York, Dell Publishing Co., Inc.: (c.1958)

Edition: (Vol. 1, No. 1)

Seller ID: 21918


[a few tiny nicks at edges and corners of front cover, very light surface wear to covers]. (B&W photographs) The first issue (was there a second?) of a magazine-format publication about the "strange life of the sex kitten," as the front-cover banner has it. Covers her childhood, her meeting (and breakup) with Roger Vadim, her various leading men, all kinds of information about what she's "really like" (uh-huh), her movies, etc. The last section includes... View more info

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A Dreadful Man

By: Aherne, Brian, assisted by George Sanders and Benita Hume

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: (c.1979)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 22187


[small remainder stamp (the little S&S man) on bottom edge, no other significant wear; jacket slightly dog-eared at top of spine, otherwise shows only light handling wear]. (B&W photographs) A biography of actor George Sanders, who committed suicide at the age of 65 because he was "bored" (although he clearly was suffering from depression), by a close friend and fellow actor. From the jacket: "a splendid examination of a complex and fascinating personality ... View more info

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William Wyler

By: Anderegg, Michael A.

Price: $20.00

Publisher: Boston, Twayne Publishers: 1979

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18103


(no dust jacket, as issued) [some rubbing to gilt lettering and decoration on spine, otherwise a solid, unworn copy, with a slight musty smell that will probably dissipate over time]. (Twayne's Theatrical Arts Series) Series (B&W photographs) Critical survey of the work of the great American film director. Following the format of this excellent series, the book includes a chronology of Wyler's life, a selected bibliography and a filmography. Because most of the books ... View more info

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Home: A Memoir of My Early Years

By: Andrews, Julie

Price: $12.00

Publisher: New York, Hyperion: (c.2008)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16484


(price-clipped) [nice tight unread copy, very slight bump to top rear corner, no other discernible wear; jacket shows just a trace of surface wear, bumped down from Near Fine only because of the price-clipping]. (B&W photographs) Because I've loved Julie Andrews since I was eleven years old. You got a problem? View more info

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So You Wanna Be a Director? [*SIGNED*]

By: Annakin, Ken

Price: $30.00

Publisher: Sheffield, England, Tomahawk Press: 2001

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18385


[slight dog-earing to corners of rear cover, a bit of scuffing and minor creasing to covers, light soiling to page edges, small gouge in bottom edge]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED generically ("Best Wishes") and SIGNED by the author at the upper corner of the ffep. Memoir by the veteran British director, who (per the cover blurb) "has directed, written and produced over fifty feature films in Africa, India, Malaysia, Scandinavia, China, Europe and Am... View more info

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Eisenstein

By: Barna, Yon (translated by Lise Hunter)

Price: $15.00

Publisher: Bloomington, Indiana University Press: 1973

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 15299


[nice clean copy, minor shelfwear; jacket shows a little wear along right side of front panel, very light soiling]. (B&W photographs) Critical biography of the great Soviet filmmaker, originally published in Bucharest in 1966; this edition was "substantially revised by the author." Review copy, with original publisher's slip laid in. View more info

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James Dean: A Biography

By: Bast, William

Price: $250.00

Publisher: New York, Ballantine Books: (c.1956)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17722


[very light bumping at several corners and base of spine, very slight deterioration to cloth at base of spine, small date stamp on ffep; jacket a bit scuffed and edgeworn, one slightly ragged closed tear and associated creasing at top of front panel, small chip at top of rear panel, minor paper loss at spine corners]. (B&W photograph) The first book-length biography of Dean to appear after his death, by a friend (and former UCLA classmate); issued simultaneously in pape... View more info

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Memo from David O. Selznick

By: Behlmer, Rudy, ed.

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, The Viking Press: 1972

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17602


[nice copy, binding solid (no small matter in a book of this heft), light shelfwear and minor soiling to bottom edge; jacket shows a little wear along the bottom edge, with a couple of tiny tears at bottom corners and a horizontal crease/wrinkle along the bottom of the front panel, short diagonal creases at top corners of both flaps]. (B&W photographs) An endlessly fascinating read-through of the correspondence files of the legendary producer of GONE WITH THE WIND and o... View more info

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Orson Welles

By: Bessy, Maurice (translated by Ciba Vaughan)

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Crown Publishers Inc.: (c.1971, 1963)

Edition: 1st printing thus

Seller ID: 21972


[moderate edgewear to covers; binding solid, text clean]. (Editions Seghers' Cinema d'Aujourd'hui in English) Series Trade PB (B&W photographs) "An investigation into his fimls and philosophy." Orginally published in French in 1963; this edition "has been brought up to the present, adapted for an American audience, and includes an up-to-date bibliography, filmography, and many photographs." View more info

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Allan Dwan: The Last Pioneer

By: Bogdanovich, Peter

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Praeger Publishers: 1971

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21978


[solid copy, light external wear, faint diagonal crease in upper corner of rear cover (Praeger Film Library) Series Trade PB (B&W photographs) "In half-a-century making films, Allan Dwan worked with D.W. Griffith, directed Douglas Fairbanks, Gloria Swanson and Shirley Temple, discovered Ida Lupino, and made action pictures like SUEZ and SANDS OF IWO JIMA." An extended interview (which originated as an American Film Institute oral history) with the veteran film ... View more info

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Deborah Kerr

By: Braun, Eric

Price: $25.00

Publisher: London, W.H. Allen: 1977

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 17148


[solid copy, bottom corners slightly bumped, foxing to page edges, embossed ownership seal on front and rear endpapers; jacket has a little foxing on flap, light external surface wear]. (B&W photographs) Authorized biography of "Britain's best-loved gift to Hollywood superstardom," written by an author "who has followed her life and career since working on one of her early British successes, and to whom she has accorded the fullest possible co-operation in r... View more info

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Burt Lancaster: An American Life [*SIGNED*]

By: Buford, Kate

Price: $15.00

Publisher: New York, Alfred A. Knopf: 2000

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 17116


[a nice tight unread copy, very faint spotting on top edge; jacket has a minor internal dampstain at base of spine, but exterior appearance is flawless]. (B&W photographs) SIGNED by the author on the title page. The first full-scale biography of Lancaster, "a dynamic biography of a passionate and committed star." Signed by Author View more info

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With Powder on My Nose [*SIGNED*]

By: Burke, Billie, with Cameron Shipp

Price: $100.00

Publisher: New York, Coward-McCann, Inc.: (c.1959)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18828


[some shelfwear to cloth at bottom edge, otherwise a solid clean book; jacket a little darkened at spine, worn along joints, wrinkling/creasing at top of spine]. (line drawings) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page: "To my beloved director / and dearest thanks for / being in that time[?]/ picture! Here I am / with precious Philadelphia / all about me -- / [illegible] - be more faithful. / devotedly / Billie / Oct. 27th /1959." The fluttery-... View more info

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A Tribute to Fred Astaire

By: Carrick, Peter

Price: $10.00

Publisher: Salem NH, Salem House: 1985 (c.1984)

Edition: 1st U.S. edition

Seller ID: 11928


[covers very slightly bowed outwards, otherwise a nice clean copy, no discernible wear; jacket very slightly yellowed along top edge]. (B&W photographs) Straightforward biography of the dancer/singer/actor; not sure why it's called a "tribute," exactly. View more info

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Errol Flynn: A Memoir

By: Conrad, Earl

Price: $30.00

Publisher: New York, Dodd, Mead & Company: (c.1978)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18871


[minor shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket shows just a trace of wear at extremities]. (B&W photographs) "A personal exploration of the enigma of the character of Errol Flynn," by the author who ghost-wrote the actor's notorious and just-barely-posthumously published autobiography, "My Wicked, Wicked Ways." He "recounts here how the actor defied the normal during the last year of his life, when they were working together on the book. In three rollickin... View more info

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Von Stroheim

By: Curtiss, Thomas Quinn

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 1971

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14902


(price-clipped) [good solid copy, light wear at corners, a couple of tiny spots on fore-edge; jacket very slightly worn along top edge]. (B&W photographs) The authorized (more or less) biography of the actor-turned-director who made some of the most daring films of the silent era, but was ultimately ostracized for his extravagant ways. Author Curtiss, a one-time student of Sergei Eisenstein (and one-time lover of Klaus Mann), first met von Stroheim in 1940, and became ... View more info

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Twentieth Century's Fox: Darryl F. Zanuck and the Culture of Hollywood

By: Custen, George F.

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, BasicBooks: (c.1997)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 14933


[nice clean copy, very light bumping at spine ends, minimal shelfwear, NO remainder or other marks; jacket slightly wrinkled along top edge, one tiny tear at top front foldover (B&W photographs) "In this major new biography, [the author] illuminates Zanuck's evolution into one of the most influential producers in American film. He explains what set him apart from rivals Irving Thalberg and David O. Selznick, how he developed the gritty realism that came to redefin... View more info

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Keaton: The Man Who Wouldn't Lie Down

By: Dardis, Tom

Price: $7.00

Publisher: New York, Charles Scribner's Sons: (c.1979)

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 9105


[nice tight clean copy, mild shelfwear; jacket shows minor surface/edge wear]. (B&W photographs) The jacket blurb states that the author "is the first biographer to have access to the files of the Buster Keaton Production Company, Twentieth Century-Fox, and MGM, where he saw all of Keaton's sound films, including two which now cannot be shown commercially. With a thorough knowledge of the field, he looks closely at Keaton's work, the economics, structure, mood, and... View more info

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My Secret Mother, Lorna Moon

By: de Mille, Richard

Price: $10.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 1998

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 16385


[very slight wear and minor bumping to bottom edge; jacket shows just a bit of surface-scratching]. (B&W photographs) Fascinating memoir by the adopted son of famed movie producer/director Cecil B. DeMille, and his discovery -- many years after the fact -- that his birth mother was "an exotic figure of silent-film-era Hollywood," the novelist/screenwriter/newspaperwoman Lorna Moon, and that he was the illegitimate product of her liaison with Cecil's brother Will... View more info

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My Secret Mother, Lorna Moon [*SIGNED*]

By: de Mille, Richard

Price: $25.00

Publisher: New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 1998

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 18025


[the slightest bit of wear at base of spine, otherwise a tight and flawless copy; jacket shows some minor abrasion to front panel]. (B&W photographs) INSCRIBED briefly and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. Fascinating memoir by the adopted son of famed movie producer/director Cecil B. DeMille, centered around his discovery -- many years after the fact -- that his birth mother was "an exotic figure of silent-film-era Hollywood," the novelist/screenwri... View more info