Reality Ends Here: 80 Years of USC Cinematic Arts

By: Goldman, Michael

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[as-new copy, but bumped at the spine ends, hence not quite "Fine"; jacket shows very slight effects from the same bumping, but is otherwise flawless]. (B&W and color photographs, graphics) Elaborately-produced and fantastically self-congratulatory history of the film school at the University of Southern California, founded in 1929 with a little boost from the then two-year-old Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. (There's a fabulous photo in the book of Douglas Fairbanks, the Academy's first President, delivering the opening lecture in the school's "Introduction to Photoplay" course, considered to be the official inauguration of the film school, although other cinema-related classes had been offered as early as 1927.) The book's Foreword is by the school's most notably successful alumnus, George Lucas, who also of course bankrolled the fabulous facilities currently in use by the department, and, one suspects, bankrolled this book as well. (All of which is JUST FINE, don't get me wrong (I went to UCLA myself but don't get me started on them), and after all, USC took cinema seriously much earlier than any other American university, so all appropriate kudos to them. I must say, though, that the full-page color photo of G.L. standing in the midst of a crowd of adoring USC students that faces his Foreword is a BIT much, especially with the Exterior-Day lighting so obviously contrived to give him that special super-being glow; it's a little too close, for my taste, to the poster image for GANDHI -- even to the way he's holding his hands in front of him. Oh well, "Reality Ends Here," right?)

Title: Reality Ends Here: 80 Years of USC Cinematic Arts

Author: Goldman, Michael

Categories: Cinema: History,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: San Rafael CA, Insight Editions: (c.2009)

ISBN Number: 1933784776

ISBN Number 13: 9781933784779

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine in Near Fine dj

Seller ID: 20759

Keywords: University of Southern California George Lucas Film Education Film Schools