Thursday, 5 January 2012

My picks for newly published classic film books!

It's 2012, and time to kick off a new year of classic movie reading! Thanks to boxing day sales, I now have many new books in my possession, and I can't wait to talk about them with you once I have read them! Here are my must-read picks!

1) Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman
I'm currently reading this enchanting New York Times bestseller by Sam Wasson on the making of the classic Breakfast at Tiffany's, and how Audrey Hepburn's iconic performance initiated the modern woman into the film world through her fashion and her unique screen persona. It reads more like an entertaining fictional account than a behind-the-scenes documentary, and is such a light and quick read that even the busiest of people can make time to sit down and give it a read. Who doesn't love Audrey, and who doesn't love this film?

2) Music Makes Me: Fred Astaire and Jazz
This book by Todd Decker takes a look at an underrated aspect of Fred Astaire's enormous talent: his singing! Decker argues that Astaire is in fact one of the greatest jazz singers of the 20th Century. I haven't read the book yet, but I am certain that Decker's argument will be very convincing, considering Astaire's impeccable sense of rhythm, his precision as a drummer, and his distinctive singing style. As a singer who loves to sing jazz myself, I can't wait to delve into this one!!

3) Judy: A Legendary Film Career
Garland expert John Fricke has done it again with his beautiful tribute to Judy's prolific film career. A tribute to each film is written in chronological order, as well as beautifully chosen and rarely seen photographs to accent his beautiful words. A must for every Judy fan.

4) How to Dress for Success
Originally written in the 1960s and recently re-published, film fans who have for years loved Edith Head's costume designs can now get tips from the genius woman herself! The book is unquestionably dated (certain chapters focus on how to court a man and land a husband), there is still some wonderful wardrobe advice for those of us who wish we could have lived in an era of Edith Head-designed gowns and dresses and outfits. A charming and very feminine book!

What are your picks for film reading this year? Can't wait to hear!

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