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Hollywood Fashion: 100 Years of Hollywood Icons

A fresh and appealing addition for film displays. It’s a foundational and fun overview for readers interested in learning more about classic and contemporary Hollywood fashion.
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Surely You Can’t Be Serious: The True Story of ‘Airplane!’

This audiobook about the creation of an iconic film lands successfully. Recommended.

The Other Fab Four: The Remarkable True Story of the Liverbirds, Britain’s First Female Rock Band

A fascinating and tender look at the Liverbirds and their extraordinary lives.
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A Light in the Darkness: The Music and Life of Joaquín Rodrigo

This exhaustive, annotated treatment about Rodrigo’s work is best for musicologists, although cultural historians will find it helpful.

Terrence Malick and the Examined Life

An exceptional and intriguing look at the career of Terrence Malick, an American filmmaking marvel.
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The Tony Awards: A Celebration of Excellence in Theatre

A breezy, charming, heartwarming work for fans of Broadway and its stars. It shows love for theater craft and Broadway’s powerful sense of community while also recognizing that roads to success are often long and bumpy.
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Funny Boy: The Richard Hunt Biography

Exemplary research, culled from a plenitude of interviews with Hunt’s family, friends, and coworkers, reveals a talented artist with tireless energy, enthusiasm, wit, and personality.
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Playing the Percentages: How Film Distribution Made the Hollywood Studio System

A contribution to the lesser-known field of media distribution, this joins Joel Frykholm’s George Kleine and America Cinema and Michael Quinn’s dissertation “Early Feature Distribution,” which Long praises. Economic historians and attorneys interested in contracts and court rulings might be the most natural audience for this dissertation-styled book.

Shakespeare: The Man Who Pays the Rent

A compendium of great wit and wisdom with universal appeal. Both Shakespeare fans and novices, especially students who might find his language difficult to understand, will be delighted.

The House of Hidden Meanings: A Memoir

A probing, emotionally raw memoir that’s an introspective examination of RuPaul’s family and the issues he confronted before embracing self-love.

Not Your China Doll: The Wild and Shimmering Life of Anna May Wong

A thoroughly researched and superbly written study of a remarkable woman. An important addition to film history and cultural studies collections.
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Dancing on the Edge: A Journey of Living, Loving, and Tumbling Through Hollywood

With his role in the Twin Peaks reboot and his numerous dance numbers finding new life online, Tamblyn, his engaging memoir, and his stories will be of high interest.
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The Animated Universal Classic Monsters

A highly specialized book that may have a narrow audience. Hahn’s hilarious writing style, however, makes this one of the more amusing film reference works available.
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Me and Mr. Jones: My Life with David Bowie and the Spiders from Mars

There’s little new here about Bowie, but this is an appealing look into a legendary era of rock. For Bowie fans and completist collections.

From the Moment They Met It Was Murder: ‘Double Indemnity’ and the Rise of Film Noir

Film lovers will eat up this book about Double Indemnity’s true-crime origins.

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Candida Royalle and the Sexual Revolution: A History from Below

For readers interested in works about feminism and sex in the late 20th century or in biographies of historically overlooked women.
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Exodus: The Shanghai Jews

A short but compelling docudrama that breathes life into the accounts of a too-little-discussed population of Holocaust survivors in Shanghai. Share with educators and general audiobook listeners seeking accounts of Jewish refugees or World War II history.
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World Within a Song: Music That Changed My Life and Life That Changed My Music

Tweedy’s charisma shines throughout this outstanding blend of memoir, music appreciation, and all-around joy. The journey through Tweedy’s musical history will have listeners hitting pause to check out the many songs he references.

Great Falls, MT: Fast Times, Post-Punk Weirdos, and a Tale of Coming Home Again

Part memoir, part performance, part comedy riff, this vibrant audiobook is not to be missed.

The Woman in Me

Though Spears’s words are affecting on their own, narrator Williams’s gentle Southern drawl and slight vocal fry make this gripping memoir an unputdownable must-listen.
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Making It So: A Memoir

Recommended for fans of Carrie Fisher’s memoirs or Dave Grohl’s The Storyteller.
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Daughter of the Dragon: Anna May Wong’s Rendezvous with American History

Cinema and history buffs alike will enjoy this engaging tale of a Chinese American cultural icon.

The Upcycled Self: A Memoir on the Art of Becoming Who We Are

A portrait of an artist’s evolution that should resonate with hip-hop lovers and Roots fans alike. It’s short and will leave listeners wanting more.
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If You Would Have Told Me: A Memoir

Stamos shares the shiny and not-so-shiny memories of his past, reflecting on the importance of experiencing the good times and the bad. An excellent choice for those who enjoy memoirs and pop culture or are avid John Stamos fans.
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Everywhere an Oink Oink: An Embittered, Dyspeptic, and Accurate Report of Forty Years in Hollywood

Recommended for fans of supercilious arts and entertainment autobiographies. Perhaps more palatable in print, as readers can absorb the information at their own pace; the audio format is an optional purchase for most libraries.

Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones

Part memoir, part fashion manifesto, part archive, this engaging audio bursts with humor, confidence, and candor. The production deserves all the rhinestone stars it will earn.

Historical Dictionary of Choral Music

A remarkable resource that will please both musical professionals and amateurs, along with teachers and their students, and conductors and singers.
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Jean Peters: Hollywood’s Mystery Girl

The author clearly did an incredible amount of research, but much of Peters’s personal life remains a mystery.
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Vampires in Silent Cinema

Though written for academic audiences, this title is engaging. Movie buffs will appreciate the extra effort Rhodes makes to resurrect films lost to time.

Cocktails with George and Martha: Movies, Marriage, and the Making of ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’

Multilayered and eminently revisitable (like the play and the film), Gefter’s wonderful book helps readers reevaluate vis-à-vis values prevalent half a century later.
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The Rulebreaker: The Life and Times of Barbara Walters

A definitive and deeply researched biography, likely to be in high demand at all libraries, especially those with book clubs. Perfect for future journalists and young people who may not know what women went through to break into careers that were traditionally unwelcoming to them.
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Candy Darling: Dreamer, Icon, Superstar

A richly detailed and thoughtful portrait of Candy Darling, an innovator during an era that, although on the cusp of change, had not yet evolved far enough beyond the limited boundaries of conformity.

3 Shades of Blue: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, and the Lost Empire of Cool

A compulsively readable book about three jazz legends who came together for one glorious moment to produce one of the best, most influential jazz records ever.
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Music and the Idea of a World

A distinctive exploration of the many meanings of music. Best for music theorists and those with a background in philosophy.
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The Swans of Harlem: Five Black Ballerinas, Fifty Years of Sisterhood, and Their Reclamation of a Groundbreaking History

Valby gives each dancer space for their stories to naturally flow, writing them as fully realized individuals with their own hopes and dreams. A heartwarming addition to performing arts biographies.

The Story of the Bee Gees: Children of the World

This detailed and well-researched biography gives the Bee Gees proper respect. For fans of the group and music memoirs.
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Unspooled: How the Cassette Made Music Shareable

A solid blend of history and nostalgia about cassette tapes that’s perfect for Gen Xers and older readers.
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The Blues Brothers: An Epic Friendship, the Rise of Improv, and the Making of an American Film Classic

Will be popular with fans of pop culture and aficionados of film and TV history, as it not only covers the creation of The Blues Brothers abut also serves as a dual biography of Aykroyd and Belushi.
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‘Cleopatra’ and the Undoing of Hollywood: How One Film Almost Sunk the Studios

Film historians and Cleopatra aficionados will enjoy the book’s many juicy details, but expect repetition.
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Pilobolus: A Story of Dance and Life

Highly recommended for libraries that collect for sophisticated dance audiences and for scholars looking for in-depth, historical documentation on a revolutionary dance company. Pranzatelli’s vivid descriptions of the group’s canonical pieces will have readers running to find videos to see the magic for themselves.
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Living Space: John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Free Jazz, from Analog to Digital

A fascinating and complex study of the musical evolution of two legendary artists. Best for serious jazz aficionados.

The Notebooks of Sonny Rollins

Illuminating diary entries by a jazz legend; highly recommended reading for fans, musicians, and general audiences.
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Tuned In: Memoirs of a Piano Man

This vicarious adventure and engaging memoir teaches that learning a marketable trade, in this case piano tuning, can be a useful underpinning for seeking goals that seem out of reach. Includes insightful anecdotes about music stars.
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Jazz in the Hill: Nightlife and Narratives of a Pittsburgh Neighborhood

A useful book for jazz enthusiasts on Pittsburgh’s vibrant jazz life.

My Name Is Barbra

A spectacular and heartfelt memoir, written with invigorating passion and read with endearing humor.

Talking to My Angels

Longtime Etheridge fans and those new to her work will be blown away by her music and grace-filled, courageous personal narrative.
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Greasepaint Puritan: Boston to 42nd Street in the Queer Backstage Novels of Bradford Ropes

A well-researched and thorough illumination of a writer who deserves to be better known. For fans, performers, and creators of musical theater.
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Bitter Crop: The Heartache and Triumph of Billie Holiday’s Last Year

Ultimately, this book achieves a successful and accurate tribute to Lady Day and her immense talent while also painting a stark and honest portrait of her life and hardships. Recommended for fans of jazz and the legendary Holiday.
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Somerset Maugham and the Cinema

Comprehensive and admirably researched, this is a welcome addition to literature and cinema studies collections.
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Casablanca’s Conscience

Whalen gives readers with an opportunity to revisit a multilayered film and arms them with insights from varied philosophical perspectives. Pair it with a more traditional history, like The Making of “Casablanca” by Aljean Harmetz.
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I Hate Old Music, Too: How Familiarity & Overuse Killed Our Favorite Music

A clever, rather than insightful, take on what irks Thompson about the state of the music industry and rock and roll. Sure to cause debates among music lovers.
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Dancing the Afrofuture: Hula, Hip-Hop, and the Dunham Legacy

Part self-reflection and part love song to Dunham, this book is a triumphant look at a dancer’s second act as a scholar.
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I Saw Them Standing There: Adventures of an Original Fan During Beatlemania and Beyond

A fun and intimate way to experience the height of Beatlemania.
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Rapper’s Deluxe: How Hip Hop Made the World

As a book about hip-hop influences in pop culture, this is fairly informative and worth a read. Those seeking a more cohesive argument about hip-hop’s impact may want to look elsewhere.
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Hits, Flops, and Other Illusions: My Fortysomething Years in Hollywood

A frank, entertaining insider look at the film industry from the perspective of an Oscar- and Emmy-winning director.
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Revolutions in American Music: Three Decades That Changed a Country and Its Sounds

A well-researched and astute look at the evolution of American culture through popular music.
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American Hair Metal: Can’t Get Enough!

Largely rehashing material from the first edition, this book once again captures the rock ’n’ roll characteristics of hair metal for general readers and fans alike.
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My Effin’ Life

Lee makes a true personal connection with readers in this compulsively readable memoir.

Opposable Thumbs: How Siskel & Ebert Changed Movies Forever

A must-listen for all nonfiction collections.

Being Henry: The Fonz…and Beyond

An engaging and endearing memoir by a genuine Hollywood treasure whose work spans generations.
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First Things First: Hip-Hop Ladies Who Changed the Game

Give to readers who want an original and different take on the history of hip-hop.

So Fetch: The Making of ‘Mean Girls’ (And Why We’re Still So Obsessed with It)

A straightforward and entertaining retelling of the creation of Mean Girls, the movie, that has a place in the hearts of many. An excellent addition to collections.

Alfred Hitchcock Storyboards

A beautiful, behind-the-scenes collection for all lovers of art, film, and Hitchcock.

Livin’ Just To Find Emotion: Journey and the Story of American Rock

Readers don’t have to be Journey fans to appreciate this cerebral approach to a biography about the band. For casual readers and scholars alike.

Said on Opera

Indispensable for serious lovers of opera. The essays are complete and fresh and as meaningful today as a quarter century ago.
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God Gave Rock and Roll to You: A History of Contemporary Christian Music

This breezy yet fact-filled romp through the Christian side of American popular culture from 1897 to the present will be eye-opening for many secular readers.
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Drums & Demons: The Tragic Journey of Jim Gordon

This narrative of Gordon’s life, hugely influential drumming, and legacy is consistently compelling from start to finish.

Black Caesars and Foxy Cleopatras: A History of Blaxploitation Cinema

An enjoyable, funny, and in-depth examination of Blaxploitation films and their influence on contemporary cinema and television

Remotely: Travels in the Binge of TV

This may be Thomson’s most engaging book yet. His exceptional work fizzes with ideas about how media shapes what viewers see.
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Fade Away and Radiate: The Chrysalis Records Story

A compelling, fascinating account of the history behind Chrysalis Records that spans from the late ’60s to the aughts. Will appeal mostly to rock fans.
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Psalms of My People: A Story of Black Liberation as Told Through Hip-Hop

A successful effort in pointing out the hypocrisy of a system designed to control people of color and its link to grasping what the hip-hop community is documenting about it. Will appeal to hip-hop lovers, casual readers, and music listeners too.
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What Have We Here?: Portraits of a Life

A juicy memoir from a legendary actor. Celebrity watchers will enjoy.
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A Cut Below: A Celebration of B Horror Movies, 1950s–1980s

Ably captures the nostalgia of a time when horror buffs could walk into a video store and find all sorts of low- and no-budget gems on the shelves. A cool read.
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Happy Days: Images of the Pre-Sixties Past in Seventies America

An intriguing perspective of 1970s American culture and nostalgia. Of interest primarily to history buffs.
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Zendaya: The Unauthorized Biography

This book is a comprehensive look into Zendaya’s life. Her star power will make this book a popular one, especially with tween to young adult audiences.

Muse: Cicely Tyson and Me; A Relationship Forged in Fashion

Filled with stunning photos and original sketches, this is a breathtaking love letter to Tyson, to couture, and to a powerful collaboration. Fashionistas and fans of either Michael or Tyson will be mesmerized.

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The Science of ‘The Mandalorian’: The Anatomy of a Space Western

A fun read for dedicated Star Wars fans. Even so, some readers may conclude that the book missed the opportunity to incorporate more science analogies and aspects.
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Toxic: Women, Fame, and the Tabloid 2000s

This meticulously researched title devotes all of its attention to the sleazy ways in which women celebrities have been treated throughout contemporary history. It’s meticulously researched.
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Erotic Vagrancy: Everything About Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor

Casual celebrity bio fans might find this biography a rough and labyrinth-like read, but avid Taylor and Burton fans will certainly want to check it out.

My Name Is Barbra

This lengthy but invigorating, passionate, and reflective memoir will be in great demand for decades.
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Jimi and Me: The Experience of a Lifetime

Best for true music enthusiasts or historians.

The Last Action Heroes: The Triumphs, Flops, and Feuds of Hollywood’s Kings of Carnage

Film buffs will greatly enjoy this deft production of a tome that takes an irreverent but thorough look at a pivotal movie genre.

The Confession of Henry Jekyll, M.D.

This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a classic creepy tale with a contemporary spin, presented as an intense and engaging dramatic production. Recommended for fans of horror both old and new, from Stevenson to Stephen King.

Sure, I’ll Join Your Cult: A Memoir of Mental Illness and the Quest To Belong Anywhere

Not only a must for Bamford enthusiasts but an inspired pick for mental-health memoir fans.
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What Really Happens in Vegas: True Stories of the People Who Make Vegas, Vegas

The combined popularity of the authors and topic should find an eager audiences.
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Fingers Crossed: How Music Saved Me from Success

A must-read rock memoir in a genre where too few women’s voices are heard.
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I Sing To Use the Waiting: A Collection of Essays About the Women Singers Who’ve Made Me Who I Am

Readers who enjoyed Jessica Hopper’s The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic and Hanif Abdurraqib’s They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us are the perfect audience for this book.

50 Oscar Nights: Iconic Stars & Filmmakers on Their Career-Defining Wins

In only four pages of text for each award winner, the book captures the strong feelings of camaraderie among the tight-knit film community, the tension-filled waiting period, the elation of victory, and the after-party giddiness or loneliness that the interviewees experienced. Highly recommended.
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Black TV: Five Decades of Groundbreaking Television from ‘Soul Train’ to ‘Black-ish’ and Beyond

Readers who fondly remember watching programs such as In Living Color and Everybody Hates Chris will especially enjoy this. Same goes for TV enthusiasts looking for something to rewatch.
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Mummy Movies: A Comprehensive Guide

A well-researched work with many entries that feature production stills and promotional artwork. There are plenty of treasures here for mummy enthusiasts.
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A Murder in Hollywood: The Untold Story of Tinseltown’s Most Shocking Crime

A well-researched and new take on one of Hollywood’s most notorious mysteries. True-crime fans and celebrity mavens will enjoy.
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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’: Behind the Scenes of the Worldwide Musical Phenomenon

Musical theater enthusiasts and Superstar devotees will appreciate this candid perspective, the interviews with the show’s legends, and the stunning collection of photos.
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Profane Angel: The Life and Career of Carole Lombard

Great for collections that don’t have any books on Carole Lombard.
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Kubrick: An Odyssey

An admiring look at a fascinating figure. Likely to be the definitive word on Kubrick for years to come.
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On Locations: Lessons Learned from My Life on Set with ‘The Sopranos’ and in the Film Industry

This tale will grab readers from the first to the last page. It’s an interesting take on what went into making The Sopranos, the Rolls Royce of cable TV.

Charlie Chaplin and the Nazis: The Long German Campaign Against the Artist

An incredibly detailed and successful book about Charlie Chaplin that does not lose film fans. More general readers can skip over much of the thorough analysis but still benefit from the book.
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Becoming Ella Fitzgerald: The Jazz Singer Who Transformed American Song

Best for jazz scholars or readers who are superfans of Fitzgerald.
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There She Goes Again: Gender, Power, and Knowledge in Contemporary Film and Television Franchises

A thoughtful, scholarly investigation into the complexities of how powerful women are conceptualized and presented in the current media landscape. Eminently suitable for libraries with feminist and women-in-media collections. Likely to be of particular use to those seeking analyses of postfeminist media centered on women protagonists.
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She’s a Badass: Women in Rock Shaping Feminism

This book’s fierce attitude and biographies that pitch towards the positive will have plenty of appeal for readers seeking some inspiration from women who’ve carved out a place in rock music.
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John Ford: Revised 2nd Ed.

An excellent early work on a legendary filmmaker. The update gives a more complete portrait of Ford and his films.
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