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10 Books for Film and Television Buffs

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Every time you have a random question about movies or T.V., you turn to these people for the answer. It’s time to give back with these ten perfect books for film and television buffs!

The Man Who Made the Movies: The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061136061
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Published: Harper - November 28th, 2017

“The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox,” says the subtitle. That seems an understatement. The man’s name is still on the studio he founded, as well as on a TV network, yet Fox is the last of the classic movie moguls to receive a big bio. His big life demands it: an immigrant who became a titan of an industry he created, an artistic trailblazer whose innovations we take for granted, an entrepreneur undone by money managers, a millionaire who went to prison for bankruptcy fraud. William Fox plays every role.

Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594749896
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Published: Quirk Books - October 24th, 2017

This imaginative book is not a collection of location maps to movie favorites. Artist Andrew DeGraff has charted the plot of 35 beloved movies in amazing illustrations that pinpoint the actions of the characters in the whole landscape of the film: the STAR TREK and STAR WARS galaxies, the fantasy lands of THE PRINCESS BRIDE, THE LORD OF THE RINGS and THE WIZARD OF OZ, the continents crossed by Indiana Jones, and even the confines of THE SHINING’s Overlook Hotel and ALIEN’s spacecraft. Articles on each movie by A.D. Jameson amp up the fun.

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The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101911327
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Published: Anchor - September 5th, 2017

A professor of film and TV and a staff critic on NPR’s Fresh Air, Bianculli knows how to use his expertise to grab his audience and persuade it of a program’s worthiness or importance. Wise and witty, he is an ideal guide through classic and contemporary TV landscapes. Bonus: The way the book is organized makes it easy to find and read up on your favorites and discover other shows similar in style or impact.

Hank and Jim: The Fifty-Year Friendship of Henry Fonda and James Stewart Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501102172
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 24th, 2017

Author Scott Eyman is one of the very best Hollywood historians, and his subjects Fonda and Stewart enjoyed fabled careers over many decades. While it is plenty juicy, this look at their lives might end up most valuable for revealing how they sustained a long, loyal friendship despite holding political views that were at extreme opposite ends of the spectrum. Show us how it’s done, guys.

George Lucas: A Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316257428
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Published: Back Bay Books - November 21st, 2017

Two buddies transformed the movies in the 1970s and ’80s, creating the blockbuster culture and franchise fetish that define the business (and limit the art). While Spielberg has changed hats frequently and proved his versatility, George Lucas has been defined and confined by STAR WARS. This look at his life and career is candid, charming, fair, and thorough. It perfectly walks the line between giving fans enough to argue/obsess over and avoiding the trap of flying an X-wing too far into the Death Star.

Young Frankenstein: A Mel Brooks Book: The Story of the Making of the Film Cover Image
By Mel Brooks, Judd Apatow (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780316315470
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Published: Black Dog & Leventhal - October 18th, 2016

“That’s Fronk-en-steen.”
“What knockers!”
“Could be worse. Could be raining.”
“Puttin’ on the Riiiitz!”
“Vould you like a roll in ze hay?”
If you’ll bring the Ovaltine, Interabang will provide this book, the work of Mel Brooks himself.

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Sixth Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375711848
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Published: Knopf - May 6th, 2014

David Thomson’s writing is graceful and sharp, his knowledge of the movies deep and broad, and his many books all worthy. His reputation as the best writer on film today rests on this one, however. If “dictionary” sounds dull, think of this instead as a series of brief, punchy bios of every filmmaker or performer who’s made a difference. Thomson’s opinions occasionally startle, but there is nobody better to cast legends in a different light. An essential book for people serious about film.

Wayne and Ford: The Films, the Friendship, and the Forging of an American Hero Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385534857
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Published: Nan A. Talese - October 24th, 2017

Friends and collaborators on films that became classics, John Wayne and John Ford are both synonymous with “the Western,” a type of movie that remains popular – and significant to many Americans’ idea of our country – despite so few being made today. These men led interesting lives and obviously had long, important careers, yet the great strength of this joint biography (which clocks in around a reasonable 200 pages) is its revealing examination of their work together, which is far more layered and complex than any Lone Ranger kids’ matinee.

Harry Benson: Persons of Interest Cover Image
By Harry Benson, Howard J. Kessler (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781576878620
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Published: powerHouse Books - November 14th, 2017

Not exactly a film or TV title, this irresistible coffee table book makes the list because Harry Benson’s 60-year career in photography has captured countless movie stars and musicians in iconic poses as well as unguarded, candid moments. Famous in his own right as the Beatles’ best photographer and the man at the side of Robert Kennedy when he was assassinated, Benson is also the only photojournalist to photograph all 12 of the last U.S. Presidents, from Eisenhower to Trump. To leaf through this volume is to be stunned at how much of Benson’s work is beloved. He may be the man behind your favorite shots of the famous (and infamous).