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David Wills has edited numerous photo collections including MARILYN MONROE: METAMORPHOSIS, and AUDREY: THE 60s. He has contributed visual material from his extensive archives to many museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and has written for publications including The Huffington Post, V Magazine, and Palm Springs Life. He was born in Australia and now lives and works in California.
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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (January 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250070805
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250070807
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.1 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The best of the three over-sized coffee table books that were released for Sinatra's 100th birthday. This book had numerous full page photos and showed Sinatra throughout his film career - either in scenes from the film or behind the scenes photos at the film sets. The book included essays from Sinatra's three children and quotes (in large type) regarding the particular film the photo displayed. These quotes were either from someone in the film or the director or a critic's review of the film. The captions for the photos could have been larger. I went through the entire book in an evening and it was most enjoyable. There are some excellent photos in it.
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You get the feeling that most people think acting was just an afterthought for Frank Sinatra. He was a singer first --- perhaps the singer for a generation --- who made movies on the side. But even a cursory examination of THE CINEMATIC LEGACY OF FRANK SINATRA, David Wills’ wonderful tribute, shows a surprising depth of screen work.

Sure, Sinatra was cast as a singer early on, hardly a stretch. By the time he called it quits, however, he had dipped a toe into just about every genre: war, westerns, thrillers, noir, comedy --- in nearly 60 movies. Sinatra was always looking to learn and improve this skill set. He credited Gene Kelly --- with whom he appeared in three musicals --- for turning him into a credible, if not comparable, dancer.

As he grew more comfortable and confident, Sinatra took on more challenging parts that were well-received by fans and critics. He won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his turn as Angelo Maggio in From Here to Eternity in 1953 and was nominated for Best Actor two years later for the titular role in The Man with the Golden Arm. He also starred in such notable movies as the original version of The Manchurian Candidate, The Tender Trap, Pal Joey and Some Came Running, to name just a few, as well as his “Rat Pack” oeuvre, including Ocean’s 11 and Robin and the 7 Hoods, where he was able to work with chums like Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford.

Many of his cinematic contemporaries praised him for being generous with his time, belaying their fears of working with someone who had achieved legendary status in the music world.
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written well/ loved reading about some of his life. will read more now,
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Very good for Sinatra fans.
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My mother loves this book.
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