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"Unique, informative, surprising."-Philadelphia Inquirer

"Just when you thought you knew all there was to know about your favorite film-every beat and every line-this book is a good reminder that Old Hollywood can still surprise us."-Frontiers Magazine

"Not only do we see the movie being made; we see the photographer at work, too. If he or she's been shooting fast, the repetitions almost constitute a stop-motion echo of the movie itself-kind of a rough draft, or even a proto-GIF. You can see, and almost hear, the ratchet-click of the hand and eye at work, shooting and winding, shooting and winding, as the lens roves the set-and gradually noses in on the one frame that captures it all." -New York Magazine

"The insight into the 71 films that are featured makes for fascinating reading and is a terrific addition to the often-unguarded moments that are captured on film." -North Shore News

About the Author

Karina Longworth is the creator/host of You Must Remember This, a podcast about the secret/forgotten history of Hollywood's first century. She is the author of books about George Lucas, Al Pacino and Meryl Streep, and has contributed to LA Weekly, the Guardian, NPR, Vulture, and other publications.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (September 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616892595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616892593
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mike O'Connor TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 6, 2014
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Karina Longworth's entertaining HOLLYWOOD FRAME BY FRAME recounts the history of a long-gone aspect of Hollywood film-making. Until the late 1990s, professional photographers were employed by movie studios to shoot 'candids' of cast and crews on movie sets and in behind-the-scenes settings. From the resulting contact sheets, studios would choose the best shots for release to fan magazines, etc. HOLLYWOOD FRAME BY FRAME, a 2014 Princeton Architectural Press release, compiles various photographer's contact sheets taken between 1951 and 1997 to present a rare and entertaining glimpse of the Hollywood movie industry in action.

Longworth's book is divided into three sections: 'The Golden Age of the Contact Sheet' (1951-66); 'An Industry in Transition' (1967-80); and 'The Last Days of Celluloid' (1981-1997). Within each section, she offers up two-four pages of contact sheets and text on individual movies. For instance, the 1951-66 chapter includes such classics as 'African Queen,' 'From Here to Eternity,' 'A Star is Born,' 'Giant' and 'Some Like It Hot.' The 1967-80 section features 'Bonnie and Clyde,' 'Dirty Harry,' 'The Godfather,' 'Annie Hall' and so on. Among the photographers were such renowned 'photogs' such as George Hurrell, Cecil Beaton and Ernst Haas.

In short, HOLLYWOOD FRAME BY FRAME is a marvelous, entertaining look inside 'tinsel town' movie-making. It offers up hundreds of rarely- or never-seen snaps of actors, cast and crew at work or at leisure. Recommended.
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Not long ago I discovered the author of this book from her podcast "You Must Remember This" which is a really interesting look back, as the podcast intro says, to "Hollywood's Forgotten First Century."
I found out she also has been writing and when I found out about this book I had to get it!
At my age, many of the things she talks about on her podcast are often things I remember hearing about when I was a kid. And then in most of the 1970's the family business was 2 movie theaters in the Southern California area so movies and movie history was quite often the family topic.
This book is excellent if you love Hollywood history and like a really good coffee table book and conversation starter with like minded friends. The range of these test shots is very good encompassing quite a few years and stars of the different eras. Karina's writing also gives great insight to much of the stories to go along with the photos, very good!
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This book is excellent. I am addicted to film culture and love classic cinema. This book really lets you appreciate the craft of film in it's golden age.
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Great pics. Great coffee table book. If you remember the old Hollywood greats you will enjoy this.
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