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You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story Hardcover – September 9, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076243418X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762434183
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 10.3 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Variety," September 8, 2008"This handsome coffee table book is a tie-in to the five-hour PBS documentary that Richard Schickel wrote and produced to celebrate the studio's 85th anniversary. Here, he shares the writing honors with George Perry, providing essays on the studio's history from its 1923 beginnings through various changes in corporate ownership. His prose is accompanied by arresting images culled from lobby cards, local photography and publicity stills."

About the Author

Richard Schickel has been the film critic for Time magazine since 1972. He is also a prolific documentary filmmaker, movie historian, and author of over thirty books. He was recently given the National Board of Review award for contributions to film history.

George Perry is a film critic, journalist, and broadcaster who has interviewed a wide array of film greats. He is also a documentary film consultant and author of many books on film history and the stars who lived it.

Clint Eastwood is an Academy Award-winning filmmaker of over fifty films.


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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By shelly silver on September 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover
No doubt about it-this is a gorgeous book and a must for classic film fans. However, I'm getting increasingly annoyed at how major errors are slipping through the cracks.. For example, it's listed that Bette Davis WON the Oscar for "All About Eve." Maybe in her own mind she did but not in reality. Also, did you know that "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" only won two Oscars? Not true.Im sure there are more errors of this nature. I'm not certain which author to blame, but I have a feeling it's not Schickel.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By James Kunz on January 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS certainly fulfills its role as a coffee table book: there are a ton of photos and many of them are very interesting. The poster art and lobby stills are gorgeous, and the quality is top-notch. However, if you want to sit down and read it from cover to cover (as I did) you'll be very disappointed. The book begins as a legitimate "biography" of Warner Brothers, telling the story of the studio's creation. It quickly turns into a hagiography, however, lionizing the greatness of the studio and forgetting to tell any remotely negative stories. Basically, the book feels like The History of Warner Brothers as written by Warner Brothers.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Book lover -Philadelphia on December 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
While this coffee-table sized book has some great photos, especially of stars from the forties, and fascinating history of the early movie business, it did not have an editor or an organizing principle. Schickel writes some pages covering a period in movie history, then his co-author writes the story of the SAME PERIOD and the SAME MOVIES with some other details, as well as some of the SAME DETAILS. Then they do it again, and again. What was going on here? Didn't an editor read it all at the end and notice the repetition? Was there some organizing principle that escaped me?

Aside from the early history, there is very little depth in the book and not even very much gossip about either movies or movie stars. Not recommended, even for dyed in the wool fans like me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laura Hayes on January 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It is fair to say that "You Must Remember This..." is chock full of information, but what information is the important part. I was expecting more detailed history of the studio and instead got more of a movie by movie overview. The short introductions to each chapter by Richard Schickel are great but then the book fades into a very brief explanation of each movie the studio made. I think it would have been great to have a more detailed history of the studio.
The book does include many, many great photos that really pull it together nicely. The pieces by Schickel are also great. I think 3 1/2 stars may be more appropriate. This is definitely for the true Hollywood fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JMM TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:54 Mins
This is a large book, I was very surprised when I got it just how big it was. It must weigh more than any other film book of it's kind. In case you want to know if it will fit on your bookshelf, it is 10 inches long and 12 inches tall.

Now, on to the most important part - what is inside the book? The book opens with a very interesting introduction by author Richard Schickel and a foreword by Clint Eastwood. What follows is a complete history of Warner Bros, starting with The Jazz Singer in 1927. This book is up-to-date through 2008, including recent releases such as the Harry Potter series and Christopher Nolan's Batman films. You will recognize many movies and stars in between. The text is loaded with facts and information about the studio and its films - it took me more than a week of steady reading to get through it all, and I'll admit that I skipped a few sections that I had little interest it. But after reading this book, you do gain an appreciation of what this studio has accomplished and their many contributions to the film business over the years.

For the casual reader, the text may feel repetitive and boring in certain parts. For those who would just prefer to scratch the surface of Warner Bros, work but not dive into the text, the book does include many quality pictures (including scans of movie posters).

If this subject interests you, I would also recommend the companion DVD: You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter von Wiegandt on October 21, 2013
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A history in pics and text of the Warner Brothers studio. This is back in the golden era 1930's----1960's. A very fun book about a fun time at the movies.. Have fun with this one.

Peter in SF
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VD Santangelo on November 17, 2013
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THE BOOK WAS NOT ONLY WHAT I DID NOT EXPECT----------HAD MORE DAMAGE THAN EXPECTED----INSIDE COVER WAS HELD TOGETHER WITH TAPE. DISAPPOINTED.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alan W. Petrucelli on November 3, 2008
Format: Hardcover
We do remember this and that, and all the great hits (and some flops) the Brothers Warner made. This coffee-table tome is chockfull of publicity stills, lobby cards, candid photos and movie-star portraits that prove, once and for all, they really did have faces then. The first half of the book is devoted to the classics, with more recent flick fare (and some of it hardly "classic") following. The companion to the five-part PBS documentary, it's a five-star feast for film fans. Worth the price of admission: the great shot of Hitchcock on the set of Rope and Bogie playing chess between takes on Casablanca! It's not all the stuff of which dreams are made, but it comes awfully close.
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