- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (January 5, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781250070807
- ISBN-13: 978-1250070807
- ASIN: 1250070805
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.1 x 12.1 inches
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The Cinematic Legacy of Frank Sinatra Hardcover – January 5, 2016
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*** Original essays and recollections by Nancy Sinatra, Tina Sinatra, and Frank Sinatra, Jr. ***
Retrospective quotes by Gene Kelly, Sophia Loren, Steve McQueen, Grace Kelly, Peter Lawford, Angela Lansbury, John Frankenheimer, Janet Leigh, Sammy Davis, Jr., Angie Dickinson, Burt Lancaster, Doris Day, Robert Wagner, Kim Novak, Otto Preminger, Raquel Welch, Stanley Kramer, Jane Russell, Shelley Winters, Fred Zinnemann, Shirley MacLaine, Deborah Kerr, and Sinatra himself
Unseen Kodachrome portraits, in full color, digitally restored from their original transparencies
Never-before-seen photos taken on the sets of From Here to Eternity, Young at Heart, Guys and Dolls, The Man With the Golden Arm, Sergeants 3, and The Manchurian Candidate
Rare publicity and set photography scanned from their original 35mm, 2 1/4", 4x5" and 8x10" format negatives
On-set candids and production photos of Sinatra with Marlon Brando, Kim Novak, Montgomery Clift, Doris Day, Dean Martin, Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper, Sophia Loren, Rita Hayworth, Groucho Marx, Natalie Wood, Spencer Tracy, Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine, Anita Ekberg, and many others
Previously unpublished photos by Bob Willoughby, Sid Avery, Zinn Arthur, William Read Woodfield, Al St. Hilaire, and others
Restored vintage magazine covers, international movie posters, lobby cards, press photo captions, and other promotional ephemera
About the Author
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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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. At the same time, Sinatra made little effort to hide impatience with more seasoned professionals, such as Marlon Brando, his co-star in Guys and Dolls and a practitioner of “the method” philosophy, whom Ol' Blue Eyes felt was perhaps a bit too deliberate in his craft.
The narrative --- provided mostly by Wills’ introduction --- is sparse, with little dishing about what went on behind the screen. He does note with a portion of respect and admiration the evolution of Sinatra as an actor. Additional insights come from essays by Sinatra’s children: Frank Jr., Nancy and Tina.
One reads THE CINEMATIC LEGACY OF FRANK SINATRA for the marvelous photos, which show Sinatra’s stunning transformation from a bow-tied skinny kid swimming in too-big jackets to a grizzled AARP-eligible fellow. Many of the pictures take up full pages in this impressive coffee table offering; the section devoted to The Man with the Golden Arm is particularly haunting.
The book could have benefited from a filmography appendix. It also might have done better had it been available in 2015, as we were celebrating Sinatra’s centennial.
Reviewed by Ron Kaplan