Hollywood Movie Stills By Joel W. Finler and Titan Books

Featuring iconic stars such as Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, Hollywood Movie Stills is filled with incredible images from days gone by. It is through the eye of the stills camera that we experience and recall some of the cinema’s most memorable events and faces. Still images are so powerful that they can easily pass for actual scenes for the movies they represent – rather than separately posed, lighted and photographed shots that may not even find their way into the finished film.

This book is the most detailed and perceptive survey ever devoted to this neglected aspect of film-making. It traces the origin of stills photography during the silent era and the early development of the star system, through to the rise of the giant studios in the 1930s and their eventual decline. Finler focuses on the photographers, on the stars they photographed, and on many key films and film-makers.

Hollywood Movie Stills is illustrated with hundreds of rare and unusual stills from the author’s own collection, including not only portraits and scene stills but production shots, behind-the-scenes photos, poster art, calendar art, photo collages and trick shots. There are also photos showing the stars’ private lives and special events in Hollywood. This lavishly presented new edition of Finler’s classic work includes many new stills and much new insight and information into this fascinating aspect of the great film studios in their heyday.

The black and white images are as captivating as the era they come from.  The golden age of studios may be gone but these photos remind us of where movies began.  A simpler time captured through rare photos of iconic stars in legendary movies.  This book is a must have for any film buff.  One of my favorites is a still of Boris Karloff as the Mummy from the 1932 film of the same name.  This book shows that there is something to be said for the power of black and white imagery.  This medium is often overlooked in this day and age and Hollywood Movie Stills shows us how artistic and glamorous it can be.

The book is 224 pages and it can be ordered HERE.

*Hollywood Movie Stills text copyright © 1995, 2008, 2012 (Titan Books) by Joel W. Finler. All rights reserved. All photographs used in the spirit of publicity, criticism and review.

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