Movies of the Thirties. Edited by Ann Lloyd. Consultant Editor David Robinson.
London, Orbis Publishing, 1984. 21.3 cm x 28.9 cm. 224 pages. With many black and white and colour illustrations throughout. Original Softcover. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear.
Includes for example the following contents: All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) by David Robinson / Ernst Lubitsch by Herman G.Weinberg / M (1931) / Grand Hotel (1932) by David Shipman / Irving Thalberg by Samuel Marx / Fay Wray: King Kong’s girl by Fay Wray / King Kong (1933) / Alfred Hitchcock- a first glimpse of the Master’s world of terror by John Russell Taylor / The 4 Marx Brothers0 and Margaret Dumont by Charlotte Chandler / Mae West by John Russell Taylor / Meet the people- the British documentary movement by Edgar Anstey / Nazi Cinema by Herbert Holba / It Happened One Night (1936) by Dilys Powell / The art of animation / Jean Renoir / Alexander Nevsky (1938) by Richard Taylor / Vivien Leigh by Carlos Clarens etc.
The Thirties was probably the most important decade of movie history, coming right after the sound revolution and producing its own developments in colour and special effects. In this book, a team of informed and entertaining writers describe the output and personalities of a varied decade which encompassed high-tension stories of gangland and ghetto, British costume dramas, Busby Berkeley spectaculars, Cecil B. DeMille epics and the art of animation, French surrealism and romantic fatalism, the British documentary movement. The best films of the decade are described and illustrated in detail, while in-depth profiles recall the leading stars and the work of famous directors and producers. This informative and above all entertaining history of world cinema from 1930 to 1939 contains over 600 illlustrations, many in colour. (From cover notes)