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Film journal
Arnold, Eve.
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Bloomsbury Pub. : Distributed to the trade by St. Martin's Press, 2002.

Physical Description:
255 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Originally published: Cahiers du Cinéma, c2001.
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PN1993.5 .A87 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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From American photojournalist Eve Arnold, an intimate and candid look behind the scenes of some of the greatest movies ever made.

In between her documentary photography, Eve Arnold spent almost fifty years photographing movie stars on location. From 1959, beginning with Joan Crawford's last major film, The Best of Everything , and ending in 1984 with Steaming , Joseph Losey's final picture, she worked behind the scenes on forty films, including The Misfits and Alien , capturing such legends as Marlene Dietrich, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Paul Newman, Isabella Rossellini, Marlon Brando and Anjelica Huston.

Film Journal is a collection of these images, over 120 photographs in all, along with the notes and impressions made by Arnold during the shoots. As her camera revealed the personalities beneath the stars, Arnold also became privy to their personal lives. In Film Journal she writes memorably about the tensions and dramas on the film set, of Crawford sneaking in vodka in a Pepsi cooler, Dietrich recounting her night with JFK.

With eighty previously unpublished photographs and including many old favorites, Film Journal is a classic from one of the twentieth century's most distinguished photographers.

Author Notes

Eve Arnold was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A full-time member of Magnum since 1955, she is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and was selected 'Master Photographer' by New York's International Center of Photography, the world's most prestigious photographic honour. Eve Arnold lives in London

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Library Journal Review

This book highlights a little-known aspect of longtime Magnum member Arnold's career: her photojournalism and publicity work on over 20 films, ranging from Joan Crawford's The Best of Everything (1959) to John Huston's Under the Volcano (1984), with a few stray celebrity shots included as a bonus. Sadly, this work has been little seen, perhaps because so many of the films covered here were box office bombs. The book captures Arnold's gift for establishing intimacy with her subjects. Most memorable is a portrait of a bone-weary Anne Bancroft on the set of The Pumpkin Eater, taken just days after President Kennedy's assassination. Arnold's reflections on the films are jottings and impressions, not fully developed essays. Still, readers may enjoy some gossipy tidbits, as when, moments after meeting Arnold, an aging, inebriated Joan Crawford insisted that she be photographed in the nude (the photographs were taken but don't appear in the book). Movie buffs will enjoy some film history photographic footnotes, like the one of a young Vanessa Redgrave accompanied by toddlers Joely and Natasha Richardson, now both respected actresses. The best shots: a young, intense, T-shirt clad Paul Newman attending a 1955 Actor's Studio class and a classic shot of film legends Montgomery Clift and Marilyn Monroe in intense concentration before a take on The Misfits. This black-and-white photo collection deserves a place on the shelves of large popular film history collections. Stephen Rees, Levittown Regional Lib., PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 7
Marlene Dietrichp. 13
The Best of Everythingp. 31
The Misfitsp. 55
The Palacep. 81
Becketp. 85
The Pumpkin Eaterp. 93
Harlotp. 101
The Biblep. 107
Life at the Topp. 115
The Flight of the Phoenixp. 131
Modesty Blaisep. 141
The Deadly Affairp. 151
A Countess from Hong Kongp. 159
A Man for All Seasonsp. 165
Dr Dolittlep. 169
The Magusp. 177
A Walk with Love and Deathp. 183
Justinep. 191
Pattonp. 199
The Man Who Would Be Kingp. 207
The Great Train Robberyp. 217
Alienp. 221
Clash of the Titansp. 229
Under the Volcanop. 233
White Nightsp. 241
Biographyp. 253
Indexp. 254
Acknowledgementsp. 256