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Dances with wolves : the illustrated story of the epic film
Costner, Kevin.
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Publication Information:
New York : Newmarket Press, 1990.
Physical Description:
xvi, 144 pages ; 28 cm
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PN1997.D283 C67 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
PN1997.D283 C67 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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With more than 300,000 copies sold--this is the only official companion book about the making of the seven-time Oscar ¬ģ -winning movie. It contains the screenplay; editorial, photo, and art features on the history of the Plains Indians, the frontier, and the Civil War; personal essays by Costner, Blake and Wilson, behind-the-scene production stories, and much more. 170 illustrations, 80 in color.

The Newmarket Pictorial Moviebooks, official companions to films, large format (8 3/8 x 10 7/8), heavily illustrated throughout, with color photographs, details on the making of the film, background on the filmmakers and cast.

Author Notes

Michael Blake was born Michael Lennox Webb in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on July 5, 1945. He joined the Air Force and was assigned to the public information office and began writing for the base newspaper. He attended the University of New Mexico before going to film school at the University of California, Berkeley. One of his first screenplays, Stacy's Knights, was produced in 1983 and starred Kevin Costner. He continued to write scripts for the next several years, but nothing he wrote made it to the screen.

After reading Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown, Blake had the idea for Dances with Wolves. Costner suggested he write a book instead of a screenplay. The book was published in 1988. Blake had just lost his job as a dishwasher when Costner asked him to adapt his own novel into a screenplay. The Dances with Wolves film was released in 1990. Blake received an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. His other novels included Airman Mortensen and The Holy Road. He died from heart failure on May 2, 2015 at the age of 69.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

YA-- With Costner's comment that the film ``Dances with Wolves will forever be my love letter to the past,'' the stage is set for this book, which is a testament to the affection and care expended on the film. Glorious photographs, actual screenplay, and explanatory comments from actors, technical advisors, and the authors provide background for this production. The magnificence of the Native American, wolf, and buffalo, along with the respect and concern with which this film was made, are captured in this stirring work . (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.