Litstack Recs: Anna May Wong & The Hatred of Poetry

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Anna May Wong: From Laundryman’s Daughter to Hollywood Legend, by Graham Russell Gao Hodges Don’t be misled by the tabloid nature of the title. Hodges’ biography is a meticulously researched and carefully constructed account of one of early cinema’s most notable icons. You could be forgiven for not knowing the work of Anna May Wong, [….]

Litstack Rec: Spielberg, Truffaut & Me and Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere

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Spielberg, Truffaut and Me: An Actor’s Diary, by Bob Balaban In the summer of 1976, during the first weeks of the filming of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Francois Truffaut, who played the extraterrestrial specialist Claude Lacombe, was at work on a book about actors—tentatively titled Hurry Up and Wait. The legendary auteur-director and [….]

Kino by Jürgen Fauth

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Kino Jürgen Fauth Atticus Books ISBN# 978-0983208075 — ♦ — Over the past year there have been a number of movies released that focused on the era of silent films and their impact on modern movies and moviemaking in general.  The movie Hugo was nominated for an Academy Award stresses the importance of recovery and [….]