Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge.
The goal is to read and review half a dozen books related to classic movies by September 15th.
Today Raquel invited participants to share their reading lists.
Although I'm not sure I can make the deadline -- I'm passionate about books but spend hours each day reading for work -- I definitely love the goal! So far I'm doing well, with 1/3 of my list completed.
First I read THREE BAD MEN: JOHN FORD, JOHN WAYNE, WARD BOND by Scott Allen Nolen. My review is here.
Next was WHEN HOLLYWOOD CAME TO TOWN: A HISTORY OF MOVIEMAKING IN UTAH by James D'Arc, reviewed here.
Here's the rest of my summer list:
I'm currently reading and very much enjoying MOVIE LOVE IN THE FIFTIES by James Harvey. Harvey's writing, surveying a variety of films and making incisive points about all, rather reminds me of the style of Jeanine Basinger. In both cases the writers rev up my enthusiasm to see new-to-me films and to revisit titles I've previously seen with a fresh eye. (Update: My review of MOVIE LOVE IN THE FIFTIES is here.)
Titles still ahead of me to read this summer include ROMANTIC COMEDY IN HOLLYWOOD: FROM LUBITSCH TO STURGES, also by James Harvey. (Update: My review is here.)
I was delighted when my dad picked up YVONNE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Yvonne DeCarlo with Doug Warren. I love DeCarlo as an actress and a human being and am really looking forward to reading her memoir. (Update: Here's my review.)
And finally JOAN BLONDELL: A LIFE BETWEEN TAKES by Matthew Kennedy. I've seen countless Blondell films, with many more ahead of me to see for the first time, and I'm looking forward to learning more about her. (Update: Here's my review of the Blondell biography!)
If anyone has suggestions on film-related books to read in the future, please feel free to share titles in the comments. There are also ideas at Out of the Past, linked at the top of this post.