Film books that every movie lover should read!

Here are a few questions for you:

Do you have an interest in the movies and film industry?

Have you ever wondered how this industry has evolved and transformed over the years?

Do you know how the great movies of each decade were made?

Do you love it when the lights go down, and the sound starts in the theatre?

If you want to know more about the industry, here’s a list of books that you should read at least once in your lifetime. 

  1. ‘Grease Is the Word’: Exploring a Cultural Phenomenon

Oliver Gruner wrote this book. It is a catalogue of detailed analysis of the culture of Grease. This volume is all about the impact of music in 1971 created by the first-ever appearance at a stage show by Grease Megamix.

The book covers the commercial success achieved by both Broadway and Hollywood. Everything related to production, history, the impact on the industry, music, political representations, artists, etc., are in there.

This volume educates one about the rich history of cinema production prevailing worldwide. Different categories of films from different continents, such as Latin America, Asia, Africa, Europe, etc., are discussed in this book. Mark Thornton Burnett wrote the book after interviewing different casts, directors, actors, and screenwriters. This book is the best source for a fresher to understand the workings of Shakespeare.

This is the first-ever book to cover the first narrative documentary in post-Mao in China.

This book, written by Kiki Tianqi Yu, examines various factors, such as motivation, key features, and ethical tensions that prevail when presenting oneself in front of a camera. The combination of approaches used to analyse all these characteristics are interviews, ethnography, and some selected movies’ texture. This volume also provides valuable insights into the change in the mindset of individuals because of cinema.

This anthology, authored by Thomas Waugh, comprises twenty-five articles and is categorised as historical and cross-cultural. The book covers the entire pioneering era of the twenties as well as the thirties.

The volume shows some actual instances. For example,

  1. how committed documentaries have bloomed since the sixties,
  2. the current feminist initiatives that have been taken place in Britain as well as North America,
  3. the problems related to the reformist distribution of movies,
  4. and various documentaries over twenty-five years of the Third World.

The book features extraordinary artists and actors famous in performing arts in the latter half of the twentieth century. This volume covers more than 200 artists and includes their pictures. Many pictures are rarely seen, and some of them have never been seen before the book launched.

The book also talks about publicly live performances of musicians and comedians.

Amberley Publishing reprinted this book on 15 July 2016. It talks about the golden time when pirates ruled the airwaves and radios to enjoy soothing and calming music. Keith Skues and David Kindred also posted some fascinating and rare pictures of the radio, boats, crew, the fans, etc., of that era.

This book is for those who want to experience the beauty of the period of pirate radio and the prevailing political persecution.

The book contains the story of a child artist and her life with lots of ups and downs.

Virginia Lee Carbin was a well-known Hollywood child artist of the late 1910s. She was a famous star and got married at an early age. Her marriage failed at the age of eighteen, and she also gets separated from her children. The flapper then tried her best to remain relevant in the era of sound to make a comeback in the industry. Unfortunately, things did not work the way the artist wanted, and she died in 1942. She was 31 years old.

Krystyna Kujawinska-Courtney, Izabella Penier and Katarzyna Kwapisz-Williams are the editors of this book.

The book is a review of Shakespeare from a female or gender perspective. It offers a new light on Shakespeare’s work through the work of the woman from the world. A woman could be an actress, director, or writer. The book considers many political, social, and cultural situations.

This is an inspirational book with influential films that changed the film since its inception. It is a perfect book to gain a concise history of films. The author has arranged everything in chronological order to show the film development.

The book shows the film industry’s evolution in several aspects, such as innovation, technique, technology, etc. It describes everything from the masterpieces of an era to blockbuster movies.

  1.  1939: The Making of Six Great Films from Hollywood’s Greatest Year by Charles F Adams

1939 was a great year in the history of motion pictures. This one year has produced many famous and most outstanding films.

The greatest movies that are in this book are: “Gone With the Wind”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “Mr Smith Goes to Washington”, “The Hound of the Baskervilles”, and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”.

The book also describes the behind-the-scenes actions, the stories and how these great films were made. If you are a movie fan, then this is the book that you should not miss.

Bottom line!

There are many books about films and the film industry. The above ten books are our selection for you. Enjoy!

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