Monday, May 19, 2014

Majestic Hollywood by Mark A. Vieira

Majestic Hollywood: The Greatest Films of 1939
by Mark A. Vieira [791.43 Vie]

Most classic movie aficionados would agree that 1939 was a standout year in silver screen history. Not only were The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind released that year (GWTW at the very end of the year) but other classics like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Babes in Arms, Ninotchka, Stagecoach and Dark Victory debuted. This browseable book highlights all the big and otherwise noteworthy motion pictures from one of the most magical years of cinema entertainment, in order of their release dates. Plot and production details are included, along with critical reviews of the time. Historical context is also touched on, such as the pre-World War II turmoil in Europe. The abundance of photos might have been enhanced if some were in color as would have matched the finished films. The book also would have benefitted from the inclusion of cast lists for each movie. All in all, it's an interesting and enjoyable look back at Hollywood's most golden era. -- recommended by Becky W C - Walt Branch Library [ See Becky's Reviewer Profile ]

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