Movie Star Chronicles: A Visual History of the World's Greatest Movie Stars (Paperback)

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Satisfy curiosity, settle arguments, get gloriously lost in the stars!


— From Movie Star Chronicles


Movie Star Chronicles promises to satisfy the curiosity of moviegoers, cinephiles, and the Hollywood-hungry fans that fuel today's entertainment news industry. For film students, it is a practical reference to the most important actors in cinematic history.

Entries illustrated with film and television stills and other archival material chart the careers of 330 actors from the era of silent film to today's blockbusters. Expert text gives an entertaining overview and color-coded timelines provide an at-a-glance guide to the actor's career, their roles, movie release dates, earnings and awards.

With 576 pages and more than 2,500 illustrations for only $29.95, Movie Star Chronicles is an outstanding value. It includes:

  • A to Z coverage of 330 movie stars, with extended entries for 100
  • 20 feature articles on popular movie trends, including vampires; western heroes; singers turned actors; femmes fatales; saints and sinners; acting dynasties; combat stars; cops and more
  • 30 lavish double-page photo spreads showing cinema's most influential stars at work and how film has evolved from silent black- and-white to color 3-D
  • 20 illustrated features on genres and trends, such as Superheroes, Acting Dynasties, Screen Sirens, and Movie Villains
  • Color-coded timelines showing the arc of an actor's career, including release dates and types of features, such as Criminal, Romantic Drama, and Thriller
  • Best Actor awards: Oscars, BAFTA, Cesar (France), Goya (Spain), David Di Donatello (Italy), Golden Horse (Asia), Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Sundance.

Covering Hollywood, Bollywood and world cinema, Movie Star Chronicles is truly international and comprehensive. Sure to attract a wide readership, it is an essential purchase.

About the Author

Ian Haydn Smith is a U.K.-based writer and editor. As a journalist, he has written on film and the arts for numerous media outlets. From 2007 to 2012, he was editor of International Film Guide, and since 2011, he has been editor of Curzon Magazine and series editor of 24 Frames. Recent publications include editing the updated edition of 1001 Movies to See Before You Die. David Gordon Green is the director of George Washington (2000), All the Real Girls (2003), Undertow (2004), Snow Angels (2007), Pineapple Express (2008), Your Highness (2011), The Sitter (2011) and Prince Avalanche (2013). He was a producer for Eastbound and Down (2009-12) and Good Vibes (2011). His most recent films as director are Joe (2013) with Nicolas Cage, Manglehorn (2014) with Al Pacino and the satire Our Brand Is in Crisis (2015), starring Sandra Bullock.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781770855304
ISBN-10: 1770855300
Publisher: Firefly Books
Publication Date: September 17th, 2015
Pages: 576
Language: English