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- Publisher: Taschen GmbH
- Format: Paperback | 192 pages
- Language: English / French / German
- Dimensions: 145mm x 196mm x 15mm | 318g
- Publication date: 1 December 2009
- Publication City/Country: Cologne
- ISBN 10: 3836508567
- ISBN 13: 9783836508568
- Illustrations note: zahlreiche farbige Abbildungen
- Sales rank: 433,718
Versatile and veracious, this title provides visual biographies of cinema's greatest stars. American cinema, as we've known it since "The Godfather", would be impossible to reimagine without Al Pacino. As Michael Corleone, he breathes life into an American of epic dimension. His characters may explode (Tony Montana in "Scarface"), or be paragons of calm and cunning (the journalist in "The Insider"), but his extraordinary eyes do the real talking. As a rival says of Tony Montana, 'There is no lying in him', and this is equally true of Pacino. Good or evil, he is at all times a man to be trusted, impossible to ignore, a magnet for our continuing attention. "The Movie Icon" series: people talk about Hollywood glamour, about studios that had more stars than there are in heaven, about actors who weren't actors but were icons. Other people talk about these things, Taschen shows you. "Movie Icons" is a series of photo books that feature the most famous personalities in the history of cinema. These 192-page books are visual biographies of the stars. For each title, series editor Paul Duncan has painstaking selected approximately 150 high quality enigmatic and sumptuous portraits, colorful posters and lobby cards, rare film stills, and previously unpublished candid photos showing the stars as they really are. These images are accompanied by concise introductory essays by leading film writers; each book also includes a chronology, a filmography, and a bibliography, and is peppered with apposite quotes from the movies and from life.
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Paul Duncan has edited 40 film books for TASCHEN, and authored Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick in the Film Series. F. X. Feeney is a screenwriter and critic based in Los Angeles. His film credits include The Big Brass Ring, based on a story by Orson Welles, and Frankenstein Unbound, directed by Roger Corman, whilst his reviews have appeared in L.A. Weekly and other publications. F. X. has also written TASCHEN's Michael Mann and Polanski.
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