Next week Titan, ever the champions of behind-the-scenes movie history, releases their newest movie-related book, Joel W. Finler's Hollywood Movie Stills, and it is our pleasure to bring you a handful of images from its pages. This book is no mere gallery of production stills, though. Finler's hardback serves as a still life chronicle of movie magic over the years and is filled with hundreds of photos that provide an alternative view of classic movie iconography, just a hint of which we have to share with you today, as well as commentary on their importance and contributions to cinema.
Or, as the official book description puts it:
This book is the most detailed and perceptive survey ever devoted to this neglected aspect of film-making. It traces the origin of stills photography during the silent era and the early development of the star system, through to the rise of the giant studios in the 1930s and their eventual decline. Finler focuses on the photographers, on the stars they photographed, and on many key films and film-makers.
Hollywood Movie Stills is illustrated with hundreds of rare and unusual stills from the author’s own collection, including not only portraits and scene stills but production shots, behind-the-scenes photos, poster art, calendar art, photo collages and trick shots. There are also photos showing the stars’ private lives and special events in Hollywood. This lavishly presented new edition of Finler's classic work includes many new stills and much new insight and information into this fascinating aspect of the great film studios in their heyday.
Check out a few of the images below, and do keep Hollyood Movie Stills in mind the next time you need a gift idea for the cinephile in your life. Trust us, they'll dig it.
Hollywood Movie Stills copyright © 1995, 2008, 2012 (Titan Books) by Joel W. Finler. All rights reserved.