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this one has Lust for life, The Bad & the Beautiful, Young man with a horn & before I forget which was the selling point for me.
Before I forget is basically him on stage talking about his career. Cant wait to watch
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I need to check that book out. In the mean time, yesterday I did order a cope of "Laurel and Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies" by Randy Skretvedt. Randy was a guest on the Commentary Track and I've been wanting to read his book ever since. Have you read it? Is it as good as I hear?
If you already know your basic Laurel & Hardy, it's a good book. As I remember it, it tends to focus on the backstory of things that were not included in the movies. And he is a hater of the post-Hal Roach films, so he gives you a very biased picture of them. (He may have modified his opinion in the current edition---I read the first edition---but he used to be VERY vitriolic about the later films.) Mr.'s favorite book about Laurel & Hardy is William K. Everson's "The Complete Films of Laurel & Hardy."

IMHO, the best introduction to Laurel & Hardy, if you don't know much about their films and career already, is the chapter about them in Leonard Maltin's "Movie Comedy Teams." I got that book when I was 12 and cut my teeth on it, film-history-wise. The entire book is a great read. It introduced me to Wheeler & Woolsey, the Ritz Brothers, and Clark & McCullough, among others.
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If you already know your basic Laurel & Hardy, it's a good book. As I remember it, it tends to focus on the backstory of things that were not included in the movies. And he is a hater of the post-Hal Roach films, so he gives you a very biased picture of them. (He may have modified his opinion in the current edition---I read the first edition---but he used to be VERY vitriolic about the later films.) Mr.'s favorite book about Laurel & Hardy is William K. Everson's "The Complete Films of Laurel & Hardy."

IMHO, the best introduction to Laurel & Hardy, if you don't know much about their films and career already, is the chapter about them in Leonard Maltin's "Movie Comedy Teams." I got that book when I was 12 and cut my teeth on it, film-history-wise. The entire book is a great read. It introduced me to Wheeler & Woolsey, the Ritz Brothers, and Clark & McCullough, among others.
I cut my teeth on the McCabe book at age 10. While it is true he beats the latter films up, it is still a worthwhile read. Especially if you are starting your Laurel & Hardy studies. Plus the picture of them sitting on a girder high over Los Angeles is terrific.
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If you already know your basic Laurel & Hardy, it's a good book. As I remember it, it tends to focus on the backstory of things that were not included in the movies. And he is a hater of the post-Hal Roach films, so he gives you a very biased picture of them. (He may have modified his opinion in the current edition---I read the first edition---but he used to be VERY vitriolic about the later films.) Mr.'s favorite book about Laurel & Hardy is William K. Everson's "The Complete Films of Laurel & Hardy."

IMHO, the best introduction to Laurel & Hardy, if you don't know much about their films and career already, is the chapter about them in Leonard Maltin's "Movie Comedy Teams." I got that book when I was 12 and cut my teeth on it, film-history-wise. The entire book is a great read. It introduced me to Wheeler & Woolsey, the Ritz Brothers, and Clark & McCullough, among others.
I need to get a hold of the Leonard Maltin book. He seems like a great guy and I enjoy his work! I asked Frank Thompson once during an email exchange if Maltin is as nice in person as he comes across on television. He told me he has known him for years and that's he's the real deal. I need to find this book! I don't know about the Ritz Brothers ore Clark and McCullough.
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I cut my teeth on the McCabe book at age 10. While it is true he beats the latter films up, it is still a worthwhile read. Especially if you are starting your Laurel & Hardy studies. Plus the picture of them sitting on a girder high over Los Angeles is terrific.
Yes, that's a good basic book, too. John McCabe was a friend of Stan Laurel's and a founding member of the Sons of the Desert, and remained involved with the group until his death. In later years, he married Rosina Lawrence, the ingenue in "Way Out West."

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I need to get a hold of the Leonard Maltin book. He seems like a great guy and I enjoy his work! I asked Frank Thompson once during an email exchange if Maltin is as nice in person as he comes across on television. He told me he has known him for years and that's he's the real deal. I need to find this book! I don't know about the Ritz Brothers ore Clark and McCullough.
Back in the '90s I wrote a letter to Maltin thanking him for his film books, as they got me started on a lifetime love of film history. A year later I got a response explaining that he rediscovered my letter while cleaning off his desk, and was just getting around to answering it! Mr. and I have seen him at Cinefest a couple times, but he didn't seem inclined to talk. But his books certainly reveal his enthusiasm for his subject, and are very readable. Too many books about film---ESPECIALLY those about Buster Keaton, for some reason---are full of pseudo-academic gobbledygook (i.e., B.S.), personal opinion, and theory rather than research.
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Fyi

FYI...here's the description of this week's Commentary Track:

Silent comedy maven Richard M. Roberts is my guest on this week's Commentary Track podcast. We talk about the Hal Roach style, what's coming up at Slapsticon and much, much more.

I thought some of you may be interested in this episode. Can't wait to listen.
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Along those lines---here's info about this year's Cinefest in Liverpool, NY from March 14 - 17. Can't go this year because of other commitments, but it's great fun for vintage film fans. Movies from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. (except: 3:45 p.m. on Sunday), including rare prints from MoMA, Eastman House, the Library of Congress, the UCLA Film Archives, and dozens of collectors.
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Along those lines---here's info about this year's Cinefest in Liverpool, NY from March 14 - 17. Can't go this year because of other commitments, but it's great fun for vintage film fans. Movies from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. (except: 3:45 p.m. on Sunday), including rare prints from MoMA, Eastman House, the Library of Congress, the UCLA Film Archives, and dozens of collectors.
Man, I want to go one day! I didn't know about it until you mentioned it. I have something to add to the list! Thanks!
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Haven't been to these, but there's also:

Capitolfest in Rome, NY---August 9 - 11

Cinecon in Hollywood, CA---Auugst 29 - September 2
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I am about to start one of my two last classes of my undergraduate career, and one of them is a class on Film Noir (I know, itís a senior ďblow-offĒ class, should be very breezy). But, I just looked at some of the films I need to watch and there are some good ones on the list! Double Indemnity is a requirement, and Iíve actually never seen this movie. Iím looking forward to it. Sunset Boulevard is also on the list. Iíve seen it but it has been at least fifteen years. I actually have it on DVD but have not watched that copy yet, so Iím looking forward to seeing it again. The Maltese Falcon and The Third Man are required viewing as well. Iíve seen Falcon and enjoy it, but have never seen The Third Man. Beyond this, some late Noir such as Point Blank with Lee Marvin are required, and I love that movie! Itís very unique, but one of my favorites. Chinatown is required as well, and Iím not looking forward to it. Iíve always wanted to see it and want to like it, but I canít separate it from Roman Polanski, who I find myself wanting to punch in the face. But, it may still be a good movie.
AlrightÖjust thought Iíd pass it along. Have any of you seen any of these pictures? If so, what do you think?
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