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Hollywood In Kodachrome Book Review

Hollywood In Kodachrome Book

“Hollywood in Kodachrome” is a visually striking photography book that will appeal to fans of classic Hollywood stars.

If you’re looking for rare, glamorous, dashing, and stylish photographs of iconic Hollywood actors and actresses, you needn’t look any further than “Hollywood in Kodachrome.” This oversized hardcover book contains stunning photographs from the 1940’s taken with the intensely beautiful Kodachrome film stock (which sadly no longer exists). So, what all is in this book? Read on to find out.

After an introduction about the history of Kodachrome by David Wills, the book contains an enormous amount of full page, two page, 1 ½ page publicity and or set pictures of stars and starlets. Among the marquee names you can expect to see in these pages are Gene Tierney, Ava Gardner, Lana Turner, Lauren Bacall, Rita Hayworth, Hedy Lamarr, Jane Russell, Betty Grable, Maureen O’Hara, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, Errol Flynn, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Fred Astaire, Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, William Holden, James Stewart, Gary Cooper, and Kirk Douglas. Of course, there’s a lot more than just those big names, but I don’t want to spoil everything for you fine readers.

Aside from publicity and set photos, readers can also expect several other categories of photos. There’s a chapter that features stars with their pets (including Roy Rogers with Trigger), a family category (check out the pic of Marlene Dietrich and her daughter Maria Riva who look strikingly similar), and sections devoted to stars at home, celebs enjoying hobbies, poster art shoots, patriotic images of legends like Bing Crosby and John Wayne, and even stills of actresses such as Veronica Lake and Rita Hayworth promoting products.

While every image presented here is dazzling and incredibly well shot, there are several images that really stand-out. The 2 page spread of MGM Stars (of which there were MANY), the sultry book ending photo of Marilyn Monroe, the Cary Grant + giant harp pic, and a shot of Carmen Miranda in a wild costume (from the little seen B&W film “Copacabana” with Groucho Marx) are but a few of the highlights. I could go on and on, but you really need to experience “Hollywood in Kodachrome” for yourself.

February 18, 2014 - Posted by | Book review | , , ,

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