As regular readers of Cinema Retro know, publishers Lee Pfeiffer and Dave Worrall's book The Alamo: A Visual Celebration of John Wayne's Epic Movie was an instant hit, selling out very quickly. We've received many requests from readers asking if we can find additional copies for sale. We're happy to say that we have been able to obtain a small quantity of copies of this limited edition, hardback volume. It is available for sale through our Ebay affiliate Spy Guise. See description below:
This is a rare edition of the book THE ALAMO: A VISUAL CELEBRATION OF JOHN WAYNE'S CLASSIC MOVIE.
Written and designed by Cinema Retro magazine publishers Lee Pfeiffer
and Dave Worrall, the book recounts the dramatic and inspiring story of
John Wayne's obsession with making his 1960 film that recounted one of
the most famous battles in history. The production was a challenge from
day one, as Wayne was not only starring and producing, but also making
his directorial debut with one of the largest budgeted American movies
ever made. The problems Wayne encountered were seemingly insurmountable
and involved political battles, forces of nature and even a murder of a
cast member. The book covers all aspects of production including the
controversial Oscar campaign that became part of Hollywood lore.
Despite these obstacles, Wayne managed to emerge with one of the great
epics of American cinema.
The book was designed as a limited hardback print run of only 1500
copies. The book sold out very quickly, but we have been able to get a
very small number of unused copies which are available on a first-come,
first-serve basis. The book was never sold in retail chains or through
Each copy is individually numbered and has labels signed on the interior by both authors.
The book contains over 650 rare color & b&w photos, many of
which have never been published before. There are entire sections
dedicated to international marketing campaigns and collectibles tied in
with the film. This is sure to be a valued collector's item in the
years to come.
If that special someone in your life loves epic movies, this will make the perfect holiday gift. (Coonskin cap not included!)
PRICE: $110 (includes free postage anywhere in the world)
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You might think it's an exercise in futility to find a new angle to justify yet another book on the life and career of Elvis Presley. However, the newly released volume Elvis 1956 is in many ways the most exciting and intimate portrait of the legendary entertainer I've been exposed to. Photographer Alfred Wertheimer was asked by RCA Victor to accompany young Elvis for a one day assignment when the King was just on the cusp of major stardom. What transpired was a mind-boggling array of photographs that capture Elvis in his most private moments. Elvis invited Wertheimer to accompany him later in the year and the photographer continued to capture outstanding photos from a period when Presley was still very accessible and still very much his own man. Once Colonel Parker became to exercise dictatorial control over his every move, Elvis became unable or unwilling to control many aspects of his own destiny.
Elvis captured in a rare intimate moment, seducing a young woman he met in his hotel's coffee shop.
Wertheimer's photos are as haunting as they are fascinating. He captures the King on the sidewalks of New York, in some cases mobbed by young fans, in other cases able to stroll unrecognized down the streets. He could still stop into a coffee shop without drawing attention. Wertheimer captures especially intimate photos of the King trying to seduce a comely and willing young woman in the corridor of his hotel. So intent on making out with his obvious conquest-in-waiting, Elvis allowed Wertheimer to photograph the seduction from a distance. In other shots, Elvis sits on his tour bus finding small pleasure in reading an Archie comic book, drawing huge crowds of swarming young girls (both black and white), and casually getting off a train so he could make a long walk across fields to his home town.Wertheimer's text is sparing- he lets his photos do the talking, but his observations are never less than fascinating. You don't have to be an Elvis fanatic to recognize the importance of this book. It sheds significant light on the early days of one of the true legends of show business.(For more on this book, click here for the official web site)
The noted British character actor Lionel Jeffries has died in a nursing home at age 83 following a long illness. Jeffries made a career of playing eccentric characters who were often older than his actual years. In his most memorable part, as Grandpa Potts in the 1968 screen version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Potts played Dick Van Dyke's father, even though both actors were essentially the same age. Jeffries also wrote and directed the acclaimed 1970British film version of The Railway Children. Jeffries, who was also a popular stage actor, also appeared in films such as The Trials of Oscar Wilde, Call Me Bwana, Those Fantastic Flying Fools, Camelot and First Men in the Moon.
Please note: issue #7 of Cinema Retro, which analyzed the making of the 1966 Batman feature film, has now sold out. There are no issues available in either our American or UK offices. We regret that we will no longer be able to fill the considerable number of requests we get for this issue. Remember, if you want to ensure that you never miss an issue of Cinema Retro, simply subscribe- postage is free in the USA and UK.
It's a big news day for Martin Scorsese. Although the New York Times panned Shutter Island, critic Roger Friedman gives it a rave and reports that Scorsese will team with Leonardo DiCaprio again for a biopic of Frank Sinatra. When asked if DiCaprio will sing the songs himself, Scorsese responded, "With those records?", clearly implying he intends to use actual Sinatra recordings. Curiously, Scorsese has long been linked with a biopic of Dean Martin, but the project has yet to come to fruition. For more click here