It’s been a number of years since I read this book and I admit I do not remember plot specifics. What I do remember is it was rich literature. I remember pausing every other page or so, stunned at the way Paul Bowles writes. Not quite a cheerful, light-hearted read but so very gratifying. I was feeling disillusioned about contemporary fiction and this book was like a big, fat reassurance that it can be rad and awesome. “The Sheltering Sky” rules.
Christel Schmidt discusses and signs Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies
02/06/2013 7:00 pm
695 E. Colorado Blvd
In the early days of cinema, when actors were unbilled and unmentioned in credits, audiences immediately noticed Mary Pickford. Moviegoers everywhere were riveted by her magnetic talent and appeal as she rose to become cinema's first great star. In this engaging collection, co-published with the Library of Congress, an eminent group of film historians sheds new light on this icon's incredible life and legacy. Pickford emerges from the pages in vivid detail. She is revealed as a gifted actress, a philanthropist, and a savvy industry leader who fought for creative control of her films and ultimately became her own producer. This beautifully designed volume features more than two hundred color and black and white illustrations, including photographs and stills from the collections of the Library of Congress and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Together with the text, they paint a fascinating portrait of a key figure in American cinematic history.