Warning Shadows by Gary Giddins
Home Alone with Classic Cinema

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A brilliantly insightful and witty examination of beloved and little-known films, directors, and stars by one of America’s most esteemed critics.


In his illuminating new work, Gary Giddins explores the evolution of film, from the first moving pictures and peepshows to the digital era of DVDs and online video-streaming. New technologies have changed our experience of cinema forever; we have peeled away from the crowded theater to be home alone with classic cinema. Recounting the technological developments that films have undergone, Warning Shadows travels through time and across genres to explore the impact of the industry’s most famous classics and forgotten gems. Essays such as “Houdini Escapes! From the Vaults! Of the Past!,” “Edward G. Robinson, See,” and “Prestige and Pretension (Pride and Prejudice)” capture the wit and magic of classic cinema. Each chapter—ranging from the horror films of Hitchcock to the fantastical frames of Disney—provides readers with engaging analyses of influential films and the directors and actors who made them possible.
 

About Gary Giddins

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Gary Giddins is a long-time columnist for the Village Voice and a preeminent jazz critic who received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award, and the Bell Atlantic Award for Visions of Jazz: The First Century in 1998. His other books include Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams: The Early Years, 1903 1940, which won the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award and the ARSC Award for Excellence in Historical Sound Research; Weatherbird: Jazz at the Dawn of Its Second Century; Faces in the Crowd; Natural Selection, Warning Shadows; and biographies of Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker. He has won an unparalleled six ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Peabody Award in Broadcasting.
 
Published March 31, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 416 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Gary Giddins looks back at films of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s, from Jimmy Stewart westerns to propaganda driven by a samba beat.

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Los Angeles Times

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The music writer turns his pen to the cinema. The result is an insightful series of observations on films, stars and filmmakers that are an absolute pleasure to read.

May 23 2010 | Read Full Review of Warning Shadows: Home Alone w...

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