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THE ART OF THE HOLLYWOOD BACKDROP. Karen L. Maness and Richard M. Isackes. Regan Arts, New York, 2016. Distributed by Simon & Schuster Inc., New York. 352 pp. 35 x 27 cm. ISBN 9781941393086 In English.
Due date: November 2016. Publisher's description: In almost every feature film of Hollywood's golden age, from The Wizard of Oz to North by Northwest to Cleopatra to The Sound of Music, painted backings have convinced moviegoers that what they are seeing -- whether the fantastic roads of Oz, the presidents of Mount Rushmore, or ancient Egyptian kingdoms -- is absolutely real. These backings are at once intended to transport the audience and yet remain unseen for what they really are. The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop reveals the hidden world and creators of these masterpieces, long-guarded as a special effects secret by the major studios such as MGM, Warner Brothers, Universal, Columbia, 20th Century Fox, and Paramount. Despite the continued use of hand-painted backings in today's films, including the big-budget Interstellar and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events among many others, digital technology is beginning to supplant the art form. In an effort to preserve the irreplaceable knowledge of scenic masters, Karen Maness and Richard Isackes, in collaboration with the Art Directors Guild, have compiled a definitive history of the craft, complete with interviews of the surviving artists.
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Worldwide Number: 174908
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