• Gerald Pratley


AND NOW A WORD ABOUT BIOGRAPHY During the Fifties the number of books published dealing seriously with the cinema, including biographies of filmmakers, was never more than a trickle. Students of film and its enthusiasts looked forward eagerly to new volumes coming out along with the very few journals devoted to the thoughtful consideration of motion pictures: (Sight and Sound (BFI)), Film (UCLA). Television was seldom in the publishing picture at that time other than in commercial magazines. What literature became available about film during these years was easy to keep up with; there was time to read the books and magazines thoroughly, and without having to spend an entire pay cheque every week to purchase them. Contrast this situation with today; the trickle is a constantly running tide, film and tv books in English of all kinds pour from the regular presses, at one end, and from the...
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