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Hollywood Glamor Portraits: 145 Portraits of Stars, 1926-49 [Paperback]

John Kobal
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1 Dec 1976
145 striking, black-and-white photos capture famous actors from 1926 to 1949 — Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Hedy Lamarr, Marlene Dietrich, Robert Montgomery, Marlon Brando, Veronica Lake — 94 stars in all. Portraits do not duplicate those found in Kobal's Movie Star Portraits. Introduction. Captions.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (1 Dec 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486233529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486233529
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 11.2 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Mr. Kobal has put together the greatest collection of glamor photos anywhere. Hollywood's biggest stars and greatest photographers are represented in this book. I ended up buying two copies. One for my library and one for the photos. I scanned some, framed some, and even sent some away for autographs. Hedy Lamarr liked her photo so much she never returned it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent photography, poor reproduction 18 Feb 2009
The photography is wonderful and the layout of the book very good but the printing is poor in places. There are white dots and dust marks in many places throughout the book which has nothing to do with the reproduction of the actual photos and everything to do with the printing process of the book. A great shame. Given that it's a book of photos, attention to such an important detail is sadly lacking by Dover Publications.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing Faces of Famous Film Stars 13 Aug 2004
The Hollywood publicity photograph is the subject of this intriguing book. Unlike their more famous counterparts who did fashion and artistic portraits, the Hollywood still photographers were asked to sell a product, the films that the stars were appearing in. Because the films and the publicity were censored, the final products were determined by the Hays office. The photographers were allowed to ask for how they would like the prints finished, but were not allowed to do the work themselves. As a result, the final results often fall far below what the photographer probably intended.
Despite these limitations, the photographers were working with extremely talented actresses and actors who could capture a mood and a moment in unusually powerful ways. Some of the results are arresting, and overwhelm the limitations of the too small pages and the often flawed photographic finishing.
The book also contains many wonderful comments by the leading Hollywood photographers about their views of the task and their experiences. You will definitely feel that these stars were represented as "icons, made to be admired." The chins are uplifted along with the eyes in noble poses that suggest goddesses and heroes rather than mere mortals.
Your interest is captured by the sense of "electric, full of sexual qualities" character of the images. The most successful move beyond iconography to capture "a moment or mood unattainable with the motion-picture camera" to show something about the movie in creating a "poster effect."
You will also appreciate the rivalry among the photographers in seeing who could accentuate glamor the most.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood Glamour Portraits 25 April 2013
By bitzy
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Bought for a friends 70th Birthday she was delighted as she is film star fan and the portraits were fab
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