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Katharine Hepburn (Movie Icons) [German] [Paperback]

Alain Silver , Paul Duncan
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20 May 2007 Movie Icons
From birth, Katharine Hepburn seemed destined to become a symbol of the modern woman on stage, on screen, and in the world. Fiercely competitive, private, and independent, Hepburn was one part Olympic athlete Babe Didrikson, one part Amelia Earhart, and two parts Greta Garbo. Although often paired with the greatest actors in Hollywood - Humphrey Bogart ("The African Queen"); Cary Grant ("Bringing Up Baby"), James Stewart ("The Philadelphia Story"), and Spencer Tracy ("Adam's Rib", "Woman of the Year") - Hepburn was able to carry her own films like "Summertime", "Little Women", and "Sylvia Scarlett" over a stage and screen career that spanned eight decades. Her home was never in Hollywood (where she won four Oscars) or New York but in Connecticut, where she died lamenting "I could have accomplished three times as much. I haven't realized my full potential." "The Movie Icon" series: People talk about Hollywood glamour, about studios that had more stars than there are in heaven, about actors who weren't actors but were icons. Other people talk about these things, TASCHEN shows you. "Movie Icons" is a series of photo books that feature the most famous personalities in the history of cinema. These 192-page books are visual biographies of the stars. For each title, series editor Paul Duncan has painstaking selected approximately 150 high quality enigmatic and sumptuous portraits, colorful posters and lobby cards, rare film stills, and previously unpublished candid photos showing the stars as they really are. These images are accompanied by concise introductory essays by leading film writers; each book also includes a chronology, a filmography, and a bibliography, and is peppered with apposite quotes from the movies and from life.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH (20 May 2007)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 3822822108
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822822104
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 14.6 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,240,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Show me an actress who isn't a personality, and you'll show me a woman who isn't a star." - Katharine Hepburn"

About the Author

Alain Silver has co-written and co-edited a score of books including The Samurai Film, The Noir Style, The Vampire Film, Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles, director studies of David Lean and Robert Aldrich, and four Film Noir Readers. His articles have appeared in numerous film journals, newspapers, and online magazines. He holds a Ph.D. from UCLA and is a member of the Writers Guild of America west and the Directors Guild of America.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice to look at, but informative too 22 Jun 2010
This isn't just 192 pages of photographs of Katharine Hepburn, as if that wasn't reason enough to buy it. What it also is is a source: inspired by this I was spurred on to search out a number of additional Hepburn films to add to my wish list, basically because the stills from them looked interesting. Though I'm not so far gone that the thought of Hepburn in a corset makes me want to see 'The Iron Petticoat'.

Hepburn isn't well served in biography, with the exception of course of her own wonderful contribution 'Me'. So until we get a serious biographer who doesn't have an axe to grind, it's elegant little books like this that we'll have to live with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Book 17 April 2013
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This book was even better than expected. High quality glossy paper, and great stills of Ms. Hepburn throughout. Would highly recommend to any serious film buff.
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Top Entertainment 14 Jun 2012
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fbus20 Katherine Hepburn
Movie Icons taschen, Alain Silver (text)

For a long time, The African Queen (John Huston, 1951) was my only Katherine Hepburn film, finally followed by her last, On Golden Pond (Mark Rydell, 1981). Recently added were two Spencer Tracy vehicles - Adam's Rib (George Cukor, 1949) and Woman of the Year (George Stevens, 1942) - and eventually, both with Cary Grant, The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940), and that screwball comedy of screwball comedies, Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938).

This is still not very much compared to the 44 feature films, 8 television movies, and 33 plays she appeared in during her 66-year career, covering more screwball comedies, period dramas, and adaptations of works by America's top playwrights, including regular stage and Broadway musical work. So another case where a Taschen Movie Icon series booklet is just about what you need - though deliberately heavy on photography, Taschen is always reliable on filmographic data and overviews, with a very readable short text by Alain Silver.

fbus20 Katherine Hepburn 4 June 2012
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