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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; first edition (24 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500516480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500516485
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 4.4 x 18.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 449,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A stunning collection ... incomparable portraits of the biggest stars and iconic films in cinema history, photographed by the world's greatest photographers --Hey You Guys

Endlessly browsable --Total Film

The book explores the history of moving pictures through the medium of the static image. While MovieBox includes many overly familiar movie star images and standard film stills, there are plenty of gems on show --RTE Guide

A jamboree of off-set photographs --The Independent

Leaves no celluloid stone unturned in this celebration of the silver screen --Irish Tatler

These fascinating photographs capture rare behind-the-scenes views ... and all together offer an informative and thought provoking portrait of the art of cinema --Current Archaeology

For anyone who loves movies, this is the perfect present ... Packed with insider information and intelligent film analysis, it's a blockbuster book from start to finish. --Daily Mail

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Picard TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Nov. 2012
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I've always been wary of books such as this, because more often than not, you have absolutely no idea about the quality or choice of photographs included. That said, 'MovieBox' is a delightful offering from Paolo Mereghetti who takes us on a journey through the history of cinema.

What specifically are we looking at? Although the title doesn't really tell the whole story, Mereghetti has put a lot of effort in to narrate and caption hundreds of photographs that visually map the allure of the actor and actress. The actual photographs range in purpose and style - including portrait shots, those on movie sets, promotional imagery and more. They are all of excellent quality (in terms of the transfer to print) and the definition of the paper used in this book is superb.

To give my thoughts on the photographs included may be somewhat subjective, given that we all have different tastes in movies and personalities. But this is likely not the point anyway; Mereghetti aims to capture moments in time, and does so by choosing those images that put the respective individual into an almost untouchable position. I've found myself almost magnetised to a black and white photo-shoot of Grace Kelly in 1955, while in the same year, we see a young James Dean with half his head under a jumper, the other half looking at the camera in playfulness. In contrast, we see Audrey Hepburn in radiant colour around the same period, simply looking back at the lens and asking you to join her.

The book is organised into the roles of the actors/actresses themselves, which makes them easier to discover if you only know them by their performances or legacy. It is presented in a hard-bound cover with a magnetic strip to keep it shut, which is a nice little touch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Feb. 2013
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I approached this book with no small degree of trepidation, wondering how engaging a book could be that distilled cinema down to stills alone, with little text to supplement it. It seemed too cumbersome to act as informative, and too small to act as a glossy coffee table book. This wasn't helped as when I started to read it from the beginning, I soon realised that what text there was, was hardly illuminating and often overtly pretentious. However, as I worked through it, I found the pictures - while unsurprising - made for interesting viewing, and the categories had a kind of logic that helped structure the collection.
The information is not without errors - if I am able to spot a couple of obvious ones, then it seems to me that the chances are quite high other less obvious ones may exist. However what started as pretentious verbiage became for me an acceptable interlude to set up the next batch of pictures, and very occasionally an interesting anecdote is found. The format is of high quality glossy paper, in a hardbound book that looks set to last, and a novel magnetic clip style closing arrangement.
The photographs themselves are of variable interest, most if not all of which have appeared elsewhere, but are nonetheless interesting for being brought together. The portraits are probably one of the most interesting chapters, though parts of the candid behind the scenes shots were also fascinating. Weakest are the ones mostly towards the end, which are dominantly electronic press kit material, and feel less like a legitimate artistic collection of merit and more free advertising for the movie.. it cheapens the book I feel. Overall, I still think that a larger book to really show off the photos in coffee table format might have made more sense, but it's not like the book has no value - and may still end up on my coffee table for movie related evenings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. H. Healy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Oct. 2012
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A beautifully designed product, this book contains over 350 high quality images of iconic stars of the big screen from the past right up to the present day.

It's a gorgeous book to look at, pleasurable to pick up and browse through. The book has a very nice glossy hardback cover, which closes together to form a box, as the name would suggest, as it has two flaps which meet on the right hand side and magnetically close together.

The images have been divided into sections under the headings: In Close-Up, Locations, The Build-Up, Action!, Playing Roles, The Body, Private Lives, The Public Eye, Magic and Make-Believe and That's Entertainment. Within the section entitled Playing Roles, the images are subdivided into eight further categories, including Vampires and Monsters, Superheroes, and Child Stars.

There are some short passages of text about some of those featured, sometimes shedding light on that particular image, sometimes discussing that actor or actress in general, but the book is primarily comprised of images and this is, after all, what it is all about.

There is an interesting variety of styles, from candid photography and behind the scenes shots to those that are clearly posed.

As well as the film stars, there are mentions for directors too. This would make a lovely gift for a cinema lover.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Oct. 2012
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The book has a brilliant start with forty-three superb star portraits and I thought this was perhaps going to be something special but after page sixty-nine it soon became clear that the rest of the book was basically made up of movie publicity photos with brief captions. Italian film critic Paolo Mereghetti seems to have taken the easy option of collating the 418 photos into ten chapters (one of which: Playing roles is sub-divided into another eight sections) and writing a short essay for each though there are text pieces about some individuals throughout the pages.

The book is well produced with the gimmick of a magnetic opening flap (following the same format as previous titles: FashionBox; MusicBox; PhotoBox) but it is mostly a collection of commercial film stills from the movie business publicity machine. Any dedicated film fan will have seen many of these over the years.

>>>LOOK AT SOME INSIDE PAGES by clicking 'customer images' under the cover.
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