Hollywood Sketchbook - Deborah Nadoolman Landis

This deliciously gorgeous book of costume designs gathered and with commentary by Academy Award-nominated costume designer and professor Deborah Nadoolman Landis will have you enthralled for hours. In Hollywood Sketchbook (Harper Design, $75) Landis gives detailed and witty background to these 500-plus drawings of outfits from Hollywood movies. Not only does the volume spotlight the previously overlooked art of costume illustration, but the introduction gives a comprehensive history of the role the craft has played since Hollywood began. Landis brings firsthand accounts, experience, and affection to the project, endowing it with the authority and pleasure such an undertaking deserves. The portfolios she examines will change the way you look at the runway and how you watch movies.

Scorsese on Scorsese - Michael Henry Wilson

If you have a film lover in your life—someone who watches the DVD extras—Scorsese on Scorsese (Phaidon, $69.95) is the book to get. It’s impossible to consider the last four decades of film-making without thinking of Martin Scorsese. Taxi Driver, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Age of Innocence, and The Departed show both the amazing variety of his work and his iconic position among directors. Michael Henry Wilson has spent those years developing a unique relationship with Scorsese, as both an interviewer and a collaborator. This connection has resulted in the labor of love that is this rich montage of a book, brimming with behind-the-scenes photographs, storyboards, scripts, and the director’s reflections on his work.

Role Models - John Waters

John Waters, cult filmmaker and curator of a “filth empire,” is at his outrageous, provocative best in the ten essays of Role Models (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $15), covering topics including Johnny Mathis, bibliophiles, pornography, and Tennessee Williams. Waters excels at collecting the flotsam and jetsam lurking just under the surface of good taste, but Role Models takes a few reflective turns as well, most notably in the lengthy and thoughtful “Leslie,” an essay about his long-time friend, Leslie Van Houten (yes, that Leslie Van Houten). Here Waters raises important questions about the concept of justice: can someone who has committed murder ever pay her debt to society? Is criminal rehabilitation possible? What role does forgiveness have? In true Waters style, the next piece, about the anti-fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, makes a tongue-in-cheek comment on Che Guevara’s homophobia: “His iconic look… proves all ideology can be embraced if the leader dresses well.” Thankfully for us, Waters leaves the boring navy blazer on the rack.
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ISBN: 9780374532864
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - April 26th, 2011