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Edith Head: The Fifty-Year Career of Hollywood's Greatest Costume Designer par [Jorgensen, Jay]
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All About Eve. Funny Face. Sunset Blvd. Rear Window. Sabrina. A Place in the Sun. The Ten Commandments. Scores of iconic films of the last century had one thing in common: costume designer Edith Head (1897–1981). She racked up an unprecedented 35 Oscar nods and 400 film credits over the course of a fifty-year career.

Never before has the account of Hollywood’s most influential designer been so thoroughly revealed—because never before have the Edith Head Archives of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences been tapped. This unprecedented access allows this book to be a one-of-a-kind survey, bringing together a spectacular collection of rare and never-before-seen sketches, costume test shots, behind-the- scenes photos, and ephemera.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 400 pages
  • Editeur : Running Press (5 octobre 2010)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004FPYNB8
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63 internautes sur 68 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Numerous typos, grammatical errors distracting 26 décembre 2010
Par Mrs. Johnson - Publié sur
Format: Relié
I understand that this book's attraction for most people is the photos, but I'm frankly shocked by the number of obvious typos and grammatical errors in the text--at least one on every page! I also understand that not everyone will catch a dangling modifier or even subject-verb agreement in tricky sentences, but periods next to commas? Random question marks inside words? Periods in the middle of sentences? These errors are extremely distracting to the reader. I can't believe this book was allowed to go to press without at least one pass by an editor!

If you can manage to ignore the typos, you may find the placement of images occasionally mystifying, with photos not showing up until 6 or 8 pages after the costumes were described. And while I was hoping for insight into Edith Head's character and motivation, after a certain point most of the content is devoted to a litany of costume descriptions.
44 internautes sur 47 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Edith Head's Career Highlighted 24 septembre 2010
Par Ray W. Clarke - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
This much-awaited volume on Miss Head is an absolutely beautiful volume. I waited years to have a colossal book on her costumes much more than more information on her life which is available in other volumes.

While the book itself is a magnificent production, including the graphics, layout, photography and cover fabric, there are a few aspects that go wanting, but do not detract from anything but the highest recommendation.

I find that the pictorial coverage is most stingy with her designs for The Ten Commandments, even though the picture of Anne Baxter's elegant and stylized portrayal of Nefretiri is captured by the one and only photograph devoted to this motion picture.

Of special note is that despite the computer and editorial staff, the text which is sufficient except again for The Ten Commandments, has numerous spelling, syntactical, and possibly typographical errors. While I think nobody can attest to any accuracy regarding her early years, nor certain facts regarding her most personal interior life, the text is informative, and not burdensome in presentation of her typical daily activities. It is to the point!

It is especially a noteworthy book because we are treated to photography that we have never seen in other books about this most highly-acclaimed and most sensitive artist. While one may find that she may have been highly protective of her billing and her Oscars, one understands that it was out of necessity, due both to her formulative years and instinct to guard and protect her artistry. Had she not guarded her designs, one can only imagine that the system in which she worked could have concealed her rightful acknowledgements.

I applaud both Edith Head for giving so many of us such magnificent pleasure over so many decades, and for the author and staff who made this book happen.

Ray W. Clarke
Cleveland & Palm Beach
32 internautes sur 34 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Could have been MUCH MUCH better 12 mai 2011
Par wildroses - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I suppose any book documenting Edith Head's 50 year career in Hollywood is better than nothing, but this one doesn't even try to be in depth. It is a disappointment on a number of levels.

This coffee table book is part biography of Edith, part fashion bio of the costumes she made for films, part gossip dropper of the lives on the people she worked with. Don't be fooled by the books height or size. You aren't getting your money's worth as most of the pages are "filler."

I purchased this book back in January, but held back posting a review until I finished reading it. I kept hoping, thinking, the book would improve. But the longer I examined it, the more faults I found with it.

Firstly, Edith's name is linked to over 1000+ films; of that 500 or so, she personally designed and costumed herself. From that, we get only a scant 100 or less films. Also, for reasons I can't fathom, we are shown pictures from films Edith had nothing to do with (where she received name credit, but didn't actually design the costumes for). While it's neccesary, of course, to address the Givenchy and "The Sting" controversies, among others, it's a waste of space to include pictures of costumes she didn't design.

Compounding this problem is the many, many, many of the costumes are described and not shown. With the exception of 3-6 films, most films are alloted only 1 or 2 pictures. In addition, most of the shots are publicity shots and don't always show the costumes at their best angle to be able to study and admire the craftmanship Edith put into making them.

Then, we come to pictures of Edith. There are 20+ (I counted) pictures of her sketching or looking at sketches. One or two would have sufficed, given that NO imagination went into choosing pictures of her where her personality came through. Also, there are too many bland/boring shots of her looking blankly into camera, or posing beside someone. The author keeps telling us she had a funny, vibrant side. That her off-duty wardrobe was relaxed but stylish. But we get only a few types of pictures. The pictures of Edith chosen don't give insight into Edith as either an artist or a personality. (Hell, rather than given us 20+ pictures of Edith sketching...they could have given us instead more pictures of her costumes or the actual sketches themselves.)

Spelling and grammar are also very bad. Mistakes are on every page. If this was a well-thought out photography book, those mistakes would be forgivable. However, this book isn't even average. And the fact that book didn't go through a spell-check process before going into print makes it feel even cheaper still.

Also, Jorgensen isn't much of a writer. To make the book look like it has more substance than it actually does, the border extends an inch in, and the sentences are double-spaced. There are also many block quotes. I understand he's no fashion insider. However, his name dropping and gossipy tone about Hollywood's Who's Who doesn't contribute to my understanding about Edith. It only makes it more apparent that he doesn't know what he's talking about.

This book falls into the "What were they thinking?" category. It had such potential but it's such a missed opportunity. It's lackluster when it should be shiny. It's redundant where it should be exciting. It's dimissive when it should be awe-inspiring. If you do buy a copy of this book, I suggest you get it on bargain. Do NOT pay full price for this. It's not worth it.

Here's hoping a more thoughtful, more thought-out Edith Head coffee table book will come on in the future and replace this dreck pile.
5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 The Celebrity of Edith Head 23 août 2014
Par Miss Yoka - Publié sur
Format: Relié
One must look elsewhere for the definitive visual collection of the numerous costumes designed by Edith Head for the glamorous film stars of old Hollywood. This over-sized book instead reflects Miss Head's own desire to be viewed as a celebrity, and includes no less than 66 full page photos of Miss Head herself. Judging by the numerous professional photos she had kept of her younger self, the unsmiling, dark-eyeglassed, plain-looking Edith Head had tried unsuccessfully to emulate Hollywood star Louise Brooks . In her ambitious desire for fame, Miss Head also didn't think twice about "borrowing" designs from other designers while taking full credit. Unfortunately, like the expressionless photos of the somber Miss Head, the writing is devoid of any enthusiasm for the costumes discussed. The writing comes across as a series of catalogued index cards with too few complex sentences or points of insight to give the writing any variety and interest. And why would a book featuring costumes have so many photos out of focus? (Look especially at photos on p.294, p.367, p.371, p.374, p.385, among others.) Also, why on earth would the author select a black and white photo of the divine pink outfit worn by Grace Kelly in "To Catch a Thief"??(p.224). This book was a disappointment on many levels. A note to future writers on old Hollywood: kindly do your homework regarding identifying stars of yesteryear. (Actor Richard Haydn is on the far right, not left, of the photo on p.31). How this book got so many rave reviews is beyond comprehension.
6 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Unfulfilling and gossipy 13 août 2012
Par Elizabeth Faraone - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I'm still waiting for a book befitting the genius of Edith Head. Layout is bad, narrative is shallow (but does include important information) and printing is large, filling pages that should have images of her greatest achievements. There was no final proofreading so it is filled with typos. I appreciate the wealth of information but I think the entire book should be reworked. Don't believe the reviews from the fashion business, as it is a self-promoting industry with little substance. I know very little about the designs of Edith Head and I would like to learn.

I love Edith Head's designs in A Foreign Affair, The Heiress, Carrie, Witness for the Prosecution, The Lady Eve, Ball of Fire, Double Indemnity, Notorious, A Place in the Sun, Rear Window, Vertigo, Roman Holiday, To Catch a Thief, The Birds, Marnie, Sylvia, Sweet Charity, The Sting.
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