|Author Mark A. Vieira's latest offering.|
This time there was nary a tear in sight - unless, of course I came across a portrait of Garbo and stared for hours at her perfectly arched brows without blinking. Believe me, that actually happens 'round here.
In terms of size George Hurrell's Hollywood: Galmour Portraits is a whopper. It weighs in at just over seven pounds and has 416 pages. When I first took the book out of its Amazon box, I literally gasped at how thick it was - the other Hurrell book I own is nowhere near as large (Hurrell's Hollywood Portraits by Mark A. Vieira, 1997). At first I wasn't even completely sold on the idea of purchasing another Hurrell tome because I thought the 1997 edition that I already had sitting on my shelf would suffice. How wrong I was. Perhaps the biggest difference between the two is that this newer book includes a large portion of Hurrell's later work and not just his popular studio-era work from the 20s, 30s, and 40s. This time Vieira goes beyond Hollywood's golden years and really delves into modern-day Hollywood portraiture. So, long story short, if (like me) you own Vieira's original Hurrell book and are debating whether or not you should also go ahead and add this one to your book collection, I'd say it all depends on whether or not you're interested in learning more about Hurrell's later photographic work.
There are a lot of repeats in George Hurrell's Hollywood in terms of portraits we've seen before. Many of the ones that appear in this book also appear in Hurrell's Hollywood Portraits (and Harlow In Hollywood for that matter). I'd say that about 50% of the portraits in Vieira's newest book are repeats, leaving the other 50% as never-before-seen (or, scarcely seen). The most obvious photographic tributes in this book are paid to the likes of Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard and Norma Sherear. There are literally pages and pages dedicated to each of these women (but I'm not complaining) when I sort of wish there would have been more attention paid to the famous Hollywood actors of the era (think Gable, Keaton, Powell, and Cagney). A nice addition, though, are the colour images that (personally) I've never seen before!
|One of my favourite shots of Jean Harlow.|
If you're even just a casual fan of classic Hollywood or an avid one like me I think you'll really enjoy flipping through this book. There is so much to look at and discover within these pages that you could literally be sitting on your sofa for hours without even realizing it. Do me a favour though, start from the back of the book and work your way to the front from there because there are some really charming portraits that you've probably never seen before - more modern ones - of David Bowie, Paul McCartney and Hurrell himself.
Mark A. Vieira has one other classic film book that's slated for release this year and that's Majestic Hollywood: The Greatest Films of 1939 (published by Running Press on December 10, 2013). That book is already on its way to me (through Amazon) and I plan on reviewing that one next! Like I said at the beginning of this post, Vieira is one of my very favourite authors; I have never been disappointed by him and I'm pretty sure I never shall be. I'm looking forward to delving into that one as soon as it arrives on my doorstep!