Sunday, May 13, 2012

Movie Magic by John Brosnan

First printing of Movie Magic by John Brosnan
This book is clearly dated, but still interesting. John Brosnan published this book in 1974 on St. Martin's Press chronicling the history of special effects in film. It covers everything from Jason and the Argonauts to 2001: A Space Odyssey, with amazing illustrative pictures and information. Brosnan, who was part film scholar, was also a writer of science fiction in the 1960's and 70's. This book is obviously irrelevant at this point in time, but it serves as a pretty good historical almanac as to how movies were once made. It also has a great cover of a still from the original King Kong movie.

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