This is your illustrated invitation to the moments when movie history was made. Photographers' contact sheets are the permanent record of every shot that they took - and through Hollywood's golden age, there was often a photographer on set, capturing the scene as actors and directors collaborated to produce classic movies. This book collects the contact sheets from classic movies like The African Queen (1951), Some Like it Hot (1959), Taxi Driver (1976), Grosse Point Blank (1997) and many more. Capturing legends such as Woody Allen, Audrey Hepburn, Alfred Hitchcock, Marilyn Monroe, and Frank Sinatra at work and at repose, these images offer rare glimpses into the art of moviemaking, the science of movie marketing, and the nature of stardom.
Karina Longworth is a film critic and journalist based in Los Angeles. She has contributed to LA Weekly, The Village Voice, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, Slate and other publications, and is the author of George Lucas ( Masters of Cinema , 2012) and of Al Pacino ( Anatomy of an Actor , 2013).