Good in GOOD jacket. 1971. 245 pages. Yellow and black cloth with red dust jacket. Nice clean pages with bright copy and firm binding. Boards have minor edge wear with corner bumping. The dust jacket has light shelf wear, clipped.
First edition. 245pp. Introduction by Sumner Locke Elliott. Illustrated with black and white photographs and a complete list of Mary Astor's films. Edges modestly bumped, else near fine in a very good price-clipped dustwrapper with spine faded.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Octavo. 245pg. prev. owner inscription. Mustard yellow boads, black Spine. gilt lettering. decorative endpapers. light rub on lower edge, a couple of spots on outer, lower edge of pages. otherwise near fine. Price-clipped orange jacket has closed tear on rear panel. Mary Astor's personal recollection of 45 years of life in the film world from the silents to the '60's.
I fell in love with Mary Astor recently. It was most recently...like around last Thanksgiving. As I waited to hear from my sister as when dinner was to be served I watched Dodsworth. In it I saw a very young woman who exuded an innocence and sensitivity I had never in her before. The audience would not only feel for Dodsworth as he her is being humilated by his philandering wife. You can't help feel glad when he meets Ms. Kortright (Mary) a woman who will give him the love he deserves. Her love for him was so pure that it made her look totally beautiful. (Go ahead call me a total romantic!) A Life On Film could be considered what was left out of her first book My Story. With all of those pertinent life moments that fills number one, how could one think of going into detail about movies? Mary certainly makes up for it in grand style.She really knew her way around a page. Her prose style is intelligent and fluid making reading it very easy and entertaining. No doubt she wrote about such things as Silent films and her film colleagues a good twenty to thirty years after the fact is a testament to her memory. She also wrote about those she worked with like Edward G. Robinson with such respect that it was total treat to share her thoughts. She didn't sink to a whole lot of sleazy, mud slinging that characterizes so many of today's Hollywood books and magazines. I recommend this book to anyone nuts about film as well as intelligent writing.
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