Be a Movie Star

By Cecilia Cygnar

We all dream of being famous movie stars, right? Well, here are some resources that show the pros and cons of a career in show business.

  • Conversations with Wilder

    1999 by Cameron Crowe

    Director Cameron Crowe gets to interview his idol, Billy Wilder, shortly before Wilder passed away. A highly entertaining look at filmmaking from Wilder's quirky point of view.

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  • Awake In the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert

    2006 by Roger Ebert

    Ebert tells the reader all about his favorite passion and profession: movies. Any book by Ebert would satisfy a movie lover's craving, but this one is particularly satisfying.

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  • The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael

    2011 by Pauline Kael

    Often called one of the most influential American film critics, Kael's reviews were biting, always honest, sometimes scathing, and very, very important to a film's success, or lack thereof.

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  • 85 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards

    2013 by Robert A Osborne

    Film historian Robert Osborne's fame may have stemmed from his work as a host on Turner Classic Movies, but he also researched and wrote several books on the Academy Awards.

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  • The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies

    2012 by David Thomson

    Film scholar David Thomson gives his take on the history of movies right from the beginning. The very well-versed Thomson is one of the most respected film academics and authors in the world.

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  • The Player: A Novel

    1988 by Michael Tolkin

    A novel where a film executive kills a screenwriter, The Player is one of the most scintillating tales of Hollywood ever written. Adapted into a very successful film in 1992.

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  • Postcards from the Edge

    1987 by Carrie Fisher

    Carrie Fisher pens her pseudo-autobiography in this "fictional" story of a former movie star mother and her drug-addict, aspiring-actress daughter. It made a great movie with Meryl Streep taking on the Fisher role, and Shirley MacLaine as the character based on Fisher's mother, Debbie Reynolds.

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  • The Artist

    2012 by Michel Hazanavicius

    Best Picture winner in 2011, this film focuses on actors during the late 1920s transition to sound movies from silents. Alhough this is a silent movie, it is an interesting take on what life was like during a significant historical period in Hollywood.

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  • A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies

    1995 by Martin Scorsese

    Both a book and a documentary, Scorsese gives a phenomenally detailed look at American films. In addition to being an accomplished filmmaker, Scorsese passionately loves movies and that certainly comes across here.

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  • Life Itself

    2014 by Steve James

    Ebert bared his soul and his life in both this book and then in the award-winning documentary. Filled with his passion about many things, his love for the movies was the paramount obsession of his world.

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  • Hitchcock/Truffaut

    2015 by Kent Jones

    Based on the acclaimed book in which Francois Truffant interviews one of his idols, Alfred Hitchcock, this documentary is about much more than just these two directors. It is about filmmaking as an art and as a devotion.

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