Cinema: Cinema Album

An exception to the rule that books about movies are even duller than movies about books is A Pictorial History of the Movies (Simon & Schuster; $3.95). Its 700-odd movie stills have been assembled by Bryant Hale and Marcelene Peterson, and more conspicuously credited to Composer-Critic Deems Taylor. His touch is evident in the captions, which outline the history of U.S. films from the scandalous The Widow Jones of 1896 to Mrs. Miniver. By turns touching, noble, hilarious, incredible, the pictures in this book have the endearing dignity and fascination of a...

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