Post-Academy Reading

The 86th Academy Awards has just concluded but do you know about their previous 85 years? 85 years of the Oscar offers its complete history and makes it a must-read for all Hollywood fans. There are also a variety of wonderful books, including about the stars of The Hunger Games and Chaplin. Enjoy!

Syndetics book cover85 years of the Oscar : the official history of the Academy Awards / Robert Osborne.
“Updated every five years since 1989, the latest revision of the official history of the Academy Awards is a must-read for movie buffs. Osborne’s latest look back delivers trivia, personal narratives, and more than 750 black-and-white and full-color photographs. The heavy volume offers a year-by-year account of each Oscar night, complete with extensively captioned photos from the big six categories (best actor and actress, best supporting actor and actress, best director, and best film) as well as a listing of the nominees and winners of every other category awarded.”(Booklist)

Syndetics book coverJennifer, Liam and Josh : an unauthorized biography of the stars of The hunger Games / Danny White.
“The Hunger Games movie has smashed box office records grossing nearly $700m worldwide – and future installments of the series are hotly anticipated. Jennifer, Liam and Josh: An Unauthorized Biography of the Stars of the Hunger Games lifts the lid on the movie’s three stars, who have become icons and pin-ups for millions of fans.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChaplin : his life and art / David Robinson.
“LJ’s reviewer asserted that Robinson offers “unprecedented insights into Chaplin’s methods in this thorough biography” (LJ 9/1/85), although he added that the book should be read in conjunction with Robinson’s other Chaplin titles. For film and biography collections.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverMiddle-earth envisioned / Paul Simpson and Brian J. Robb.
“The painstakingly crafted world that J.R.R. Tolkien created for The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion is so vivid that it’s easy to briefly imagine Middle-earth as a real place—even Tolkien himself had said it existed somewhere on Earth. The painstakingly crafted world that J.R.R. Tolkien created for The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion is so vivid that it’s easy to briefly imagine Middle-earth as a real place—even Tolkien himself had said it existed somewhere on Earth.” (adapted from

Syndetics book cover1001 movies you must see before you die / general editor, Steven Jay Schneider ; [updated by Ian Haydn Smith].
“Film buffs willing to challenge the claim made by Schneider (Understanding Film Genres) that they must see his selection of 1,001 international films are in for a shock. This heavy, boxlike, full-color guide to the best of the best truly represents the work of a century, culling its selection from all genres and nations. Instead of simply summarizing the plot, Schneider and his team of experts (mostly film academics) briefly explain why each film is a must see. Schneider’s book is perhaps most significant for film collections in its integration of genres in a seamless time line that places The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie side by side with Pink Flamingos and Enter the Dragon. Not everyone’s must-see film is here (where, for instance, is Spetters?), but Schneider’s choices are irrefutable.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverAudrey 100 : a rare and intimate photo collection selected by Audrey Hepburn’s family / by Ellen Fontana ; foreword by Sean Hepburn Ferrer.
“One of the most beautiful women of the 20th century, style icon, actor, model, UNICEF patron, and so much more Audrey captured the imaginations of millions around the world with her famous unforgettable face and innate and inherent grace. Photographed by most of the leading photographers of the day – Cecil Beaton, Hans Gerber, Norman Parkinson, Douglas Kirkland, among them – Audrey Hepburn’s image lives on, her style still an influence to designers and fashionistas alike. This beautiful book brings together 100 evocative and moving photographs, most iconic, some never seen before, chosen by her family and close friends. With a foreword and extended and personal captions by her sons, Sean Hepburn and Luca Dotti, this book is a collector’s dream. “Audrey 100″ also includes one limited edition framable archival photograph.” (adapted form

Syndetics book coverThe National Theatre story / Daniel Rosenthal.
“The National Theatre Story is filled with artistic, financial and political battles, onstage triumphs – and the occasional disaster. This definitive account takes readers from the National Theatre’s 19th-century origins, through false dawns in the early 1900s, and on to its hard-fought inauguration in 1963. At the Old Vic, Laurence Olivier was for ten years the inspirational Director of the NT Company, before Peter Hall took over and, in 1976, led the move into the National’s concrete home on the South Bank. Altogether, the NT has staged more than 800 productions, premiering some of the 20th and 21st centuries’ most popular and controversial plays, including Amadeus, The Romans in Britain, and Closer. Certain to be essential reading for theatre lovers and students, The National Theatre Story is packed with photographs and draws on Daniel Rosenthal’s unprecedented access to the National Theatre’s own archives, unpublished correspondence and more than 100 new interviews with directors, playwrights and actors.” (adapted from