Sound of Music, a kidnapped film director, QI and more! Recent books on Film and Television

Did you know the Sound of Music was released in 1965? Well, we have two books to commemorate that it has been showing for over 50 years!

Speaking of classic films, we have the book Audrey and Bill that tells of the love story between Audrey Hepburn and William Holden, who filmed the movie Sabrina together.

On to more modern topics, we have A Kim Jong-Il production : the extraordinary true story of a kidnapped filmmaker, his star actress, and a young dictator’s rise to power . What an informative title! And yet we can’t help wanting to read on.

Keep reading to find out what else we have, including books on actor Chloë Sevigny, Patton Oswalt’s film addiction, film director Werner Herzog and QI quotations.

Syndetics book coverAudrey and Bill : a romantic biography of Audrey Hepburn and William Holden / Edward Z. Epstein.
“Here for the first time is the complete, captivating story of an on-set romance that turned into a lifelong love story between silver screen legends Audrey Hepburn and William Holden. Both won Oscars in 1954 and together they filmed Sabrina, a now-iconic film that continues to inspire the worlds of film and fashion. Audrey & Bill tells the stories of both stars, from before they met to their electrifying first encounter when they began making Sabrina. Through in-depth research and interviews with former friends, co-stars, and studio workers, Edward Z. Epstein sheds new light on the stars and the fascinating times in which they lived.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA Kim Jong-Il production : the extraordinary true story of a kidnapped filmmaker, his star actress, and a young dictator’s rise to power / Paul Fischer.
“Before becoming the world’s most notorious dictator, Kim Jong-Il ran North Korea’s Ministry for Propaganda and its film studios. Conceiving every movie made, he acted as producer and screenwriter. Despite this control, he was underwhelmed by the available talent and took drastic steps, ordering the kidnapping of Choi Eun-Hee (Madam Choi)–South Korea’s most famous actress–and her ex-husband Shin Sang-Ok, the country’s most famous filmmaker. Madam Choi vanished first. When Shin went to Hong Kong to investigate, he was attacked and woke up wrapped in plastic sheeting aboard a ship bound for North Korea. Madam Choi lived in isolated luxury, allowed only to attend the Dear Leader’s dinner parties. Shin, meanwhile, tried to escape, was sent to prison camp, and “re-educated.” After four years he cracked, pledging loyalty. Reunited with Choi at the first party he attends, it is announced that the couple will remarry and act as the Dear Leader’s film advisors. Together they made seven films, in the process gaining Kim Jong-Il’s trust. While pretending to research a film in Vienna, they flee to the U.S. embassy and are swept to safety. A nonfiction thriller packed with tension, passion, and politics, author Paul Fischer’s A Kim Jong-Il Production offers a rare glimpse into a secretive world, illuminating a fascinating chapter of North Korea’s history that helps explain how it became the hermetically sealed, intensely stage-managed country it remains today.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe sound of music story : how a beguiling young novice, a handsome Austrian captain, and ten singing Von Trapp children inspired the most beloved film of all time / Tom Santopietro.
“On March 2, 1965, “The Sound of Music” was released in the United States and the love affair between moviegoers and the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical was on. Santopietro looks back at the real life story of Maria von Trapp, goes on to chronicle the sensational success of the Broadway musical, and recounts the story of the near cancellation of the film when the “Cleopatra” bankrupted 20th Century Fox. Tom Santopietro’s The Story of The Sound of Music is book for everyone who cherishes this American classic.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Sound of music companion / Laurence Maslon ; foreword by Julie Andrews.
“The definitive book on the world’s most beloved musical, The Sound of Music Companion charts the incredible and enduring story of Maria von Trapp and her story over the last hundred years – from Maria’s birth in Vienna in 1905 to the 50th anniversary of the film’s release in 2015. The book details every step in the evolution of this masterwork from real-life to page to stage to film to international phenomenon. It profiles every creative artist who has helped to shape the musical version of the von Trapp Family story …and includes landmark international stage productions, the movie in pop culture and the 2012 TV movie. Included are more than 170 pictures plus complete lyrics to a dozen songs, a map of Salzburg and the film’s locations and unseen storyboards from the film.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSilver screen fiend : learning about life from an addiction to film / Patton Oswalt.
“Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakeable addiction. It wasn’t drugs, alcohol, or sex. It was film. After moving to L.A., Oswalt became a huge film buff, absorbing classics and new releases at least three nights a week at the New Beverly Cinema. Silver screen celluloid became Patton’s life schoolbook, informing his notions of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships. Set in the nascent days of the alternative comedy scene, Oswalt’s memoir chronicles his journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective supporting him all along the way. Already a beloved fixture on the comedy stage, on television, and in film-not to mention his 1.87 million Twitter followers-Oswalt announces, with his second book, that he’s also here to stay on the page.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWerner Herzog : a guide for the perplexed / conversations with Paul Cronin.
“Most of what we’ve heard about Werner Herzog is untrue. Yet Herzog’s body of work is one of the most important in postwar European cinema. His international breakthrough came in 1973 with Aguirre, the Wrath of God, in which Klaus Kinski played a crazed Conquistador. For The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser , Herzog cast in the lead a man who had spent most of his life institutionalized, and two years later he hypnotized his entire cast to make Heart of Glass. More recently, Herzog has made extraordinary “documentary” films, such as Little Dieter Needs to Fly . His place in cinema history is assured, and Paul Cronin’s volume of dialogues provides a forum for Herzog’s fascinating views on the things, ideas, and people that have preoccupied him for so many years.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAdvanced banter : the QI book of quotations / [compiled by] John Lloyd and John Mitchinson.
“Have you ever wondered why most books of quotations are stuffed full of rather pedestrian quotes by people you’ve never heard of? It’s a shame because a really good quotation book, one which gathered the truest and funniest insights of the best minds, and organised them into 250 subjects, from artichokes to woodpeckers, a book which offered you a useful take on almost every situation life throws at you (from the death of your child’s hamster to the unified theory of everything), a practical handbook of interestingness, well, that would be worth having. And, guess what? Those thoughtful gentlemen at QI have come up with one. Five years of learning how to avoid the dull stuff have left the QI team in a uniquely good position to deliver this elusive holy grail: the big, useful, funny and really very good book of quotations.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe authentic actor : the art and business of being yourself / Michael Laskin ; edited by Jana Branch.
“Every year, thousands of actors struggle to navigate today’s film and TV business while also wanting to grow as performers, as artists. These actors tend to be risk-takers, mold-breakers, and are interested in defining who they are. They are looking for advice and guidance about art and about commerce. The Authentic Actor is for them. The actor’s path today begins with two questions: Who are you? What do you know? Beginning with personal authenticity, The Authentic Actor reveals a holistic approach that fuses discovery of the “actor’s fingerprint” with skills for managing performance, career, and life — as artist, businessperson, and citizen.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChloe Sevigny / editor, Martynka Wawrzyniak.
“A celebration of the eclectic and daring personal style of the actress and contemporary fashion icon Chloë Sevigny–famous for looking cool without looking like she’s trying. Chloë Sevigny has been a muse in the downtown creative scene for over three decades. Her quirky and avant-garde fashion sense was quickly noticed by indie magazines and the world’s top photographers. This volume is a deeply personal illustrated chronicle of the evolution of Sevigny’s unique style throughout her career: from a teenage skater girl to award-winning film actress and fashion designer. This volume will appeal to the legions of global Chloë fans and fashion industry followers, as well as a mainstream audience who will find this book an inspirational style bible.” (Syndetics summary)