Paramount Studios History Part 2

Film Historians Present Slide Show to Celebrate Second Book on Paramount Pictures

Marc Wanamaker getting the slideshow going.

Marc Wanamaker getting the slideshow going.

Marc Wanamaker and Michael Christaldi returned to Larry Edmunds Bookshop in April to present a slideshow and commentary to celebrate the release of their second book on Paramount Pictures.  The first book was entitled “Early Paramount Studios.”  All three authors of that book were on hand during the first presentation, which can still be viewed on this website, click here to see the first part.

Michael Christaldi signing books for fans.

Michael Christaldi signing books for fans.

The fascinating tale of Hollywood powerhouse Paramount Pictures, beginning with its birth in the 1910s through the turbulent decade of the 1930s was told in Early Paramount Studios by Marc Wanamaker, Michael Christaldi, and E.J. Stephens. Now two of the three authors are back at LARE to tell the next 60 years of the studio saga in Paramount Studios: 1940-2000, with a foreword by former Paramount head of production Robert Evans. This book picks up the story during the time of World War II a successful era for the studio which was followed by a decade of decline due to the upstart medium of television. By the 1960s, the studio teetered on the brink of bankruptcy before rebounding, thanks to several 1970s blockbusters, such as Love Story, The Godfather, and Chinatown. The tale continues through the final decades of the 20th century when Paramount showcased some of the greatest hits in its history.

Marc Wanamaker brought in a tremendous collection of slides to illustrate and expand on the second book.  Of course, only a limited number of photos can be put into a book, so the fantastic photos he brought in delighted the audience, as many of the photos have not been seen in general circulation before.  Marc and Michael, both film historians, added a colorful and authoritative running commentary.  Click on the box below to see the entire event:

For signed copies (if available), contact LarryEdmunds.com or phone (323) 463-3273.

Thanks to Big Fun Video for filming this great event.

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