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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “The Night They Raided Minsky’s”

[Translate] When I was a student at SVA studying Film Production I spent a day walking around the neighborhood and found a film set which had been created on West 26th Street. They had reconstructed an old 1920’s neighborhood to Read the full article…

Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “The Downtown Book”

[Translate] The New York Art Scene in the period of 1974 thru 1984 was ‘on fire’. So much was going on everywhere! This book covers the scene! Downtown is more than just a location, it’s an attitude–and in the 1970s Read the full article…

Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “The Comic Mind” – Gerald Mast

[Translate] Back Cover of The Comic Mind ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Table of Contents Introduction Pt. I: Assumptions, Definitions, and Categories 1. Comic Structures 2. Comic Thought 3. Comic Films—Categories and Definitions Pt. II: Primitives 4. Jests, Tricks, and Read the full article…

Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – Caffe Cino

[Translate] The Birthplace of Off-Off-Broadway CAFFE CINO “It’s Magic Time!” That colorful promise began each performance at the Caffe Cino, the storied Greenwich Village coffeehouse that fostered the gay and alternative theatre movements of the 1960s and launched the careers Read the full article…

Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “Girls Will be Boys” by Laura Horak

[Translate] “Girls Will be Boys” by Laura Horak Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, and Katharine Hepburn all made lasting impressions with the cinematic cross-dressing they performed onscreen. What few modern viewers realize, however, is that these seemingly daring performances of the Read the full article…

Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “Notes on a Cowardly Lion”

[Translate] Notes on a Cowardly Lion by John Lahr Back Cover First published in 1969, Notes on a Cowardly Lion has established itself as one of the best-ever show business biographies. Drawing on his father’s recollections and on the memories Read the full article…

Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “How Sweet It Is” – Jackie Gleason

[Translate] This is one ‘helluva’ funny book!  Inside book jacket flaps. Back Cover of the book. This book is great! If you like The Honeymooners and any of Jackie Gleason’s TV Specials over the years you will enjoy reading these Read the full article…

Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “Growing Up with Chico”

[Translate] GROWING UP WITH CHICO – by Maxine Marx Maxine Marx’s book about her experience as part of the family that gave us the Marx Brothers is deservedly well-known and much loved by classic movie fans.  Her anecdotes are funny, loving Read the full article…

Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “Jean Cocteau – A Life”

[Translate] This passionate and monumental biography reassesses the life and legacy of one of the most significant cultural figures of the twentieth century. Unevenly respected, easily hated, almost always suspected of being inferior to his reputation, Jean Cocteau has often Read the full article…

Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “The Day The Laughter Stopped”

[Translate] The Day The Laughter Stopped by David Yallop Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle and the story of his tragedy. Buster Keaton said that the day the laughter stopped was September 5, 1921 – the day that Virginia Rappe became ill during Read the full article…