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Cecil B. DeMille
The Art of the Hollywood Epic
By (author) Cecilia de Mille Presley By (author) Mark A. Vieira Introduction by Martin Scorsese Foreword by Brett Ratner

Summary

Colossal. Stupendous. Epic. These adjectives, used by movie companies to hawk their wares, became clichés long ago. When used to describe the films of one director, they are accurate. More than any filmmaker in the history of the medium, Cecil B. DeMille mastered the art of the spectacle. In the process, he became a filmland founder. One hundred years ago, he made the first feature film ever shot in Hollywood and went on to become the most commercially successful producer-director in history.

DeMille told his cinematic tales with painterly, extravagant images. The parting of the Red Sea in The Ten Commandments was only one of these. There were train wrecks (The Greatest Show on Earth); orgies (Manslaughter); battles (The Buccaneer); Ancient Rome (The Sign of the Cross); Ancient Egypt (Cleopatra); and the Holy Land (The Crusades). The best of these images are showcased here, in Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic.

This lavish volume opens the King Tut's tomb of cinematic treasures that is the Cecil B. DeMille Archives, presenting storyboard art, concept paintings, and an array of photographic imagery. Historian Mark A. Vieira writes an illuminating text to accompany these scenes. Cecilia de Mille Presley relates her grandfather's thoughts on his various films, and recalls her visits to his sets, including the Egyptian expedition to film The Ten Commandments.
Like the director's works, Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic is a panorama of magnificence—celebrating a legendary filmmaker and the remarkable history of Hollywood.

about Cecilia de Mille Presley and Mark A. Vieira and Martin Scorsese and Brett Ratner

  • Mark A. Vieira is a photographer and writer who specializes in Hollywood history. He has lectured at USC, UCLA, Lincoln Center, Universal Studios, the Hollywood Heritage Museum, and the Palm Springs Film Festival. Vieira has appeared in documentaries such as TCM's Moguls and Movie Stars, Playboy's Sex at 24 Frames Per Second, and the BBC's Shooting the Stars. He is also the author of George Hurrell's Hollywood, Greta Garbo: A Cinematic Legacy, and Majestic Hollywood, among other film-related titles. Vieira resides in Los Angeles.

    Cecilia DeMille Presley is the president of the Cecil B. DeMille Foundation, which endows higher education and child welfare in Southern California. She produces documentaries and serves as vice chairman of the National Film Preservation Foundation. She is also on the board of trustees of the American Film Institute, the Chapman University School of Film, and the executive board of the UCLA School of Film & Television. Presley lives in Newport Beach, California.
  • Mark A. Vieira is a photographer and writer who specializes in Hollywood history. He has lectured at USC, UCLA, Lincoln Center, Universal Studios, and the Hollywood Heritage Museum. Vieira has appeared in documentaries such as TCM's Moguls and Movie Stars and Playboy's Sex at 24 Frames Per Second. He is also the author of George Hurrell's Hollywood, Cecil B. DeMille, and Majestic Hollywood, among other film-related titles. Vieira resides in Los Angeles.

reviews

“An opulently beautiful photographic history of the director.”
—VanityFair.com

“This book, by Cecilia deMille Presley and Mark Vieira, is everything DeMille's movies were — stupendous, lavish, colorful, too much and not enough. It is packed with fabulous photos — of the great DeMille stars, mammoth sets, costume sketches. And chock full of anecdotes about the man himself.”
—Liz Smith, NewYorkSocialDiary.com

“This book, by Cecilia deMille Presley and Mark Vieira, is everything DeMille's movies were — stupendous, lavish, colorful, too much and not enough. It is packed with fabulous photos — of the great DeMille stars, mammoth sets, costume sketches. And chock full of anecdotes about the man himself.”
—Liz Smith, NewYorkSocialDiary.com

other editions

  • eBook | ISBN 9780762455379
    Pub date: 12/16/2014 | Price: 46.99 Canada/$36.99
    299 Pages
    PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts
  • Hardcover | ISBN 9780762454907
    Pub date: 12/16/2014 | Price: 75.00 Canada/$60.00
    416 Pages
    PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / Direction & Production
    BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts

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