The Hollywood Book of Love

The Hollywood Book of Love

by James Robert Parish
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The Hollywood Book of Love by James Robert Parish

Part of the Encore Film Book Classics series, this is a reprint of the original text to The Hollywood Book of Love: An Irreverent Guide to the Films That Raised Our Romantic Expectations by James Robert Parish.
If you're still waiting for bells to ring and sparks to fly, for fireworks to explode, and waves to crash upon the shore every time you kiss that special someone, don't hold your breath: you've been bitten-and brainwashed-by the Hollywood love bug! From start-up to breakup, only on the big screen is romance so unreal, and in this expansive, cheery, and amusing study you'll find enough smooches and schmaltz to take you from here ... to eternity
From Bonnie and Clyde to Harold and Maude and from The African Queen to Titanic, this detailed-filled volume gives you all the steam from the screen in its entertaining exploration of Tinseltown's obsession with love, romance, and heartbreak. Inside this unique volume you'll find:
• A guide to Hollywood's top tales of romance from "Young Love" to "Marriages on the Rocks"
• Funny, fact-filled plot scenarios of a slew of Hollywood's great love stories over the decades
• Spirited sidebars that reveal the reality behind the reel
• Behind-the-scenes peeks at the love lives of Hollywood's sexiest stars, from Gary Cooper, Charles Boyer, Don Johnson, and Josh Hartnett, to Lupe Velez, Lana Turner, and Madonna

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781537726960
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/20/2016
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

JAMES ROBERT PARISH, a former entertainment reporter, publicist, and book series editor, is the author of many published major biographies and reference books on the entertainment industry including Whitney Houston: We Will Always Love You; The Hollywood Book of Extravagance; It's Good to Be the King: The Seriously Funny Life of Mel Brooks; The Hollywood Book of Breakups; Fiascos: Hollywood's Iconic Flops; The Hollywood Book of Scandals; The Hollywood Book of Love; Hollywood Divas; Jet Li; Hollywood Bad Boys; The Encyclopedia of Ethnic Groups in Hollywood; The Hollywood Book of Death; Whoopi Goldberg; Rosie O'Donnell's Story; The Unofficial "Murder, She Wrote" Casebook; Today's Black Hollywood; Let's Talk! America's Favorite TV Talk Show Hosts; Prison Pictures from Hollywood; Prostitution in Hollywood Films; The Great Cop Pictures; Ghosts and Angels in Hollywood Films; Pirates and Seafaring Swashbucklers on the Hollywood Screen; Gays and Lesbians in Mainstream Cinema; The Jeanette MacDonald Story, Hollywood's Great Love Teams; and The Fox Girls. Mr. Parish is a frequent oncamera interviewee on cable and network TV for documentaries on the performing arts. The author resides in Studio City, California.

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The Hollywood Book of Love 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Parish has written dozens of books on American film, and his knowledge is vast. This book makes shrewd use of that knowledge, but lightens it with delightful flights of humor. This makes for a enjoyable, compulsive read. The background is there, but it's not delivered in a stuffy or academic way. For example, in his section on Love Story, Parish writes: 'As you sniffle through this feature, bear in mind that these characters give shallowness new meaning. For example, our clean-cut hero asks over the soundtrack mourningfully, 'What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died?' His brilliant reply includes that she was beautiful (certainly a matter of personal taste) and that 'she loved Mozart and Bach...and the Beatles.' That's the best he can come up with? Oh, brother!'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Author Parish never disappoints and his latest book is no exception. In it, he has collected stories old and new, to give an entertaining overview of love among the stars. It is a book that you can dive into or savor section by section. As his incredible bibliography proves, Parish is the number one writer on films in America today. He always does incredible research but provides an entertaining time for the reader. This is great Summer reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jim Parish does it again. This book is not only informative, it is highly entertaining--a great read! The stories about past Hollywood affairs, divorces, scandals, etc. remind us that things haven't changed all that much in the world. I especially enjoyed the factoids in the sidebars. And the top-notch photos. Perfect for any film fan--or anyone else, for that matter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Long Live Love and Romance! Mr. Parish's book, The Hollywood Book of Love, is certainly a gift for any film buff or movie-goer who has found that love and romance on the silver screen can warm and touch our hearts. He has captured the spirit of the films; the format is imaginative and creative. Please let there be a Hollywood Book of
Guest More than 1 year ago
Combining well-researched and written Hollywood anecdotes with insightful commentary, James Robert Parish brings these classic and not so classic movies to real and reel life in this entertaining book. His work made me want to see the classics he talked about. Highly recommended for the movie buff and novice alike.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Quick: what's the meaning of life? If you answered 'love,' THE HOLLYWOOD BOOK OF LOVE is for you. THE HOLLYWOOD BOOK OF LOVE explains why the most classic Hollywood stories are love stories. More importantly, no matter how Hollywood love stories have changed over time, Parish shows us why audiences never tire of them. Romance, sex, marraige, affairs, divorce, lust........the author covers the many aspects of love as fictionalized by the silver screen. Selected entries in THE HOLLYWOOD BOOK OF LOVE include factoids and personal viewpoints about each film, making it as fun as it is informative.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cool photographs, a wide range of new and old movies, topped by James Robert Parish's witty and concise prose: that's the Hollywood Book of Love. True enough, love in real life doesn't quite match love at the movies. But Parish's look at on-screen love leaves nothing to be desired. Romance, passion, sex. . . It's all there!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a lighthearted look at how we have learned about love from the movies. Using various categories such as Femme Fatates, Love Affairs to Remember, Walking Down the Aisle, Mr. Parish presents movies from early years to the present to show how our views of love have been shaped by the movies we see. But beware, as he shows us, life often doesn't always equal art; rolling around in the sand like From Here to Eternity can leave you with a suit full of sand. The book also has fun sidebars, that often show that the stars of the movies' lives often didn't reflect the romantics they played.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Parish has taken yet again a filmic subject and created a definitive work...This is also an ideal present for loved ones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Parish has done it again. This irreverant look at what Hollywood has treated love, relationships, marriage and all related topics is entertaining, but also it reminds us what we see in films of ourselves and what films have done to help us define our ideas of love and relationships. Definitely recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Robert Parish¿s The Hollywood Book of Love is a many-splendored look at the movie industry¿s romance with the love story. Always informative, it has the added pleasure of being at turns witty, ironic and irreverent. Becoming, in the process, one of the authoritative works on the subject. A real pleasure.