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Summer Movies: 30 Sun-Drenched Classics (Turner Classic Movies) (Hardcover)

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From beach parties to baseball, road trips and more, this collection of some of the classic films of summer shows the season in all its glory. But along with movies about surf, fun and sun, included are iconic films such as “Key Largo”, “Rear Window” and “Do the Right ThIng” which take on serious subjects. Film historian John Malahy of Turner Classic Movies covers the silent era to the present, taking the reader on a trip down memory lane.

— Marilyn


Turner Classic Movies presents a festival of sunshine classics—movies that capture the spirit of the most carefree season of the year—complete with behind-the-scenes stories, reviews, vacation inspiration, and a trove of photos.

Summer Movies is your guide to 30 sun-drenched classics that—through beach parties, road trips, outdoor sports, summer camp, or some intangible mood that brings the heat—manage to keep summer alive year-round. Packed with production details, stories from the set, and more than 150 color and black-and-white photos, the book takes an in-depth look at films from the silent era to the present that reflect the full range of how summer has been depicted on screen, both by Hollywood and by international filmmakers. Featured titles include Moon Over Miami (1941), State Fair (1945), Key Largo (1948), Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953), The Seven Year Itch (1955), The Parent Trap (1961), The Endless Summer (1964), Jaws (1975), Caddyshack (1980), Dirty Dancing (1987), Do the Right Thing (1989), Moonrise Kingdom (2012), Call Me by Your Name (2017), and many more.

About the Author

John Malahy is a cinephile whose passion for film history has been instrumental in his career at Turner Classic Movies. Though an avid world traveler and summer movie enthu­siast, he has never been on a surfboard, but he hopes to someday. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Turner Classic Movies is the definitive resource for the greatest movies of all time. We entertain and enlighten to show how the entire spectrum of classic movies, movie history, and movie-making touches us all and influences how we think and live today.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780762499298
ISBN-10: 076249929X
Publisher: Running Press Adult
Publication Date: June 1st, 2021
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: Turner Classic Movies