The Best Books About Cinema To Read This Summer

The Best Books About Cinema To Read This Summer

Ready for your table read? From film studies to actor biographies, here's our list of summer must-reads

Ready for your table read? From film studies to actor biographies, here's our list of summer must-reads

1. SCRAPBOOK OF THE SIXTIES: WRITINGS 1954-2010, JONAS MEKAS ($35, SPECTOR BOOKS)

The pioneer filmmaker’s Village Voice “Movie Journal” was essential reading in the ’60s. This book brings together his articles, interviews, and notes. Available here

2. WKW: THE CINEMA OF WONG KAR WAI, WONG KAR WAI AND JOHN POWERS ($65, RIZZOLI)

The master of romantic drama breaks down everything from his film inspirations to his ultimate playlist in a series of intimate conversations. Available here

3. JOHNNY DEPP: ANATOMY OF AN ACTOR, CORINNE VUILLAUME ($45, PHAIDON)

From Cry-Baby to Raoul Duke to the Mad Hatter, here is, quite possibly, the most in-depth document on the actor who would do just about anything to avoid being typecast. Available here

4. CINÉMA EXPOSÉ/EXHIBITED CINEMA, FRANÇOIS BOVIER AND ADEENA MEY ($42, ECAL) 

A research project aimed at reconstructing the history of moving images within art galleries and museums, this collaboration finds the intersection of exhibition spaces and the screens displayed inside them through essays and diagrams. Available here

5. "FARA FARA"—A FILM NOT MADE, CARSTEN HÖLLER AND ELIN UNNES ($35, HUMBOLDT BOOKS)

Trace the years-long scouting process for a film about a rumba battle between contemporary Congolese musicians directed by Höller and Måns Månsson. Available here.

6. NAM JUNE PAIK: THE LATE STYLE, GAGOSIAN HONG KONG ($100, RIZZOLI) 

The catalogue from this Hong Kong show exhibiting work by the late founder of video art includes a copy of one of his actual notebooks and an essay by John G. Hanhardt. Available here

7. LEONARDO DICAPRIO: ANATOMY OF AN ACTOR, FLORENCE COLMBANI ($45, PHAIDON) 

Spanning What’s Eating Gilbert Grape to The Wolf of Wallstreet, this tome traces the ascent of an actor who deserved an Oscar way before The Revenant. Available here

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