This handsome coffee table book is a tie-in to the five-hour PBS docu that Richard Schickel wrote and produced to celebrate the studio’s 85th anni. Here, he shares the writing honors with George Perry, providing essays on the studio’s history from its 1923 beginnings through various changes in corporate ownership. His prose is accompanied by arresting images culled from lobby cards, local photography and publicity stills.
Running Press; 480 pgs.; $50
Richard Schickel and George Perry