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Jeanine Basinger
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Jeanine Basinger is the chair of film studies at Wesleyan University and the curator of the cinema archives there. She has written nine other books on film, including A Woman’s View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women, 1930–1960; Silent Stars, winner of the William K. Everson Film History Award; Anthony Mann; The World War II Combat Film: Anatomy of a Genre; and American Cinema: One Hundred Years of Filmmaking, the companion book for a ten-part PBS series.

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I Do and I Don't
A History of Marriage in the Movies
Written by Jeanine Basinger


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2014
Price: $17.95

Here is “happily ever after”—except when things aren’t happy, and when “ever after” is abruptly terminated by divorce, tragedy . . . or even murder. With her large-hearted understanding of how movies—and audiences—work, leading film historian Jeanine Basinger traces the many ways Hollywood has tussled with the tricky subject of marriage... Read more >
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I Do and I Don't
A History of Marriage in the Movies
Written by Jeanine Basinger


Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $13.99

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Silent Stars

Written by Jeanine Basinger


Format: eBook, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 17, 2012
Price: $16.99

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The Star Machine

Written by Jeanine Basinger


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2009
Price: $18.95

From one of our leading film authorities, a rich, penetrating, amusing plum pudding of a book about the golden age of movies, full of Hollywood lore, anecdotes, and analysis.

Jeanine Basinger gives us an immensely entertaining look into the “star machine,” examining how, at the height of the studio system, from... Read more >
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The Star Machine

Written by Jeanine Basinger


Format: eBook, 608 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 10, 2008
Price: $14.99

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A Woman's View
How Hollywood Spoke to Women, 1930-1960
Written by Jeanine Basinger


Format: eBook, 528 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 4, 2013
Price: $18.99

Now, Voyager, Stella Dallas, Leaver Her to Heaven, Imitation of Life, Mildred Pierce, Gilda . . . these are only a few of the hundreds of “women’s films” that poured out of Hollywood during the thirties, forties, and fifties. The films were widely disparate in subject, sentiment, and technique, they nonetheless... Read more >
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