Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire - Roy Pickard [These notes were made in 1990:]. This is a coffee-table book, full of really gorgeous pictures, many in colour. The majority, I think, are publicity stills from the studios - they are certainly far too clear to be frame blow-ups. The text is lucid and anecdotal; alas, I noticed a few slips, which made me doubt the accuracy of the rest. Fun to read, though. There's a brief bibliography, an index - very helpful - and a filmography - also very helpful. I bought this on the remainder table, and feel I really got my $10 worth, chiefly in visual images. Some of them are absolutely frameable - the cover shot of Fred and Rita Hayworth, for instance!