Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Mae West: Starstruck

"Those were the years of the excitement of MAE WEST, Bogart, W.C. Fields, and the Marx Brothers," said New Yorker and cinema memorabilia collector Ira M. Resnick, explaining that those anarchic screen legends had become idols of the counterculture Woodstock generation.
• • During the past four decades, the 60-year-old movie maven has amassed some 2,000 vintage posters and some 1,500 stills and lobby cards — — and 258 vibrant and colorful posters from this treasure trove have been reproduced in his book "Starstruck," which came out in early February 2010.
• • Ira Resnick attended NYU film school for his junior and senior years. Martin Scorsese, who wrote the foreword to the book, was one of his instructors. He graduated in 1971 and recalls browsing for lobby cards on West 13th Street at a movie memorabilia store, Cinemabilia, in Greenwich Village. The items he purchased there, which formed the basis of his collection, appear in this new release printed by Abbeville. If you love silent classics and the golden age of cinema, then "Starstruck" is for you. Catch a free premiere on Ira Resnick's web site.

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