Les trois visages de la... Hammer

Trois nouveaux livres viennent de faire leur apparition à la boutique consacré au mythique studio anglais de la Hammer. Trois thématiques venant illustrer les composantes du succès dans le monde des productions de la Hammer.
Car la Hammer c'était des histoires d'épouvante, d'horreur, de suspense, bref des films pour créer des émotions, interprétés notamment par des actrices aux charmes équivoques emballés dans une imagerie aux couleurs chatoyantes et ce jusqu'aux affiches. Trois livres pour découvrir toute l'histoire de la Hammer et comprendre leur place dans l'histoire du cinéma.


Over fifty years ago, with the release of The Curse of Frankenstein and Christopher Lees iconic performance in Dracula, Hammer ushered in a whole new era of blood and barely-restrained cleavage in glorious colour, mixing sex and horror with a style and panache that made the small British company world famous.

Bursting at the seams with rare and previously unpublished photographs from Hammers archive and private collections worldwide, and featuring many new interviews, Hammer Glamour is a lavish, full colour celebration of Hammers female stars, including Ingrid Pitt, Martine Beswick, Caroline Munro, Barbara Shelley, Joanna Lumley, Nastassja Kinski, and of course Raquel Welch (who can forget her fur bikini in One Million Years B. C.?).

Fifty years ago, Hammer Films released their first gothic horror movie, The Curse of Frankenstein. The now-legendary British company went on to make such classics as Dracula (and its many sequels), making international stars out of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, changing the face of horror cinema, and inspiring a generation of Hollywood filmmakers, including the likes of George Lucas, Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton.

Now, for the first time, Hammer have given their active backing to an authorised history of the company, and have provided unlimited access to their archives.
The Hammer Story provides a film-by-film dissection, dripping with rare promotional material and previously unpublished photographs.

THE AUTHORISED COLLECTION, WITH HUNDREDS OF HAMMER FILM POSTERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD Hammer is almost as well known for the way it promoted its films as for the films themselves. The legendary British production company supported each new release with eye-catching posters that have become classics of their kind. This is the first collection of these iconic posters, with nearly 300 examples drawn from Hammers own archive, and private collections worldwide. Some are well remembered, most are extremely rare. The Art of Hammer is a testament to the companys pioneering mastery of film promotion, and a celebration of movie art at its best.

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