Rosebud Sleds and Horses’ Heads
50 of Film’s Most Evocative Objects
A Book by Scott Jordan Harris
Dorothy’s ruby slippers. Michael Myers’s mask. Marilyn Monroe’s billowy white dress. Indiana Jones’s trusty hat. These objects are synonymous with the films they appear in and have become icons of popular culture, this visually rich and engaging book sorts and chronicles fifty of them.
Rosebud Sleds and Horses’ Heads presents incisive discussion of 50 of the most significant objects in cinema history and explores their importance within their films and within the popular imagination. Inspired by the popular ‘Screengems’ feature in The Big Picture Magazine and accompanied by original full-colour illustrations, this book surveys objects from a range of genres, from the birth of cinema to the present day.
Curated and written by Scott Jordan Harris, a prominent film critic who routinely writes for some of the leading publications, as well as broadcasts for the BBC, Rosebud Sleds and Horses’ Heads is the only book of its kind. With a fascinating, original and instantly understandable concept, it will find grateful audiences in film buffs around the world.
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About the Author
Scott Jordan Harris is a British film critic and sportswriter. Formerly Online Arts Editor of The Spectator and Editor of The Big Picture magazine, he is now a culture blogger for the Daily Telegraph; a contributor to BBC Radio 4’s The Film Programme; and Roger Ebert’s UK correspondent. Scott has contributed to more than a dozen books on film and is also editor of the World Film Locations volumes on New York, New Orleans, Chicago and San Francisco.
About the Illustrators
Born 1991, in Brighton, UK, Charlie Marshall grew up surrounded by artistic influences. He went on to study Illustration at The University of the West of England in Bristol where he graduated in 2013. His work attempts to blend a range of traditional painting and drawing techniques with contemporary design elements. www.andcharlie.com
David McMillan is a Northern Irish Illustrator currently living in Bristol. Using the quick, and rough nature of his sketchbooks, he tries to bring together his love of mark-making, storytelling and traditional print techniques to create visual interesting narrative illustrations. www.davidjmcmillan.co.uk
Jayde Perkin is an illustrator currently based in Bristol. Inspired by old imagery, signage and paraphernalia, she is interested in telling the stories of criminals, detectives, fugitives and gangsters. These unconventional tales of love, loss and woe feed her subject matter, juxtaposed with naive character studies and playful execution. Jayde likes to experiment with mark making using gouache, inks, pencil crayons and collage. www.jaydeperkin.com
What people are saying:
‘A wonderful book, as essential as it is entertaining’
– Elizabeth Weitzman, Film Critic, New York Daily News
‘A lovely, imaginative book… elegant, original, and lit with insights. A pleasure for everyone from film buffs to fans who want to know where to begin. Highly recommended.’
– Prof. Sarah Churchwell, BBC Review Show panellist
‘A sparkling assessment of some of cinema’s most iconic inanimate stars.’
– Robbie Collin, Chief Film Critic, The Daily Telegraph
‘Rosebud Sleds and Horses’ Heads weds the sophisticated visual dreaminess of some great children’s books to the prose of an unusually smooth scholar. Scott Jordan Harris isn’t speaking for the objects. The objects are speaking through him.’
– Wesley Morris, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism as film critic of The Boston Globe
‘An object worthy of desire’
– Jan Gardner for The Boston Globe
‘A flair for idiosyncrasy is part of the book’s charm, along with its square, elegant design’
– Brian D. Johnson for Maclean’s
‘Eclectic and fascinating reading about a little-explored aspect of cinematic mise-en-scene. It’s one of those books that demand initial reading at one sitting, and then further reference and reflection subsequently. Delightfully engaging, entertaining and informative’
– James B. Evans for Electric Sheep
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