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Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema

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'Few artists of the 20th century can compete with Harryhausen's illusive brilliance or reach' - The Spectator

A richly illustrated book exploring the life and work of special effects superstar Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema' which accompanied an exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland has been written to mark the 100th birthday of the master of stop-motion animation.

Written by his daughter, Vanessa, the book examines his incredible life and career through 100 objects selected from his substantial collection of latex models, artwork and photography. The book is illustrated with incredible, previously unseen photography from Ray's archive, and is packed with recollections from guest contributors who knew Ray best.

The book traces Harryhausen's earliest attempts at animation in the mid-1930s, through to his legendary contribution to cinema. Here you will find The Skeletons from 'Jason', Talos, Medusa, Kali, Bubo the Owl  as well as less well known creations such as Cerberus and a giant crab. There are earlier versions of finished models, sketches, restored models and others that have sadly near-perished over the year. 

What makes this book unique is Vanessa's perspective on her father's work- she would regularly watch her father sketch or design these memorable creatures at home, before joining him on-set to watch his movies being shot. 

  • Author: Vanessa Harryhausen
  • Paperback: 208 pages | 200 colour illustrations
  • Date published: October 2020
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1911054344
  • Product Dimensions:  26.5 x 24.5 cm

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