Picks and Pans Review: Married in the Movies
by Kyle Roderick
With divorce rates holding steady and celebrity marriages crumbling at every turn, sometimes it seems like the only truly eternal unions are in the movies—perfect love preserved forever on celluloid. Thus this slender but elegant Hollywood wedding album, a collection of 55 black-and-white photographs commemorating classic movie nuptials. You'll find shots from both the Spencer Tracy and Steve Martin versions of Father of the Bride, a nifty Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind, Cary Grant getting married in three different movies and a scary Anne Bancroft after wild man Dustin Hoffman disrupts her daughter's wedding in The Graduate.
Production notes or plot summaries would certainly have enhanced this tiny book, which also suffers from too many shots that have a static, publicity-still photography feel. Hardcore movie buffs and hopeless romantics may coo at Married's nostalgic sweetness; others will find it much "I do" about nothing. (Collins, $14.95)
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