Reflections on a Life in Cinema
The fans at #TCMFF in Hollywood celebrated Alicia Malone’s newest book, Girls On Film: Lessons from a Life of Watching Women in Movies.
Malone’s latest book reveals her journey as a young film lover to a film writer and explores her innermost longings to share the delight of classic cinema the cinematic world at large. Her job as one of the hosts of Turner Classic Movies has allowed Malone to speak with authority about films she loves.
The 206-page text of her personal experiences reveals her first film at three-years old- The Never Ending Journey, The air-conditioned comfort of the theater in Canberra, Australia, began her interest in film and her obsession with horses. Her shyness and her ability to interpret her emotions reveals the deep-seated need for self-expression that has helped Malone move to the forefront of her profession. Malone’s teenage friend, the film that frightened her the most, how she organized her determination to become a host at TCM, and her latest inspirational project reveal the woman behind the hosting duties.
Her interpretation of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes highlights how Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw avoid competing with each other and support one another throughout all their adventures in the film. The Bad and The Beautiful, The Enchanted Cottage, many foreign films, and Imitation of Life are discussed with care and devotion. Malone also discusses working on press junkets and some of her brushes with well-known celebrities.
If you enjoy Alicia Malone’s films comments on TCM, or her other books, reading about the personal journey she embarked upon at an early age will be worth your time and money.
You can order a signed copy of Girls on Film from Larry Edmunds Bookshop.