Costumes and Props
Filled with large stills—mostly from recent fantasy franchises, like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, plus glimpses of older classics such as Pirates of the Caribbean (not to mention Roman Holiday and Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush)—this entry in the Movie Magic series (6 titles) highlights the importance of costumes and other props in establishing historical settings, providing insights into characters, and creating distinctive overall looks. Along with nods to renowned designers of the past, Green adds interest-sharpening references to items likely to be familiar to younger readers (Belle’s yellow gown, Thor’s hammer). This survey largely stays in front of the camera rather than offering looks behind the scenes, so budding filmmakers hoping for some practical tips will have to look elsewhere. Still, the morsels of movie history add flavor, and the instantly recognizable stars provide eye candy aplenty.