We had lunch recently with James Curtis, who showed us a copy of his upcoming biography: “William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come,” to be released Nov. 17.
James is justly proud of his book, which is the culmination of many years of work. The book features color plates of some of Menzies’ remarkable artwork, which has remained in the family’s possession since Menzies’ death in 1957.
James has a number of public appearances scheduled to publicize the book, and in January, he will be co-hosting four nights of Menzies’ films on TCM with Robert Osborne.
He scheduled appearances so far are:
Introducing showings at Film Forum in New York, Nov. 27-29 and Dec. 1.
Rizzoli bookstore in Manhattan, Dec. 4.
A night of UCLA archival restorations at the Billy Wilder Theater, March 26.
And the Pordenone Silent Film Festival, Oct. 1-8, 2016.