Rosebud Sleds and Horses' Heads (Book)
50 of Film's Most Evocative Objects - An Illustrated Journey
Dorothy’s ruby slippers. Michael Myers’s mask. Marilyn Monroe’s billowy white dress. Indiana Jones’s trusty hat. These objects are icons of popular culture synonymous with the films they appear in, and, at long last, a book has come along that sorts and chronicles fifty of them.
Rosebud Sleds and Horses’ Heads presents incisive discussion of fifty of the most significant objects in cinema history and explores their importance within their films and within the popular imagination. With original full color illustrations, this book surveys objects from a range of genres, from the birth of cinema to the present day.
Curated and written by a prominent film critic who routinely writes for some of the leading publications in the English language, as well as broadcasts for the BBC, Rosebud Sleds and Horses’ Heads is the only book of its kind. With a fascinating, original, and instantly understandable concept, it will find grateful audiences in film buffs around the world.
'An object worthy of desire'
'A flair for idiosyncrasy is part of the book’s charm, along with its square, elegant design'
'Eclectic and fascinating reading about a little-explored aspect of cinematic mise-en-scene. It’s one of those books that demand initial reading at one sitting, and then further reference and reflection subsequently. Delightfully engaging, entertaining and informative'
'A beautifully illustrated tribute to some of the most beloved props and costumes in film history'
'This is an attractive object in its own right, containing many evocative objects within'
'For every object you would expect ... there is something unique and surprising ... which instantly make you want to drop everything and watch the film. 8/10'
'What elevates Harris's book above coffee-table disposability is the original insights he provides. There's a genuine passion for these items that comes through in the writing.'
'A wonderful book, as essential as it is entertaining'
'A lovely, imaginative book… elegant, original, and lit with insights. A pleasure for everyone from film buffs to fans who want to know where to begin. Highly recommended.'
'A sparkling assessment of some of cinema’s most iconic inanimate stars.'
'Rosebud Sleds and Horses’ Heads weds the sophisticated visual dreaminess of some great children’s books to the prose of an unusually smooth scholar. Scott Jordan Harris isn’t speaking for the objects. The objects are speaking through him.'