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‘Rosebud Sleds and Horses’ Heads’ by Scott Jordan Harris

Dorothy’s ruby slippers, Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber, Jake LaMotta’s title belt. These are a few of film critic Scott Jordan Harris’s favorite things. His new book “Rosebud Sleds and Horses’ Heads: 50 of Film’s Most Evocative Objects” (Intellect) is itself an object worthy of desire. In unpretentious, succinct essays, he explores the importance of, among other iconic objects, Marilyn Monroe’s billowy white dress in “The Seven Year Itch” and Jack Gable’s typewriter in the 1991 film “Delirious.” You might be tempted to go watch the films but the eye-catching illustrations by Charlie Marshall, David McMillan and Jayde Perkin may keep you turning the pages.

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