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April 09, 1984 12:00 PM

by Clive Hirschhorn

While this is essentially a corporate history of 2,641 Universal productions, from Traffic in Souls, a 1913 “sexploitation” film, through Sophie’s Choice and The Dark Crystal in 1982, it’s not as fawning as most such books. Hirschhorn, a critic for the London Sunday Express, says 1945’s Easy to Look At with Gloria Jean was “also easy to sleep through;” 1966’s Torn Curtain, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, was “an artistic clanger;” The Cat People in 1982 was “an irredeemably silly exercise in the macabre.” Movie buffs will enjoy the candor, as well as the photographs and trivia. (Crown, $35)

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