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  • Silent Cinemaby Brian J. Robb

    Oldcastle Books 2010; US$ 14.57

    Silent cinema was never truly silent. Performances were more often than not accompanied by live music -- whether from a solo pianist or a small orchestra -- and the noise of audiences more than made up for the lack of a soundtrack accompanying the film. It was from the origins of cinema onwards to the coming of sound in 1929 with The Jazz Singer that... more...

  • Timeless Adventuresby Brian J. Robb

    Oldcastle Books 2013; US$ 14.57

    This critical history of Doctor Who covers 50 years of the series, from the creation of the show to its triumphant return as Britain's #1 TV drama. Opening with an in-depth account of the creation of the series within the BBC of the early 1960s, each decade of the show is tackled through a unique political and pop cultural historical viewpoint, exploring... more...

  • A Brief History of Superheroesby Brian J. Robb

    Little, Brown Book Group 2014; US$ 10.99

    A fascinating written exploration of the superhero phenomenon, from its beginnings in the depths of Great Depression to the blockbuster movies of today. For over 90 years, superheroes have been interrogated, deconstructed, and reinvented. In this wide-ranging study, Robb looks at the diverse characters, their creators, and the ways in which their... more...

  • A Brief Guide To The Hunger Gamesby Brian J. Robb

    Little, Brown Book Group 2014; US$ 10.99

    A comprehensive and compelling guide to Suzanne Collins?s bestselling young-adult, dystopian trilogy The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Already a publishing phenomenon to rival Harry Potter (over 50 million copies sold), there are three sequels to the 2012 blockbuster movie of The Hunger Games scheduled for release between 2013 and 2015;... more...

  • A Brief Guide to Star Warsby Brian J. Robb

    Little, Brown Book Group 2012; US$ 9.99

    George Lucas was a rebel, refusing to make films in the style of the dying studio system, relentlessly pushing the technology of the day, and almost alone in understanding the potential of merchandising; but he was a rebel who built an empire. From the staggering unexpected success of the original Star Wars in 1977, when cinema attendances exceeded... more...

  • A Brief History of Walt Disneyby Brian J. Robb

    Little, Brown Book Group 2014; US$ 10.99

    Both a fascinating account of Walt Disney?s own significant artistic creations, from the iconic Mickey Mouse to the groundbreaking Snow White in 1937, and an insightful history of the hugely successful entertainment behemoth he created, from Dumbo to Pixar?s Toy Story, as well as the hugely popular theme parks. But Disney?s dark side is also explored:... more...

  • A Brief History of Gangstersby Brian J. Robb

    Little, Brown Book Group 2014; US$ 10.99

    The romanticised American gangster of the Prohibition era has proved an enduringly popular figure. Even today, names like Al Capone and Lucky Luciano still resonate. Robb explores the histories of key figures, from gangs in the Old West, through Prohibition and the Great Depression, to the likes of John Gotti and Frank Lucas in the 1970s and 1980s.... more...

  • Ridley Scottby Brian J. Robb

    Summersdale Publishers Ltd 2005; US$ 7.99

    Who is Ridley Scott? The director of Blade Runner, Gladiator, Hannibal and the controversial forthcoming Kingdom of Heaven, Ridley Scott is one of cinema's most accomplished visual stylists. His films have included the phenomenally successful Blade Runner, a film which flopped in 1982 but has since become a cinematic touchstone for visions of the... more...

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