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  • Schlock Valueby Richard Roeper

    Hachette Books 2005; US$ 22.64

    A hilarious collection of essays, riffs, and lists that celebrate the insanity of Hollywood--for anyone who loves the movies. Richard Roeper, like the rest of us, adores the movies. In this uproarious, off-beat book, he gives us a whole new set of critical lenses for assessing the movies and the people and the industry that make them. With his... more...

  • Schlock Valueby Richard Roeper

    Hachette Books 2005; Not Available

    A hilarious collection of essays, riffs, and lists that celebrate the insanity of Hollywood--for anyone who loves the movies. Richard Roeper, like the rest of us, adores the movies. In this uproarious, off-beat book, he gives us a whole new set of critical lenses for assessing the movies and the people and the industry that make them. With his... more...

  • Watching Moviesby Rick Lyman

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 8.99

    An inside look at how some of the hottest figures in the film industry view their craft In this unique collection, New York Times film critic Rick Lyman sits down with notable directors, actors, screenwriters, cinematographers, and other film industry professionals to watch and discuss a movie that each person considers seminal or influential... more...

  • Truman Capoteby Tison Pugh

    University of Georgia Press 2014; US$ 28.95

    Truman Capote once remarked, "My primary thing is that I’m a prose writer. I don’t think film is the greatest living thing"; nonetheless, his legacy is in many ways defined by his complex relationship with cinema, Hollywood, and celebrity itself. In Truman Capote: A Literary Life at the Movies , Tison Pugh explores the author and... more...

  • Chain Saw Confidentialby Gunnar Hansen

    Chronicle Books LLC 2013; US$ 10.99

    When The Texas Chain Saw Massacre first hit movie screens in 1974 it was both reviled and championed. To critics, it was either "a degrading, senseless misuse of film and time" or "an intelligent, absorbing and deeply disturbing horror film." However it was an immediate hit with audiences. Banned and celebrated, showcased at the Cannes film festival... more...

  • Dangerous Menby Mick LaSalle

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 8.99

    Using the same mix of accessibility and insider knowledge he used so successfully in Complicated Women , author and film critic Mick LaSalle now turns his attention to the men of the pre-Code Hollywood era. The five years between 1929 and mid-1934 was a period of loosened censorship that finally ended with the imposition of a harsh Production Code... more...

  • Complicated Womenby Mick LaSalle

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 22.99

    Between 1929 and 1934, women in American cinema were modern! For five short years women in American cinema were modern! They took lovers, had babies out of wedlock, got rid of cheating husbands, enjoyed their sexuality, led unapologetic careers and, in general, acted the way many think women only acted after 1968. Before then, women on screen had... more...

  • Der Ullstein Verlag und der Stummfilmby Bernard Schüler

    Harrassowitz Verlag 2014; US$ 63.45

    Begriffe wie Medienkonvergenz und Crossmedia beschreiben Prozesse, die heute nicht nur in aller Munde sind, sondern längst den Weg in die Alltagskultur gefunden haben. Ein solcher Medienwandel wird immer durch technologische Fortschritte initiiert, so sind beispielsweise Buchdruck, Film und Internet Erfindungen, die ihre und die nachfolgenden Zeiten... more...

  • Bringing Up Oscarby Debra Ann Pawlak

    Pegasus Books 2012; US$ 15.99

    The untold story of the innovative pioneers who helped make movies the preeminent art form of the twentieth century   The founders of the now infamous Academy were a motley crew as individuals, but when they first converged in Hollywood, then just a small town with dirt roads, sparks flew and fueled a common dream: to bring artistic validity to... more...

  • Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psychoby Stephen Rebello

    Open Road Media 2010; US$ 14.99

    Now a major motion picture! The  gripping behind-the-scenes look inside the classic suspense shocker?and the creative genius who revolutionized filmmaking. First released in June 1960, Psycho altered the landscape of horror films forever. But just as compelling as the movie itself is the story behind it, which has been adapted as a... more...