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  • Apocalypse on the Setby Ben Taylor

    Overlook 2012; US$ 14.99

    The book starts with Pulgasari --a North Korean Godzilla clone dreamed up by Kim Jong-Il and created by a kidnapped Korean director, with a budget of millions and a staff of seven hundred fed on truckloads of pheasants, wild geese, and deer. The stories behind the other eight films, from The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and The Twilight... more...

  • Monsterby John Gregory Dunne

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 12.95

    Monster is John Gregory Dunne's mordant account of the eight years it took to get the 1996 Robert Redford/Michelle Pfeiffer film Up Close & Personal made. A bestselling novelist, Dunne has a cold eye, perfect pitch for the absurdities of Hollywood, and sharp elbows for the film industry's savage infighting. 192 pp. Author tour & national ads. 25,000... more...

  • The Man With the Golden Touchby Sinclair McKay

    Overlook 2010; US$ 16.99

    More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA. more...

  • Who the Devil Made Itby Peter Bogdanovich

    Random House Publishing Group 2012; US$ 24.95

    Peter Bogdanovich, award-winning director, screenwriter, actor and critic, interviews 16 legendary directors over a 15-year period. Their richly illuminating conversations combine to make this a riveting chronicle of Hollywood and picture making. NOTE: This edition does not include photographs. more...

  • The 50 Movie Starter Kitby Ty Burr

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 2.99

    In this ebook exclusive, Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr introduces the fifty films every movie lover must know. This carefully curated list of great movies spans over a century of filmmaking, from the silent era to the last decade, from American favorites to international classics. Including recognized masterpieces such as "City Lights" and "Casablanca,"... more...

  • The Name of this Book is Dogme95by Richard T. Kelly

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 16.03

    A spectre is haunting world cinema - the spectre of a Danish 'new wave' led by mercurial director Lars Von Trier. In 1995, when Von Trier and three comrades issued a 10-point 'Vow of Chastity' for the making of simpler, more truthful movies, cynics in the film business refused to take it seriously. Five years on, the international success of the raw,... more...

  • The Music of James Bondby Jon Burlingame

    Oxford University Press, USA 2012; US$ 24.99

    The story of the music that accompanies the cinematic adventures of Ian Fleming's intrepid Agent 007 is one of surprising real-life drama. In The Music of James Bond, author Jon Burlingame throws open studio and courtroom doors alike to reveal the full and extraordinary history of the sounds of James Bond, spicing the story with a wealth of fascinating... more...

  • Silent Starsby Jeanine Basinger

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 35.00

    From one of America's most renowned film scholars: a revelatory, perceptive, and highly readable look at the greatest silent film stars -- not those few who are fully appreciated and understood, like Chaplin, Keaton, Gish, and Garbo, but those who have been misperceived, unfairly dismissed, or forgotten. Here is Valentino, "the Sheik," who was hardly... more...

  • Seeing Is Believingby Peter Biskind

    Henry Holt and Co. 2000; US$ 8.99

    Seeing is Believing is a provocative, shrewd, witty look at the Hollywood fifties movies we all love-or love to hate-and the thousand subtle ways they reflect the political tensions of the decade. Peter Biskind, former executive editor of Premiere, is one of our most astute cultural critics. Here he concentrates on the films everybody saw but nobody... more...

  • New Waves in Cinemaby Sean Martin

    Oldcastle Books 2013; US$ 14.57

    The term 'New Wave' conjures up images of Paris in the early 1960s: Jean Seberg and Jean Paul Belmondo, the young Jean-Pierre Leaud, the three protagonists of Jules and Jim capering across a bridge, all from the films of French filmmakers Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut. The impact of the French New Wave continues to be felt, and its ethos... more...