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  • 3-D Revolutionby Ray Zone

    The University Press of Kentucky 2012; US$ 40.00

    In 2009, Avatar, a 3-D movie directed by James Cameron, became the most successful motion picture of all time, a technological breakthrough that has grossed more than $2.5 billion worldwide. Its seamless computer-generated imagery and live action stereo photography effectively defined the importance of 3-D to the future of cinema, as well as all other... 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...

  • Photography and Landscapeby Rod Giblett; Juha Tolonen

    Intellect 2012; US$ 20.00

    Photography and Landscape is a unique collaboration between a writer about photography and a landscape photographer that provides a new critical account of landscape photography which focuses on the settler societies of the United States and Australia. more...

  • Down and Dirty Picturesby Peter Biskind

    Simon & Schuster 2013; US$ 17.00

    Introduction: The Story Till Now "In the late '60s and early '70s, the studios didn't know how to market films for the youth culture, and they turned to new young filmmakers to figure it out for them. The exact same thing happened across the '90s, and when this generation came of age, it put out very original, distinctive, mature work. They revitalized... 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...

  • 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...

  • Close-up on Sunset Boulevardby Sam Staggs

    St. Martin's Press 2003; US$ 21.99

    Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard , a classic film noir and also a damning dissection of the Hollywood dream factory, evokes the glamour and ruin of the stars who subsist on that dream. It's also one long in-joke about the movie industry and those who made it great-and who were, in turn, destroyed by it. One of the most critically admired films of... 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...

  • Sundancingby John Anderson; David Morgan

    HarperCollins 2013; Not Available

    Every winter, 8,000 feet above sea level in the Utah snow, the hopes and dreams of young moviemakers are put on display at the Sundance Film Festival--the haven for independent films where you can show up a kid and go home a star. In barely twenty years of existence, the festival--now overseen by Robert Redford's Sundance Institute--has assumed tremendous... more...