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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Down and Dirty Picturesby Peter Biskind

    Simon & Schuster 2013; US$ 17.00

    It wasn't so long ago that the Sundance Film Festival was an inconsequential event somewhere in Utah, and Miramax was a tiny distributor of music documentaries and soft-core trash. Today, of course, Sundance is the most important film festival this side of Cannes, and Miramax has become an industry giant, part of the huge Disney empire. Likewise, the... more...

  • Close-up on Sunset Boulevardby Sam Staggs

    St. Martin's Press 2003; US$ 7.39

    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$ 19.99

    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 of... more...

  • Screening Differenceby Van Jaap Ginneken

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2007; US$ 35.99

    Did you know that Pocahontas probably never fell in love with John Smith, as film versions pretend? That the myth of the sexually eager Hula girls is based on misunderstandings by early explorers? Screening Difference is a fascinating voyage through recent movie blockbusters dealing with encounters between "us," based on white Hollywood, and "them,"... more...

  • Reconstructing Woodyby Mary P. Nichols

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2000; US$ 26.99

    In this pathbreaking new book, Mary P. Nichols challenges this, arguing that Allen's work, from Play It Again, Sam to Deconstructing Harry, is actually an attempt to explore and reconcile the tension between art and life. more...

  • Westernsby Gary R. Edgerton

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 56.95

    For nearly two centuries, Americans have embraced the Western like no other artistic genre. Creators and consumers alike have utilized this story form in literature, painting, film, radio and television to explore questions of national identity and purpose. Westerns: The Essential Collection comprises the Journal of Popular Film and Television?s... more...

  • Hatchet Jobby Mark Kermode

    Pan Macmillan 2013; US$ 11.40

    'The finest film critic in Britain at the absolute top of his form' Stephen Fry 'Entertainingly incendiary stuff' Empire A hatchet job isn't just a bad review, it's a total trashing. Mark Kermode is famous for them - Pirates of the Caribbean , Sex and the City 2 , the complete works of Michael Bay. Beginning with his favourite hatchet job... more...