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  • 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...

  • The West, The War, and The Wildernessby Kevin Brownlow

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 27.50

    Here, from one of today?s leading authorities on film history, is the  story, told brilliantly and for the first time, of the pioneering movie makers who as early as 1905 traveled beyond the studio stages to make feature films on location?and in so doing recorded the real history and real life of their time. The War, the West, and the Wilderness ... more...

  • The $11 Billion Yearby Anne Thompson

    HarperCollins 2014; Not Available

    "This chronicle of 2012 is a slice of what happened during a watershed year for the Hollywood movie industry. It's not the whole story, but it's a mosaic of what went on, and why, and of where things are heading." What changed in one Hollywood year to produce a record-breaking box office after two years of decline? How can the Sundance Festival influence... more...

  • The $11 Billion Yearby Anne Thompson

    HarperCollins 2014; Not Available

    "This chronicle of 2012 is a slice of what happened during a watershed year for the Hollywood movie industry. It's not the whole story, but it's a mosaic of what went on, and why, and of where things are heading." What changed in one Hollywood year to produce a record-breaking box office after two years of decline? How can the Sundance Festival influence... more...

  • A Year at the Moviesby Kevin Murphy

    HarperCollins 2013; Not Available

    For some of us, moviegoing is an occasional pleasure. Kevin Murphy made it his obsession, and he did it for you. Mr. Murphy, known to legions of fans as Tom Servo on the legendary TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000, went to the movies every day for a year. That's every single day, people. For a whole fricken' year. And not only did he endure,... more...

  • Film After Filmby J. Hoberman

    Verso Books 2012; US$ 19.95

    One of the world?s most erudite and entertaining film critics on the state of cinema in the post-digital?and post-9/11?age. This witty and allusive book, in the style of classic film theorists/critics like André Bazin and Siegfried Kracauer, includes considerations of global cinema?s most important figures and films, from Lars von Trier and Zia Jiangke... more...