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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Close-up on Sunset Boulevardby Sam Staggs

    St. Martin's Press 2003; US$ 27.99

    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 of... 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...

  • Screening Differenceby Van Jaap Ginneken

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2007; US$ 37.99

    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$ 11.67

    '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...

  • The Immortal Marilynby De John Vito; Frank Tropea

    Scarecrow Press 2006; US$ 34.99

    From the late 1940s to the early '60s, Marilyn Monroe appeared in barely thirty movies, beginning with bit parts and moving on into supporting roles for such films as The Asphalt Jungle , All About Eve , and Clash by Night . She soon shot to international fame and gained prominent roles in a number of classics like The Seven Year Itch , Gentlemen... more...