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  • Henslowe's Roseby Ernest L. Rhodes

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Some of the most famous plays in the English language were performed on the stage of the Rose theater, which stood on the Bankside in Elizabethan London. Henslowe's Rose is the first full-length study of this important theater. Rhodes gives as full an account as the evidence of contemporary pictures and documents permits of those Rose, the method... more...

  • Karagiozisby Linda Myrsiades; Kostas Myrsiades

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    Karagiozis -- a form of comic folk drama employing stock puppet figures -- was immensely popular in Greece until recent years, when newer forms of entertainment have virtually eclipsed it. Derived from ancient Byzantine and Greek sources, it takes its name from the principal puppet character, the clever, humpbacked fool-hero Karagiozis, who appears... more...

  • Studio Affairsby Vincent Sherman

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    As a young Jewish boy growing up in Vienna, Georgia, Abe Orovitz could never have predicted the twists and turns his life would take. Many years later, as retired film director with more than thirty movies to his credit, Vincent Sherman is no less surprised when he looks back on that life. In Studio Affairs he retraces his life with candor and... more...

  • Take It from the Big Mouthby Jean Maddern Pitrone

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    "She was one of the world's four best comediennes," said Milton Berle, "but she lived a life of personal disaster." Martha Raye sang, danced, and joked her way into the spotlight of the entertainment world with a career that spanned seven decades and encompassed everything from vaudeville to television commercials to entertaining U.S. troops. Take... more...

  • Actors, Audiences, and Historic Theaters of Kentuckyby Marilyn Casto

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    Kentucky emerged as a prime site for theatrical activity in the early nineteenth century. Most towns, even quite small ones, constructed increasingly elaborate opera houses, which stood as objects of local pride and symbols of culture. These theaters often hosted amateur performances, providing a forum for talent and a focus for community social life.... more...

  • American Audiences on Movies and Moviegoingby Tom Stempel

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    A unique perspective on half a century of American cinema -- from the audience's point of view. Tom Stempel goes beyond the comments of professional reviewers, concentrating on the opinions of ordinary people. He traces shifting trends in genre and taste, examining and questioning the power films have in American society. Stempel blends audience response... more...

  • American Vaudeville as Ritualby Jr. Albert F. McLean

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    This study affords an entirely new view of the nature of modern popular entertainment. American vaudeville is here regarded as the carefully elaborated ritual serving the different and paradoxical myth of the new urban folk. It demonstrates that the compulsive myth-making faculty in man is not limited to primitive ethnic groups or to serious art,... more...

  • Consuming Pleasuresby Jennifer Hayward

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 30.00

    "To be continued... " Whether these words fall at a season-ending episode of Star Trek or a TV commercial flirtation between coffee-loving neighbors, true fans find them impossible to resist. Ever since the 1830s, when Charles Dickens's Pickwick Papers enticed a mass market for fiction, the serial has been a popular means of snaring avid audiences.... more...

  • Engulfedby Bernard F. Dick

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    From Double Indemnity to The Godfather , the stories behind some of the greatest films ever made pale beside the story of the studio that made them. In the golden age of Hollywood, Paramount was one of the Big Five studios. Gulf + Western's 1966 takeover of the studio signaled the end of one era and heralded the arrival of a new way of doing... more...

  • Guts and Gloryby Lawrence H. Suid

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 40.00

    Guts and Glory: The Making of the American Military Image in Film is the definitive study of the symbiotic relationship between the film industry and the United States armed services. Since the first edition was published nearly two decades ago, the nation has experienced several wars, both on the battlefield and in movie theatres and living rooms... more...