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  • Asian Horrorby Andy Richards

    Oldcastle Books 2010; US$ 15.99

    Since Japanese horror sensations The Ring and Audition first terrified Western audiences at the turn of the millennium, there's been a growing appreciation of Asia as the hotbed of the world's best horror movies. Over the last decade, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and Hong Kong have all produced a steady stream of stylish supernatural thrillers and... more...

  • Silent Cinemaby Brian J. Robb

    Oldcastle Books 2007; US$ 13.99

    Silent cinema was never truly silent as performances were more often than not accompanied by live music and the noise of enthusiastic audiences. Yet silent cinema is regarded as a specific era in the history of the medium, and often as a separate art form in its own right. New York Times-bestselling author Brian J. Robb's lively resource traces how,... more...

  • Samurai Filmsby Roland Thorne

    Oldcastle Books 2008; US$ 13.99

    Samurai films are an intriguing combination of frenetic action sequences, moving personal drama, and philosophical observations on loyalty and violence, all set against the spectacular backdrop of pre-industrial Japan. References to samurai films are quite common in film literature, and many mainstream directors, from Hollywood and elsewhere, have... more...

  • Cassavetes Directsby Michael Ventura

    Oldcastle Books 2008; US$ 19.99

    In 1983 visionary director John Cassavetes asked journalist Michael Ventura to write a unique film study—an on-set diary of the making of his film Love Streams. Cassavetes laid out his expectations. He wanted "a daring book, a tough book". In Ventura’s words, "All I had to do for ‘daring’ and ‘tough’ was transcribe this man’s audacity day by day."... more...

  • Out at the Moviesby Steven Paul Davies; Simon Callow

    Oldcastle Books 2008; US$ 15.99

    Over the decades, gay cinema has reflected the community's journey from persecution to emancipation to acceptance. Politicized dramas like Victim in the 1960s, The Naked Civil Servant in the 1970s, and the AIDS cinema of the 1980s have given way in recent years to films which celebrate a vast array of gay lifestyles. Gay films have undergone a major... more...

  • Studio Ghibliby Colin Odell; Michelle Le Blanc

    Oldcastle Books 2009; US$ 19.99

    The animations of Japan’s Studio Ghibli are amongst the highest regarded in the movie industry. Their delightful films rank alongside the most popular non-English language films ever made, with each new eagerly-anticipated release a guaranteed box-office smash. Yet this highly profitable studio has remained fiercely independent, producing a stream... more...

  • David Lynchby Colin Odell; Michelle Le Blanc

    Oldcastle Books 2007; US$ 14.99

    Internationally renowned, David Lynch is America's premier purveyor of the surreal; an artist whose work in cinema and television has exposed the world to his highly personalized view of society. Examining Lynch's entire body of work—from the cult surrealism of his debut feature Eraserhead to his latest mystery Inland Empire—this book considers the... more...

  • Horror Filmsby Colin Odell; Michelle Le Blanc

    Oldcastle Books 2008; US$ 13.99

    Often subject to more cuts at the hands of the censor than a serial killer's razor, the horror film has a fascinating history, not only as film study but also as a look at what has been considered acceptable for the public to view, and what the state will allow its citizens to see. But for the most part horror films are about entertainment—consistently... more...

  • Arts Reviewsby Celia Brayfield

    Oldcastle Books 2008; US$ 13.99

    Whether your passion is film, music, books, visual arts, or the stage, you can get closer to it as a reviewer and establish a career in one of the most influential roles open to a writer. A great review can be read by millions, and writing it calls for a high degree of skill. Based on a lifelong passion, packed into a few hundred words, and often written... more...

  • The Art of Actingby David Carter

    Oldcastle Books 2011; US$ 18.99

    Aimed at both the amateur enthusiast and those wishing to pursue their interest and undertake professional training, this basic introduction to the craft is full of valuable adviceThe basic skills that every actor needs to develop are covered in this guide, including breathing, voice control, the use of body language, timing, and handling the audience.... more...