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  • 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...

  • Playsby David Carter

    Oldcastle Books 2009; US$ 19.99

    Taking the reader through the production of a play step by step, from setting up a drama group to opening night and through an entire run, this book can be read straight through or consulted as a handy reference. All aspects of starting a drama group are explored, including financing, organizing, attracting members, choosing a director, choosing plays,... more...

  • East Asian Cinemaby David Carter

    Oldcastle Books 2007; US$ 13.99

    Film directors from East Asia frequently win top prizes at international film festivals, but few books have been published about them. The films of these countries reflect periods of great political turmoil, rapid modernization in the 20th century, and the conflicts between modern lifestyles and traditional values. Covering films and filmmakers from... more...

  • The Westernby David Carter

    Oldcastle Books 2008; US$ 13.99

    From the very beginnings of American cinema the Western has been a central genre, as the hazardous lives of the settlers, their conflict with Native Americans, the lawless frontier towns, outlaws, and cattle rustlers all found their way into the new medium of film. This book provides a basic work of reference for all the major directors and noteworthy... more...

  • Movie Movementsby James Clarke

    Oldcastle Books 2011; US$ 15.99

    Introducing the reader to definitions of the founding concepts in film studies, this guide covers such ideas as authorship and genre, technological impacts and the rise of digital cinema, social influences and notions of the avant-garde, and cinema’s emergence as a major art form that reflects and shapes the world. In concise and clear sections, it... more...

  • 10,000 Ways to Dieby Alex Cox

    Oldcastle Books 2009; US$ 21.99

    "40 years ago as a graduate student I wrote a book about Spaghetti Westerns, called 10,000 Ways to Die. It’s an embarrassing tome when I look at it now: full of half-assed semiotics and other attenuated academic nonsense. In the intervening period I have had the interesting experience of being a film director. So now, when I watch these films, I’m... more...