Puzzle Films: Complex Storytelling in Contemporary Cinema
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Escape Artist: The Life and Films of John Sturges (Wisconsin Studies in Film) by Glenn Lovell
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Overview: Escape Artist-based on Glenn Lovell’s extensive interviews with John Sturges, his wife and children, and numerous stars including Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, and Jane Russell-is the first biography of the director of such acclaimed films as The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and Bad Day at Black Rock. Lovell examines Sturges’s childhood in California during the Great Depression; his apprenticeship in the editing department of RKO Pictures, where he worked on such films as Gunga Din and Of Human Bondage; his service in the Army Air Corps in World War II; and his emergence as one of the first independent producer-directors in Hollywood. Chronicling the filmmaker’s relationships with such luminaries as Spencer Tracy, James Garner, Yul Brynner, and Frank Sinatra, Escape Artist interweaves biography with critical analyses of Sturges’s hits and misses. Along the way, Lovell addresses the reasons why Sturges has been overlooked in the ongoing discussion of postwar Hollywood and explores the director’s focus on masculinity, machismo, and male-bonding in big-budget, ensemble action films. Lovell also examines Sturges’s aesthetic sensibility, his talent for composing widescreen images, and his uncanny ability to judge raw talent-including that of Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn, all of whom began their careers in Sturges’s movies. This long overdue study of a major Hollywood director will find a welcome home in the libraries of film scholars, action movie buffs, and anyone interested in the popular culture of the twentieth century. Best Books for Special Interests, selected by the American Association of School Librarians, and Best Books for General Audiences, selected by the Public Library Association "Pick up a copy of film critic and scholar Glenn Lovell’s terrific new Sturges biography, Escape Artist. . . . I can’t urge you enough to check out this interview-rich, aesthetically and culturally perceptive look at the filmmaker and his work."-Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News “Lovell’s list of interviewees reads like a who’s who of Hollywood and they obviously provided rich source material for this full-scale biography and career survey.”- Leonard Maltin “This long overdue study of a major Hollywood director will find a welcome home in the libraries of film scholars, action movie buffs, and anyone interested in the popular culture of the twentieth century.”-Turner Classic Movies (TCM.com)
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs > Movie Director Biographies
Referentiality and the Films of Woody Allen by Klara Stephanie Szlezák, D. E. Wynter (Editors)
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Overview: Referentiality and the Films of Woody Allen is a scholarly collection that provides expansive exploration of the auteur’s use of intertexuality, referentiality, and fusion of media forms. Its scope is framed by Allen’s intermedial phase beginning in 1983 with Zelig and his most recent film.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
Foreign Language Films and the Oscar: The Nominees and Winners, 1948-2017 by Michael S. Barrett
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Overview: The Academy Awards-that yearly Hollywood bash that brings together the glamour and glitz of the international film industry-is highly revered yet has been minimally explored beyond the category of Best Picture. Over the last decade, more than 2,000 films have been submitted for the title of Best Foreign Language Film. Of those, 312-including Italy’s 8 1/2, Sweden’s Through a Glass Darkly and Mexico’s Pan’s Labyrinth, as well as Denmark’s lesser-known Harry and the Butler, Yugoslavia’s I Even Met Happy Gypsies and Nicaragua’s Alsino and the Condor-have received nominations. This guide lists each nominee-from the first-honored Shoeshine in 1948 through Iran’s second Oscar winner, The Salesman, in 2017-chronologically and includes synopses, basic facts about personnel and production qualities, and rankings among annual competitors that often differ from those of the Academy.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
Twenty First Century Horror Films: A information to the most productive fresh horror motion pictures via Douglas Keesey
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Overview: From the vengeful ghosts of J-horror to the strolling lifeless in 28 Days and World War Z, from the creepiness of Spain’s haunted homes to the graphic gore of the New French Extremism, horror is in all places within the twenty-first century. This full of life and illuminating ebook explores over 100 fresh horror motion pictures, offering insightful and provocative readings of what they imply whilst together with a lot of quotes from their creators. Some of those motion pictures, together with The Babadook, The Green Inferno, It Follows, The Neon Demon, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Witch, are so contemporary that this can be one of the crucial first instances they’re mentioned in ebook shape.
The ebook is split into 3 primary sections: ‘nightmares’, ‘countries’ and ‘inventions’. ‘Nightmares’ appears to be like at new manifestations of conventional fears, together with creepy dolls, haunted homes and demonic ownership in addition to vampires, werewolves, witches and zombies; and in addition considers extra fresh anxieties comparable to dread of house invasion and homophobia. ‘Nations’ explores fright motion pictures from world wide, together with Australia, Canada, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, India, Japan, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Spain and Sweden in addition to the United Kingdom and the United States. ‘Innovations’ specializes in the most recent traits in terror from 3-D to found-footage motion pictures, from Twilight teenager romance to torture porn, and from frame horror and eco-horror to techno-horror. Parodies, remakes and American diversifications of Asian horror also are mentioned.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
The Art of Watching Films 8th Edition by Joseph Boggs, Dennis Petrie
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Overview: With an emphasis on the narrative film, The Art of Watching Films challenges students to take their film experience further by sharpening their powers of observation, developing the skills and habits of perceptive watching, and discovering complex aspects of film art that they might otherwise overlook.
The Art of Watching Films introduces the formal elements and production process of films, and helps students analytically view and understand films within their historical, cultural and social contexts. The text presents an analytical framework that can be applied to all movies, as distinctly different as Avatar, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Vertigo, Iron-Man, Man on Wire, and The Hurt Locker.
Instructors and students can now access their course content through the Connect digital learning platform by purchasing either standalone Connect access or a bundle of print and Connect access. McGraw-Hill Connect® is a subscription-based learning service accessible online through your personal computer or tablet.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General > Film Criticism Textbooks
David Fincher: Films That Scar by Mark Browning
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Overview: David Fincher is one of the most exciting filmmakers working in Hollywood today. He has produced a string of groundbreaking films that have achieved both critical and commercial success, while constantly challenging audiences to rethink their expectations of generic boundaries. David Fincher: Films That Scar is the first truly analytical work on the films of this mysterious and complex filmmaker.
This insightful book analyzes all of Fincher’s feature films, as well as examples of his commercials and pop videos, tracing key influences that include his background in special effects. It considers how he creates roles for strong women, how he has extended the detective genre, and how he adapts cult texts. The book also questions whether Fincher’s films, famous for their downbeat endings and "dark" visual style, are really bleak or just part of an unconventional approach to filmmaking. In the end, readers will understand the development of Fincher’s individual films and appreciate how the films relate closely to each other.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
Puzzle Films: Complex Storytelling in Contemporary Cinema by Warren Buckland
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Overview: Drawing upon the expertise of film scholars from around the world, Puzzle Films investigates a number of films that sport complex storytelling–from Memento, Old Boy, and Run Lola Run, to the Infernal Affairs trilogy and In the Mood for Love.
Unites American ‘independent’ cinema, the European and International Art film, and certain modes of avant-garde filmmaking on the basis of their shared storytelling complexity
Draws upon the expertise of film scholars from North America, Britain, China, Poland, Holland, Italy, Greece, New Zealand, and Australia
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
A Pocket Guide to Analyzing Films by Robert Spadoni
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Overview: The perfect concise guide to the formal analysis of film. Designed to be used by readers at many levels of knowledge, this book moves systematically through the elements that make up most films, focusing on aspects of the art of cinema that are common across history and national cinemas.
From form and narrative to mise-en-scène and cinematography to editing and sound, Robert Spadoni introduces and explains the principles and conventions of film in engaging, straightforward language. In addition to illustrating film techniques with almost 200 images-most of them in color-the book explains ways to find patterns and meaning in films through such concepts as motifs, development, and motivation.
Thumbnail readings of exemplary films further lay out the essentials of formal analysis. Film illustrations include frame enlargements from Stagecoach, Psycho, Jeepers Creepers, Persepolis, Groundhog Day, Take Shelter, and more. Modestly priced and packed with images, A Pocket Guide to Analyzing Films is ideal for students in a wide range of film courses who are looking for an easy-to-read guide to film analysis to accompany and enhance their course materials.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General > Performing Arts
Hammer Films’ Psychological Thrillers, 1950-1972 by David Huckvale
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Overview: Hammer Film’s is justly famous for Gothic horror but the company also excelled in the psychological thriller. Influenced by Henri-Georges Clouzot and Alfred Hitchcock, Hammer created its own approach to this genre in some of the company’s very best films. This book takes a chronological, film-by-film approach to all of Hammer’s thrillers. Well-known classics such as Seth Holt’s The Nanny (1965) and Taste of Fear (1961) are discussed, together with less well known but equally brilliant films such as The Full Treatment (dir. Val Guest, 1960) and Michael Carreras’ Maniac (1963). The films’ literary ancestry, reflection of British society and relation to psychological theories of Freud and Jung, architectural metaphor, sexuality, religion, and even Nazi atrocities are all fully explored.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Eighteen Woody Allen Films Analyzed: Anguish, God and Existentialism by Sander H. Lee
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Overview: Five main topics are explored: the desire of many of his characters to ground their lives in traditional ethical values despite their realization that such values may no longer be certain; the opposition between pessimism and optimism throughout his films; gender issues relating to romantic love, sexual desire, and the ongoing changes in our cultural expectations of both men and women; the idea that contemporary American society is rapidly descending into barbarism precisely because of societal failure to maintain a sense of individual moral responsibility; and a critique of psychoanalysis as a method for understanding human behavior.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General > Performing Arts > Film & Television
The Films of Claire Denis: Intimacy on the Border (International Library of the Moving Image Book 13) by Marjorie Vecchio , Wim Wenders (Foreword)
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Overview: The films of Claire Denis, one of the most challenging and respected of contemporary filmmakers, probe the psyche of global citizenship, tracing the borderlines of family, desire, nationality and power. With subtlety, depth and at times minimalism and abstraction, her films – including Chocolat, Beau travail and White Material – explore connections between national experience and individual circumstance, visualizing the complications of such dualities.
Following a Foreword by Wim Wenders, with whom Denis worked prior to making her own movies, international contributors explore the themes she addresses in her films, such as kinship and landscape, Neo-Colonialism and New French Extremity. Original interviews with an editor, actor and two composers most familiar with the working style of Denis , and with Denis herself, also reveal fresh facets of this intrepid filmmaker. As Wim Wenders writes in his Foreword: ‘This book will hopefully throw many new lights on the amazing director that Klärchen [Claire Denis] became, a path she carved out all on her own.’
Genre: Non-Fiction > General > Movies & Video > Video
The Epitome of Cool: The Motion pictures of Ray Danton through Joseph Fusco
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Assessment: Ray Danton used to be a tall, darkish and menacing actor with a dangerous baritone and an in-your-face angle that used to be startling for his generation. He began his movie occupation as a B-Film actor within the 1950s, was an expatriate enjoying James Bond clones within the 1960s and ended his performing occupation in drive-films all the way through the disco 1970s.
Danton gave the impression in 40 films over a twenty 12 months length prior to turning into a a success tv author, director and manufacturer. Lovers of the early 1960s unfashionable gangster cycle might have in mind The Upward thrust and Fall of Legs Diamond and The George Raft Tale. They’re the hallmarks of Ray Danton’s occupation and exemplify his distinctive performing taste through showcasing an electrifying no-holds-barred character that took no prisoners.
The Epitome of Cool: The Motion pictures of Ray Danton showcases an outstanding resume that used to be created within the shadows of repute and popularity. It analyzes an authentic performing taste this is fresh and suits in with ease with our competitive instances. Take a look at this Ray Danton retrospective and you are going to find a hidden treasure from the Overdue Display years.
Style: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs