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The Disaster Artist
My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
by Greg Sestero (Oct 07, 2014)
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From the actor who lived through the most improbable Hollywood success story, with an award-winning narrative nonfiction writer, comes the inspiring, fascinating and laugh-out-loud story of a mysteriously wealthy outsider who sundered every road block in the Hollywood system to achieve success on his own terms—the making of The Room, “the Citizen K...
by Francois Truffaut (Oct 02, 1985)
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Any book-length interview with Alfred Hitchcock is valuable, but considering that this volume's interlocutor is François Truffaut, the conversation is remarkable indeed. Here is a rare opportunity to eavesdrop on two cinematic masters from very different backgrounds as they cover each of Hitch's films in succession. Though this book was initially p...
Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting
by Robert McKee (Nov 25, 1997)
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Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development exe...
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Rolf Potts
Sculpting in Time
Tarkovsky The Great Russian Filmaker Discusses His Art
by Andrey Tarkovsky (Apr 01, 1989)
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An alternate cover edition can be found here.Andrey Tarkovsky, the genius of modern Russian cinema--hailed by Ingmar Bergman as "the most important director of our time"--died an exile in Paris in December 1986. In Sculpting in Time, he has left his artistic testament, a remarkable revelation of both his life and work. Since Ivan's Childhood won th...
The Wes Anderson Collection
by Matt Zoller Seitz (Oct 08, 2013)
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Wes Anderson is one of the most influential voices from the past two decades of American cinema. A true auteur, Anderson is known for the visual artistry, inimitable tone, and idiosyncratic characterizations that make each of his films—Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantast...
In the Blink of an Eye
A Perspective on Film Editing, 2nd Edition
by Walter Murch (Jul 31, 2001)
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In the Blink of an Eye is celebrated film editor Walter Murch's vivid, multifaceted, thought-provoking essay on film editing. Starting with what might be the most basic editing question - Why do cuts work? - Murch treats the reader to a wonderful ride through the aesthetics and practical concerns of cutting film. Along the way, he offers his unique...
Best. Movie. Year. Ever.
How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen
by Brian Raftery (Mar 31, 2020)
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From a veteran culture writer and modern movie expert, a celebration and analysis of the movies of 1999a terrifically fun snapshot of American film culture on the brink of the Millennium.An absolute must for any movie-lover or pop-culture nut (Gillian Flynn).In 1999, Hollywood as we know it exploded: Fight Club. The Matrix. Office Space. Election. ...
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Adnan VirkSonny Bunch
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls
How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood
by Peter Biskind (Apr 04, 1999)
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This down-and-dirty romp through Hollywood in the 1970s introduces the young filmmakers--Coppola, Scorsese, Lucas, Spielberg, Altman, and Beatty--and recreates an era that transformed American culture forever....
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B.J. Novak
Making Movies
by Sidney Lumet (Mar 19, 1996)
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From one of America's most acclaimed directors comes a book that is both a professional memoir and a definitive guide to the art, craft, and business of the motion picture. Drawing on 40 years of experience on movies ranging from Long Day's Journey Into Night to The Verdict, Lumet explains the painstaking labor that results in two hours of screen m...
The Art Of Dramatic Writing
Its Basis in the Creative Interpretation of Human Motives
by Lajos Egri (Feb 15, 1972)
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Among the many "how-to" playwriting books that have appeared over the years, there have been few that attempt to analyze the mysteries of play construction. Lajos Egri's classic, The Art of Dramatic Writing, does just that, with instruction that can be applied equally well to a short story, novel, or screenplay. Examining a play from the inside out...
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Seth Rogen
Herzog on Herzog
Conversations with Paul Cronin
by Paul Cronin (Jul 09, 2003)
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An invaluable set of career-length interviews with the German genius hailed by François Truffaut as "the most important film director alive"Most of what we've heard about Werner Herzog is untrue. The sheer number of false rumors and downright lies disseminated about the man and his films is truly astonishing. Yet Herzog's body of work is one of the...
The Jaws Log
Expanded Edition (Shooting Script)
by Carl Gottlieb (Aug 07, 2012)
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Winner of three Oscars and the highest-grossing film of its time, Jaws was a phenomenon, and this is the only book on how twenty-six-year-old Steven Spielberg transformed Peter Benchley's number-one bestselling novel into the classic film it became.Hired by Spielberg as a screenwriter to work with him on the set while the movie was being made, Carl...
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Ben Stiller
Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities
My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions
by Guillermo del Toro (Oct 29, 2013)
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Over the last two decades, writer-director Guillermo del Toro has mapped out a territory in the popular imagination that is uniquely his own, astonishing audiences with Cronos, Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, and a host of other films and creative endeavors. Now, for the first time, del Toro reveals the inspirations behind his signature artistic motifs, ...
Thinking In Pictures
by . Sayles (Jun 12, 2003)
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What choices--creative, practical, and technical--make a movie what it is? Here a gifted writer and filmmaker takes us behind the camera and provides a full description of the movie-making process.When John Sayles turned from writing fiction to making movies, he did so with little help from Hollywood: Return of the Secaucus Seven, Sayles's first mo...
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Judd Apatow
Shock Value
A Tasteful Book About Bad Taste
by John Waters (Apr 05, 2005)
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To me, bad taste is what entertainment is all about. If someone vomits watching one of my films, it's like getting a standing ovation. Thus begins John Waters's autobiography. And what a story it is. Opening with his upbringing in Baltimore ("Charm City" as dubbed by the tourist board; the "hairdo capital of the world" as dubbed by Waters), it cove...
The Stanley Kubrick Archives
by Alison Castle (Apr 01, 2005)
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The first book to explore Stanley Kubrick's archives is also the most comprehensive study of the filmmaker to date Part 1: The films In 1968, when Stanley Kubrick was asked to comment on the metaphysical significance of 2001: A Space Odyssey, he replied: ?It's not a message I ever intended to convey in words. 2001 is a nonverbal experience?. I trie...
My Autobiography
by Charlie Chaplin (Dec 03, 2012)
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Chaplin’s heartfelt and hilarious autobiography tells the story of his childhood, the challenge of identifying and perfecting his talent, his subsequent film career and worldwide celebrity. In this, one of the very first celebrity memoirs, Chaplin displays all the charms, peculiarities and deeply-held beliefs that made him such an endearing and las...
Adventures in the Screen Trade
A Personal View of Hollywood and Screenwriting
by William Goldman (Mar 10, 1989)
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No one knows the writer's Hollywood more intimately than William Goldman. Two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter and the bestselling author of Marathon Man, Tinsel, Boys and Girls Together, and other novels, Goldman now takes you into Hollywood's inner sanctums...on and behind the scenes for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the Presiden...
by Ann Sperber (Nov 29, 2011)
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Ann Sperber and Eric Lax offer therevealing, intimate, definitive biography of the legendary Humphrey Bogart,detailing the arc and span of his personal and professional life—a story oftoil, tragedy, and triumph. Sperber and Lax exploreBogie’s abusive childhood and the three unsuccessful marriages that precededthe lasting love he found with Lauren B...
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Jerrod Carmichael
Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece
by Michael Benson (Apr 03, 2018)
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Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the film’s release, this is the definitive story of the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey, acclaimed today as one of the greatest films ever made, including the inside account of how director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke created this cinematic masterpiece.Regarded as a masterpiece today, 2001: A ...
The Conversations
Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film
by Michael Ondaatje (Oct 05, 2004)
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The Conversations is a treasure, essential for any lover or student of film, and a rare, intimate glimpse into the worlds of two accomplished artists who share a great passion for film and storytelling, and whose knowledge and love of the crafts of writing and film shine through.It was on the set of the movie adaptation of his Booker Prize-winning ...
The Great Movies
by Roger Ebert (Nov 11, 2003)
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America’s most trusted and best-known film critic Roger Ebert presents one hundred brilliant essays on some of the best movies ever made.  For the past five years Roger Ebert, the famed film writer and critic, has been writing biweekly essays for a feature called "The Great Movies," in which he offers a fresh and fervent appreciation of a great fil...
Lynch on Lynch
by Chris Rodley (Mar 01, 2005)
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David Lynch erupted onto the cinema landscape in 1977 with Eraserhead, establishing himself as one of the most original and imaginative directors at work in contemporary cinema. Over the course of his career, he has remained true to a vision of the innocent lost in darkness and confusion, balancing hallucination and surrealism with a sense of Ameri...
Something Like An Autobiography
by Akira Kurosawa (May 12, 1983)
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"A first rate book and a joy to read...It's doubtful that a complete understanding of the director's artistry can be obtained without reading this book...Also indispensable for budding directors are the addenda, in which Kurosawa lays out his beliefs on the primacy of a good script, on scriptwriting as an essential tool for directors, on directing ...
Rebel without a Crew
Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker With $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player
by Robert Rodriguez (Sep 01, 1996)
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In Rebel Without a Crew, famed independent screenwriter and director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Sin City 2, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Spy Kids) discloses all the unique strategies and original techniques he used to make his remarkable debut film, El Mariachi, on a shoestring budget. This is both one man's remarkable story and an essential guide ...
Notes on the Cinematographer
by Robert Bresson (Apr 30, 1997)
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Robert Bresson makes some quite radical distinctions between what he terms "cinematography" and something quite different: "cinema"—which is for him nothing but an attempt to photograph theater and use it for the screen.Director of The Trial of Joan of Arc, Pickpocket, A Prisoner Escapes, Diary of a Country Priest, Money, and many other classic fil...
Directing Actors
Creating Memorable Performances for Film & Television
by Judith Weston (Jul 01, 1999)
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Internationally-renowned directing coach Weston demonstrates what constitutes a good performance, what actors want from a director, what directors do wrong, script analysis and preparation, how actors work, and shares insights into the director/actor relationship....
Pictures at a Revolution
Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood
by Mark Harris (Jan 27, 2009)
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Explores the epic human drama behind the making of the five movies nominated for Best Picture in 1967-Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, Doctor Doolittle, and Bonnie and Clyde-and through them, the larger story of the cultural revolution that transformed Hollywood, and America, forever....
The Screenwriter's Bible, 6th Edition
A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script (Expanded & Updated)
by David Trottier (Feb 24, 2014)
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This book provides a concise presentation of screenwriting basics. The author shows the correct formats for both screenplays and teleplays, and takes the writer through the writing and marketing process....
Conquest of the Useless
Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo
by Werner Herzog (Jun 29, 2010)
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Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) is one of the most revered and enigmatic filmmakers of our time, and Fitzcarraldo is one of his most honored and admired films. More than just Herzog’s journal of the making of the monumental, problematical motion picture, which involved, among other things, major cast changes and reshoots, and the hauling (without the u...
The Celluloid Closet
Homosexuality in the Movies
by Vito Russo (Sep 20, 1987)
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Praised by the Chicago Tribune as "an impressive study" and written with incisive wit and searing perception--the definitive, highly acclaimed landmark work on the portrayal of homosexuality in film....
On Film-making
An Introduction to the Craft of the Director
by Alexander Mackendrick (Aug 31, 2005)
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An invaluable analysis of the director's art and craft, from one of the most revered of all film school directors. Alexander 'Sandy' Mackendrick directed classic Ealing comedies plus a Hollywood masterpiece, Sweet Smell of Success. But after retiring from film-making in 1969, he then spent nearly 25 years teaching his craft at the California Instit...
Instant Light
Tarkovsky Polaroids
by Giovanni Chiaramonte (Jun 16, 2006)
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"Tarkovsky often reflected on the way that time flies and wanted to stop it, even with these quick Polaroid shots. The melancholy of seeing things for the last time is the highly mysterious and poetic essence that these images leave with us. It is as though Andrei wanted to transmit his own enjoyment quickly to others. And they feel like a fond far...
Cassavetes on Cassavetes
by John Cassavetes (Aug 15, 2001)
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Since his death in 1989, John Cassavettes has become increasingly renowned as a cinematic hero--a renegade loner who fought the Hollywood system, steering his own creative course in a career spanning thirty years. Having already established himself as an actor, he struck out as a filmmaker in 1959 with Shadows, and proceeded to build a formidable b...
The Parade's Gone By...
by Kevin Brownlow (Jun 22, 1976)
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The magic of the silent screen, illuminated by the recollections of those who created it.A narrative and photographic history of the early days of the movies, combining fact, anecdote, and reminiscence in a critical survey of films, actors, directors, producers, writers, editors, technicians, and other participants and hangers-on....
The Great Movies II
by Roger Ebert (Feb 14, 2006)
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Continuing the pitch-perfect critiques begun in The Great Movies, Roger Ebert's The Great Movies II collects 100 additional essays, each one of them a gem of critical appreciation and an amalgam of love, analysis, and history that will send readers back to films with a fresh set of eyes and renewed enthusiasm—or perhaps to an avid first-time viewin...
Conversations with Wilder
by Cameron Crowe (Sep 01, 2001)
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In Conversations with Wilder, Hollywood's legendary and famously elusive director Billy Wilder agrees for the first time to talk extensively about his life and work.Here, in an extraordinary book with more than 650 black-and-white photographs -- including film posters, stills, grabs, and never-before-seen pictures from Wilder's own collection -- th...
The Story of Film
by Mark Cousins (Nov 01, 2013)
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The Story of Film presents the history of the movies in a way never told before. Mark Cousins’s chronological journey through the worldwide history of film is told from the point of view of filmmakers and moviegoers. Weaving personalities, film technology, and production with engaging descriptions of groundbreaking scenes, Cousins uses his experien...
For Keeps
30 Years at the Movies
by Pauline Kael (Sep 01, 1996)
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During her 25-year tenure as film critic for The New Yorker, Pauline Kael established herself as one of America's most respected movie reviewers. This marvelous reprise of the most entertaining movie reviews ever written is a boon to serious moviegoers and the perfect companion in the age of the VCR. Today, the best place to find "the movies" is in...
The Visual Story, Second Edition
Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital Media
by Bruce Block (Nov 07, 2007)
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If you can't make it to one of Bruce Block's legendary visual storytelling seminars, then you need his book! Now in full color for the first time, this best-seller offers a clear view of the relationship between the story/script structure and the visual structure of a film, video, animated piece, or video game. You'll learn how to structure your vi...
Inside Black Mirror
by Charlie Brooker (Nov 20, 2018)
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The first official companion to the Netflix cult-hit sci-fi television series that's fascinated millions of fans worldwide What becomes of humanity when it's fed into the jaws of a hungry new digital machine? Discover the world of Black Mirror in this immersive, illustrated, oral history.This first official book logs the entire Black Mirror journey...
The James Bond Archives
by Paul Duncan (Dec 13, 2015)
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Bond, James Bond: Behind the 007 scenes, from Dr. No to the latest release Spectre Bond, James Bond. Since Sean Connery uttered those immortal words in 1962, the most dashing secret agent in the history of cinema has been charming and thrilling audiences worldwide. This impeccably British character created by author Ian Fleming has starred in 24 EO...
This Is Orson Welles
by Orson Welles (Mar 01, 1998)
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Innovative film and theater director, radio producer, actor, writer, painter, narrator, and magician, Orson Welles (1915–1985) was the last true Renaissance man of the twentieth century. From such great radio works as "War of the Worlds" to his cinematic masterpieces Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Othello, Macbeth, Touch of Evil, and Chim...
Film as a Subversive Art
by Amos Vogel (Sep 15, 2005)
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A classic returns! The original edition of Amos Vogel's seminal book, "Film as a Subversive Art" was first published in 1974, and has been out of print since 1987. According to Vogel--founder of Cinema 16, North America's legendary film society--the book details the "accelerating worldwide trend toward a more liberated cinema, in which subjects and...
In an epilogue provided for his incomparable study of Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998), Donald Richie reflects on Kurosawa's life work of thirty feature films and describes his last, unfinished project, a film set in the Edo period to be called The Ocean Was Watching.Kurosawa remains unchallenged as one of the century's greatest film directors. Through h...
Incredibly Strange Films
by V. Vale (Mar 01, 1986)
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This classic guide to little-known films neglected by the film-criticism establishment features interviews with Herschell Gordon Lewis, Russ Meyer, Ray Dennis Steckler, Ted V. Mikels, Larry Cohen, and others who dared to make independent feature films their way, without bowing to a committee or focus group. This is an oblique how-to manual, coverin...
The New Biographical Dictionary of Film
by David Thomson (Oct 07, 2002)
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For almost thirty years, David Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film has been not merely “the finest reference book ever written about movies” (Graham Fuller, Interview), not merely the “desert island book” of art critic David Sylvester, not merely “a great, crazy masterpiece” (Geoff Dyer, The Guardian), but also “fiendishly seductive” (Greil M...
Kieslowski on Kieslowski
by Krzysztof Kieslowski (Apr 13, 1995)
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Decalogue, The Double Life of Veronique and his trilogy, Three Colours, earned Kieslowski his reputation as a world-class film-maker. Kieslowski was notoriously reticent, and even dismissive of his work and talent, but these frank and detailed discussions show a passion for film-making and a career which was often threatened by political and econom...
Who the Devil Made It
Conversations with Legendary Film Directors
by Peter Bogdanovich (Feb 03, 1998)
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Peter Bogdanovich, director, screenwriter, actor and critic, interviews sixteen legendary directors of the first hundred years of film - from Allan Dwan and Raoul Walsh to Leo McCarey, Alfred Hitchcock and Sidney Lumet. The conversations brought together in this book give us a history of the movies. They are the stories of pioneers who came to the ...
The Genius of the System
Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era
by Professor Thomas Schatz (Mar 02, 2010)
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At a time when the studio is making a stunning comeback, film historian Thomas Schatz provides an indispensable account of Hollywood's tradional blend of business and art. This book lays to rest the persistent myth that businesspeople and producers stifle artistic talent and reveals instead the genius of a system of collaboration and conflict. Work...
Sergio Leone
Something to Do with Death
by Christopher Frayling (Jan 26, 2012)
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Groundbreaking 'spaghetti westerns' such as the 'Dollars' trilogy (starring Clint Eastwood as 'The Man With No Name'), and the magisterial Once Upon A Time In The West, made Sergio Leone one of the most popular directors in world cinema. Christopher Frayling's biography of Sergio Leone lovingly explores his body of work, and casts light upon the pr...
Our Films Their Films
by Satyajit Ray (Jan 01, 2001)
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This book brings together Satyajit Ray's major writings and talks on film making and film makers, and presents them in two sections. 'Our Films' is devoted mainly to his own experiences and contains many interesting anecdotes, but also has observations to offer on trends in Indian films. 'Their Films' deals with some films from abroad that have bec...
A Century of Hollywood Costume Design
by Deborah Nadoolman Landis (Nov 27, 2007)
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From the lavish productions of Hollywood's Golden Age through the high-tech blockbusters of today, the most memorable movies all have one thing in common: they rely on the magical transformations rendered by the costume designer. Whether spectacular or subtle, elaborate or barely there, a movie costume must be more than merely a perfect fit. Each c...
The Filmmaker's Eye
Learning (and Breaking) the Rules of Cinematic Composition
by Gustavo Mercado (Sep 15, 2010)
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This is the only book that combines conceptual and practical instruction on creating polished and eloquent images for film and video with the technical know-how to achieve them.Loaded with hundreds of full-color examples, The Filmmaker's Eye is a focused, easy-to-reference guide that shows you how to become a strong visual storyteller through smart...
The Five C's of Cinematography
Motion Picture Filming Techniques
by Joseph V Mascelli (Aug 03, 2005)
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With the aid of photographs and diagrams, this text concisely presents concepts and techniques of motion picture camerawork and the allied areas of film-making with which they interact with and impact. Included are discussions on: cinematic time and space; compositional rules; and types of editing....
Theory and Practice
by Blain Brown (Oct 22, 2002)
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Lavishly produced and illustrated, Cinematography covers the entire range of the profession. The book is not just a comprehensive guide to current professional practice; it goes beyond to explain the theory behind the practice, so you understand how the rules came about and when it's appropriate to break them. In addition, directors will benefit fr...
by Michel Ciment (Sep 25, 2001)
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With a new Introduction by Martin Scorsese. If Stanley Kubrick had made only" 2001: A Space Odyssey" or "Dr. Strangelove," his cinematic legacy would have been assured. But from his first feature film, "Fear and Desire," to the posthumously released "Eyes Wide Shut," Kubrick created an accomplished body of work unique in its scope, diversity, and a...
Awake in the Dark
The Best of Roger Ebert
by Roger Ebert (May 15, 2008)
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Roger Ebert has been writing film reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times for nearly forty years. And during those four decades, his wide knowledge, keen judgment, prodigious energy, and sharp sense of humor have made him America’s most celebrated film critic. He was the first such critic to win a Pulitzer Prize—one of just three film critics ever to rec...
Sin in Soft Focus
Pre-Code Hollywood
by Mark A. Vieira (Mar 01, 2003)
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Showcasing the pre-Code Hollywood era, this is an account of the making of films between March 1930, when the film industry adopted the Production Code, and July 1934, when it became fully enforced. Mark Vieira documents the infamous power struggle between Hollywood producers and the censors, who sought to forbid profanity, excessive violence, ille...
CIty of Nets
A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940's
by Otto Friedrich (Feb 11, 2014)
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This dazzling story of Hollywood during the decade of its greatest success is a social and cultural history of the movie capital's golden age. Its cast includes actors, writers, musicians and composers, producers and directors, racketeers and labor leaders, journalists and politicians in the turbulent decade from World War II to Korea....
Moviemakers' Master Class
Private Lessons from the World's Foremost Directors
by Laurent Tirard (Oct 10, 2002)
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From Scorsese and Lynch to Wenders and Godard: interviews with twenty of the world's greatest directors on how they make films - and why.Each great film-maker has a secret method to his moviemaking - and each is different. In Moviemakers' Masterclass, Laurent Tirard talks to an illustrious collection of today's greatest directors to get to the core...
Sound on Screen
by Michel Chion (Apr 14, 1994)
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In "Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen," French critic and composer Michel Chion reassesses audiovisual media since the revolutionary 1927 debut of recorded sound in cinema, shedding crucial light on the mutual relationship between sound and image in audiovisual perception.Chion argues that sound film qualitatively produces a new form of perception: we ...
I Lost it at the Movies
by Pauline Kael (Jan 01, 1994)
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I Lost it at the Movies is vintage Kael on such classics of post-War cinema as On the Waterfront, Smiles of a Summer Night, West Side Story, The Seven Samurai, Lolita, Jules et Jim etc. Her comments are so fresh and direct, it's as if the movies had only been released last week....
Dark City
The Lost World of Film Noir
by Eddie Muller (May 15, 1998)
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Welcome to Dark City, urban landscape of the imagination. A place where the men and women who created film noir often find themselves dangling from the same sinister heights as the silver-screen avatars to whom they gave life. Eddie Muller, who led readers on a guided tour of the seamier side of motion pictures in Grindhouse: The Forbidden World of...
Cronenberg on Cronenberg
by David Cronenberg (Feb 06, 1997)
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With films such as The Brood and Videodrome, David Cronenberg established himself as Canada's most provocative director. With subsequent movies such as The Dead Zone, The Fly, Dead Ringers and Naked Lunch, Cronenberg demonstrated his ability not only to touch painful nerves but also to invest his own developing genre with seriousness, philosophical...
Master Shots Vol 1, 2nd edition
100 Advanced Camera Techniques to Get An Expensive Look on your Low Budget Movie
by Christopher Kenworthy (Mar 31, 2012)
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Master Shots gives filmmakers the techniques they need to execute complex, original shots on any budget. By using powerful master shots and well-executed moves, directors can develop a strong style and stand out from the crowd. Most low-budget movies look low-budget because the director is forced to compromise at the last minute. Master Shots gives...
Fellini on Fellini
by Federico Fellini (Mar 22, 1996)
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"Provides a well-rounded view of Fellini. . . . The material interestingly helps clarify Fellini's film work, and his fans will enjoy this stimulating and intellectual 'biography.'"--Library JournalOne of the greatest Italian filmmakers, Federico Fellini (1920-1993) created such masterpieces as La Strada, La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, Juliet of the Spirits...
The Monster Show
A Cultural History of Horror; Revised Edition with a New Afterword
by David J. Skal (Oct 15, 2001)
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Illuminating the dark side of the American century, The Monster Show uncovers the surprising links between horror entertainment and the great social crises of our time, as well as horror's function as a pop analogue to surrealism and other artistic movements.With penetrating analyses and revealing anecdotes, David J. Skal chronicles one of our most...
The Haunted Screen
Expressionism in the German Cinema and the Influence of Max Reinhardt
by Lotte H. Eisner (Sep 28, 2008)
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The Golden Age of German cinema began at the end of the First World War and ended shortly after the coming of sound. From The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari onwards the principal films of this period were characterized by two influences: literary Expressionism, and the innovations of the theatre directors of this period, in particular Max Reinhardt. This ...
His Life and Films
by Donald Richie (Mar 14, 1977)
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"Substantially the book that devotees of the director have been waiting for: a full-length critical work about Ozu's life, career and working methods, buttressed with reproductions of pages from his notebooks and shooting scripts, numerous quotes from co-workers and Japanese critics, a great many stills and an unusually detailed filmography."—...
Stanley Kubrick
Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers Series)
by Gene D. Phillips (Jan 08, 2001)
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From his first feature film, Fear and Desire (1953), to his final, posthumously released Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Stanley Kubrick excelled at probing the dark corners of human consciousness. In doing so, he adapted such popular novels as The Killing, Lolita, A Clockwork Orange, and The Shining and selected a wide variety of genres for his films -- bl...
Film Techniques and Aesthetics, Second Edition
by Michael Rabiger (Oct 15, 1996)
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Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics is a comprehensive manual that teaches the essentials of filmmaking from the perspective of the director. Ideal for film production and directing classes, as well as for aspiring and current directors, Directing covers all phases of preproduction and production, from idea development to final cut. Thoroughl...
Five Came Back
A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War
by Mark Harris (Feb 24, 2015)
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In Pictures at a Revolution, Mark Harris turned the story of the five movies nominated for Best Picture in 1967 into a landmark work of cultural history, a book about the transformation of an art form and the larger social shift it signified. In Five Came Back, he achieves something larger and even more remarkable, giving us the untold story of how...
The Monstrous-Feminine
by Barbara Creed (Nov 14, 1993)
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In almost all critical writings on the horror film, woman is conceptualised only as victim. In The Monstrous-Feminine Barbara Creed challenges this patriarchal view by arguing that the prototype of all definitions of the monstrous is the female reproductive body.With close reference to a number of classic horror films including the Alien trilogy, T...
Conversations with Woody Allen
His Films, the Movies, and Moviemaking
by Eric Lax (Aug 18, 2009)
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From the author of the bestselling biography Woody Allen comes this collection of the most revealing conversations from Laxs 36 years of interviewing the great comedian and filmmaker. Photographs throughout....
The Dark Side of the Screen
by Foster Hirsch (Nov 24, 2008)
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Foster Hirsch's Dark Side of the Screen is by far the most thorough and entertaining study of the themes, visual motifs, character types, actors, directors, and films in this genre ever published. From Billy Wilder, Douglas Sirk, Robert Aldrich, and Howard Hawkes to Martin Scorsese, Roman Polanski, and Paul Schrader, the noir themes of dread, paran...
My Life in Film
by Ingmar Bergman (Jan 27, 1994)
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Following the success of his bestselling autobiography The Magic Lantern, the most influential film director of our time shares his wisdom and insights about himself and his cinematic work. Bergman's career spanned 40 years and produced over 50 films, many of which are considered classics. Over 200 photos....
Qu'est-ce que le cinema ?
by André Bazin (Sep 01, 1976)
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Cette réédition constitue le recueil des principaux articles (parus d’abord en quatre tomes, entre 1958 et 1962) de celui dont l’œuvre a illuminé cette collection : André Bazin. Son apport reste plus que décisif pour comprendre le cinéma....
Painting With Light
by John Alton (Feb 04, 2013)
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Few cinematographers have had as decisive an impact on the cinematic medium as John Alton. Best known for his highly stylized film noir classics T-Men, He Walked by Night, and The Big Combo, Alton earned a reputation during the 1940s and 1950s as one of Hollywood's consummate craftsmen through his visual signature of crisp shadows and sculpted beam...
A History of Narrative Film
by David A. Cook (Dec 04, 2003)
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The Fourth Edition adds an entire chapter on computer-generated imaging, updates filmographies for nearly all living directors mentioned in the text, and includes major new sections that both revisit old content and introduce contemporary trends and movements....
Men, Women, and Chain Saws
Gender in the Modern Horror Film
by Carol J. Clover (Mar 22, 1993)
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Do the pleasures of horror movies really begin and end in sadism? So the public discussion of film assumes, and so film theory claims. Carol Clover argues, however, that these films work mainly to engage the viewer in the plight of the victim-hero - the figure, often a female, who suffers pain and fright but eventually rises to vanquish the forces ...
Burton on Burton, 2nd Revised Edition
by Tim Burton (Sep 19, 2006)
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A revised edition of the only book to explore the unique brilliance of director Tim Burton's work, including a new chapter on the making of Sleepy Hollow.Still only in his thirties, Tim Burton has established himself in the past fifteen years as one of the great visionaries of film. With the Batman films, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Night...
The Star Machine
by Jeanine Basinger (Jan 06, 2009)
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From one of our leading film authorities, a rich, penetrating, amusing plum pudding of a book about the golden age of movies, full of Hollywood lore, anecdotes, and analysis. Jeanine Basinger gives us an immensely entertaining look into the “star machine,” examining how, at the height of the studio system, from the 1930s to the 1950s, the studios w...
The Magic Lantern
An Autobiography
by Ingmar Bergman (May 14, 2007)
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“When a film is not a document, it is a dream. . . . At the editing table, when I run the strip of film through, frame by frame, I still feel that dizzy sense of magic of my childhood.” Bergman, who has conveyed this heady sense of wonder and vision to moviegoers for decades, traces his lifelong love affair with film in his breathtakingly visual au...
The Films in My Life
by François Truffaut (Aug 22, 1994)
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François Truffaut (1932-1984), perhaps the most respected member of the New Wave group of French moviemakers, left a legacy of beloved and influential films that include The 400 Blows, Jules and Jim, Stolen Kisses, Day for Night and The Story of Adele H. Equally fascinating is the very large body of film criticism Truffaut wrote over many years for...
Godard On Godard
by Jean-Luc Godard (Mar 22, 1986)
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Jean-Luc Godard, like many of his European contemporaries, came to filmmaking through film criticism. This collection of essays and interviews, ranging from his early efforts for La Gazette du Cinéma to his later writings for Cahiers du Cinéma, reflects his dazzling intelligence, biting wit, maddening judgments, and complete unpredictability. In wr...
Film Art
An Introduction
by David Bordwell (May 31, 2003)
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This fourth edition is a revision of the successful introduction to film appreciation and aesthetics. It begins with an overview of film production, moves on to a consideration of the formal elements and techniques, covers film criticism and concludes with a brief section highlighting the key moments in film history. Illustrated with over 500 frame...
Kinski Uncut
The Autobiography of Klaus Kinski
by Klaus Kinski (Aug 01, 1996)
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All I Need Is Love: A Memoir is the autobiography of the German actor Klaus Kinski first published in 1988. It was withdrawn from publication then, after the author's death, retranslated, retitled, and republished in 1996 as Kinski Uncut: The Autobiography of Klaus Kinski....
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The Oxford History of World Cinema
by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith (Feb 01, 1999)
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From its humble beginnings as a novelty in a handful of cities, cinema has risen to become a billion-dollar industry and the most spectacular and original contemporary art form. In The Oxford History of World Cinema, an international team of film historians traces the history of this enduringly popular entertainment medium. Covering all aspects of ...
Scorsese on Scorsese
Revised Edition
by David Thompson (Jan 14, 2004)
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The interviews with the director Martin Scorsese which make up this book reveal a man with an unbridled passion for film. This revised edition contains material on GoodFellas, Cape Fear, The Age of Innocence, and other projects up to Casino....
Transcendental Style In Film
by Paul Schrader (Aug 22, 1988)
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The acclaimed director of Mishima, American Gigolo, Hard Core, Blue Collar, and Cat People , and also the screenwriter for Taxi Driver, Paul Schrader here analyzes the film style of three great directors—Yasajiro Ozu, Robert Bresson, Carl Dreyer—and posits a common dramatic language by these artists from divergent cultures. Unlike the style of psyc...
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
by Steven Jay Schneider (Sep 30, 2005)
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Updated with brand-new entries to describe the most recent major motion pictures, this critically-acclaimed volume spans more than a century of moviemaking, concisely describing 1001 of the best films from around the world. New in this edition are entries to describe such film hits as "Lord of the Rings", "Mystic River", "Fahrenheit 9/11", and "Mil...
Film Form
Essays in Film Theory
by Sergei Eisenstein (Mar 19, 1969)
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Twelve essays written between 1928 and 1945 that demonstrate key points in the development of Eisenstein’s film theory and in particular his analysis of the sound-film medium. Edited, translated, and with an Introduction by Jay Leyda; Index; photographs and diagrams....
Everything Is Cinema
by RICHARD BRODY (Jun 23, 2009)
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A landmark biography explores the crucial resonances among the life, work, and times of one of the most influential filmmakers of our age...
Writing Movies for Fun and Profit
How We Made a Billion Dollars at the Box Office and You Can, Too!
by Thomas Lennon (Jul 03, 2012)
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This is the only screenwriting guide by two guys who have actually done it (instead of some schmuck who just gives lectures about screenwriting at the airport Marriott); These guys are proof that with no training and little education, ANYONE can make it as a screenwriter (Paul Rudd).Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennons movies have made over a billi...
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Midnight Movies
by J. Hoberman (Mar 22, 1991)
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These are a few of the over 100 films discussed in Midnight Movies, a comprehensive and in-depth look at the subculture movies of the past three decades. Here is the complete history of cult films, their makers, and their audience; an examination of how films become "midnight movies," and what keeps audiences coming back to see them over and over; ...
A Graphic Journey Through Film
by Edward Ross (Nov 03, 2015)
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Edinburgh-based cartoonist Edward Ross uses comics to illuminate the ideas behind our favourite films. In Filmish, Ross's cartoon alter-ego guides readers through the annals of cinematic history, introducing us to some of the strange and fascinating concepts at work in the movies. Each chapter focuses on a particular theme - the body, architecture,...
A Hundred Years of Japanese Film
A Concise History, with a Selective Guide to DVDs and Videos
by Donald Richie (Sep 06, 2012)
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The authoritative guide to Japanese film, completely revised and updated.Now available in paperback for the first time, A Hundred Years of Japanese Film by Donald Richie, the foremost Western expert on Japanese film, gives us an incisive, detailed, and fully illustrated history of the country's cinema.Called "the dean of Japan's arts critics" by Ti...
Final Cut
Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven's Gate, the Film that Sank United Artists
by Steven Bach (Aug 16, 1999)
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Heaven's Gate is probably the most discussed, least seen film in modern movie history. Its notoriety is so great that its title has become a generic term for disaster, for ego run rampant, for epic mismanagement, for wanton extravagance. It was also the film that brought down one of Hollywood’s major studios—United Artists, the company founded in 1...
The American Cinema
Directors And Directions 1929-1968
by Andrew Sarris (Aug 22, 1996)
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"The American Cinema is the Citizen Kane of film criticism, a brilliant book that elevated American directors from craftsmen to artists, launched the careers of numerous film critics, and shaped the aesthetics of a whole generation of viewers by providing new ways of looking at movies."--Emanuel Levy, author of George Cukor, Master of EleganceThe a...