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Spike Lee (Contemporary Film Directors)
Spike Lee (Contemporary Film Directors)
by Todd Mcgowan
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Since the release of Do the Right Thing in 1989, Spike Lee has established himself as a cinematic icon. Lee's mostly independent films garner popular audiences while at the same time engaging in substantial political and social commentary. He is... (read more)

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Popular Culture and Philosophy #08: Woody Allen and Philosophy: You Mean My Whole Fallacy Is Wrong?
Popular Culture and Philosophy #08: Woody Allen and Philosophy: You Mean My Whole Fallacy Is Wrong?
by Mark Conard
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Fifteen philosophers representuing different schools of thought answer the question what is Woody Allen trying to say in his films? And why should anyone care? Focusing on different works and varied aspects of Allen's multifaceted output, these essays... (read more)

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Scorsese: A Journey Through the American Psyche (Ultrascreen)
Scorsese: A Journey Through the American Psyche (Ultrascreen)
by Paul A Woods
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The fifth in the ultrascreen series of eclectic anthologies examines the influence of Scorseses upbringing in Little Italy on Mean Streets and Goodfellas; the urban madness of Taxi Driver and Bringing Out the Dead; the Catholic religiosity that permeates... (read more)

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The Unseen Force
The Unseen Force
by John Kenneth Muir
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Raimi is part of a generation of directors whose works reflect their love of classic horror films and comic books. The author of such books as Horror Films of the 1970s (MacFarland, 2002) discusses Raimi's influences, mastery of special effects, and... (read more)

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Images: My Life in Film
Images: My Life in Film
by Ingmar Bergman
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Ingmar Bergman’s career spanned forty years as he produced more than fifty films, many of which are considered classics. When he began this book, Bergman had not seen most of his movies since he made them. Resorting to scripts and working notebooks,... (read more)

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Kurosawa
Kurosawa
by Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto
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The films of Akira Kurosawa have had an immense effect on the way the Japanese have viewed themselves as a nation and on the way the West has viewed Japan. In this comprehensive and theoretically informed study of the influential directorandrsquo;s... (read more)

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John Huston: Courage and Art
John Huston: Courage and Art
by Jeffrey Meyers
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From the acclaimed biographer of Ernest Hemingway, Humphrey Bogart, and Errol Flynn comes the first complete biography of the legendary John Huston, the extraordinary director, writer, actor, and bon vivant who made iconic films such as The Maltese... (read more)

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Hitchcock Romance: Love & Irony in Hitchcock's Films
Hitchcock Romance: Love & Irony in Hitchcock's Films
by Lesley Brill
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Was Alfred Hitchcock a cynical trifler with his audience's emotions, as he liked to pretend? Or was he a profoundly humane artist? Most commentators leave Hitchcock's self-assessment unquestioned, but this book shows that his movies convey an... (read more)

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It's Only a Movie: Alfred Hitchcock, a Personal Biography
It's Only a Movie: Alfred Hitchcock, a Personal Biography
by Charlotte Chandler
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Chandler, who has written other biographies of people in film, provides a biography of Alfred Hitchcock, based on interviews with him and his family, and those in the film industry. She recounts his birth and years in Britain, his British films, his... (read more)

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Rebels on the Backlot: Six Maverick Directors and How They Conquered the Hollywood Studio System (P.S.)
Rebels on the Backlot: Six Maverick Directors and How They Conquered the Hollywood Studio System (P.S.)
by Sharon Waxman
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“Enjoyably dishy.” V... (read more)

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Footsteps in the Fog: Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco
Footsteps in the Fog: Alfred Hitchcock's San Francisco
by Jeff Kraft and Aaron Leventhal
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A celebration of the San Francisco films of Alfred Hitchcock, this book examines the master director's familiarity with Northern California and how it greatly influenced his decision to use the Bay Area location in several of his landmark motion pictures.... (read more)

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Films in My Life (78 Edition)
Films in My Life (78 Edition)
by Francois Truffaut
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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,"... (read more)

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The Joss Whedon Companion
The Joss Whedon Companion
by Popmatters
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PopMatters.com has been providing readers with sharp, entertaining writing on pop culture since 1999. It has one million unique visitors a month.... (read more)

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My Lunches with Orson: Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles
My Lunches with Orson: Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles
by Peter Biskind
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In the last years of his life, Orson Welles lunched regularly with his tiny dog Kiki and his good friend Henry Jaglom. They talked about everything: the past, the projects that Welles was planning right up until his death, friends, rivals, lovers, film... (read more)

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Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford
Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford
by Scott Eyman
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andlt;iandgt;and#8220;When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.and#8221;andlt;/iandgt; This line from director John Fordand#8217;s film andlt;iandgt;The Man Who Shot Liberty Valanceandlt;/iandgt; serves as an epigraph for the life of the legendary... (read more)

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John Hughes: A Life in Film: The Genius Behind the Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Home Alone
John Hughes: A Life in Film: The Genius Behind the Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Home Alone
by Kirk Honeycutt
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"I stumbled into this business, I didn't train for it. I yelled "Action!" on my first two movies before the camera was turned on." - John Hughes John Hughes wrote 46 movies, produced 23, and directed 8. He never went to film school, never spent time... (read more)

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Leni Riefenstahl
Leni Riefenstahl
by Leni Riefenstahl
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"Some books are so exciting that you can't put them down. This one is so exciting that you often must put it down, lest you overdose on thrills . . . does not contain a single unspellbinding page"--John Simon, The New York Times Book Review... (read more)

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Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at Seventy
Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at Seventy
by Colin Mccabe
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"Deserves the highest praise . . . MacCabe . . . does a superb job at tracing the evolution of Godard's ideas . . . excellent." --David Thomson, The Nation "Filled with a wealth of illuminating, even surprising, material." --J. Hoberman, Film Comment... (read more)

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Making the Transformational Moment in Film: Unleashing the Power of the Image (with the Films of Vincent Ward)
Making the Transformational Moment in Film: Unleashing the Power of the Image (with the Films of Vincent Ward)
by Dan Fleming
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A combination of film theory and a discussion of practical process, this attractive volume on the films of Vincent Ward (Map of the Human Heart, What Dreams May Come, The River Queen) examines the concept of the "transformational moment" in film and... (read more)

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My First Movie: Twenty Celebrated Directors Talk about Their First Film
My First Movie: Twenty Celebrated Directors Talk about Their First Film
by Stephen Lowenstein
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"Enthralling...full of inside information and sordid instructions." —Los Angeles Times "A pleasure." —Variety... (read more)

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