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Looking at Movies: An Introduction to Film
Looking at Movies: An Introduction to Film
by Richard Barsam
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Explore the icy world of polar bears and see them swim, hunt and play. Then follow a cub's journey from its birth in an underground den to the day it heads out into the world alone.... (read more)

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Tales from Development Hell (New Updated Edition): The Greatest Movies Never Made?
Tales from Development Hell (New Updated Edition): The Greatest Movies Never Made?
by David Hughes
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A compulsively readable journey into the area of movie-making where all writers, directors and stars fear to tread: Development Hell, the place where scripts are written, actors hired and sets designed... but the movies rarely actually get made!... (read more)

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Cinema 1 : the Movement-image (86 Edition)
Cinema 1 : the Movement-image (86 Edition)
by Gilles Deleuze
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Discusses the theoretical implications of the cinematographic image based on Henri Bergson's theories... (read more)

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Bambi Vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business
Bambi Vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business
by David Mamet
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From the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and playwright: an exhilaratingly subversive inside look at Hollywood from a filmmaker whos always played by his own rules. Who really reads the scripts at the film studios? How is a screenplay like a... (read more)

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Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love and Die at the Movies
Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love and Die at the Movies
by Tara Ison
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Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love, and Die at the Movies looks at how film shapes identity. Through ten cleverly constructed essays, Ison explores how a lifetime of movie-watching has, for better or worse, taught her how to navigate the... (read more)

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The Man Who Seduced Hollywood: The Life and Loves of Greg Bautzer, Tinseltown's Most Powerful Lawyer
The Man Who Seduced Hollywood: The Life and Loves of Greg Bautzer, Tinseltown's Most Powerful Lawyer
by B James Gladstone
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Open any movie magazine from the 1930s, 40s, or 50s and youll find a picture of attorney Greg Bautzer with a beautiful starlet. Columnists dubbed him “Hollywood Bachelor Number One,” and for good reason. His long-term relationships and... (read more)

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An Introduction to Film Analysis: Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film
An Introduction to Film Analysis: Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film
by Michael Ryan
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An Introduction to Film Analysis combines an introduction to filmmaking technique with rigorous and comprehensive training in film interpretation. Composed in an accessible style yet conversant with the latest, most advanced critical theories and... (read more)

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Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics
Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics
by Steven Ross
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In Hollywood Left and Right, Steven J. Ross tells a story that has escaped public attention: the emergence of Hollywood as a vital center of political life and the important role that movie stars have played in shaping the course of American politics... (read more)

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Social History of Iranian Cinema #04: A Social History of Iranian Cinema: The Globalizing Era, 1984-2010
Social History of Iranian Cinema #04: A Social History of Iranian Cinema: The Globalizing Era, 1984-2010
by Hamid Naficy
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Hamid Naficy is one of the world's leading authorities on Iranian film, and A Social History of Iranian Cinema is his magnum opus. Covering the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first and addressing documentaries, popular genres, and art films,... (read more)

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The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America's Civil War
The Birth of a Nation: How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor Reignited America's Civil War
by Dick Lehr
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In 1915, two men—one a journalist agitator, the other a technically brilliant filmmaker—incited a public confrontation that roiled America, pitting black against white, Hollywood against Boston, and free speech against civil rights. Monroe... (read more)

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Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood
Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood
by Mark Harris
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A lively and colorful biography of Hollywoodand#8217;s first superagentand#151;one of the most outrageous showbiz characters of the 1960s and 1970s whose clients included Barbra Streisand, Ryan Oand#8217;Neal, Faye Dunaway, Michael Caine, Candice Bergen,... (read more)

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Precocious Charms: Stars Performing Girlhood in Classical Hollywood Cinema
Precocious Charms: Stars Performing Girlhood in Classical Hollywood Cinema
by Gaylyn Studlar
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In Precocious Charms, Gaylyn Studlar examines how Hollywood presented female stars as young girls or girls on the verge of becoming women. Child stars are part of this study but so too are adult actresses who created motion picture masquerades of... (read more)

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Engaging Cinema: An Introduction to Film Studies
Engaging Cinema: An Introduction to Film Studies
by Bill Nichols
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In what ways do films influence and interact with society? What social forces determine the kinds of movies that get made? How do movies reinforce--and sometimes overturn--social norms? As societies evolve, do the films that were once considered 'great... (read more)

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Collaboration (13 Edition)
Collaboration (13 Edition)
by Ben Urwand
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To continue doing business in Germany after Hitler's ascent to power, Hollywood studios agreed not to make films that attacked the Nazis or condemned Germany's persecution of Jews. Ben Urwand reveals this bargain for the first time--a "collaboration... (read more)

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The Reality of Illusion: An Ecological Approach to Cognitive Film Theory
The Reality of Illusion: An Ecological Approach to Cognitive Film Theory
by Joseph Anderson
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"[T]his book bucks the tide ... [and] may participate in shifting the direction of film studies as a whole as well as the particular direction of film psychology. . . . The Reality of Illusion deals with the problems—psychology and spectatorship... (read more)

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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-And-Rock-N-Roll Generation Saved Hollywood
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-And-Rock-N-Roll Generation Saved Hollywood
by Peter Biskind
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I don't know much about film, but I can keep up with the best Hollywood gossipers. In an attempt to elevate and justify my shameful interest in the lives of celebrities, I found a terrific book. Easy Riders Raging Bulls begins with Hollywood in bad... (read more)

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Bambi Vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business
Bambi Vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business
by David Mamet
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In Bambi vs. Godzilla, David Mamet, the award-winning playwright and screenwriter, gives us an exhilaratingly subversive inside look at Hollywood from the perspective of a filmmaker who has always played the game his own way. Who really reads the scripts... (read more)

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American Film in the Digital Age (10 Edition)
American Film in the Digital Age (10 Edition)
by Robert Sickels
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The American film industry has entered a new era. American Film in the Digital Age traces the industrial changes since 1990 that have brought us to this point, namely: the rise of media conglomerates, the proliferation of pornography through peripheral... (read more)

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Lab Coats in Hollywood: Science, Scientists, and Cinema
Lab Coats in Hollywood: Science, Scientists, and Cinema
by David Kirby
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andlt;Pandgt;Stanley Kubrick's andlt;Iandgt; 2001: A Space Odysseyandlt;/Iandgt;, released in 1968, is perhaps the most scientifically accurate film ever produced. The film presented such a plausible, realistic vision of space flight that many moon hoax... (read more)

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Past Imperfect: History According to the Movies
Past Imperfect: History According to the Movies
by Mark Carnes
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"An incisive, often witty compendium that illuminates the movie-making process as it debunks celluloid history and tries to set the record straight. "-The New York Times "Past Imperfect . . . will grip and astonish you. "-The Philadelphia Inquirer... (read more)

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