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Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War
Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War
by Mark Harris
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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... (read more)

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Watching Them Be: Star Presence on the Screen from Garbo to Balthazar
Watching Them Be: Star Presence on the Screen from Garbo to Balthazar
by James Harvey
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An intimate, thought-provoking exploration of the mysteries of “star presence” in cinema “One does not go to see them act,” James Baldwin wrote about the great iconic movie stars, “one goes to watch them be.” It seems... (read more)

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The Dream Life: Movies, Media, and the Mythology of the Sixties
The Dream Life: Movies, Media, and the Mythology of the Sixties
by J Hoberman
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In what the New York Times's A. O. Scott called a "suave, scholarly tour de force," J. Hoberman delivers a brilliant and witty look at the decade when politics and pop culture became one. This was the era of the Missile Gap and the Space Race, the Black... (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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Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film
Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film
by Peter Biskind
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Down and Dirty Pictures chronicles the rise of independent filmmakers and of the twin engines -- the Sundance Film Festival and Miramax Films -- that have powered them. As he did in his acclaimed Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, Peter Biskind profiles the... (read more)

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American Independent Cinema (Sight and Sound Reader)
American Independent Cinema (Sight and Sound Reader)
by Jim Hillier
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This work examines independent cinema as an influence on European and mainstream Hollywood, combining interviews with directors, features on major genres and reviews of some key films. It adopts a broad definition of US indie film including material on... (read more)

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Projecting Paranoia: Conspiratorial Visions in American Film (Cultureamerica)
Projecting Paranoia: Conspiratorial Visions in American Film (Cultureamerica)
by Ray Pratt
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A lit cigarette glows in the dark. A faceless voice describes sinister forces that are hard at work behind the scenes-a hidden conspiracy that controls our lives and perhaps even our thoughts. Then, like a ghost in the night, the voice is gone, leaving a... (read more)

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Movie Wars: How Hollywood and the Media Limit What Movies We Can See
Movie Wars: How Hollywood and the Media Limit What Movies We Can See
by Jonathan Rosenbaum
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Is the cinema, as writers from David Denby to Susan Sontag have claimed, really dead? Contrary to what we have been led to believe, films are better than ever — we just can't see the good ones. Movie Wars cogently explains how movies are... (read more)

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Stardom: Industry of Desire
Stardom: Industry of Desire
by Christine Gledhill
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Newspapers, magazines, TV talk shows, album covers -- all display a proliferation of film star images. In the past we have tended to see celebrities as cogs in a mass entertainment industry selling desires and ideologies. But since the 1970s, new... (read more)

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Movie-Made America: A Cultural History of American Movies
Movie-Made America: A Cultural History of American Movies
by Robert Sklar
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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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The New York Times bestseller that follows the making of five films at a pivotal time in Hollywood history In the mid-1960s, westerns, war movies, and blockbuster musicals like Mary Poppins swept the box office. The Hollywood studio system was... (read more)

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Movies and Methods (Movies & Methods)
Movies and Methods (Movies & Methods)
by Bill Nichols
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The original Movies and Methods volume (1976) captured the dynamic evolution of film theory and criticism into an important new discipline, incorporating methods from structuralism, semiotics, and feminist thought. Now there is again ferment in the field.... (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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"Studlar's work in Precocious Charms is especially remarkable considering the scope of film and femininity she has presented. Touching on questions of the youthful female, sexuality, pleasure and disavowal, the book is a fresh approach to studying the... (read more)

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Movies and Money
Movies and Money
by David Puttnam
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"A fascinating history."--Time Out New York The acclaimed producer of such classic films as Chariots of Fire and The Killing Fields, and the only European ever to head a major Hollywood studio, former Columbia Pictures chief David Puttnam has... (read more)

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Hollywood Renaissance: The Cinema of Democracy in the Era of Ford, Kapra, and Kazan
Hollywood Renaissance: The Cinema of Democracy in the Era of Ford, Kapra, and Kazan
by Sam Girgus
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In this lively and original book, Sam Girgus offers a fresh look at films such as The Searchers, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, It's a Wonderful Life, High Noon, and On the Waterfront. He shows how they are part of the cultural and historic debate that... (read more)

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American Cinema and Hollywood: Critical Approaches
American Cinema and Hollywood: Critical Approaches
by John Hill
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American Cinema and Hollywood provides a clear and authoritative guide to one of the most important areas of film study. Comprehensive and up-to-date, it looks at the history of American cinema, the emergence of the studio system, the key characteristics... (read more)

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American Cinema/American Culture
American Cinema/American Culture
by John Belton
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Ideal for Introduction to American Cinema courses, American Film History courses, and Introductory Film Appreciation courses focused on American Film, this text offers a cultural examination of the American movie-making industry, with particular... (read more)

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Cinema: The First Hundred Years
Cinema: The First Hundred Years
by David Shipman
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A survey of the first hundred years of film, chronicling the industry's watershed events year-by-year. Numerous photographs accompany the text that covers over 2,500 international and national films. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR... (read more)

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Forbidden Films: Censorship Histories of 125 Motion Pictures (Facts on File Library of World Literature)
Forbidden Films: Censorship Histories of 125 Motion Pictures (Facts on File Library of World Literature)
by Dawn B Sova
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Since the earliest days of the movie... (read more)

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The Best of Universal
The Best of Universal
by Tony Thomas
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The fascinating story of Universal Studios from its beginning in 1912 to the present day.... (read more)

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