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Not to Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites from a Lifetime of Film
Not to Be Missed: Fifty-Four Favorites from a Lifetime of Film
by Kenneth Turan
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As a child in 1950s Brooklyn, Kenneth Turan often turned to television programs like “Million Dollar Movie” on WOR-TV. Featuring a much-loved theme song from Gone with the Wind, “Million Dollar Movie” would run one feature film... (read more)

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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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The Cinematic Voyage of the Pirate: Kelly, Garland, and Minnelli at Work
The Cinematic Voyage of the Pirate: Kelly, Garland, and Minnelli at Work
by Earl J. Hess
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During Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s glory days, the studio’s famous Arthur Freed Unit made an extraordinary string of dazzling musicals. One of its very best was The Pirate. Based on a successful 942 Broadway production, the film was directed by... (read more)

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The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation
The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation
by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston
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Written by the ultimate Disney insiders, this "bible" of animation has become a legend in itself. This volume seeks to explain the process that makes Disney's animation unique--what sets the work of the Disney studios apart from other animation products.... (read more)

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films
Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films
by Matt Hurwitz
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Matt Hurwitz is a Los Angeles-based entertainment journalist. Besides being the co-author of The Complete X-Files he has written for publications including Variety,The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters, and many others.... (read more)

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Film Noir Reader
Film Noir Reader
by Alain (edt) Silver
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This bountiful anthology combines all the key early writings on film noir with many newer essays, including some published here for the first time. The collection is assembled by the editors of the Third Edition of Film Noir: An Enclyclopedic Reference... (read more)

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I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie
I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie
by Roger Ebert
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I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie is a collection of more than 200 of Ebert's most biting and entertaining reviews of films receiving a mere star or less from the only film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize. Ebert has no patience for these atrocious movies... (read more)

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Films of Akira Kurosawa, Expanded and Updated (3RD 96 Edition)
Films of Akira Kurosawa, Expanded and Updated (3RD 96 Edition)
by Donald Richie
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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... (read more)

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Breakfast at Tiffany's: The Official 50th Anniversary Companion
Breakfast at Tiffany's: The Official 50th Anniversary Companion
by Sarah Gristwood
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A celebration of a timeless classic, this companion volume, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic film, is the perfect book for any fan of Audrey Hepburn or the cinema. This gorgeously illustrated tribute to... (read more)

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Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood
Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood
by Mick Lasalle
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In the pre-Code Hollywood era, between 1929 and 1934, women in American cinema took lovers, had babies out of wedlock, got rid of cheating husbands, enjoyed their sexuality, led unapologetic careers, and, in general, acted the way many think women only... (read more)

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The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Sixth Edition
The New Biographical Dictionary of Film: Sixth Edition
by David Thomson
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The beloved, classic film book, now available in an updated, expanded paperback.... (read more)

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The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael
The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael
by Pauline Kael
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"Film criticism is exciting just because there is no formula to apply," Pauline Kael once observed, "just because you must use everything you are and everything you know." Between 1968 and 1991, as regular film reviewer for The New... (read more)

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Life Itself
Life Itself
by Roger Ebert
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Roger Ebert is the best-known film critic of our time. He has been reviewing films for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, and was the first film critic ever to win a Pulitzer Prize. He has appeared on television for four decades, including twenty-three... (read more)

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Film Theory and Criticism (7th Edition)
Film Theory and Criticism (7th Edition)
by Leo Braudy
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Since publication of the first edition in 1974, Film Theory and Criticism has been the most widely used and cited anthology of critical writings about film. Extensively revised and updated, this sixth edition highlights both classic texts and cutting... (read more)

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The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror
The Monster Show: A Cultural History of Horror
by David J Skal
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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... (read more)

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The Big Lebowski: An Illustrated, Annotated History of the Greatest Cult Film of All Time
The Big Lebowski: An Illustrated, Annotated History of the Greatest Cult Film of All Time
by Jenny M Jones
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 “Mark it eight, Dude.” What do you do for recreation? If your answer is that you bowl, drive around, and have the occasional acid flashback, you are probably the Dude, the hero of the Coen brothers’ ingenious 1998 film The... (read more)

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Movie Mobsters Paper Dolls
Movie Mobsters Paper Dolls
by Tom Tierney
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From 1931's The Public Enemy, starring James Cagney and Jean Harlow, to Johnny Depp's 2009 portrayal of John Dillinger in Public Enemies, here are enough dolls and costumes to create 43 different goodfellas and gals. You'll find characters from The... (read more)

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Looking At Movies - With 2 DVDS (4TH 13 Edition)
Looking At Movies - With 2 DVDS (4TH 13 Edition)
by Barsam
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Looking at Movies is the most effective introduction to film analysis available. From its very first chapter, Looking at Movies provides students with the tools they need to become perceptive viewers of film. The Fourth Edition is not only more... (read more)

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In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing
In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing
by Walter Murch
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In the Blink of an Eye is celebrated editor Walter Murch's vivid, multifaceted, thought-provoking essay of film editing. Starting with what might seem to be the most basic editing question — Why do cuts work? — he treats the reader to a... (read more)

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Hollywood Blockbusters: The Anthropology of Popular Movies
Hollywood Blockbusters: The Anthropology of Popular Movies
by David Sutton
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Why do Jaws, Field of Dreams, The Big Lebowski, and The Godfather remain strikingly popular in this age of fragmented audiences and ever-faster spin cycles? Hollywood Blockbusters argues that these films continue to captivate audiences because they play... (read more)

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