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The Wes Anderson Collection
The Wes Anderson Collection
by Matt Zoller Seitz
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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... (read more)

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Role Models
Role Models
by John Waters
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Here, from the incomparable John Waters, is a paean to the power of subversive inspiration that will delight, amuse, enrich—and happily horrify—readers everywhere.   Role Models is, in fact, a self-portrait told through intimate... (read more)

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Making Movies
Making Movies
by Sidney Lumet
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The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories
The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories
by Tim Burton
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From breathtaking stop-action animation to bittersweet modern fairy tales, filmmaker Tim Burton has become known for his unique visual brilliance -- witty and macabre at once. Now he gives birth to a cast of gruesomely sympathetic children... (read more)

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It Chooses You
It Chooses You
by Miranda July
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In the summer of 2009 Miranda July was struggling to write her second screenplay, The Future, when she began to obsessively read the PennySaver classified ads. The iconic Los Angeles newsprint booklet served a computerless demographic—a quickly... (read more)

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Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions
Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions
by Guillermo Del Toro
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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... (read more)

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Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock
Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock
by Donald Spoto
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This is the definitive life story of Alfred Hitchcock, the enigmatic and intensely private director of Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, The Birds, and more than forty other films. While setting forth every stage of Hitchcock's long life and brilliant career,... (read more)

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Getting Even
Getting Even
by Woody Allen
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The classic, with 316,000 copies sold to date.... (read more)

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Hitchcock's Films Revisited
Hitchcock's Films Revisited
by Robin Wood
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When Hitchcock's Films was first published, it quickly became known as a new kind of book on film and as a necessary text in the growing body of Hitchcock criticism. This revised edition of "Hitchcock's Films Revisited" includes a substantial new preface... (read more)

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From Star Wars to Indiana Jones: The Best of the Lucasfilm Archives
From Star Wars to Indiana Jones: The Best of the Lucasfilm Archives
by Mark Cotta Vaz
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Located on the pastoral grounds of George Lucas's Skywalker Ranch, the Lucasfilm archives are where the artifacts used to make movie magic are safely stored. This private facility houses such iconic items as Jedi Master Yoda, the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO... (read more)

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The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film
The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film
by Michael Ondaatje
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From one of our most celebrated novelists, here are Michael Ondaatje's conversations with the film and sound editor Walter Murch. Their exchange reveals behind-the-scenes glimpses of the directors Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Philip Kaufman... (read more)

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The Women Who Knew Too Much: Hitchcock and Feminist Theory
The Women Who Knew Too Much: Hitchcock and Feminist Theory
by Tania Modleski
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First published in 1988, The Women Who Knew Too Much remains a classic work in film theory and criticism. The book consists of a theoretical introduction and analyses of seven important films by Alfred Hitchcock, each of which provides a basis for an... (read more)

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Clint Eastwood: Interviews, Revised and Updated (Conversations with Filmmakers)
Clint Eastwood: Interviews, Revised and Updated (Conversations with Filmmakers)
by Robert E. (edt) Kapsis
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Interviews with the Oscar-winning director of Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby... (read more)

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Mere Anarchy
Mere Anarchy
by Woody Allen
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Here, in his first collection since his three hilarious classics Getting Even, Without Feathers, and Side Effects, Woody Allen has managed to write a book that not only answers the most profound questions of human existence but is also the perfect size... (read more)

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Something Like an Autobiography
Something Like an Autobiography
by Akira Kurosawa
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Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design
Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design
by Jennifer Bass
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This is the first book to be published on one of the greatest American designers of the 20th Century, who was as famous for his work in film as for his corporate identity and graphic work. With more than 1,400 illustrations, many of them never published... (read more)

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Les bravades :a portfolio of pictures made for Rebecca Welles by her father
Les bravades :a portfolio of pictures made for Rebecca Welles by her father
by Orson Welles
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During a stay in St. Tropez, in 1956, Orson Welles created an illustrated retelling of the Bravade, the festival held every year on St. Tropez's saint's-day, as a gift for his daughter. Now "Les Bravades" has been meticulously reproduced to preserve the... (read more)

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Crackpot, the Obsessions of John Waters: The Obsession of John Waters
Crackpot, the Obsessions of John Waters: The Obsession of John Waters
by John Waters
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This hilarious collection of essays by the offbeat writer and director is a treat for fans of the "Pope of Trash" and the perfect introduction for those who have not yet discovered his eccentric charms.... (read more)

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Orson Welles, Volume One: The Road to Xanadu
Orson Welles, Volume One: The Road to Xanadu
by Simon Callow
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In this first installment of his masterful biography, Simon Callow captures the chameleonic genius of Orson Welles as only an actor/director deeply rooted in the entertainment industry could. Here is Wellesandrsquo;s prodigious childhood; his youth in... (read more)

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Rebel without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player
Rebel without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player
by Robert Rodriguez
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Robert Rodriguez threw down seven thousand dollars on his debut film El Mariachi, but you only need to spend a fraction of that to get all the insights that he learned. Anybody who's seen his later films (Spy Kids, Once Upon a Time in Mexico) will know... (read more)

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