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Carsick
Carsick
by John Waters
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A cross-country hitchhiking journey with Americas most beloved weirdo John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads “Im Not Psycho,” he hitchhikes across America from... (read more)

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Hope for Film: From the Frontline of the Independent Cinema Revolutions
Hope for Film: From the Frontline of the Independent Cinema Revolutions
by Ted Hope
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An inspiring, tell-all look at the indie film business from one of the industrys most passionate producers, Hope for Film captures the rebellious punk spirit of the indie film boom in 1990s New York City, its collapse two decades later and its current... (read more)

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Joss Whedon: The Biography
Joss Whedon: The Biography
by Amy Pascale
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From the cult favorite Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which netted four million viewers per episode, to the summer blockbuster The Avengers, which amassed a box office of $1.5 billion, Joss Whedon has made a name for himself in Hollywood for his penchant for... (read more)

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Role Models (10 Edition)
Role Models (10 Edition)
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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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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Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity
Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity
by David Lynch
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In this "unexpected delight,"* filmmaker David Lynch describes his personal methods of capturing and working with ideas, and the immense creative benefits he has experienced from the practice of meditation. Now in a beautiful paperback edition, David... (read more)

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On Directing Film
On Directing Film
by David Mamet
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Calling on his unique perspective as playwright, screenwriter, and director of his own critically acclaimed movies, House of Games and Things Change, David Mamet illuminates how a film comes to be. He looks at every aspect of directing—from script... (read more)

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Herzog on Herzog (02 Edition)
Herzog on Herzog (02 Edition)
by Paul Cronin
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Filmography: p. 303-326. Includes bibliographical references (p. 327-329) and index.... (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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Making Movies
Making Movies
by Sidney Lumet
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The Films of Akira Kurosawa, Third Edition, Expanded and Updated
The Films of Akira Kurosawa, Third Edition, Expanded and Updated
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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Desire Unlimited: The Cinema of Pedro Almodovar
Desire Unlimited: The Cinema of Pedro Almodovar
by Paul Julian Smith
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Paul Julian Smith is a professor at the City University of New York. His previous books include Vision Machines: Cinema, Literature and Sexuality in Spain and Cuba, 1983-1993 and The Moderns: Time, Space and Subjectivity in Contemporary Spanish Culture.... (read more)

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Stanley Kubrick, Director : a Visual Analysis (99 Edition)
Stanley Kubrick, Director : a Visual Analysis (99 Edition)
by Alexander Walker
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This new edition, revised and expanded to discuss all of Kubrick's films--including Eyes Wide Shut--again received the approval of the reclusive director, who before his death allowed the use of illustrations taken directly from his films' frames. The... (read more)

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Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho
Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho
by Stephen Rebello
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Here is the complete inside story on the making of psycho, the forerunner of all psychothrillers. Rebello takes us behind the scenes at the creation of one of cinemas boldest and most influential films. From Hitchcocks private files and from new in-depth... (read more)

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Silent Bob Speaks: The Collected Writings of Kevin Smith
Silent Bob Speaks: The Collected Writings of Kevin Smith
by Kevin Smith
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In 1994, Kevin Smith debuted his low-budget film Clerks at the Sundance Film Festival. It became an instant cult classic and made Smith the top dog of the indie film world. Next he was an executive producer of the smash hit Good Will Hunting and quickly... (read more)

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The World and Its Double: The Life and Work of Otto Preminger
The World and Its Double: The Life and Work of Otto Preminger
by Chris Fujiwara
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Otto Preminger was one of Hollywoods first truly independent producer-directors. He sought to address the major social, political, and historical questions of his time in films designed to appeal to a wide public. Blazing a trail in the examination of... (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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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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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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Charlie Chaplin, Director
Charlie Chaplin, Director
by Donna Kornhaber
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Charlie Chaplin was one of the cinemas consummate comic performers, yet he has long been criticized as a lackluster film director. In this groundbreaking work—the first to analyze Chaplins directorial style—Donna Kornhaber radically... (read more)

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