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Turner Classic Movies
The Essentials: 52 Must-see Movies and Why They Matter
Paperback ISBN: 0762459468
Spanning eight decades of films and featuring the brightest stars ever to grace the silver screen,The Essentials is the guide to must-see movies from the most trusted authority on filmTurner Classic Movies. Since its inception on Turner Classic Movies in 2001, The Essentials has become the ultimate series for movie lovers to expand their knowledge of must-see cinema and discover or revisit landmark films that have had a lasting impact on audiences everywhere. Based on the hit series, The Essentials book showcases 100 must-see movies from the silent era to modern times. Each film is profiled with entertaining discourse on why it’s anEssential, and running commentary is provided by TCM host Robert Osborne and Essentials guest co-hosts past and present: Sally Field, Drew Barrymore, Alec Baldwin, Rose McGowan, Carrie Fisher, Molly Haskell, Peter Bogdanovich, Sydney Pollack, and Rob Reiner. Featuring full-color and black-and-white photography of the greatest stars in movie history throughout, The Essentials is the ultimate guide to the movies that define the meaning of the word classic.
A Star Is Born
Judy Garland and the Film That Got Away
Hardcover ISBN: 076246481x
New York Times bestselling author and daughter of Judy Garland tells the story of A Star Is Born -- at once the crowning achievement and greatest disappointment in her mother's legendary career. This is a vivid account of a film classic's production, loss, and reclamation. A Star Is Born -- the classic Hollywood tale about a young talent rising to superstardom, and the downfall of her mentor/lover along the way -- has never gone out of style. It has seen five film adaptations, but none compares to the 1954 version starring Judy Garland in her greatest role. But while it was the crowning performance of the legendary entertainer's career, the production turned into one of the most talked about in movie history. The story, which depicts the dark side of fame, addiction, loss, and suicide, paralleled Garland's own tumultuous life in many ways. While hitting alarmingly close to home for the fragile star, it ultimately led to a superlative performance -- one that was nominated for an Academy Award, but lost in one of the biggest upsets in Oscar history. Running far too long for the studio's tastes, Warner Bros. notoriously slashed extensive amounts of footage from the finished print, leaving A Star is Born in tatters and breaking the heart of both the film's star and director George Cukor. Today, with a director's cut reconstructed from previously lost scenes and audio, the 1954 A Star is Born has taken its deserved place among the most critically acclaimed movies of all time, and continues to inspire each new generation that discovers it. Now, Lorna Luft, daughter of Judy Garland and the film's producer, Sid Luft, tells the story of the production, and of her mother's fight to save her career, as only she could. Teaming with film historian Jeffrey Vance, A Star Is Born is a vivid and refreshingly candid account of the crafting, loss, and restoration of a movie classic, complemented by a trove of images from the family collection taken both on and off the set. The book also includes essays on the other screen adaptations of A Star Is Born, to round out a complete history of a story that has remained a Hollywood favorite for close to a century.
50 Classic Motion Pictures
The Stuff That Dreams Are Made of
Paperback ISBN: 0879101628
"A fat, lavishly illustrated run through of...50 Hollywood movies from the 1930s up to a few years after World War II...valuable and entertaining today not only as a social record but as sheer entertainment...[Zinman] begins with Mae West's classic She Done Him Wrong and touches all the cinematic landmarks, including Casablanca, Citizen Kane, and Gone with the Wind..." -Publisher's Weekly
Movies and Methods
Paperback ISBN: 0520031512
Fifty theoretical essays by distinctively original and influential film critics and filmmakers are grouped in categories having to do with general considerations, structuralism-semiology, political factors, genre, feminism, auteur theory, and mise-en-scene
The New Biographical Dictionary of Film
Hardcover ISBN: 0307271749
A latest edition of the classic reference features updated and recast profiles as well as 100 new entries for such stars as Clive Owen, Scarlett Johansson and Heath Ledger, in a provocative and personal resource by the award-winning documentary producer of The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind.