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The Cinema of Eisenstein
The Cinema of Eisenstein
Paperback      ISBN: 067413138x
Last Man Down: A Firefighter's Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center
Last Man Down
A Firefighter's Story of Survival and Escape from the World Trade Center
Paperback      ISBN: 0425189880
A first responder's harrowing account of 9/11--the inspirational true story of an American hero who gave nearly everything for others during one of New York City's darkest hours.

On September 11, 2001, FDNY Battalion Chief Richard "Pitch" Picciotto answered the call heard around the world. In minutes, he was at Ground Zero of the worst terrorist attack on American soil, as the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center began to burn--and then to buckle.

A veteran of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, Picciotto was eerily familiar with the inside of the North Tower. And it was there that he concentrated his rescue efforts. It was in its smoky stairwells where he heard and felt the South Tower collapse. He made the call for firemen and rescue workers to evacuate, while he stayed behind with a skeleton team of men to help evacuate a group of disabled and infirm civilians. And it was in the rubble of the North Tower where Picciotto found himself buried--for more than four hours after the building's collapse.
David Lean: A Biography
David Lean
A Biography
Hardcover      ISBN: 0312145780

The life and its biographer provide a landmark work on the cinema. Emerging from a childhood of nearly Dickensian darkness, David Lean found his great success as a director of the appropriately titled Great Expectations.
There followed his legendary black-and-white films of the 1940s and his four-film movie collaboration with Noel Coward. Lean's 1955 film Summertime took him from England to the world of international moviemaking and the stunning series of spectacular color epics that would gain for his work twenty-seven Academy Awards and fifty-six Academy Award nominations. All are classics, including The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and A Passage to India.
Kevin Brownlow, a film editor in his own right and author of the seminal silent film trilogy initiated with The Parade's Gone By. . ., brings to Lean's biography an exhaustive knowledge of the art and the industry.
One learns about the making of movies as realized by a master, but also of the highly personal costs of genius. The troubled Quaker family from which Lean came influenced his relationship with his son, his brother, and his six wives. Yet he showed in his work a deep understanding of humanity.
The vastness of this scholarly and entertaining enterprise is augmented by sixteen pages of scenes from Lean's color films, thirty-two pages from his black-and-white movies, and throughout the text a vast number of photographs from his life and location work.

My Movie Business: A Memoir
My Movie Business
A Memoir
Paperback      ISBN: 0345441303

After two producers, four directors, thirteen years, and uncounted rewrites, the movie version of John Irving's acclaimed novel, The Cider House Rules, at last made it to the big screen. Here is the author's account of the novel-to-film process. Anecdotal, affectionate, and delightfully candid, My Movie Business dazzles with Irving's incomparable wit and style.

An Actor and His Time - Paperback
An Actor and His Time - Paperback
Paperback      ISBN: 1557834156

John Gielgud tells the story of his life in the theatre, from the time of the great actor/managers like Tree and du Maurier and star actresses like Sarah Bernhardt and his own great aunt Ellen Terry, to his famous partnerships with Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson.

Writing With Hitchcock: The Collaboration of Alfred Hitchcock and John Michael Hayes
Writing With Hitchcock
The Collaboration of Alfred Hitchcock and John Michael Hayes
Paperback      ISBN: 0571199909

In spring 1953, the great director Alfred Hitchcock made the pivotal decision to take a chance and work with a young writer, John Michael Hayes. The four films Hitchcock made with Hayes over the next several years - Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, The Trouble with Harry and The Man who Knew Too Much - represented an extraordinary change of style. Each was distinguished by a combination of glamorous stars, sophisticated dialogue and inventive plots, and resulted in some of Hitchcock's most distinctive and intimate work, based in large part on Hayes's exceptional scripts.

Films of Jack Nicholson
Films of Jack Nicholson
Paperback      ISBN: 0806511923

Traces the development of Jack Nicholson's movie acting career and analyzes his performances in each of his films

Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast
Fritz Lang
The Nature of the Beast
Paperback      ISBN: 0312194544

Delves into the life of filmmaker Fritz Lang and explores the darker side to the man who created unique films filled with sex and murder, including Metropolis and M. Reprint.

David Lean
David Lean
Paperback      ISBN: 0810925079

Surveys the life and films of the renowned British director, best known for his works "Doctor Zhivago," "The Bridge on the River Kwai," and "Lawrence of Arabia"

Woody Allen: A Life in Film
Woody Allen
A Life in Film
Paperback      ISBN: 1566636027

This book reprints a four-hour conversation between Mr. Schickel and Mr. Allen and includes a long essay of introduction by Mr. Schickel, which places Woody Allen's entire career in critical perspective, as well as a complete filmography. Readers will find Mr. Allen's reflections on his major preoccupations--the battle of the sexes; the conflict between reality and fantasy in his major films; mortality, religion, and the role that chance plays in the unfolding of our lives. The book also offers insights into Mr. Allen's working methods as a writer and the growth of his skills as a director.