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Visions of the East: Orientalism in Film
Visions of the East
Orientalism in Film
Paperback      ISBN: 0813522951
The Sheik. Pepe le Moko. Casablanca. Aladdin. Some of the most popular and frequently discussed titles in movie history are imbued with orientalism, the politically charged way in which Western artists have represented gender, race, and ethnicity in the cultures of North Africa and Asia. This is the first anthology to address and highlight orientalism in film from pre-cinema fascinations with Egyptian culture through the "Whole New World" of Aladdin. Eleven illuminating and well-illustrated essays utilize the insights of interdisciplinary cultural studies, psychoanalysis, feminism, and genre criticism. Other films discussed include The Letter, Caesar and Cleopatra, Lawrence of Arabia, Indochine, and several films of France's cinema colonial. In addition to the editors, the contributors are Dudley Andrew, Phebe Shih Chao, Mary Hamer, Marina Heung, Antonia Lant, Adrienne L. McLean, Janice Morgan, Alan Nadel, Charles O'Brien, and Ella Shohat.
Ruth Harriet Louise and Hollywood Glamour Photography
Ruth Harriet Louise and Hollywood Glamour Photography
Paperback      ISBN: 0520233484
When Ruth Harriet Louise joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the studio with "more stars than there are in heaven," she was twenty-two years old and the only woman working as a portrait photographer for the Hollywood studios. In a career that lasted from 1925 until 1930, Louise (born Ruth Goldstein) photographed all the stars, contract players, and many of the hopefuls who passed through the studio's front gates, including Greta Garbo, Lon Chaney, John Gilbert, Joan Crawford, Marion Davies, and Norma Shearer. This book, which coincides with a major traveling retrospective of Louise's work organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, is the first collection of her exquisite photographs. Containing over one hundred breathtaking images--reproduced from the original negatives--it attests to the talent and vision of a surprisingly unknown photographer who formed the images and helped create the popularity of some of our most enduring stars. Louise shot about one hundred thousand negatives that distilled the glamour, drama, and excitement of MGM's feature productions. Louise's original photographs were circulated to millions of moviegoers, magazine and newspaper readers, and fans. The movies and publicity machine that these photographs supported shaped the basic notions of stardom, glamour, and fashion in the 1920s and still affect our ideas today. Robert Dance and Bruce Robertson re-create the entire process--from the moment a performer sat in front of Louise's camera to the point at which a fan pasted a star's picture into a scrapbook. They provide insight into Louise's work habits in the studio and describe the personal dynamics between Louise and the actors she photographed. They include a condensed account of the methods of other photographers, a sharp analysis of fan culture in the period, and superb readings of Louise's photographs. With its combination of well-known and rare images, all magnificently reproduced, this book is a fitting tribute to one of the most gifted and underappreciated glamour photographers of Hollywood's golden period. Note: The hardcover edition of this book does have a dust jacket. (Some hardcovers of University of California Press books available in paperback do not.) When Ruth Harriet Louise joined Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the studio with "more stars than there are in heaven," she was twenty-two years old and the only woman working as a portrait photographer for the Hollywood studios. In a career that lasted from 1925 until 1930, Louise (born Ruth Goldstein) photographed all the stars, contract players, and many of the hopefuls who passed through the studio's front gates, including Greta Garbo, Lon Chaney, John Gilbert, Joan Crawford, Marion Davies, and Norma Shearer. This book, which coincides with a major traveling retrospective of Louise's work organized by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, is the first collection of her exquisite photographs. Containing over one hundred breathtaking images--reproduced from the original negatives--it attests to the talent and vision of a surprisingly unknown photographer who formed the images and helped create the popularity of some of our most enduring stars. Louise shot about one hundred thousand negatives that distilled the glamour, drama, and excitement of MGM's feature productions. Louise's original photographs were circulated to millions of moviegoers, magazine and newspaper readers, and fans. The movies and publicity machine that these photographs supported shaped the basic notions of stardom, glamour, and fashion in the 1920s and still affect our ideas today. Robert Dance and Bruce Robertson re-create the entire process--from the moment a performer sat in front of Louise's camera to the point at which a fan pasted a star's picture into a scrapbook. They provide insight into Louise's work habits in the studio and describe the personal dynamics between Louise and the actors she photographed. They include a condensed account of the methods of other photographers, a sharp analysis of fan culture in the period, and superb readings of Louise's photographs. With its combination of well-known and rare images, all magnificently reproduced, this book is a fitting tribute to one of the most gifted and underappreciated glamour photographers of Hollywood's golden period. Note: The hardcover edition of this book does have a dust jacket. (Some hardcovers of University of California Press books available in paperback do not.)
The A-List: The National Society of Film Critics' 100 Essential Films
The A-List
The National Society of Film Critics' 100 Essential Films
Paperback      ISBN: 0306810964
Based on a film's inherent merits, its role in the development of cinematic art, and its impact on culture and society, one hundred essays reveal the best movies as chosen by a consensus of the National Society of Film Critics, featuring contributions from Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times, Jay Carr of the Boston Globe, and David Ansen of Newsweek. Original. 35,000 first printing.
Godard on Godard: Critical Writings by Jean-Luc Godard
Godard on Godard
Critical Writings by Jean-Luc Godard
Paperback      ISBN: 0306802597
"Jean-Luc Godard, like many of his European contemporaries, came to filmmaking through film criticism. This collection of essays and interviews, ranging from his early efforts for La Gazette du Cinéma"
A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Making of a Tradition
A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Making of a Tradition
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0060198516
A behind-the-scenes account of one of the most popular holiday animated films includes Executive Producer Lee Mendelson's personal reminiscences about its making, segments from Vince Guaraldi's original score, and production notes. 50,000 first printing.
The Great American Playwrights on the Screen: A Critical Guide to Film, Tv, Video, and Dvd
The Great American Playwrights on the Screen
A Critical Guide to Film, Tv, Video, and Dvd
Paperback      ISBN: 1557835128
The Great American Playwrights on the Screen is a complete, up-to-date record of movie and television productions of classic and contemporary works of the great playwrights. Rich in historical value and detail, this reference book not only tracks Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winners, but also unearths unheralded treasures and forgotten performances by great actors and the great directors they served. To show the ongoing influences and legacies of the great plays, Roberts compares and contrasts the adapted versions, and includes colorful reviews by prominent critics of tv and film (beginning with those of the silent era). The profound expansion of television into American homes in the 1950s brought a flood of adapted plays to the small screen, and resulted in the rebirth of the careers of many significant playwrights. The Great American Playwrights on the Screen provides fans with a video and DVD guide to the adapted works of the playwrights, and shows which versions are available for home viewing and in which media (VHS, Beta, Laser, DVD, Letterbox). Simultaneously, this book is a unique, one-stop source for academics, students of the theatre arts, actors, directors and producers. Organized in an easy-to-use A-Z format, the book features over 200 playwrights including Arthur Miller, Marsha Norman, Eugene O'Neill, Aaron Sorkin, Neil Simon, Wendy Wasserstein, and Tennessee Williams. In addition, The Great American Playwrights on the Screen resurrects the memories of television productions of plays at a critical time, when many of them - including Emmy Award winners and nominees - are deteriorating in vaults.
Hollywood Cartoons: American Animation in Its Golden Age
Hollywood Cartoons
American Animation in Its Golden Age
Paperback      ISBN: 0195167295
Explores American animation from the 1930s through the 1950s, discussing the creative side of animation, favorite characters and the artists and entrepreneurs responsible for creating them, and the contributions of the big studios, including Warner Bros.and Disney
The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917
The Anime Encyclopedia
A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917
Paperback      ISBN: 1880656647
History by Hollywood: The Use and Abuse of the American Past
History by Hollywood
The Use and Abuse of the American Past
Paperback      ISBN: 0252065360
Profiles eight films--including "Mississippi Burning," "Sergeant York," "Bonnie and Clyde," and "Norma Rae"--to reveal how they reimagine and recreate American history
The Illustrated Star Wars Universe
The Illustrated Star Wars Universe
Paperback      ISBN: 0553374842
Featuring two dozen specially commissioned paintings and scores of others by the concept artist for the Star Wars films, a journey to eight Star Wars locations offers intriguing details about the science-fiction universe. Reprint.