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Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies
Celluloid Skyline
New York and the Movies
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0394570626

Explores how movies have shaped, influenced, mythologized, and invented New York City in such films as "42nd Street," "Rear Window," "Taxi Driver," "Annie Hall," and "Ghostbusters," and reveals how the real-life New York City has been transformed by Hollywood.

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

Examines how film-makers have interpreted American history through their films. Focusing on movies that deal with real events and people, this book looks at how writers, producers, and directors became involved in making historical films, what influenced their interpretations of the past, and the responses they have made to the controversies.

Setting the Scene: The Great Hollywood Art Directors
Setting the Scene
The Great Hollywood Art Directors
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810938464

The art director, responsible for helping to create the look of a film, is the subject of this book. It surveys the careers of the greatest Hollywood art directors from the silent era to the present, examining their work in detail and analyzing their contribution to films.

Talking With Ingmar Bergman
Talking With Ingmar Bergman
Hardcover      ISBN: 087074187x
The Wizardry of Oz: The Artistry and Magic of the 1939 MGM Classic
The Wizardry of Oz
The Artistry and Magic of the 1939 MGM Classic
Paperback      ISBN: 1557836248

The story of one of the most popular and beloved movies of all time Celebrating its 65th birthday this year, The Wizard of Oz has been seen by more than one billion people worldwide since its 1939 premiere. Why does Oz endure? This lavishly illustrated book reveals all as it explores the making of the movie at the height of Hollywood's Golden Age. Details of Oz's costumes, make-up, and special effects are revealed, accompanied by rare stills, Technicolor test frames, over 300 colour and b and w illustrations (many published for the first time) and much, much more.

A Nation of Victims: The Decay of the American Character
A Nation of Victims
The Decay of the American Character
Paperback      ISBN: 0312098820

One of the most talked-about books in years, A Nation of Victims established Charles Sykes as a persuasive, witty, and controversial commentator on American life and society. The plaint of the victim-- It's not my fault-- has become the loudest and most influential voice in America, an instrument of personal and lasting political change.

* Fired for consistently showing up late for work, a former school district employee sues, claiming he is a victim of "chronic lateness syndrome."

* Videotaped puffing on a pipe filled with crack cocaine, Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry claims he is a victim of racism.

* In 1960, fewer than 100,000 lawsuits were filed in federal courts; in 1990, more than 250,000 were filed.

In this incisive, pugnacious, frequently hilarious book, Charles Sykes examines the erosion of our society and offers hope in the prospect of a culture of renewed character.

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

People love movies. People love lists. So The A-List is a natural. While there are plenty of encyclopedic lists of films, this compulsively readable book of 100 essays--most written expressly for this volume-flags the best of the best as chosen by a consensus of the National Society of Film Critics. The Society is a world-renowned, marquee--name organization embracing some of America's most distinguished critics: more than forty writers who have national followings as well as devoted local constituencies in such major cities as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Minneapolis. But make no mistake about it: This isn't a collection of esoteric "critic's choice" movies. The Society has made its selections based on a film's intrinsic merits, its role in the development of the motion-picture art, and its impact on culture and society. Some of the choices are controversial. So are some of the omissions. It will be a jumping-off point for discussions for years to come. And since the volume spans all international films from the very beginning, it will act as a balance to recent guides dominated by films of the last two decades (hardly film's golden age). Here is a book that is definitely ready for its close-up.

Casablanca: Behind the Scenes
Casablanca
Behind the Scenes
Paperback      ISBN: 0671769812

Describes the historical background of the well-known World War II film, and recounts the development of the script and characters, casting changes, censorship problems, and other details of the Warner Brothers production

Hairspray: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Hit Broadway Musical
Hairspray
The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Hit Broadway Musical
Paperback      ISBN: 1557835144

Hairspray is the 2003 Tony Award(R) winner for Best Musical Based on filmmaker John Waters' affectionately subversive homage to his Baltimore youth, Hairspray takes place in 1962. Chubby Tracy Turnblad (Marissa Jaret Winokur, 2003 Tony winner for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical) is transformed into a teen celebrity on a local TV dance program. With her irresistible stage mother (Harvey Fierstein, 2003 Tony winner for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical) at her side, she attempts to win the heart of the local heartthrob and integrate "The Corny Collins Show" at the same time.

Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670882364

Patricia Bosworth is an acclaimed biographer whose classic work on the life of Montgomery Clift was praised by Newsweek as the best film star biography in years. Her firsthand knowledge of the entertainment industry infuses her writing with an intimacy and vividness The Washington Post Book World calls extraordinary. In Marlon Brando, she evokes the magnetic sexuality, passion, and vulnerability of the icon -- and the man. Following its subject from the moody Oklahoma teenager to the Method-trained star to the eccentric recluse of his later years, Marlon Brando offers a penetrating look at the actor's evolving persona: the volcanic Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, the sensitive rebel in The Wild Ones, the iconic Don Corleone in The Godfather. Bosworth probes Brando's alcoholic parents' influence on his acting, his decades of psycho-analysis, and his tumultuous personal relationships. Here, from rebellious unknown to reluctant idol to falling star, is the complex charismatic genius who changed the face of acting.