Film Studies
Featured Items
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.

Hitchcock's Notebooks: An Authorized and Illustrated Look Inside the Creative Mind of Alfred Hitchcock
Hitchcock's Notebooks
An Authorized and Illustrated Look Inside the Creative Mind of Alfred Hitchcock
Hardcover      ISBN: 0380977834

From a couple racing across the top of Mount Rushmore to a woman's final shower at an isolated motel, no other filmmaker has given movie fans more unforgettable images or heart-pounding thrills than Alfred Hitchcock. Now for the first time, you can finally share in the Master of Suspense's inspiration and development -- his entire creative process -- in Hitchcock's Notebooks.

With the complete cooperation of the Hitchcock estate and unprecedented access to the director's notes, files, and archives, Dan Auiler takes you from the very beginnings of story creation to the master's final touches during post-production. Actual production notes from Hitchcock's masterpieces join detailed interviews with key production personnel, including writers, actors and actresses, and his personal assistant of more than thirty years.

Mirroring the director's working methods to give you the actual feel of his process, the book explores the production files of Shadow Of A Doubt, Strangers On A Train, North By Northwest, and others, as well as the legendary lost works: The Mountain Eagle and the unfinished film Kaleidoscope. Highlighted by nearly one hundred photographs and illustrations, chapters focus on finding and constructing the right story (featuring interviews with such renowned screenwriters as Charles Bennett, Samuel Taylor, and Ernest Lehman); envisioning the film (from storyboards to set design); the filming (spotlighting Hitchcock's innovations and trick shots); music; and much more.

No fan or film student should be without this definitive guide to the renowned filmaker's art.

Sam Peckinpah's the Wild Bunch
Sam Peckinpah's the Wild Bunch
Hardcover      ISBN: 0521584337

Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch is one of the most influential films in American cinema. The intensity of its violence was unprecedented, while the director's use of multiple cameras, montage editing, and slow motion quickly became the normative style for rendering screen violence. This volume includes freshly-commissioned essays by several leading scholars of Peckinpah's work. Examining the film's production history from script to screen, its rich and ambivalent vision of American society, and its relationship to the Western genre, among other topics, it provides a definitive reinterpretation of an enduring film classic.

The Perfect Monologue: How to Find and Perform the Monologue That Will Get You the Part
The Perfect Monologue
How to Find and Perform the Monologue That Will Get You the Part
Paperback      ISBN: 0879103000

In this companion volume to her highly successful Callback, Ginger Howard Friedman, a veteran casting director, playwright and teacher, reveals her winning formula for a monologue audition that lands you the part. She explains her essential rules for a successful audition, then selects scenes from 16 plays and adapts them into monologues, comic and serious, for men and women of all ages.

Hairspray: The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Hit Broadway Musical
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.

Paperback      ISBN: 0851702996

Shedding new light on an old favorite, this is an enjoyable account of how Stagecoach was made. This book combines a with a careful scene-by-scene analysis, a wealth of illustrations and the most complete credits yet assembled.

Sin in Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood
Sin in Soft Focus
Pre-Code Hollywood
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810944758

This text showcases the boldly creative pre-code period in Hollywood in the early 1930s, when defiant producers flouted the restrictions of the censors. Illustrated with film stills, it portrays Joan Crawford, Clara Bow and James Cagney in some of the era's most controversial films.

The Making of 2001: A Space Odyssey
The Making of 2001
A Space Odyssey
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0375755284

"If 2001 has stirred your emotions, your subconscious, your mythological yearnings, then it has succeeded."--Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick's extraordinary movie 2001: A Space Odyssey was released in 1969. The critics initially disliked it, but the public loved it. And eventually, the film took its rightful place as one of the most innovative, brilliant, and pivotal works of modern cinema. The Making of 2001: A Space Odyssey consists of testimony from Kubrick's collaborators and commentary from critics and historians. This is the most complete book on the film to date--from Stanley Kubrick's first meeting with screenwriter Arthur C. Clarke to Kubrick's exhaustive research to the actual shooting and release of the movie.
The Devil Finds Work
The Devil Finds Work
Paperback      ISBN: 0440206618

James Baldwin At The Movies... Provocative, timeless, brilliant.
Bette Davis's eyes, Joan Crawford's bitchy elegance, Stepin Fetchit's stereotype, Sidney Poitier's superhuman black man... These are the movie stars and the qualities that influenced James Baldwin... and now become part of his incisive look at racism in American movies.
Baldwin challenges the underlying assumptions in such films as "In the Heat of the Night," "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," and "The Exorcist," offering us a vision of America's self-delusions and deceptions. Here are our loves and hates, biases and cruelties, fears and ignorance reflected by the films that have entertained us and shaped our consciousness. And here, too, is the stunning prose of a writer whose passion never diminished his struggle for equality, justice, and social change.
From "The Birth of a Nation" to "The Exorcist"--one of America's most important writers turns his critical eye to American film.

"From the Trade Paperback edition."

Manhattan on Film 2: More Walking Tours of Location Sites in the Big Apple
Manhattan on Film 2
More Walking Tours of Location Sites in the Big Apple
Paperback      ISBN: 0879109750

Another 13 walking tours, illustrated as before with movie stills and photographs of the actual sites. Chuck Katz ends his book with a walking tour of Lower Manhattan and Ground Zero, which he calls "America's heart."