Film Guides and Reference
The Rock & Roll Film Encyclopedia
Paperback ISBN: 1557836930
Entries about rock documentaries, movies starring rock stars, and films boasting extensive rock soundtracks, along with some biographies of musicians who have featured heavily on screen, include a cast list and a basic plot summary and listing of important songs featured in the films.
Not to Be Missed
Fifty-Four Favorites from a Lifetime of Film
Hardcover ISBN: 158648396x
A film critic for the Los Angeles Times presents a list of his favorite films of all-time, from All About Eve to Spirited Away, and offers anecdotes on the cultural impact, controversies, and history surrounding each. 20,000 first printing.
Paperback ISBN: 1933330740
“Satoshi Kon makes an art of Japanese anime.”—Rolling Stone The head-spinning anime fantasy Paprika (2006) introduced new viewers to one of Japan’s most visionary directors. Satoshi Kon crashed onto the world scene in 1997 with his smart slasher-thriller Perfect Blue. His subsequent films range from the silver-screen romance of Millennium Actress (2001) to the socially conscious comedy Tokyo Godfathers (2003) and the surreally satirical TV series Paranoia Agent (2004). This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the work and vision of Satoshi Kon, with background and analysis of the key reality-warping films by anime’s premier illusionist. This timely new collection follows the 2007 US release of Kon’s latest film, Paprika, which was met with an enthusiastic welcome from his fans. For many, Paprika was a first introduction to Kon’s work; other fans have been following his career avidly from its early days. Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist will satisfy newcomers and long-term fans alike. Andrew Osmond is a British freelance film reviewer and journalist who was part of the “Akira generation” of anime fans. He has been writing about cartoons and anime for ten years and has interviewed numerous anime professionals, including Satoshi Kon. His articles and reviews have appeared in Animerica, Total Anime, Neo, Manga Max, SFX, Sight and Sound, Empire, and many other magazines.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera Companion
Paperback ISBN: 186205763x
One of the most successful musicals of all time, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” has been running for 20 years on Broadway and on London’s West End. It has dazzled more than 100 million people in 22 countries, and went on to become a major feature film. This pictorial companion is the definitive account of the award-winning masterpiece. It traces the Phantom legend from its origins in historical fact through numerous artistic incarnations to the present-day theater production and film. Arranged in three parts, the first introduces the reader to Gaston Leroux’s classic story, while the second part offers a unique insight into the acclaimed theater production, with backstage photos and commentary from the director, designers, and crew. The final section, which contains the original screenplay, looks at the making of Joel Schumacher’s film, introducing the cast and featuring exclusive photos and interviews. A splendid celebration of a classic story and its many incarnations. This ravishing volume features the complete original screenplay and more than 150 color images from both the film and theater productions worldwide. Now in an elegant and affordable smaller-format edition.
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.
The Wizardry of Oz
The Artistry and Magic of the 1939 M-G-M Classic
Paperback ISBN: 1557836248
PUBLISHED ON THE 65TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RELEASE OF THE FILM: AUGUST 15, 2004! The Wizard of Oz is one of the most popular and beloved motion pictures of all time. Seen by over one billion people worldwide since its 1939 premiere, Oz is an indelible part of our national consciousness and our earliest childhood memories. Why does this movie endure despite modern advances in film make-up and special effects? This lavishly illustrated book explores the construction of Oz at the height of Hollywood's golden age and under the auspices of filmdom's greatest studio. Details about Oz's make-up, costumes and special effects are revealed, accompanied by rare stills, Technicolor test frames, and blueprints - over 300 color and BandW illustrations, many published for the first time! Actual costumes and props - now priceless treasures - are presented from the archives of memorabilia collectors, supplemented by never-before-conducted interviews with Oz's cast and crew. Written by the nation's leading Oz authorities, and with a foreword by the Cowardly Lion's make-up man, The Wizardry of Oz is a fascinating trip over the rainbow, from concept to realization. This book is an absolute must for Oz fans, film scholars, devotees of Judy Garland and Hollywood's golden era, or anyone who's ever wondered, "How'd they do that?" while watching this classic.
San Francisco Noir
The City in Film Noir from 1940 to the Present
Paperback ISBN: 1892145308
An entertaining survey of film noir set in San Francisco covers The Maltese Falcon, Dark Passage, Woman on the Run, D.O.A., Point Blank, The Conversation, Vertigo, and The Lady from Shanghai, among others.
Hollywood Musicals Year by Year
3rd Edition Paperback ISBN: 1423489039
Whose singing voice was substituted for Marjorie Reynolds in Holiday Inn? What movie was the first to combine live action with animated cartoon characters? What movie did Marlon Brando first sing in? These and thousands of other interesting facts about Hollywood's favorite musicals are answered in Hollywood Musicals Year by Year. This book provides a world of information, facts, and trivia about cinema's favorite musicals. Beginning with The Jazz Singer and moving through the years, this illustrated book documents more than 300 movies. Each entry includes the screenplay writer, producer, director, choreographer, cast list, song list, release date, plot summary, and interesting notes surrounding the production, cast, and spin-offs that the movie inspired. Hollywood Musicals Year by Year also contains many photographs of memorable moments in celluloid history.
Watching Films With Wisdom and Discernment
Paperback ISBN: 0830837132
Do you watch movies with your eyes open?You buy your tickets and concessions, and you walk into the theater. Celluloid images flash at twenty-four frames per second, and the hypnotic sequence of moving pictures coaxes you to suspend disbelief and be entertained by the implausible.Unfortunately, many often suspend their beliefs as well, succumbing to subtle lessons in how to behave, think and even perceive reality. Do you find yourself hoping that a sister will succeed in seducing her sibling's husband, that a thief will get away with his crime, that a serial killer will escape judgment? Do you, too, laugh at the bumbling priest and seethe at the intolerant and abusive evangelist? Do you embrace worldviews that infect your faith and then wonder, after your head is clear, whether your faith can survive the infection?In this thoroughly revised and updated edition of his popular book, Brian Godawa guides you through the place of redemption in film, the tricks screenwriters use to communicate their messages, and the mental and spiritual discipline required for watching movies. Hollywood Worldviews helps you enter a dialogue with Hollywood that leads to a happier ending, one that keeps you aware of your culture and awake to your faith.