War of the Worlds
In 1938, Orson Welles threw the nation into a state of panic with his
startlingly realistic radio performance of The War of the Worlds.
This is the first book to capture the H.G. Wells story, the Orson Welles
broadcast, and all of the other works inspired by this seminal work of
science-fiction into one volume. A bonus CD, with a recording of Welles's
1938 performance, is also included. Softcover, 265 pp. $31.95.
Close-Up On Sunset Boulevard
Close-Up On Sunset Boulevard goes behind the scenes to reveal everything
about the making of the movie and the larger-than-life personalities of its
creators and stars. Featuring unforgettable anecdotes about every aspect of
the production, this book is a remarkable account of one of the most enduring
of all screen classics. Softcover, 420 pp. $23.95.
The Blue Angel
In this comprehensive study, S. S. Prawer reconstructs the production
history of The Blue Angel, showing how Sternberg's virtuoso
visual style was amply supported by an immensely talented team of actors
and technicians. Prawer also provides a detailed analysis of the film's
aesthetics showing how the grave political situation in Germany reverberated
in its seemingly airtight world. Softcover, 79 pp. $21.95.
Gangs of New York
Making the Movie
Journey behind-the-scenes of Martin Scorsese's epic saga Gangs
of New York with this all-access account of the making of the film.
Features include: interviews with the cast and production personnel,
the complete screenplay, dozens of photographs, and much more. A worthy
supplement to a remarkable film. Softcover, 288 pp. $34.95.
I Know Where
Pam Cook traces the film's production history, exploring
its place in Powell and Pressburger's canon and showing how it
wove into its narrative the memories and aspirations of an international
group of filmmakers. Focusing on the extensive use of special
effects, she reveals a technologically ambitious masterpiece,
a multilayered work rich in allusions whose emotional power time
has not diluted. Softcover, 79 pp. $21.95.
A Long Hard Look at Psycho
Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho is closely scrutinized in this intelligently
written monograph. Raymond Durgnat develops various polemics -- about spectatorship,
Hollywood narrative codes, psychoanalysis, editing and shot-composition, among
other themes -- that will forever change the way that we look at this classic
thriller. Softcover, 248 pp. $32.95.
Burnt by the Sun
In this intelligent monograph, Nikita Mikhalhov's Burnt by the Sun is
discussed in great detail -- from its artistic merit to its social and political
implications. Also, the controversial film is contextualized, both within the
director's career as well as in the history of Russian filmmaking. Softcover,
134 pp. $29.95.
Eyes Wide Shut: BFI Modern Classics
When Eyes Wide Shut opened in 1999 many of its initial audiences deemed
it both baffling and breathtaking. In this insightful book by Michel Chion,
Stanley Kubrick's enigmatic swan song is closely scrutinized and placed in
the context of his distinguished career. Softcover, 95 pp., $21.95.
Star Wars Mythmaking:
Behind the Scenes of Attack of the Clones
The only total access look at the making of Star Wars: Episode II Attack
of the Clones, this book offers the rare chance to watch creativity spring
to life in George Lucas' monumental saga of good versus evil. Filled with revealing
observations from the remarkable team of artists and technicians, and featuring
dozens of exclusive never-before-seen colour photographs, this extraordinary
volume takes you through the complete filmmaking process to reveal the secrets
and the marvelous anecdotes that lie behind the movie magic. Softcover, 224
Is Spinal Tap:
The Official Companion
Film critic Karl French explains what made This Is Spinal Tap an unforgettable
cult classic. Packed with exclusive material, including the screenplay, movie
stills, contributions from the band members, and extracts from improvised footage
that never made the final cut. This book is essential reading for the Spinal
Tap fan. Softcover, 309 pp. $18.50.
Code of Honor
The Making of Three Great American Westerns
Michael F. Blake
Code of Honor offers detailed accounts of the making of three classic
American Westerns: High Noon, Shane, and The Searchers.
Granted unfettered access to the studio archives and using original interviews,
Michael F. Blake punctures long-standing myths and debates, gives credit
where credit is due, and ultimately offers fresh and insightful perspectives
on each of the three films. Softcover 260 pp. $31.95.
The Complete James Bond Movie Encyclopedia
Newly Revised Edition
Steven Jay Rubin
The Complete James Bond Movie Encyclopedia is packed with hundreds of photographs,
thousands of entertaining movie facts, and countless behind-the-scenes details,
making this book the ultimate source of information on all things Bond. Entries
cover everything from the recent return of James Bond's legendary Aston Martin
to the villainous Zao, his newest nemesis. Softcover, 526 pp. $34.95.
Ghosts of the Abyss
A Journey into the Heart of the Titanic
Don Lynch and Ken Marschall
Curious to investigate the state of the sunken ocean liner,
James Cameron had made dives to the wreck while shooting footage
for his 1997 blockbuster movie Titanic. By 2001, he had
developed more sophisticated photographic equipment and was finally
able to photograph the wreck in a whole new way. Here is the story
of that expedition -- in words and unforgettable images. Hardcover,
144 pp. $49.95.
the World of Star Wars
Attack of the Clones
The incredible locations of Attack of the Clones are revealed
as never before in this lavishly illustrated guide. Intricate cross-section
artistry and 3-D maps provide the most detailed look yet at the world
of the movie. Also, the carefully researched text provides detailed background
information and several new insights into the Star Wars universe.
Hardcover, 40 pp., $29.99.
A City of Sadness
BFI Modern Classics
Winner of the Golden Lion in Venice in 1989, A City of Sadness introduced
Western audiences to the richness of New Taiwanese cinema. In this lucid analysis,
Berenice Reynaud deciphers the complex social and historical threads that combine
in the film while examining its aesthetics in the context of Hou's entire career.
Softcover, 95 pp. $21.95.
Andy Warhol's Blow Job
Renowned for his innovations in the graphic arts (painting, drawing, and printmaking),
Andy Warhol also made significant contributions to the art of filmmaking. In
this detailed, funny, and scholarly yet accessible, Roy Grundmann closely scrutinizes
Warhol's film Blow Job, and makes a case for it as a pivotal text in the post-war
avant-garde of the 1960's. Softcover, 228 pp. $37.95.
The 39 Steps
Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps is carefully examined in this
well-researched film guide. Mark Glancy provides both a detailed historical
contextualization, as well as his own lucidly written critical appraisal
of the film.Softcover, 119 pp. $27.95.
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