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  • 101 WAR MOVIES YOU MUST SEE BEFORE YOU DIE
    101 WAR MOVIES YOU MUST SEE BEFORE YOU DIE
    SCHNEIDER STEVEN JAY [ED]
    ISBN: 9780733324963
    Title: 101 WAR MOVIES YOU MUST SEE BEFORE YOU DIE
    Author: SCHNEIDER STEVEN JAY [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Whether you know every line from The Great Escape or could watch The Bridge on the River Kwai again and again, 101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die is the book for you. Take a war, any war, from the beginning of time to the present day, throw in some amazing heroes, antiheroes and a whole lot of action and you have a classic war film. From Billy Wilder's Stalag 17 to The Deer Hunter, this is the perfect guide. War films have spanned several worlds of film-making. Discover movies filled with jingoistic propaganda made during wartime, as well as those that look back and ask the huge, burning questions that governments still refuse to answer. With insight from critics, film historians and academics, this book offers a breadth of knowledge and passion for a celluloid century of tanks and trenches, guns and grenades, heart-rending deaths and heroic leadership.

    Imprint: ABC PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 11 BILLION YEAR : FROM SUNDANCE TO THE OSCARS AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE CHANGING HOLLYWOOD SYSTEM
    11 BILLION YEAR : FROM SUNDANCE TO THE OSCARS AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE CHANGING HOLLYWOOD SYSTEM
    THOMPSON ANNE
    ISBN: 9780062218018
    Title: 11 BILLION YEAR : FROM SUNDANCE TO THE OSCARS AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE CHANGING HOLLYWOOD SYSTEM
    Author: THOMPSON ANNE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "This chronicle of 2012 is a slice of what happened during a watershed year for the Hollywood movie industry. It's not the whole story, but it's a mosaic of what went on, and why, and of where things are heading."What changed in one Hollywood year to produce a record-breaking box office after two years of decline? How can the Sundance Festival influence a film's fate, as it did for Beasts of the Southern Wild and Searching for Sugar Man, which both went all the way to the Oscars? Why did John Carter misfire and The Hunger Games succeed? How did maneuvers at festivals such as South by Southwest (SXSW), Cannes, Telluride, Toronto, and New York and at conventions such as CinemaCon and Comic-Con benefit Amour, Django Unchained, Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook, Les Miserables, The Life of Pi, The Avengers, Lincoln, and Argo? What jeopardized Zero Dark Thirty's launch? What role does gender bias still play in the industry? What are the ten things that changed the 2012 Oscar race?When it comes to film, Anne Thompson, a seasoned reporter and critic, addresses these questions and more on her respected daily blog, Thompson on Hollywood. Each year, she observes the Hollywood machine at work: the indies at Sundance, the exhibitors' jockeying at CinemaCon, the international scene at Cannes, the summer tentpoles, the fall's "smart" films and festivals, the family-friendly and big films of the holiday season, and the glamour of the Oscars(R). Inspired by William Goldman's classic book The Season, which examined the overall Broadway scene through a production-by-production analysis of one theatrical season, Thompson had long wanted to apply a similar lens to the movie business. When she chose 2012 as "the year" to track, she knew that box-office and DVD sales were declining, production costs were soaring, and the digital revolution was making big waves, but she had no idea that events would converge to bring radical structural movement, record-setting box-office revenues, and what she calls "sublime moviemaking."Though impossible to mention all 670-plus films released in 2012, Thompson includes many in this book, while focusing on the nine Best Picture nominees and the personalities and powers behind them. Reflecting on the year, Thompson concludes, "The best movies get made because filmmakers, financiers, champions, and a great many gifted creative people stubbornly ignore the obstacles. The question going forward is how adaptive these people are, and how flexible is the industry itself?"

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ALFRED HITCHCOCK
    ALFRED HITCHCOCK
    ACKROYD PETER
    ISBN: 9780099287667
    Title: ALFRED HITCHCOCK
    Author: ACKROYD PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Alfred Hitchcock was a strange child. Fat, lonely, burning with fear and ambition, his childhood was an isolated one, scented with fish from his father's shop. Afraid to leave his bedroom, he would plan great voyages, using railway timetables to plot an exact imaginary route across Europe. So how did this fearful figure become the one of the most respected film directors of the twentieth century?

    As an adult, Hitch rigorously controlled the press's portrait of himself, drawing certain carefully selected childhood anecdotes into full focus and blurring all others out. In this quick-witted portrait, Ackroyd reveals something more: a lugubriously jolly man fond of practical jokes, who smashes a once-used tea cup every morning to remind himself of the frailty of life. Iconic film stars make cameo appearances, just as Hitch did in his own films. Grace Kelly, Carey Grant and James Stewart despair of his detached directing style, and, perhaps most famously of all, Tippi Hedren endures cuts and bruises from a real-life fearsome flock of birds.

    Alfred Hitchcock wrests the director's chair back from the master of control and discovers what lurks just out of sight, in the corner of the shot.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ALFRED HITCHCOCK : THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
    ALFRED HITCHCOCK : THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
    WOOD MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780544456228
    Title: ALFRED HITCHCOCK : THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH
    Author: WOOD MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Widely regarded as the greatest filmmaker of the twentieth century, Alfred Hitchcock had a gift for creating suspense and a shrewd knowledge of human psychology. His film career, spanning more than half a century, is studded with classics from "The 39 Steps to Psycho, North by Northwest" to "Vertigo" (which in 2012 unseated "Citizen Kane" as the best movie of all time according to "Sight and Sound"). A master of intricate storytelling, Hitchcock was one of the first directors whose films belonged to both popular culture and high art. By the end of his life, he had gone from being the overweight son of a greengrocer in a London suburb to Hollywood's reigning director, whose cameo roles in his own films were one of their most anticipated features, and whose profile was recognized by millions (thanks to the television show "Alfred Hitchcock Presents").Michael Wood describes this journey with the wit and erudition that are the trademarks of his work, showcasing his singular ability to detect hidden patterns within apparently disparate forms. Whether he is writing about Henry James or Hollywood in the 1920s, he is alert to the fundamental truth lurking behind the stated meaning. In Hitchcock, Wood has found his ideal subject--an artist for whom explicit statement was anathema, who made conventional plot a hiding place rather than a source of revelation.

    Imprint: NEW HARVEST
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BACK TO THE FUTURE : THE ULTIMATE VISUAL HISTORY
    BACK TO THE FUTURE : THE ULTIMATE VISUAL HISTORY
    KLASTORIN MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780062419149
    Title: BACK TO THE FUTURE : THE ULTIMATE VISUAL HISTORY
    Author: KLASTORIN MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Great Scott! Go Back to the Future with Doc Brown and Marty McFly in this visually stunning look at the creation of one of the most beloved movie trilogies of all time.


    Few films have made an impact on popular culture like the Back to the Future trilogy. This deluxe, officially licensed book goes behind the scenes to tell the complete story of the making of these hugely popular movies and how the adventures of Marty McFly and Doc Brown became an international phenomenon.

    Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History is a stunning journey into the creation of this beloved time-traveling saga and features hundreds of never-before-seen images from all three movies, along with rare concept art, storyboards, and other visual treasures.

    The book also features exclusive interviews with key cast and crew members—including Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale, Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, and more—and tells the complete story of the production of the movies, from the initial concept to the staging of iconic scenes such as the “Enchantment Under the Sea” dance and the hoverboard sequence. The book also delves into the wider Back to the Future universe, exploring the animated television show and Back to the Future: The Ride.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $64.99

    Price: $64.99
  • BARFLY : The Movie
    BARFLY : The Movie
    BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780876857076
    Title: BARFLY : The Movie
    Author: BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The screenplay of the 1987 movie, as written by Charles Bukowski.

    Imprint: ECCO
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • CLOUDSTREET - THE SCREENPLAY
    CLOUDSTREET - THE SCREENPLAY
    WINTON TIM / FONTANA ELLEN
    ISBN: 9781926428314
    Title: CLOUDSTREET - THE SCREENPLAY
    Author: WINTON TIM / FONTANA ELLEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From separate catastrophes two rural families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives again from scratch. For twenty years they roister and rankle, laugh and curse until the roof over their heads becomes a home for their hearts.

    Author Tim Winton has worked with Ellen Fontana to translate this funny, sprawling saga into a brilliantly written TV mini-series. The show, like the Miles Franklin Award-winning book, is a celebration of people, places and rhythms, and will touch a new generation of readers.



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • COEN BROTHERS
    COEN BROTHERS
    BERGAN RONALD
    ISBN: 9781628725667
    Title: COEN BROTHERS
    Author: BERGAN RONALD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This fully updated edition of the first biography of the Coen Brothers includes their complete work so far, from Blood Simple to Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), with a reassessment of their remarkable career as a whole. Joel and Ethan Coen have pulled off the ultimate balancing act. Despite having their movies financed and distributed by major studios, they have managed to remain true independents, rejecting commercial clichés and never giving up on their own fiercely idiosyncratic vision. While doing so, they have established themselves among the world's leading filmmakers.

    From their startling debut, Blood Simple (1984), all of their movies reveal a distinctive stamp: a flamboyant visual style, richly conceived characters, crisp dialogue, and brilliant casting. They have revitalized old Hollywood genres such as noir, screwball, and the western, giving them a contemporary sensibility. In this biography, Ronald Bergan traces the brothers' Jewish roots, their beginnings as film geeks in suburban Minneapolis, their battle to get their first feature made and released, through their early features and the movies of their maturity. He gives blow-by-blow accounts of the making of each movie. New chapters cover all those released since O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), with which the first edition of this book ended.

    Imprint: ARCADE PUBLISHERS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DAVID HARE : COLLECTED SCREENPLAYS 1   %%
    DAVID HARE : COLLECTED SCREENPLAYS 1 %%
    HARE DAVID
    ISBN: 9780571214518
    Title: DAVID HARE : COLLECTED SCREENPLAYS 1 %%
    Author: HARE DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $32.00
    Price: $32.00
  • DAVID LYNCH
    DAVID LYNCH
    ODELL COLIN
    ISBN: 9781842432259
    Title: DAVID LYNCH
    Author: ODELL COLIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: KAMERA BOOKS
    RRP: $29.95
    Price: $29.99
  • FABER BOOK OF NEW SOUTH AMERICAN CINEMA
    FABER BOOK OF NEW SOUTH AMERICAN CINEMA
    MATHEOU DEMETRIOS
    ISBN: 9780571231799
    Title: FABER BOOK OF NEW SOUTH AMERICAN CINEMA
    Author: MATHEOU DEMETRIOS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $45.00
    Price: $45.00
  • FILMS OF JOSEPH LOSEY
    FILMS OF JOSEPH LOSEY
    PALMER JAMES
    ISBN: 9780521387804
    Title: FILMS OF JOSEPH LOSEY
    Author: PALMER JAMES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $39.95
    Price: $39.95
  • FRANCE ON FILM : REFLECTIONS ON POPULAR FRENCH CINEMA   %%
    FRANCE ON FILM : REFLECTIONS ON POPULAR FRENCH CINEMA %%
    MAZDON LUCY [ED]
    ISBN: 9781903364086
    Title: FRANCE ON FILM : REFLECTIONS ON POPULAR FRENCH CINEMA %%
    Author: MAZDON LUCY [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: WALLFLOWER PRESS
    RRP: $39.95
    Price: $39.95
  • GERMAN NATIONAL CINEMA
    GERMAN NATIONAL CINEMA
    HAKE SABINE
    ISBN: 9780415089029
    Title: GERMAN NATIONAL CINEMA
    Author: HAKE SABINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $58.00
    Price: $58.00
  • GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL : THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION
    GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL : THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION
    SEITZ MATT ZOLLER
    ISBN: 9781419715716
    Title: GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL : THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION
    Author: SEITZ MATT ZOLLER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The eighth feature film from writer/director Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel, premiered at the 64th International Film Festival in February 2014, winning the Jury Grand Prix Silver Bear award and, shortly after, widespread critical and popular acclaim.

    Centered around Ralph Fiennes’s M. Gustave as the slick beating heart of a meticulously crafted, visually resplendent matryoshka-doll caper-film set primarily in an alternate-history version of 1930s Europe, Grand Budapest Hotel is also, perhaps, the most fullest expression to date of Anderon’s varied thematic and stylistic idiosyncrasies, influences, and obsessions.

    This supplemental one-volume companion to The Wes Anderson Collection (Abrams, 2013) is the only book to take readers behind the scenes of The Grand Budapest Hotel with in-depth interviews between Anderson and cultural critic/New York Times bestselling author Matt Zoller Seitz.
    Anderson shares the story behind the film’s conception, the wide variety of sources which inspired it—from author Stefan Zweig to filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch to Photochrom landscapes from turn of- the-century Middle Europe—personal anecdotes about the making of the film, and many other reflections on his filmmaking process. These interviews will be accompanied by behind-the-scenes photos, ephemera, and artwork, all woven together by the same designer, Martin Venezky, and illustrator, Max Dalton, behind The Wes Anderson Collection.

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • HOW STAR WARS CONQUERED THE UNIVERSE
    HOW STAR WARS CONQUERED THE UNIVERSE
    TAYLOR CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781784970475
    Title: HOW STAR WARS CONQUERED THE UNIVERSE
    Author: TAYLOR CHRIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Forty years and $37 billion later, on the eve of EPISODE VII, the first complete history of STAR WARS - from Lucas's early drafts to the present day.

    Why do most people know what an Ewok is, even if they haven't seen Return of the Jedi? How have Star Wars action figures come to outnumber human beings? How did 'Jedi' become and officially recognised religion? When did the films' merchandising revenue manage to rival the GDP of a small country?

    Tracing the birth, death and rebirth of the epic universe built by George Lucas and hundreds of writers, artists, producers, and marketers, Chris Taylor jousts with modern-day Jedi, tinkers with droid builders, and gets inside Boba Fett's helmet, all to find out how STAR WARS has attracted and inspired so many fans for so long.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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