The 50 Most Important Ideas, Genres and People in the History of Movies, Each Explained in Half a Minute
From Hollywood’s silent movies to Japan’s ‘Golden Age’ and the digital era, this overview introduces the major genres and the directors and stars who have shaped filmmaking movements around the world, including German Expressionism and French New Wave.
A Memoir of My Hollywood Years
This second volume of Julie Andrews’s autobiography begins with her Hollywood debut in Mary Poppins which, closely followed by The Sound of Music, catapulted her to stardom. She reflects on motherhood, the pressures of fame, the failure of her first marriage, and her long personal and professional partnership with her second husband, the director Blake Edwards, with whom she made Victor/Victoria.
The Complete Unauthorized History
The original series of Star Trek was cancelled in 1969 due to falling ratings but repeats continued to build its following and the first fan convention was organized in 1972. This history of the sci-fi classic examines all the spin-off TV series, films, games, toys and books that have since been generated and is illustrated with behind-the-scenes photographs, collectibles and memorabilia.
Some Like it Hot
The Official 50th Anniversary Companion
Billy Wilder developed his story of two male musicians dressing in drag to play in an all-female band from a 1951 German film, itself a remake of a French original. With over 150 images of the cast and crew, excerpts from the script and other ephemera, this celebration of the much-loved comedy reveals how the film was made and what happened behind the scenes with the notoriously unreliable Marilyn Monroe.
Hollywood Wants to Kill You
The Peculiar Science of Death in the Movies
Investigating the plausibility of movie disaster plots, this popular science book's opening chapter analyses the film Contagion and the possibility of a bat virus jumping species, causing a world pandemic. Other threats explored are nuclear war (Dr Strangelove), climate change (Geostorm) and infertility (Children of Men).
Fast Times and Excellent Adventures
The Surprising History of the '80s Teen Movie
With late 1970s productions such as Saturday Night Fever and Grease proving the younger market to be lucrative, the 1980s became an iconic period for teen films. From cult hits to studio blockbusters, James King’s overview reveals the role played by music, comedy and politics in the genre’s success and the intricacies of casting and timing that led to unknown actors such as Winona Ryder, Tom Cruise and Keanu Reeves becoming A-list celebrities.
My Penguin Year
Living with Emperors – A Journey of Discovery
The award-winning cameraman Lindsay McCrae spent a year in Antarctica filming emperor penguins for a BBC documentary. This is his account of the life-cycle of the creatures, which march over 100 miles to reach their breeding grounds before the males, unusually, incubate the eggs. It also reflects on his own feelings as he faced a polar winter thousands of miles from his wife and unborn child.
Both of Us
My Life with Farrah
Ryan O’Neal, star of Love Story and Bones, and Charlie’s Angel Farrah Fawcett seemed a golden couple. Their romance was complex though, and fell apart in 1994 only to be rekindled in the years before her early death. This frank memoir addresses the insecurities and unsavoury moments in their relationship while also expressing O’Neal’s love and regrets.
Selling the Movie
The Art of the Film Poster
The first Hollywood posters focused on the theme and tone of the movie but when star actors became the principal draw in the 1920s, the promotional artwork followed suit. This history of film marketing through the poster shows the development of different approaches and graphic styles and is illustrated with hundreds of poster designs from many countries and all eras of film-making.
The Secret History of Science Fiction and Fantasy
This science fiction and fantasy anthology explores a host of forgotten, unfinished or little-known works, from early examples of the genre such as Jules Verne’s unpublished (until 1994) novel Paris in the 20th Century to George Lucas’s pre-Star Wars film THX 1138 and Andrew MacLean’s 1990s TV series Space Island One. Over 70 essays and 150 illustrations explore works covering film, literature, art, music, fashion, architecture and pop culture.
The Iconic Filmmaker and His Work
This highly illustrated celebration of Tim Burton's idiosyncratic work profiles each of his films including classics such as Edward Scissorhands and Batman. Exploring Burton's own background and influences, the book describes how each of his movies was conceived, produced and critically received.
Miller and Max
George Miller and the Making of a Film Legend
Privately funded by its writer/director and starring the unknown Mel Gibson, Mad Max was an international success in 1979, generating three sequels. This analysis of the films examines how they were made and draws parallels between the post-apocalyptic hero, Max, and his creator, George Miller.
A Visual History of Frankenstein
Mary Shelley’s horror story has inspired numerous adaptations since its publication in 1818. Designed to accompany an exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, this book provides a rich visual record of the ways her creation has been represented over the past two centuries. After exploring the novel’s background in the Gothic tradition, it examines the early stage adaptations, book illustrations, the classic film starring Boris Karloff, and more recent cinematic versions.
The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe
Sarah Churchwell’s exploration of Marilyn mythology starts by deconstructing the ways the star has been written about. By comparing different approaches taken to issues such as her parents and childhood, the casting couch, her affairs, marriages and psychological problems, her onscreen persona and her tragic death, she argues that Marilyn is both worshipped as an icon, but simultaneously trivialized.
Best remembered for playing Sherlock Holmes in the 1960s television serial, Douglas Wilmer was an accomplished character actor who appeared in many classic films of the 1950s and 1960s, including Cleopatra and Jason and the Argonauts, and counted stars such as Laurence Olivier and Richard Burton among his friends. This memoir describes his life and career and features the personal anecdotes of leading actors of the post-war era.
Robert Redford is best known as a film actor whose iconic roles include Jay Gatsby and the Sundance Kid, but he also became a public figure through his film festival and a prominent political activist. This biography draws on his personal papers to portray a man whose self-doubt, rebellious nature and restless curiosity underpin the offbeat, careless charm of his movie personas.
The Blue Touch Paper
In telling ‘the story of my apprenticeship’, David Hare (b.1947) recalls his life, from suburban childhood, through Cambridge University, tiny flats in Soho and years of trial and error as a young playwright, setting his experience against the political and cultural changes and uncertainties of post-war Britain, up to 1979, a watershed year for Hare and for the country.
The Art of Survival
France and the Great War Picaresque
Libby Murphy argues that writers and artists during the First World War reactivated and re-imagined the picaresque hero of classic Spanish fiction, an exemplar of resourcefulness and self-preservation, as a counter to the culture of heroism. Among the literary works, cartoons and films discussed are the journalism of Georges de la Fouchardière, Le Feu by Henri Barbusse, and Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp.
A Cinematic Artist
The Films of Man Ray
Although better known as an artist and photographer, Man Ray was one of the key figures in the cinematic avant-garde of the early 20th century. This is a systematic study of his four films – Le Retour à la raison (1923), Emak Bakia (1926), L’Etoile de mer (1928) and Les Mystères du Chateau du Dé (1929) – and his ‘home movies’ featuring friends and lovers. Slightly off-mint.
The Pocket Essential Guide to Fiction, Film and TV
Identifying Ellis Peters’ Cadfael books as a starting point for a huge expansion in the writing of historical crime, this review of the genre profiles key writers, novels, TV programmes and films, and includes a number of interviews with authors.
The Marvel Vault
A Visual History
Reacting to the appearance of Superman in Action Comics in 1938, Marvel introduced Sub-Mariner and the Human Torch in their new publication the following year, and have since entertained readers with the adventures of Spider-Man, Captain America and The Fantastic Four, among many other characters. This illustrated celebration charts the history and development of Marvel Comics and its characters up to the present day and contains hundreds of early sketches, artworks, covers, comic strip excerpts and pieces of memorabilia. Slightly off-mint.
My Life Outside the Lines
Coming to prominence on television at the age of 35, Nick Nolte has since earned three Oscar nominations for his film performances. This autobiography explores his early life in Iowa and years as a model as well as his Hollywood career and high-profile addiction problems. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Official Book
One of the most critically acclaimed television series of all time, Breaking Bad ran for 62 episodes between 2008 and 2013. This companion to the complex and original drama includes background information about the production, an exploration of its style, themes and meaning, a complete series timeline with a synopsis of each episode, and character profiles and interviews with members of the production team, including creator Vince Gilligan.
The Mystery of Style
Published to accompany the 2010 exhibition of the same name at the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum in Florence, this volume investigates Greta Garbo’s life in fashion. Although almost everything she wore was custom-made, her sartorial style was not that of a conventional film star and her wardrobe consisted of comfortable, practical clothes and footwear, many previously unpublished photographs of which feature here. Also included are full-page studio portraits and paparazzi shots plus essays and anecdotes about her life on and off-screen.
Owners' Workshop Manual
Beginning life as an ambulance conversion of a 1959 Cadillac Series 62, the 'Ectomobile' from Ghostbusters was one of the stars of the film. This tongue-in-cheek technical analysis also includes dissections of vehicles from the sequels and of some of the special spook-hunting gadgets.
Donald Spoto’s much-acclaimed biography of Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011) was written some 15 years before the actress’s death and follows her career in film, from child star to international success and the first million dollar pay cheque for a female star, and her complicated and sometimes scandalous private life and relationships. Off-mint.
The Art of Production Design
This interview-based biography of the film production designer Ken Adams (1921–2016), perhaps best known for his innovative work on the James Bond franchise and Stanley Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove, explores both his personal history and the range, force and variety of his achievements. Slightly off-mint.
The Lost Notebook
Herman Schultheis and The Secrets of Walt Disney's Movie Magic
The Disney production employee Herman Schultheis kept a detailed diary of the special effects he worked on during classic productions such as Fantasia, Dumbo and Pinocchio. The notebook, reproduced and analysed in this volume, lay forgotten for decades and includes revealing technical information about how innovative visual effects were created, as well as the reference photographs used as templates for the animations, and behind-the-scenes shots of sets, artists, directors and voice actors.
British Municipal Cinema 1920–1980
Presenting an overview of the development, achievements and demise of British municipal film and illustrated with stills, this book includes in-depth studies of films and the film-making processes of Bermondsey Borough Council’s Public Health Department and Glasgow Corporation.
The Definitive Biography
One of the most charismatic actors of his generation, Peter O'Toole (1932–2013) brought a dangerous edge to both his roles and his life. Drawing on exclusive interviews with colleagues and friends, this biography from the author of Hellraisers paints an intimate picture of a complex, much-loved man. From the mystery of his place of birth through his formative years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the book charts his celebrated performances, his turbulent relationships and his drunken antics.
A Brief Life
Hitchcock carefully controlled his public persona, emphasizing his lugubrious humour and often retelling selected anecdotes from his childhood to explain his mastery of the cinematic thriller. Delving behind these stories Ackroyd investigates what the director also owed to his formative experiences in British and German film-making and how the fears, fantasies and obsessions of his lonely upbringing in East London shaped his lifelong controlling personality and his films’ characteristic mixture of comedy and suspense. American-cut pages. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Complete Guide to... Anime Techniques
Create Mesmerizing Manga-Style Animation with Pencils, Paint, and Pixels
With its origins in manga graphic novels, the anime animation style has become highly popular and influential beyond Japan in recent decades. Aimed at the novice animator, this guide examines the graphic elements that are important in creating the distinctive style and explains how to make an authentic anime film, from script to finished movie, using both traditional animation techniques and the latest digital tools.
My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man
The actors who would create the iconic parts of Spock and Kirk in Star Trek were both 23 when they met on the set of The Man from UNCLE in 1964. In this affectionate biography, Shatner gives an account of Leonard Nimoy’s life and career from the perspective of their long friendship.
Creating the Illusion
A Fashionable History of Hollywood Costume Designers
From the beginning of movie history to the present day, this volume profiles 65 costume designers, including Coco Chanel, Erté and Cecil Beaton, and describes the work and artistry that went into creating some of Hollywood’s most iconic costumes. Well illustrated with film stills, photographs and original sketches, the authors draw on archival material and dozens of new interviews to offer a comprehensive and entertaining history of fashion on film.
Michael Caine: 1960s
Michael Caine’s film characters, such as Alfie and Harry Palmer, as well as his distinctive looks, working-class background and glamorous lifestyle, made him the model of male cool in the 1960s. This celebration of his style presents a portfolio of photographs of the actor during the period, including portraits, film stills and candid pictures, on and off set. A brief introduction and captions set the scene and identify celebrity co-stars and companions, including Natalie Wood, Terence Stamp and Mia Farrow.
Arthouse to Exploitation
Italian movie-making has had a profound influence on the development of world cinema and this study considers its evolution from the 'neorealism' of the 1940s and the influence of directors such as Fellini, Antonioni and Leone, to modern Italian films and television drama.
1797–1887: A Domestic Biography
Marianne Thornton was Forster’s great aunt, whose bequest enabled him to pursue a writing career. His affectionate account of a life lived entirely in the private sphere sheds fascinating light on middle-class society in late Georgian and Victorian England.
Movie Star Italian Style
In a career spanning almost seven decades, Sophia Loren has achieved recognition as one of the most beautiful and talented actresses of all time. Part one of this photographic tribute traces her life from childhood poverty in wartime Pozzouli, near Naples, to Academy Award-winner, singer and UN Goodwill Ambassador. In part two, her films are each introduced with a concise text and illustrated with film stills, posters and rarely seen photographs.
Federico Fellini received twelve Oscar nominations for the four feature films that he made during the 1960s, his iconic work helping to define the style of the era. This celebration of the decade in the director's oeuvre presents over 150 images, reproduced from the original negatives, of the making of all his films of the period, including La Dolce Vita and 8½, and also contains a series of essays discussing the movies and their influence. Off-mint.
A Life in Movies
This well illustrated biography of Ava Gardner covers four decades of film history. The authors examine Gardner’s roles in movies such as The Killers and Night of the Iguana, the creation of her image, her tempestuous relationships (including with Hemingway and Sinatra) and her loyal friendships, revealing her to be far more than an MGM-created ‘cookie-cutter star’. Slightly off-mint.
Raymond Cauchetier's New Wave
Enlisted as stills photographer to work on Jean-Luc Godard's first film, Raymond Cauchetier employed a spontaneous style that perfectly matched the sensibilities of the French New Wave directors, and he collaborated on the iconic films of the movement over the next ten years. Including images of directors Godard and Truffaut, and actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg and Jeanne Moreau, this collection features portraits, production stills and off-camera reportage from films including Jules et Jim and À bout de souffle. Foreword by Philippe Garner.
William Cameron Menzies
The Shape of Films to Come
Oscar-winning art director William Menzies, whose films include The Thief of Bagdad and Gone with the Wind, noted that ‘one picture is worth a thousand words’. He rejected the theatrically of the silent era for a graphic approach to filmmaking, and pre-designed films using story boards, incorporating furniture, actors, camera angles, texture and tone into his illustrations. This fascinating biography, which draws on interviews, family archives and sketchbooks, reveals the unique influence Menzies had on the motion picture industry. American-cut pages.
Dysfunctional Fashion in Film
Marlene Dietrich’s blood-stained Dior dress in Stage Fright, the white-suited assassin of The Untouchables, Cary Grant’s ‘armour-plated suit’ in North by Northwest... This extensively illustrated volume examines ‘clothing-related moments’ in a vast range of films. Discussing clothes and accessories including overcoats, trench coats and furs, jewellery, shoes, gloves and scarves, white suits (‘the tailoring of evil’) and women in red, the fashion theorist Jonathan Faiers explores the visual and psychical resonance of movie actors’ costume.
Women I've Undressed
The name may not be well known, but Orry-Kelly’s designs clothed Hollywood stars for 30 years, winning him Oscars for An American in Paris and Some Like It Hot. Moving from Australia to New York in 1922, he started by painting murals, and rose to become head of the Warner Brothers’ costume department. His memoirs, discovered in a pillowcase, are presented with labelled photographs, costume designs and movie posters, and feature entertaining anecdotes about many of the stars he dressed.
The Lady in the Van
The Complete Edition
In 1974, Miss Shepherd parked her van in Alan Bennett’s front garden; and there she stayed until her death in 1989. Yet Miss Shepherd lives on as ‘the lady in the van’ in Bennett’s play and the film starring Maggie Smith and Alex Jennings. Illustrated with colour photographs and David Gentleman’s sketches, this book contains the film script, along with a foreword by the director Nicholas Hytner, a new introduction by Bennett, and his original ‘Memoir’, first published in 1989.
The Blue Book Modelling Years
Miss Emmeline Snively, head of the Blue Book Agency, nurtured 19-year-old Norma Jeane Dougherty at the beginning of the young woman’s modelling career, before she transformed into the movie icon Marilyn Monroe. It was Miss Snively’s archive, which includes previously unseen colour and black-and-white photographs, adverts, notes and press clippings from the agency, which enabled the authors to put together this unique and detailed account of Marilyn’s first tentative steps along the road to fame.
A Life in Conflict
Sergei Eisenstein, one of the geniuses of world cinema, was not only a leading practitioner of his art, but also its principal theorist. Here, Bergan tells the dramatic story of the director's life and his groundbreaking work, from a precocious childhood to the revolutionary art scene of the 1920s, through a landmark film career and relationships with artists as diverse as James Joyce and Walt Disney, to his untimely death at the age of 50.
Robert Altman's breakthrough film as a director was M*A*S*H in 1970 and he went on to establish a reputation as one of the most innovative and influential filmmakers, receiving further acclaim for The Player and Short Cuts in the 1990s after a period of relative inactivity. This celebration of his career includes a foreword by Martin Scorsese, interviews and reviews, stills and production shots as well as writings and memorabilia from Altman's own archive.
The Oliver Stone Experience
Before studying film in New York, Oliver Stone had spent over a year on active service in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968, experiences that would later inform his breakthrough film as a director, Platoon, in 1986. This biographical celebration of the filmmaker is led by extensive interviews with Stone about his life and films and also includes essays about his work and archive photographs and film stills covering his whole career.
Who I Am
Actress Charlotte Rampling’s early life included schooling and holidays in France and much time spent with her sister, Sarah, who committed suicide in 1967. The truth about the tragedy was initially kept from Charlotte and she then shared the secret with her father until her mother’s death. This short memoir is written in elegiac, fragmentary and sometimes poetic style and includes photographs from the family archive.
The Complete Lyrics
One of the wittiest and most versatile songwriters of the 20th century, Noël Coward's lyrics were first collected into a single volume in 1965, but this highly illustrated version also includes over 200 previously unknown songs, the result of researches into Coward's personal archives. Including numbers from unfinished musicals and an abortive collaboration with Jerome Kern as well as all The Master’s famous songs, the lyrics are accompanied by production photographs, publicity material and excerpts from Coward's own manuscripts.
The Astounding Illustrated History of Science Fiction
Movies, Art, Comics, Pulp Magazines, Fiction
The first science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories, was published in America in 1926, offering adventures that involved imagined but plausible technology. By the 1940s writers such as Isaac Asimov and Arthur C Clarke were proposing fascinating futures that would inspire iconic films in the 1950s and 1960s. This highly illustrated celebration of the genre charts its milestones from the novels of Jules Verne and HG Wells to Star Wars through pulp fiction, comic books, novels and movies.
A Celebration of Film and Television
In 1929, three years after two large film stages were built near Elstree in Hertfordshire, the studio produced the first British ‘talkie’, Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail. Elstree has since been at the heart of the film and television industry in the UK. This celebration of the studio explores its history through film stills and archive photographs of famous productions from The Dam Busters, The Avengers and Star Wars to The King’s Speech and Strictly Come Dancing.
The Autobiographical Turn in Germanophone Documentary and Experimental Film
In 12 essays, this volume examines films - including works by Heldmann, Haemmerli and Wenders - that give an idea of the forms of autobiography unique to the German context and highlight the challenges of constructing the self via audiovisual media.
Masters of Cinema
Jérôme Larcher traces Charlie Chaplin’s life and work from the London music hall to his tremendous success as the Little Tramp, and from the films he made in Hollywood after the advent of ‘talkies’, to his later work in Europe – minus the baggy trousers and bowler hat.
A Woman at War
Marlene Dietrich Remembered
An icon of Hollywood's golden era, Marlene Dietrich first made her name in the Deutsches Theater in Berlin in the 1920s. The most famous German performer of the 1930s, Dietrich was a vocal critic of the Nazi regime, bravely denouncing it and later working to promote the American war effort. Recalling the great star during this turbulent period, this book is a collection of interviews with a range of people who knew her, from GIs to well-known fellow entertainers.
The South Pacific Companion
The war in the Pacific might seem an unlikely setting for a Broadway musical, but Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1949 adaptation of James A Michener's stories became an instant classic. Packed with production photographs, posters and set designs, this handsome and lovingly produced book charts the show's origins, reproduces the lyrics of classic songs such as 'Some Enchanted Evening' and 'There is Nothin' Like a Dame', and follows the production history of this evergreen hit into the 21st century.
Satyajit Ray at 70
As Writer, Designer, Actor, Director, Cameraman, Editor, Composer
Photographs looking at the later years of Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray taken by Nemai Ghosh who has photographed Ray for 25 years, presenting him at work writing, designing, acting, directing and composing, as well as at leisure. Off-mint.
The Greatest Films of 1939
1939 was a pivotal year for Hollywood and the world, and no other has produced so many iconic pieces of cinema. This illustrated volume showcases the great movies of those twelve months, including Gone With the Wind,The Wizard of Oz, Of Mice and Men and Dark Victory), shedding light on the films’ cultural significance, and profiling the remarkable actors and directors who made them.
The Cinematic Legacy of Frank Sinatra
Already famous as a singer, Frank Sinatra (1915–1998) entered the film industry as a song-and-dance man, but soon demonstrated his versatility in roles ranging from romantic leads to tough guys in films such as Ocean's 11 (1960) and The Manchurian Candidate (1962). This book celebrates his career as an actor, pairing more than 200 photographs and posters with commentaries from co-stars including Grace Kelly and Sammy Davis Jr, and essays from his children Nancy, Tina and Frank Jr.
His Life, Thought, and Work
Marlon Brando (1924–2004) is remembered for his charismatic screen presence, rugged good looks and rebellious stance. Drawing on unpublished documents, letters, the actor's own library and interviews with friends and colleagues, this major biography presents a very different portrait of the fascinating private man: a civil-rights activist and intellectual who collected 4,000 books, rewrote scripts to sharpen his dialogue, loved the poetry of Emily Dickinson, and embraced other cultures and let them shape both his politics and his art.
A Visual History of the World's Greatest Film Festival
The Traversos have run a photographic business in Cannes since 1919, and one of the family has photographed the stars at the town's international film festival since its inauguration in 1939. With commentary by a former Editor-in-Chief of Cahiers du Cinéma, the 550 monochrome images in this book tell the story of the festival and post-war cinema through the faces of leading actors and directors on the beach, the Croisette and the red carpet. Slightly off-mint.
The Cinematic Legacy of Frank Sinatra
Already famous as a singer, Frank Sinatra (1915–1998) entered the film industry as a comedic song-and-dance man, but soon demonstrated his versatility in roles ranging from romantic leads to tough guys in films such as Ocean's 11 (1960). This handsome book celebrates his career as an actor, pairing more than 200 photographs and posters with reflections from co-stars including Grace Kelly and Sammy Davis Jr. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
A Life in Pictures
Destined for the limelight from childhood, Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011) was just twelve when National Velvet made her a star. And while later films such as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) established her depth and power as an actress, she was better known for her many marriages and passion for diamonds. Illustrated with photographs, this handsome book charts her life and career, her turbulent relationship with Richard Burton, and her charity work. Off-mint.
Sirens and Sinners
A Visual History of Weimar Film 1918–1933
From the Berlin Kinemathek archive of some 30,000 images dating from the Weimar years, this selection of 443 stills and photographs provides a record of over 70 films of the Weimar years. Accompanied by an authoritative essay and comment, and representing every genre from realist drama to science fiction, the chronological survey includes obscure films as well as masterpieces, including Nosferatu, Metropolis, Pandora's Box and The Blue Angel, and illuminates a fascinating period in German cinema.