A Guide for the Perplexed
In this collection of lengthy conversations with the outré filmmaker Werner Herzog, Paul Cronin explores the director’s oeuvre chronologically, from A Lost Western (1957) to One Second to the Next (2016), while allowing generous space for Herzog’s instructional outpourings about art and life.
Creating the Illusion
A Fashionable History of Hollywood Costume Designers
Spanning over 100 years of movie history, from the Silent Era 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. Richly 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.
Audrey and Bill
A Romantic Biography of Audrey Hepburn and William Holden
Audrey Hepburn and William Holden met on the set of Sabrina in 1954 and began a sensational love affair that, although it was short-lived, marked a turning point in both their lives. This double biography reveals the workings of Hollywood in the 1950s and 1960s, charting the rise to fame of the two stars and following their subsequent careers and private lives beyond the pivotal affair.
Twenty First Century Horror Films
Douglas Keesey believes that horror movies are a way of confronting our fears and exploring ways to understand them. His analysis of the genre of recent decades looks at over 100 films, and includes independent and international examples as well as mainstream Hollywood hits.
British Pop Music in Film and TV 1965–1974
The colour, design and optimism of UK popular culture in the 1960s inspired a genre of films reflecting the scene and celebrating the music and style of swinging London. This illustrated guide profiles over 300 British films from Alfie to A Clockwork Orange.
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.
Twenty-Five Years of Laughter from the Pixar Story Room
Part of the creative process for the Pixar animation team is to have 'gag sessions' where artists brainstorm a host of story ideas and jokes that could be incorporated into scenes. Sometimes these produce iconic movie moments and sometimes never see the light of day. This book reproduces some of the best of these sketches from all Pixar's films up to 2015, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles.
Breakfast at Tiffany's
The Official 50th Anniversary Companion
Truman Capote, author of the novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s, wanted Marilyn Monroe to play the part of Holly Golightly on screen, but Audrey Hepburn's elegance brought a different dimension to the free-spirited protagonist, and the film in turn established an iconic and lasting style for the star. This celebratory volume tells the story of the design and production of the film, describes its reception and impact, and is richly illustrated with stills and behind-the-scenes photographs.
A Darracq Called Genevieve
The Story of Veteran Motoring's Most Famous Car
To qualify for the London to Brighton veteran car run, vehicles must have been built before 1905, and the most famous entrant is the 1904 French Darracq that starred in Genevieve, the 1953 film about the event. This book explores all aspects of the film and the car itself, including stills, behind-the-scenes photos and memorabilia, and tracing the history of the Darracq from manufacture to a globe-trotting career as a museum attraction.
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.
Disney During World War II
How The Walt Disney Studio Contributed to Victory in the War
Donald Duck was the most frequent star of Disney's films in the early 1940s; Goofy and Pluto also did their bit and the Disney studios contributed to the war effort in a host of other ways. This well-illustrated book examines the propaganda and training films produced and the work of the department producing insignia artwork for military units, as well as entertainment shorts such as Private Pluto and Commando Duck.
They Drew as They Pleased
The Hidden Art of Disney's Late Golden Age: The 1940s – Part Two
In 1937, Walt Disney set up a special department to develop characters for his films. Unlike the Disney animators, the artists of the Character Model Department had freedom to work in any way they wanted and created sketches and paintings in their chosen style and medium. This book profiles the work of the six leading artists working in the 1940s and is illustrated with their character artwork for films including Dumbo, Pinocchio and Peter Pan. Felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
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
Dismissive of her own talent and largely remembered for her off-screen antics, this lavishly illustrated biography of Ava Gardner aims to set the record straight. Charting 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.
The Fashion of Film
How Cinema Has Inspired Fashion
Elsa Schiaparelli famously said, ‘What Hollywood designs today, you will be wearing tomorrow,’ and it’s been true since film and fashion were first united at a party in 1911. Richly illustrated with photographs from both worlds, this guide divides 45 movies into seven genres: from crime – featuring film noir and Lauren Bacall; to musicals – including Top Hat and West Side Story; and art house – from directors such as Jean Luc-Godard and Wim Wenders.
Inside the Wicker Man
How Not to Make a Cult Classic
Hastily made on a tiny budget, hammy and visually drab, the 1973 film The Wicker Man was readily consigned to the B-feature dustbin. Yet something – its bucolic charm, pagan rituals, Britishness? – has endowed it with a rare cult status. This wry and entertaining account of the film’s making, and the numerous disasters it survived (the film’s only negative was accidentally destroyed), considers the enduring appeal of Robin Hardy’s classic.
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.
The Art of Minnie Mouse
Minnie Mouse has been a part of the Disney empire since the very beginning, starring with Mickey in Steamboat Willie in 1928. This pictorial tribute features a selection of interpretations of Minnie in a variety of media by almost 100 artists from the Walt Disney Company. The book also explores the development of the iconic character and provides a full filmography of her screen appearances from the early cartoon shorts to television and video specials of recent years.
Reflections on a Legendary Life
Natalie Wood's roles in Rebel Without a Cause and The Searchers in the mid 1950s made her an international star before the age of 18. Oscar-nominated performances in later films and a high-profile marriage to Robert Wagner kept her in the news until her mysterious death in 1981. This large-format photographic celebration contains stills, promotional shots and on-set and behind-the-scenes images from all her movies, as well as snaps from her private family collection. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Poetry and Film
Artistic Kinship Between Arsenii and Andrei Tarkovsky
Arsenii Tarkovsky’s first collection of poems was published in 1962; the same year, his son’s first feature film won the Golden Lion at Cannes. This collection of Arsenii’s poems, with introductory essays, explores the relation between poet and filmmaker.
Inside the Worlds of Gerry Anderson
Featuring Cross-Section Artworks by Graham Bleathman
Gerry Anderson's 1960s TV shows, such as Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Joe 90, hooked their young audience with futuristic technology, and fantastical gadgets and vehicles. This book features 75 colourful cutaway artworks from the spinoff weekly magazines, exploring the locations and vehicles from all the series (including Fireball XL5 and Stingray) with detailed, captioned diagrams revealing the layout of Tracy Island, Thunderbird 2 and the like.
Robert Altman's breakthrough film as a director was MASH 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.
Hollywood Movie Stills
Art and Technique in the Golden Age of the Studios
The glamorous portraits of stars such as Marlene Dietrich were an important component of movie promotion in Hollywood's heyday and photographers were also employed to record scene stills, production shots and lifestyle portraits of stars in their homes. Including hundreds of images of iconic stars from Gable and Garbo to Brando and Monroe, the book explores this work from its beginnings in the silent era to the decline of the studio system in the 1950s and 1960s.
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, it charts his celebrated performances, his turbulent relationships and his drunken antics.
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.
The Day the Music Died
A Life Lived Behind the Lens
In this memoir the filmmaker behind such groundbreaking productions as Cathy Come Home, Kes and This Life looks back at a career full of battles with movie executives and the BBC over films that were thought too controversial. He also describes how his passionate work was influenced by his lifelong struggle to come to terms with the deaths of his parents when he was just five years old.
Blue Touch Paper
Born in 1947, David Hare is one of Britain’s foremost playwrights and screenwriters. With warmth, humour, and characteristically dazzling prose, this memoir vividly evokes his Anglo-Catholic upbringing in a suburban Hastings ‘as vanished as Victorian England’, against the backdrop of a time in which faith in empire, Christianity, hierarchy and deference were being swept away. It also charts his early struggles to become a writer – and the high price he and those around him paid for that decision.
Apocalypse on the Set
Nine Disastrous Film Productions
James Cameron made demands of his actors during the shooting of The Abyss that resulted in near-breakdowns, but his actors were at least free to walk off set, unlike Shin Sang-Ok who was kidnapped by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il and ordered to make movies, one of which was the giant-monster film Pulgasari. This book tells the story of nine notorious productions from the jinxed filming of Apocalypse Now to the infamous box office flop Heaven's Gate.