Wallace and Gromit: Grand Adventures and Glorious Inventions
The Scrapbook of an Inventor and His Dog
Complete with Wallace’s blueprints, the Mood-o-Meter and the Giant Vegetable Competition Chronicle of Disasters, here is Wallace and Gromit’s scrapbook, packed higgledy-piggledy with information on inventions, inventors, villains such as Feathers McGraw and the Were-Rabbit, and the great adventures, from A Grand Day Out and The Wrong Trousers to A Close Shave.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From Shadow Play to the Silver Screen
The earliest films were shown at fairgrounds and exhibitions, in the long tradition of novelty light and image entertainments such as the magic lantern shows and moving panorama attractions of the 19th century. This illustrated history traces the roots of cinema back to the camera obscura and examines a range of early photographic technologies that astonished audiences, including Reynaud's Optical Theatre and Edison's Kinetoscope, before the establishment of the modern movie industry in the early 20th century.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Creating Wonder, In conversation with Amy Raphael
Brought up in Lancashire, the son of Irish Catholic immigrants, Danny Boyle made his name as a film director with Shallow Grave and Trainspotting in the 1990s. Told through interviews, this book explores each of his major projects from the groundbreaking early films to the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire and the crowning achievement of the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games.
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 Elstree 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.
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.
The Art of Aardman
The Aardman studio made short animations for children's television, featuring a clay-modelled character called Morph, before the Oscar-winning films of Nick Park (including Wallace and Gromit) propelled the company into the feature-film business. This celebration of the studio's creations is introduced by its founders, Peter Lord and David Sproxton, and features early sketches, character studies, concept art, sets, puppets and film stills of productions including Shaun the Sheep, Chicken Run and Flushed Away.
Beginning Film Studies
A novelty at the beginning of the 20th century, cinema quickly became a dominant cultural force as well as a leading form of mass entertainment. This introduction to the subject as an academic study explores stylistic trends such as classical Hollywood and the French New Wave, analyses the techniques of film-making and how great films, directors and actors have shaped film history, and considers cinema's future.
DEFA after East Germany
In this volume of essays, German scholars introduce 18 key films made by DEFA (Deutsche Filmaktiengesellschaft) between 1988 and 1994, the period around the fall of the Berlin Wall and the sweeping changes in East Germany – the Wende – that followed. Including interviews and contemporary reviews of films, the book presents a complex portrait of East German cinema, its communist bloc influences and its legacy for German film culture. No jacket.
The Greatest Films of 1939
Poised between the Great Depression and the Second World War, 1939 was a pivotal year for Hollywood and the world – and no other, before, or since has produced so many cinematic masterpieces. This superbly illustrated volume showcases the great movies of that extraordinary year, including Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Of Mice and Men and Dark Victory, it sheds light on the films’ cultural significance, and profiles 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 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) and The Manchurian Candidate (1962). This 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, 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.
After a biographical portrait of Roman Polanski (b.1933) up to the end of his studies at the film school in Łódź, Poland, James Greenberg surveys, film by film, one of the most distinguished careers in cinema history. From Knife in the Water in 1962, through Cul-de-Sac, Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown and The Pianist, up to Carnage in 2011, each of Polanski's 19 films is discussed in depth and illustrated with informal stills, taken on the sets.
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
In this touching memoir, the luminous Italian Oscar-winner reflects on her life, from her infancy in war-torn Naples to the dizzy heights of worldwide fame. Each chapter begins with an object such as a letter or a photograph that brings back memories: of her family; of her late husband, Carlo Ponti; of friends and co-stars such as Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando and Richard Burton; and of the joy and satisfaction of being a mother and a grandmother.
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 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.
Over a career spanning four decades, Steven Spielberg (b.1946) has made some of the most memorable – and highest-grossing – films in cinema history. With over 400 photographs and drawing on interviews with Spielberg, this volume looks back over the director's early years in movies and describes each of the 28 films, from Duel in 1971, through Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jurassic Park to Schindler's List and War Horse. Foreword by Steven Spielberg.
A Life in Pictures
'Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.' Sophia Loren (b.1934) is one of the most magnetic actresses in the history of cinema, yet her off-screen life has been a quiet one, and she counts motherhood and her 40-year marriage to producer Carlo Ponti (1912–2007) as her greatest achievements. This lavish photographic biography covers her impoverished childhood, her early films and her subsequent international success, and explores the contradictions of her public and private personae.
Story of a Shoot
The story of the making of The Misfits (1961), the legendary film directed by John Huston and starring Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift, is told here in photographs taken on location by Magnum photographers who were there as part of the film's PR strategy. The 200 informal and often intimate shots of the stars and crew are accompanied by Serge Toubiana's essay and his interview with Arthur Miller, Monroe's husband at the time and the film's screenwriter.
A Life in Pictures
Admitting that 'I probably chose my profession because I was seeking approval, adulation, admiration and affection', Cary Grant became one of the best-loved actors of his generation. This photo-biography comprises an introduction and over 160 portraits, stills from movies and informal shots, showing the suave good looks that made him so popular, and it includes photographs of some of his leading ladies, among them Marilyn Monroe, Katharine Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Doris Day, as well as his five wives.
Derek Jarman was one of the most innovative film-makers of the later 20th century, a celebrated set designer for opera and ballet, a painter, writer and garden designer, and a tireless campaigner for gay rights and social justice. Drawing on both Jarman's diaries and the thoughts and remembrances of his friends, this concise critical study ranges across his extraordinarily diverse creative activities, from his troubled childhood to his untimely death.
One of the leading directors of the American New Wave, Francis Ford Coppola (b.1939) came to prominence with The Godfather in 1972 and The Conversation (1974), and consolidated that success with a string of films in the 1970s culminating in Apocalypse Now (1979). Acclaimed for its objectivity, Cowie's portrait of the director examines the influences that shaped his ground-breaking films and the creative and financial turmoil involved in their production.
A Life of Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck, originally Ruby Stevens, (1907–1990) started work on Broadway as a chorus girl, but after landing a small part in a 1926 play her acting talent was spotted and she was soon lured to Hollywood. Charting her early career up to the beginning of the Second World War this biography assesses her life and evolution as an actor and her collaborations with the leading stars and directors of the period including Frank Capra, Cecil B DeMille and husband Robert Taylor.
The Ultimate Star
One of the grandest stars of the silent era, Gloria Swanson made a glorious comeback in Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard in 1950, playing a faded movie queen. This biography considers her achievements in films, providing a template for stardom in Hollywood's early days, examines her private life and separates the real Gloria Swanson from the tragic Norma Desmond, with whom she will always be associated. Slightly off-mint.
The first icon of the silver screen, Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp remains one of cinema's most memorable characters. In this 'brief' biography, Ackroyd explores the character behind the bowler hat and baggy trousers, tracing Chaplin's progress from a background of estranged, alcoholic parents and workhouses in London, to the artistic achievements as actor and director in Hollywood that would make him 'the most famous man on earth'. American-cut pages.