After a biographical portrait of Roman Polanski (b.1933) up to the end of his studies at the film school in Lodz, 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 some of his leading ladies, among them Marilyn Monroe, Katharine and Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Doris Day, as well as his five wives.
A Life in Pictures
Destined for the limelight from childhood, Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011) was just 12 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. Packed with photographs, this handsome book charts her life and career, her tempestuous relationship with Richard Burton, and her charity work. Off-mint.
The Story of the Scene
The Inside Scoop on Famous Moments in Film
During the filming of David Lean's famous film Lawrence of Arabia, the costume department gradually changed the fabric of Peter O'Toole's flowing robes to lighter and finer materials, so that by the end of the film he appeared more ethereal, almost ghost-like. This enjoyable collection of movie stories identifies 80 similarly celebrated moments in cinema history and investigates the myths and legends that surround them.
The Measure of a Man
Unable to read and write when he left the Caribbean island of his birth, Sidney Poitier had already come a long way when he joined the American Negro Theater in New York in the 1940s. This memoir reflects on a life and career during which he has received acclaim for his performances in film as well as helping to break down racial prejudice in America.
Francois Truffaut at Work
One of France's most influential film-makers and a key member of the Nouvelle Vague, Francois Truffaut (1932-1984) broke with the studio system to assert the role of director as auteur and scripted many of his films himself. Drawing on film archives and Truffaut's personal papers and illustrated with over 400 photographs, this volume examines the making of all his major films, including classics such as Jules et Jim and Day for Night.
Sergei Eisenstein's films Battleship Potemkin (1925) and October (1928) were acclaimed worldwide, but his experimental techniques were criticized by Soviet authorities and his output was severely curtailed by political difficulties. This translation of his autobiography, written two years before his death in 1948, recounts his life in the Soviet Union and his travels in the West and includes his thoughts about film, art and culture.
The Greatest Movies You'll Never See
From the 1920s and Charlie Chaplin's unrealized project of a Napoleon biopic (with himself as Bonaparte) to Gladiator II in the 2000s and Potsdamer Platz, abandoned after the suicide of director Tony Scott in 2012, this engrossing volume offers a detailed history of cinema explored through the films that failed to get off the ground. Whether over-ambitious or totally misguided, these are the movies that had the potential to be great and could have changed the course of careers.
An Intimate Portrait
David Lean earned his chance to direct, having built a reputation as the best film editor in London; he went on to make some of the most admired films in cinema history. Co-authored by his widow and lavishly illustrated with photographs from Lean's private collection, this book examines every aspect of his life and each of the films, from early collaborations with Noel Coward in the 1940s to A Passage to India (1984). Foreword by Omar Sharif.
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.
Reefer Movie Madness
The Ultimate Stoner Film Guide
The original Reefer Madness was a 1936 anti-marijuana propaganda film that presaged the American ban on the drug by a year and later became a camp cult classic, beloved of the legalize cannabis lobby. This movie guide reviews 700 films that either relate to pot culture, contain drug-taking scenes, such as Apocalypse Now, or are simply favoured movies to watch when stoned, such as 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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 and has ever since been associated with the faded movie queen that she played. 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.
A Man Called Harris
The Life of Richard Harris
Richard Harris was well suited to his first starring role in the 1963 film This Sporting Life having been a promising rugby player as a teenager in his native Limerick. His interest in the theatre can be traced to touring productions of the Irish actor Anew McMaster who would lodge with the family of one of Harris's rugby buddies when visiting the area. This biography charts his acting and musical achievements as well as his off-screen hell-raising.
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.
The Encyclopedia of British Film
Authoritative, well-researched and very readable, The Encylopedia of British Film stretches from the inception of the industry to the present day. This fourth edition is the most comprehensive yet, with more than 6,300 alphabetical entries, from Aardman Animation to Marcel Zyskind, of which 500 are new. This work of reference for anyone interested in the world of film includes detailed listings of the producers, directors, actors and studios behind a century of great British cinema.
Ingrid Bergman: A Life in Pictures
From early photographs in Sweden, to her last formal portrait, taken by Lord Snowden in 1982, this volume follows the life and career of Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) in over 350 photographs. Accompanied by an interview with John Kobal and texts by Robert Capa, John Updike, Martha Gellhorn and others, the photographs show Bergman on and off-set in all her major films, with family and friends, and in her final role, as Golda Meir in A Woman Called Golda (1982). Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
A Shining Legacy on Film
Elizabeth Taylor was one of the greatest stars Hollywood has ever known. Lavishly illustrated with hundreds of photographs, including many never seen before, this retrospective charts her career from her childhood appearance in National Velvet, though her stunning performances in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, to her final film These Old Broads, demonstrating that she was not only a charismatic screen presence but also a brilliant and totally professional actress.
Being a Scot
This unusual book, written with Murray Grigor, is far removed from the standard actor's memoir. Although Connery does indeed recount his Edinburgh childhood, early career and later life, he employs this biographical framework as a springboard for a series of entertaining discussions of Scottish identity as reflected in the nation's art, literature, architecture, sport... and its surreal humour. The result is a stimulating and very personal inquiry into what it means to be Scottish.
A Brief Life
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. Felt tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Secret Life of Ealing Studios
Britain's Favourite Film Studio
From 1938, when Michael Balcon took over as Head of Production, to its closure in 1956, Ealing Studios produced a string of classics including Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Cruel Sea and The Ladykillers. This book, which has a foreword by Martin Scorsese, draws extensively on new interviews with people who worked and performed there to explore how a group of maverick directors, talented actors and backroom staff created one of the great cinematic success stories of post-war Britain.
The Richard Burton Diaries
Richard Burton's chiselled good looks, dark charisma and resonant voice made him one of the most admired actors of his day, while his bouts of drinking and tempestuous marriages to Elizabeth Taylor were seldom out of the tabloids. Throughout much of his life he kept an intimate diary, published here for the first time. Perceptive, humorous and indiscreet, it reveals the conflicted man behind the public image: proud, passionate, fiercely intelligent, awesomely well-read, yet self-lacerating and insecure.
Hollywood star, Oscar-winning director, the greatest stage actor of the 20th century - Laurence Olivier's singular triumphs were due above all to two things: talent and a ravenous determination to succeed. In this much-acclaimed biography, Ziegler draws on over 50 hours of unpublished interviews to offer the fullest portrait yet of the legendary actor, both on and off stage, and in films from Henry V to The Prince and the Showgirl with Marilyn Monroe.
All About Bond
For over 50 years James Bond has enthralled and entertained like no other screen hero. For all that time legendary photographer Terry O'Neill has captured his exploits in all his incarnations from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, including Peter Sellers and David Niven in the 1967 spoof Casino Royale. This handsome edition of his photographs contains essays on Ian Fleming; the Bond style; the Bond cars; and the Bond girls, who feature heavily - several contribute their own reminiscences.
80 Years of the Oscar
The Official History of the Academy Awards
At the first Oscars night in 1929, twelve Academy Awards were presented in front of an audience of about 270. Since then the film industry has grown enormously, and the awards and the ceremony have grown with it. Tracing that development year by year, this official history draws on the Academy's historical and photographic archives to review the first eight decades of the Oscars and provide detailed listings of the nominees and winners in every category.
Hollywood Frame by Frame
The Unseen Silver Screen in Contact Sheets, 1951-1997
The work of on-set stills or 'unit' photographers, the contact sheets reproduced in this book were used as part of the film-making process and to capture images for later publicity. They were usually thrown away, but these rare survivors, with Karina Longworth's commentary, offer behind-the-scenes glimpses of around 70 movies, from A Place in the Sun (1951) to Grosse Pointe Blank in 1997, by which time technology had overtaken the contact sheet.
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.
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 have 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 Cinema, 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.