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
Jerome 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.
Movie Story Boards
The Art of Visualizing Screenplays
Some iconic moments in movie history can be traced directly to the original storyboards of the film, conceptualizing a distinctive scene composition or camera angle long before sets are built or actors hired. Works of art in their own right, the visualizations presented in this book demonstrate how artists and directors worked together on classic films including Gone with The Wind, The Birds, Star Wars and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Love Movies, Hate Critics
Mark Kermode admits to having changed his mind about some movies and possibly about his approach to reviewing altogether. In this musing on the history of film criticism he tells the stories of famous hatchet jobs and director–journalist spats, wonders whether the democratization of reviewing through the internet will result in better films and asks if the days of the professional critic’s slating are over.
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 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 photographs of some of his leading ladies, among them Marilyn Monroe, Katharine 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 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.
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, 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.
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.