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45354
Altman, Robert
Pret-a-Porter
Boxtree Ltd., London, 1995.
Quarto; paperback; 192pp., with many monochrome and full-colour illustrations. Minor wear; text block and page edges lightly toned. Very good iin like dustwrapper.
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$20
210817
Attenborough, Richard
In Search of Gandhi
Bodley Head, London, 1982
First edition: royal octavo; hardcover; red boards with gilt spine titles; 229pp., with many monochrome and full-colour illustrations. Minor wear; binding rolled; well-rubbed board edges and corners; offsetting to endpapers; slightly toned and spotted text block and page edges. Minimal edgewear to dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. "In Search of Gandhi" is the story of the bizarre, humorous, tragic and convoluted events which Richard Attenborough experienced in the years he spent preparing for his lifelong obsession: the making of a film about the life of Mahatma Gandhi. He writes in detail about his meetings with major political figures and about his negotiations with film moguls, distributors and maharajas during numerous endeavours to raise the necessary finance. Then he describes the realization of his dream. A fascinating account supplemented with b/w and colour photographs.
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$20
91224
Bergan, Ronald
The United Artists Story The Complete History of the Studio and its 1581 Films
Octopus Books Ltd., London, 1986.
Quarto; hardcover, with illustrated upper board; 352pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Binding a little rolled; spotted text block edge. Dustwrapper lightly worn (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Very good. The complete history of the studio and its 1581 films. Following the standard format for the Crown series devoted to the major movie houses, each film released by the studio receives full coverage, including major credits, a synopsis, and criticism, along with a still from the picture. Bergan's critical taste often puts him in the minority, which is to the book's credit.
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$30
15395
Bertrand, Ina (ed)
Cinema in Australia A Documentary History
UNSW Press, Kensington NSW, 1989
Royal octavo; hardcover, full cloth with gilt spine titles; 422pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed and edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine.
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$60
8653
Da, Lottie and Jan Alexander
Bad Girls of the Silver Screen
Pandora, London, 1990.
Hardcover, quarto, 210pp., monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; spotting to upper text block edges and minor scuffing to black illustrated dustwrapper. Near fine. In this, the first fascinating and lavishly illustrated story of 'bad girls' in the Hollywood cinema, the authors explore the lives and careers of those famous actresses who have slunk and smouldered their way across the screens in the roles of harlots, vamps, courtesans, streetwalkers, gangsters' molls, cheating wives and Park Avenue call girls, from the early days of the silent cinema to 1990. Both entertaining and packed with information, the book tells us how and why 'bad girl' character types were taken up by Hollywood to become big box office, and how screenwriters and directors came to produce audacious films that appealed to mass audiences. The authors use interviews of stars past and present to give us an exciting tribute to Hollywood's fallen angels.
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$30
46516
Dardis, Tom
Some Time in the Sun The Hollywood Years of Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Nathanael West, Aldous Huxley, and James Agee
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York NY, 1976.
Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in cloth; 274pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; boards a little sunned; spine heel softened; text block edges lightly spotted. Dustwrapper is rubbed and edgeworn; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$22
8640
Eames, John Douglas; additional text by Ronald Bergen
The MGM Story The Complete History of Sixty-Five Roaring Years; All 1,774 films of MGM described and illustrated in colour and black & white
Pyramid Books/Octopus Publishing Group, London, 1990.
Revised edition: folio; hardcover, with upper board titles and decorated endpapers; 416pp. with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Mild wear to board corners and faint spotting to text block edges. Otherwise near fine in like dustwrapper, now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. A general introduction explaining the background and history of the studio is followed by an appraisal, year by year, of the films themselves each being illustrated with black and white stills. A final chapter focuses on one of the studio's crowning achievements: its musicals. This revised edition also covers the period from 1982-1989.
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$35
90135
Eisenstein, Sergei, & Upton Sinclair (Harry M. Geduld & Ronald Gottesman, Eds.)
The Making and Unmaking of "Que Viva Mexico!"
Indiana University Press, Bloomington IN, 1970.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine-titles and a blind-stamped upper board decoration; 449pp., with a monochrome photographic portrait frontispiece and 16pp. of plates likewise. Moderate wear; shaken; previous owner's ink inscriptions to the half-title page, the title page and the rear endpapers; text block edges lightly toned; offset and an old price sticker to the endpapers. Dustwrapper is lightly rubbed and sunned; mild edgewear with some chips and associated creasing; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$30
77315
Fricke, John, et al. (Introduction by Jack Haley, Jr.)
The Wizard of Oz: The Official 50th Anniversary Pictorial History
Hodder & Stoughton Ltd., Sevenoaks, Kent, UK, 1989.
Quarto; hardcover, quarter-bound in papered boards with gilt spine-titling and a blind-stamped upper board decoration; 246pp., with many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Some spotting along the top text block edge and mild wear to tail of dustwrapper spine panel. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine. Draws extensively on the MGM archives: photographs, studio memos, letters, contracts, and special effects worksheets. Many of the illustrations have never been previously published.
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$30
96178
Gardner, Gerald & Harriet Modell
Pictorial History of Gone with the Wind
Wings Books/Random House Value Publishing Inc., Avenel NJ, 1996.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 192pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine.
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$23
84194
Glancy, Mark
The 39 Steps British Film Guide series
I.B. Taurus & Co. Ltd., London, 2003.
Octavo; paperback; 119pp., with many monochrome photographic illustrations. Mild wear. Near fine. One of Hitchcock's early masterpieces, Glancy examines the influences that shaped the film and presents an original and close analysis of the narrative technique, style and performance of the actors.
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$14
206368
Gott, Ted, & Kathryn Weir (eds.)
Kiss of the Beast From the Paris Salon to King Kong
Queensland Art Gallery Publishing, South Brisbane Qld., 2005.
Square quarto; gatefold paperback; 128pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; a bump to the text block top corner. Very good. Exhibition catalogue.
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$25
15386
Greene, Graham
The Pleasure Dome Collected Film Criticism, 1935-40
Oxford University Press, Oxfordshire, UK, 1980.
Octavo; paperback; 284pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; text block and page edges lightly toned; some mild creasing to the covers. Very good.
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$17
81678
Gristwood, Sarah
Breakfast at Tiffany's The Official 50th Anniversary Companion
Macmillan, Sydney, 2010.
Quarto hardcover; turquoise boards with white spine titling and silver endpapers; 191pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear only; near fine in like dustwrapper, now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$30
85823
Hamilton, Ian
Writers in Hollywood 1915-1951
Harper & Row Publishers Inc., New York NY, 1990.
Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in papered boards with gilt spine-titling and a blind-stamped upper board decoration; 326pp., with 16pp. of monochrome plates. Text block top edge spotted. Dustwrapper very lightly rubbed; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine. Legend has it that Hollywood lures gifted writers into its service with sunshine and money, only to treat them as glorified typists and plot-mechanics, peripheral to the main business of moviemaking. This is what Ian Hamilton describes as 'the writer-in-chains saga that emerges from any study of Hollywood during its so-called golden years - the period I have marked as running from 1915-1951.' But in this superb account of what befell the likes of Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Chandler and Huxley by working for the Dream Factory, Hamilton argues that these writers 'were in the movies by choice: they earned far more money than their colleagues who did not write for films, and in several cases they applied themselves conscientiously to the not-unimportant task at hand. And they had a lot of laughs...'
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$23
15394
Hepburn, Katharine
The Making of the African Queen or, How I went to Africa with Bogart, Bacall and Huston and Almost Lost My Mind
Century Hutchinson Ltd., London, 1987.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titling, upper board decoration and illustrated endpapers; 129pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; previous owners' ink inscription. Dustwrapper slightly toned. Very good to near fine. The trials, tribulations - and great joys - of making the beloved classic.
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$20
15437
Hirschhorn, Clive
The Warner Bros. Story The Complete History of the Great Hollywood Studio. Every Warner Bros. Feature Film Described and Illustrated.
Octopus Books Ltd., London, 1979.
First edition: quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards and decorated endpapers; 480pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Very minor wear to dustwrapper edges. Very good to near fine and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$45
63202
Hirschhorn, Clive (foreword, Gene Kelly)
The Hollywood Musical
Pyramid Books, London, 1991.
Second edition. Folio, hardcover; white boards with black upper board and spine titles, pale yellow endpapers; 480pp., with monochrome photographic images. A few spots on boards with bump on lower spine panel extremity; a few scattered spots on white illustrated dustwrapper and one or two small marks. Very good with wrapper now protected in non-adhesive polypropylene. "The Hollywood Musical" captures the engaging world of musical make-believe and incisively assesses every tinseltown musical made between 1927 and 1990. Every one of the 1,399 films discussed is illustrated, and each account includes a synopsis, cast list, and comprehensive catalogue of the featured songs and musical numbers. Academy award winners are listed, and there are useful notes in the appendixes on fringe musicals and documentaries. With hundreds of b/w photographs. A fully revised and updated edition.
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$35
30930
Jewell, Richard & Harbin, Vernon
The RKO Story The complete studio history with all of the 1051 films described and illustrated
Octopus Books Ltd., London, 1982.
First edition: quarto; hardcover, with illustrated boards and decorated endpapers; 320pp. with many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; scattered foxing to the preliminaries. Dustwrapper a little worn along the edges and spotted on the verso; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$35
213322
Jones, Laura
An Angel at My Table The Screenplay from the Three-Volume Autobiography of Janet Frame
Pandora Press/Allen & Unwin (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., North Sydney NSW, 1990.
Quarto; paperback; 93pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; covers lightly rubbed and edgeworn; previous owner's ink inscription to the first page. Very good.
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$18
211296
Kael, Pauline
I Lost it at the Movies
Jonathan Cape Ltd., London, 1966.
First edition. Octavo; hardcover, full cloth with gilt spine titles; 365pp. Moderate wear; cocked; spine extremities softened; text block edges toned and top edge dusted; previous owner's name in ink to the first page. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed and edgeworn; spine panel sunned; a small tear to the bottom of the upper flap-turn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$100
216884
Kelly, Orry
Women I've Undressed
Ebury Press, North Sydney, 2015.
First printing. Small quarto hardcover; gold boards with black upper board and spine titles, illustrated endpapers; 425pp., colour & b&w illustrations on multi-coloured stock. Near fine in like white dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Orry-Kelly created magic on screen, from Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon to Some Like It Hot. He won three Oscars for costume design. He dressed all the biggest stars, from Bette Davis to Marilyn Monroe. Yet few know who Orry-Kelly really was - until now. Discovered in a pillowcase, Orry-Kelly's long-lost memoirs reveal a wildly talented and cheeky rascal who lived a big life, on and off the set. From his childhood in Kiama to revelling in Sydney's underworld nightlife as a naive young artist and chasing his dreams of acting in New York, his early life is a wild and exciting ride. Sharing digs in New York with another aspiring actor, Cary Grant, and partying hard in between auditions, he ekes out a living painting murals for speakeasies before graduating to designing stage sets and costumes. When he finally arrives in Hollywood, it's clear his adventures have only just begun. Fearless, funny and outspoken, Orry-Kelly lived life to the full. In Women I've Undressed, he shares a wickedly delicious slice of it.
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$40
84867
Leff, Leonard & Jerold L Simmons
The Dame in the Kimono: Hollywood, Censorship and the Production Code from the 1920s to the 1960s
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1990.
Hardcover, octavo; grey boards with red spine titling and mauve endpapers; 350pp., monochrome plates. Minor wear; toned text block edges; mild scuffing and edgewear to dustwrapper. Very good to near fine. An in-depth history of the Production Code and film censorship, focussing on some of Hollywood's most controversial films: from Mae West's early sex comedies and 'Gone with the Wind' to such milestones as 'A Streetcar Named Desire', 'Lolita' and 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' Funny, insightful and beautifully written, The Dame in the Kimono reveals the Production Code as a not-so-silent partner which strongly influenced screen content for nearly half a century.
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$22
207234
Liehm, Mira
Passion and Defiance Film in Italy from 1942 to the Present
University of California Press, Berkeley CA, 1984.
Octavo; hardcover; 397pp., with a monochrome frontispiece and many illustrations likewise. Minor wear; some minor marks to the text block top edge; a sticker ghost to the flyleaf. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed and edgeworn with a small tear to the top edge of the upper panel; spine sunned; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$24
216870
Mills, John
Still Memories
Hutchinson, London, 2000.
Landscape quarto hardcover; dark red boards with gilt spine titling, dark red endpapers; 208pp., colour & b&w illustrations. Mild edgewear to dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Minor wear; very good. Still Memories is an intimate look at the family of actor John Mills, his wife, Mary Hayley Bell and his three children, Juliet, Hayley and Jonathan. It is also a testament to his prodigious talent as a photographic artist. Sir John Mills may have made his first movie in 1932 but he has an archive of photographs that goes back even further. Nearly eight decades of the last century are contained in this remarkable personal collection.
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$35
7431
Myerscough-Walker, R.
Stage and Film Decor
Pitman, London, nd. (c.1940).
Quarto, hardcover; 192pp, with many monochrome illustrations, plus 11 tipped-in coloured plates. Mild wear; endpapers spotted and text block edges browned with a few scattered spots. Dustwrapper lightly chipped at corners and spine panel head; now professionally protected in archival film with white paper backing. Very good. This beautifully produced work provides a full and expert study of the development of decor from the symbolic simplicity of Greek drama to the complicated structures in use in theatre and cinema up to the early 1940's. Full details are given of the techniques involved in the conception and construction of film and stage sets. The vast collection of illustrations - many of them colour plates tipped in - add a wealth of interest to the already absorbing text. A remarkable historic production.
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$75
99471
Prinzler, Hans Helmut
Sirens & Sinners A Visual History of Weimar Film 1918-1933
Thames & Hudson Ltd., London, 2013.
Large quarto; hardcover; 308pp., mainly monochrome illustrations. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. Between the First and Second World Wars, Germany under the Weimar Republic was the scene of one of the most creative periods in film history. Through the silent era to the early years of sound, the visual flair and technical innovation of its filmmakers set an international standard for the powerful possibilities of cinema as an art form, with movies such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Nosferatu, Metropolis, and M building a legacy that shaped the world of film. Here is a showcase of more than seventy films, selected to give a wide-ranging overview of Weimar cinema at its finest. Every genre is represented, from escapist comedies and musicals to gritty depictions of contemporary city life, from period dramas to fantastical visions of the future, with themes such as sexuality and social issues tackled by iconic stars like Marlene Dietrich and Louise Brooks. A wealth of film stills captures the bold vision of great directors like Fritz Lang and Ernst Lubitsch, while the text sets the historical scene and gives intriguing insights into what the films meant to the society that created them. This chapter in movie history was brought to a close by Hitler's rise to power in 1933. Directors, screenwriters and actors found themselves obliged to leave Germany, and brought their talents to Hollywood.
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$70
212066
Rogers, Ginger
Ginger - signed, association copy My Story
Headline Book Publishing Plc., London, 1991.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 402pp., with 48pp. of monochrome plates. Mild wear; spine extremities softened with a bump to the heel; text block edges toned with some heavy spotting; inscribed to previous Australian dancing champion by the author in ink to the title page, Dustwrapper a little rubbed and edgeworn; lightly spotted on the verso; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$30
84032
Sennett, Ted
Hollywood's Golden Year, 1939 A Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration
St. Martin's Press. New York, NY, USA, 1989.
Hardcover; quarto; 270pp., monochrome and colour illustrations. Dustwrapper a little edgeworn (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Very good. The year of Stagecoach, Midnight, Wuthering Heights, Dark Victory, The Wizard of Oz, Mr Smith Goes to Washington, Destry Rides Again, Gone with the Wind, amongst others.
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$30
30097
Silver, Alain & James Ursini
Film Noir Reader 2
Limelight Editions, New York, 1999.
Paperback, octavo; 346pp., monochrome illustrations. Mild rubbing to covers and a few tiny marks on text block. Very good.
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$17
67291
Silver, Alain & James Ursini
Gangster Film Reader
Limelight Editions, Pompton Plains NJ, 2007.
Paperback, octavo, 410pp., monochrome illustrations. Remainder. New. In the 1930s the gangster film in the United States coincided with a very real and very sensational gangsterism at large in American society. Little Caesar (1931), The Public Enemy (1931), and Scarface (1932) borrowed liberally from the newspapers and books of the era. With the release of just these three motion pictures in barely more than a year's time, Hollywood quintessentially defined the genre. The characters, the situations, and the icons - from fast cars and tommy-guns to fancy fedoras and fancier molls - established the audience expectations associated with the gangster film that remain in force to this day. As with their Film Noir Reader series, using both reprints of seminal articles and new pieces, editors Silver and Ursini have assembled a group of essays that presents an exhaustive overview of this still vital genre. Reprints of work by such well-known film historians as Robin Wood, Andrew Sarris, Carlos Clarens, Paul Schrader, and Stuart Kaminsky explore the evolution of the gangster film through the 1970s and The Godfather. Parts 2 and 3 comprise two dozen newer articles, most of them written expressly for this volume by Ursini and Silver. These case studies and thematic analyses, from White Heat to the remake of Scarface to "The Sopranos " complete the anthology.
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$18
99394
Silver, Alain & James Ursini
The Noir Style
Overlook, New York NY, 2013.
Quarto; paperback; 248pp., monochrome illustrations. Remainder. New.
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$30
203868
Silver, Alain, & James Ursini (eds.)
Film Noir Compendium Key Selections from the Film Noir Reader Series
Applause Books, Milwaukee WI, 2016.
Quarto paperback; 441pp., monochrome illustrations. Remainder, new. In this essential study of film noir, editors Alain Silver and James Ursini select the most significant and influential articles on the movement from their highly respected Film Noir Reader series and assemble them into a single, convenient, heavily illustrated volume. Still included, of course, are many rare early articles and such seminal essays as Borde and Chaumeton's "Towards a Definition of Film Noir" from Panorama du Film Noir Americain, Paul Schrader's "Notes on Film Noir " and "Paint It Black: the Family Tree of the Film Noir" by Raymond Durgnat. With newer studies such as "Lounge Time" by Vivian Sobchack, "Manufacturing Heroines in Classic Noir Films" by Sheri Chinen Biesen, and "Voices from the Deep: Film Noir as Psychodrama" J. P. Telotte, this collection of over 30 articles probes this most influential American film movement from varying angles: formalist, feminist, structuralist, sociological, and stylistic; narrative-thematic historical, and even from the point of view of a pure aficionado.
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$28
201109
Silver, Alain, James Ursini, James & Robert Porfirio (eds.)
Film Noir Reader 3: Interviews with Filmmakers of the Classic Noir Period
Limelight Editions, New York, 2001.
Paperback, octavo; 239pp., monochrome illustrations. A few tiny marks on covers with light wear to edges and corners. Very good. Departing from the approach of its Film Noir Reader predecessors, this third volume in the series assembles a collection of interviews with film noir directors and a cinematographer, few of whom are alive today. Interviewees include Billy Wilder (Double Indemnity and Sunset Boulevard), Otto Preminger (Laura), Joseph Lewis (Gun Crazy and The Big Combo), Curtis Bernhardt (Possessed and A Stolen Life), Edward Dmytryk (Murder, My Sweet and Crossfire), and Fritz Lang (Scarlet Street and The Woman in the Window).
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$17
201444
Staggs, Sam
All About "All About Eve" The Complete Behind-the-Scenes Story of the Bitchiest Film Ever Made
St Martin's Press, New York, 2000.
Octavo hardcover; red boards with cream spine titling; 388pp., monochrome plates. Mild wear only; near fine in like dustwrapper.
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$20
214955
Stratton, David
I Peed on Fellini - signed Recollections of a life in film
William Heinemann/Random House (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., North Sydney NSW, 2008.
Octavo; trade paperback; 356pp., with 16pp. of monochrome and full-colour plates. Mild wear; covers rubbed and scuffed; text block and page edges toned with some spotting to the preliminaries; signed by the author in ink to the title page. Very good.
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$22
200021
Syberberg, Hans-Jurgen (Preface by Susan Sontag; Joachim Neugroschel, trans.)
Hitler A Film from Germany
Carcanet New Press Ltd., Manchester UK, 1982.
Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in papered boards; 268pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; slightly cocked; spine extremities softened; text block edges lightly spotted. Dustwrapper rubbed with some small tears and associated creasing to the top of the lower panel; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$30
38948
Thomas, Tony
Music for the Movies
Silman-James Press, Los Angeles, 1997.
First edition. Paperback, octavo, 330pp., monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; lightly spotted text block edges. Minor edge wear. Else very good to near fine. As one of the pre-eminent authorities on film music, this is an essential work for anyone interested in cinema's mysterious soundtrack. Fully updated and greatly expanded, this edition of Thomas' popular history of Hollywood film music (from the thirties through to the nineties) is viewed through portraits of many of its foremost practitioners. The life, work and influence of Alfred Newman, Dimitri Tiokin, Franz Waxman, Miklos Rozsa, Max Steiner, Erich Korngold, Bernard Herrmann, Alex North, Elmer Bernstein, Henry Mancini, Jerry Goldsmith and Lalo Schifrin among others are discussed.
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$17
84261
Thomson, David
The Big Screen The Story of the Movies
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, NY, USA, 2012
Octavo; hardcover, with metallic blue spine-titling; 595pp., with 16pp. of monochrome plates and many illustrations. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. "David Thomson is, I think, the best writer on film in our time. If 'Have You Seen...?' was his most succinct and entertaining book, The Big Screen is a large and vivacious map of 'the screen': beginning with Muybridge and tracing careers ranging from Korda to Renoir to Hawkes to Mizoguchi, to David Lynch and Tarantino, then swerving over to television shows such as I Love Lucy and The Sopranos. Thomson has found and created a marvelous plot for the history of film, with insights and revelations on every page - as well as a few MacGuffins. He is our most argumentative and trustworthy historian of the screen." - Michael Ondaatje
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$25
214084
Thomson, David
A Biographical Dictionary of Film
Andre Deutsch, London, 1994.
Third, expanded edition. Large octavo hardcover; black boards with silver gilt spine titling; 834pp. Mildly spotted upper text block edge, a few marks and spots on side edge. Mild edgewear to dustwrapper; very good. "This book is both more and less than history, a work of imagination in its own right, a piece of movie literature than turns fact into romance."
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$30
78498
Thomson, David
"Have You Seen...?" A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films, including masterpieces, oddities, guilty pleasures, and classics (with just a few disasters).
Borzoi Books/Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY, USA, 2008.
Quarto; hardcover, quarter-bound in papered boards with gilt spine-titling; 1005pp., untrimmed. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New.
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$25
98504
Thomson, David
How to Watch a Movie
Alfred Knopf, New York, 2015.
Octavo hardcover; 242pp. Dustwrapper. Remainder, new.
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$17
214480
Thomson, David
Why Acting Matters yX series
Yale University Press, New Haven CT, 2015.
Octavo; hardcover; 180pp., untrimmed. Minor wear. Dustwrapper. Near fine. A provocative, highly engaging essay on the art of pretending on the stage, on screen, and in daily life. Does acting matter? David Thomson, one of our most respected and insightful writers on movies and theater, answers this question with intelligence and wit. In this fresh and thought-provoking essay, Thomson tackles this most elusive of subjects, examining the allure of the performing arts for both the artist and the audience member while addressing the paradoxes inherent in acting itself. He reflects on the casting process, on stage versus film acting, and on the cult of celebrity. The art and considerable craft of such gifted artists as Meryl Streep, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Daniel Day-Lewis, and others are scrupulously appraised here, as are notions of "good" and "bad" acting. Thomson's exploration is at once a meditation on and a celebration of a unique and much beloved, often misunderstood, and occasionally derided art form. He argues that acting not only "matters" but is essential and inescapable, as well as dangerous, chronic, transformative, and exhilarating, be it on the theatrical stage, on the movie screen, or as part of our everyday lives.
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$25
11451
Torgovnik, Jonathan
Bollywood Dreams An Exploration of the Motion Picture Industry and its Culture in India
Phaidon, London, 2003.
Hardcover square quarto; white boards with red centre board and spine titling, pink endpapers; 120pp., numerous colour plates. Minor wear; a few tiny bumps on lower board edges; shiny gold dustwrapper slightly rubbed with mild wear to edges and corners. Very good in like dustwrapper (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Deriving its name from its American equivalent, Bollywood is the highly successful Indian movie industry predominantly based in Bombay and Madras. Every day more than 14 million people go to the cinema across India to watch films produced by this massive and powerful industry. In India, movies are not just a form of entertainment, they are practically a religion. Streets in major Indian cities are lined with colourful posters of Indian movies and their stars. Movie stars are treated like demi-gods, no match even for American standards of celebrity obsession. More than any other cultural or political institution of the 20th century, the cinema has captured the hearts and minds of India's growing population of almost one billion, even against the stark backdrop of the vast country's struggle with poverty and hunger and often tense Muslim-Hindu relations. The experience of actually going to the movies in India is as much a part of the Bollywood phenomenon as are the stars themselves and "Bollywood Dreams" documents this aspect of understanding the important role Bollywood plays in contemporary Indian culture. "Going to the cinema," Torgovnik says "is about going to see the actors larger-than-life. It is about living the glamorous life for a few hours and leaving your daily hardships behind". Once inside the movie theatres, the audience can expect at least three hours of entertainment including several song-and-dance numbers, love scenes, action sequences, and most surely a happy ending. Each film includes the necessary ingredients for success: action, violence, music, dance, romance and morals. The themes of the movies are often social issues like communalism, ethnicity, religion, and caste and the movie theatres themselves are often full of lively interaction between viewer and star. Cheers and boos pervade the atmosphere: the audience becomes a part of the film, and likewise, the film becomes a part of them. "Bollywood Dreams" begins with a vignette of the touring caravans that bring Bollywood on the big screen to India's villages in portable tents. We then follow the journey of the Bollywood film from its creation on the movie set, to the larger-than-life stars and directors, to the editing chamber, to the streets where ubiquitous promotional posters abound, and finally, we see the multitude of movie theatres in India. A brief timeline of important moments in Bollywood history is included in the back of the book.
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$27
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Whitlock, Cathy, & The Art Directors Guild
Designs on Film A Century of Hollywood Art Direction
HarperCollins Publishers, New York NY, 2014.
Oblong quarto hardcover; black boards with gilt spine titling and black endpapers; 384pp., colour and monochrome illustrations. Mild rubbing to dustwrapper with slight wear to edges. Very good to near fine. In Designs on Film, journalist and interior designer Cathy Whitlock illuminates the often undercelebrated role of the production designer in the creation of the most memorable moments in film history. Through a lush collection of rare archival photographs, Whitlock narrates the evolving story of art direction over the course of a century - from the massive Roman architecture of Ben-Hur to the infamous Dakota apartment in Rosemary's Baby to the digital CGI wonders of Avatar's Pandora. Drawing on insights from the most prominent Hollywood production designers and the historical knowledge of the venerable Art Directors Guild, Whitlock delves into the detailed process of how sets are imagined, drawn, built, and decorated. Designs on Film is the must-have look book for film lovers, movie buffs, and anyone looking to draw interior design inspiration from the constructions and confections of Hollywood. Whitlock lifts the curtain on movie magic and celebrates the many ways in which art direction and set design allow us to lose ourselves in the diverse worlds showcased on the big screen
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