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Steven Spielberg Interviews, Revised and Updated

Steven Spielberg Interviews, Revised and Updated

Author: Lester D. Friedman Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2019

More than four decades after the premiere of his first film, Steven Spielberg (b. 1946) continues to be a household name whose influence on popular culture extends far beyond the movie screen. Now in his seventies, Spielberg shows no intention of retiring from directing or even slowing down. Since the publication of Steven Spielberg: Interviews in 2000, the filmmaker has crafted some of the most complex movies of his extensive career. His new movies consistently reinvigorate entrenched genres, adding density and depth. Many of the defining characters, motifs, tropes, and themes that emerge in Spielberg's earliest movies shape these later works as well, but often in new configurations that probe deeper into more complicated subjects-dangerous technology rather than man-eating sharks, homicidal rather than cuddly aliens, lethal terrorism instead of rampaging dinosaurs. Spielberg's movies continue to display a remarkably sophisticated level of artistry that matches, and sometimes exceeds, the memorable visual hallmarks of his prior work. His latest series of films continue to demonstrate an ongoing intellectual restlessness and a willingness to challenge himself as a creative artist. With this new collection of interviews, which includes eleven original interviews from the 2000 edition and nine new interviews, readers will recognize the themes that motivate Spielberg, the cinematic techniques he employs to create his feature films, and the emotional connection he has to his movies. The result is a nuanced and engaging portrait of the most popular director in American cinema history.

Steven Spielberg Interviews, Revised and Updated

Steven Spielberg Interviews, Revised and Updated

Author: Lester D. Friedman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2019

More than four decades after the premiere of his first film, Steven Spielberg (b. 1946) continues to be a household name whose influence on popular culture extends far beyond the movie screen. Now in his seventies, Spielberg shows no intention of retiring from directing or even slowing down. Since the publication of Steven Spielberg: Interviews in 2000, the filmmaker has crafted some of the most complex movies of his extensive career. His new movies consistently reinvigorate entrenched genres, adding density and depth. Many of the defining characters, motifs, tropes, and themes that emerge in Spielberg's earliest movies shape these later works as well, but often in new configurations that probe deeper into more complicated subjects-dangerous technology rather than man-eating sharks, homicidal rather than cuddly aliens, lethal terrorism instead of rampaging dinosaurs. Spielberg's movies continue to display a remarkably sophisticated level of artistry that matches, and sometimes exceeds, the memorable visual hallmarks of his prior work. His latest series of films continue to demonstrate an ongoing intellectual restlessness and a willingness to challenge himself as a creative artist. With this new collection of interviews, which includes eleven original interviews from the 2000 edition and nine new interviews, readers will recognize the themes that motivate Spielberg, the cinematic techniques he employs to create his feature films, and the emotional connection he has to his movies. The result is a nuanced and engaging portrait of the most popular director in American cinema history.

Guy Debord

Guy Debord

Author: Scott Mackenzie Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/08/2019

Powell and Pressburger Every Movie, Every Star (On Screen)

Powell and Pressburger Every Movie, Every Star (On Screen)

Author: Sam Proctor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2019

Michael Powell (1905 - 1990) and Emeric Pressburger (1902 - 1988), under the umbrella of their production company The Archers, created some of the most innovative and creatively original films of the 1940s and 50s. This partnership, between the quintessentially English Powell and the Hungarian-born Pressburger who made Britain his homeland, made at first predominantly lyrical and visually arresting black-and-white films (including A Canterbury Tale in 1944 and I Know Where I'm Going! in 1945) but are perhaps most celebrated for their work making the very best use of the highly saturated hues and sumptuous nature of Technicolor (Black Narcissus, 1947 and The Red Shoes, 1948). Arguably their best-known work, A Matter of Life and Death, 1946, combines monochrome and Technicolor to showcase to great effect some of their favourite themes of love, duty and compassion. The duo gave us comedy too, perhaps most notably in their first Technicolor work, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), but even when treated with the lightest of touches the things that bind us inescapably to our fellows are ever present. Sam Proctor's superbly-researched book guides us film by film through the career of this iconic duo, whose aim was to show us the universal truths about our humanity.

Knapp: Clint Eastwood

Knapp: Clint Eastwood

Author: Laurence Knapp Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/08/2019

Harry Callahan famously remarked that `a man's got to know his limitations', but in the history of American cinema no star director has remained as topical or as significant as Clint Eastwood. The depth and scope of Eastwood scholarship and research matches his status, exposure, and longevity. However, its daunting quantity (and variable quality) makes it difficult to discriminate the useful from the tendentious, superficial, and otiose. Now, this new four-volume Routledge collection, compiled by Laurence Knapp, author of one of the first critical studies of Eastwood's work, meets the need for an authoritative reference work to make sense of a vast literature and a continuing explosion in research output. Users will now be able easily and rapidly to locate the best and most influential critical scholarship, work that is otherwise often inaccessible or scattered throughout a variety of specialist journals and books. The major works gathered here embrace issues such as `gender, masculine lack and anxiety' and interrogate Eastwood as a symptomatic object of American identity. Other themes include mortality, female subjectivity, post-colonialism, and existential despair brought on by war and ecological disaster. With key materials gathered into one easy-to-use set, researchers and students can now spend more of their time with crucial journal articles, book chapters, and other pieces, rather than on time-consuming (and sometimes fruitless) archival searches. The collection is also supplemented with a comprehensive introduction newly written by the editor, which places the collected material in its historical and intellectual context.

Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed Conversations with Paul Cronin

Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed Conversations with Paul Cronin

Author: Paul Cronin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2019

Herzog was once hailed by Francois Truffaut as the most important director alive. Famous for his frequent collaborations with mercurial actor Klaus Kinski - including the epics Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo, and the terrifying Nosferatu - and more recently with documentaries such as Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams and Into the Abyss, Herzog has built a body of work that is one of the most vital in post-war German cinema. Here, he reflects on his legendary and inspiring career.

The Coen Brothers' America

The Coen Brothers' America

Author: M. Keith Booker Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2019

For more than three decades, Joel and Ethan Coen have produced some of the most unique and thought-provoking works in modern cinema. In broad comedies such as Raising Arizona, violent thrillers like No Country for Old Men, and black comedies such as Fargo, the filmmakers have offered brilliant takes on a variety of film genres. One of the most distinctive features of their movies is their skewed view of America itself. In The Coen Brothers' America, M. Keith Booker discusses feature films produced by the pair since their 1984 debut Blood Simple. The author focuses on how the Coen brothers' films engage with American cultural history and are embedded in specific geographical settings. From New York to Los Angeles, from Texas to Minnesota, the Coens capture the essence of real locations from unusual angles, which often make the films appear as if they are taking place in an alternate reality. In addition, many of the brothers' films are steeped in America's cultural past, from the deep south of the 1930s in O Brother, Where Art Thou to the Greenwich Village of the 1960s in Inside Llewyn Davis. The Coens make particularly effective use of films from Hollywood's Golden Age, producing their own updated versions of such genres as film noir (The Man Who Wasn't There), the Western (True Grit), and screwball comedy (The Hudsucker Proxy)-not to mention their idiosyncratic depictions of Hollywood itself in Barton Fink and Hail Caesar! This book also explores how the Coens draw upon cultural phenomena outside of film, including literature, music, and television. Approaching each film within the framework of Ethan and Joel's overall vision. The Coen Brothers' America provides an entertaining look at the pair's work that will appeal to scholars and fans alike.

Refocus: the Films of Albert Brooks

Refocus: the Films of Albert Brooks

Author: Christian Long Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/07/2019

Stan Brakhage Interviews

Stan Brakhage Interviews

Author: Suranjan Ganguly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/07/2019

In this volume, editor Suranjan Ganguly collects eight of Stan Brakhage's most important interviews in which the filmmaker describes his conceptual frameworks; his theories of vision and sound; the importance of poetry, music, and the visual arts in relation to his work; his concept of the muse; and the key influences on his art-making. In doing so, Brakhage (1933-2003) discusses some of his iconic films, such as Anticipation of the Night, Dog Star Man, Scenes from Under Childhood, Mothlight, and The Text of Light. One of the most innovative filmmakers in the history of experimental cinema, Brakhage made almost 350 films in his fifty-two-year-long career. These films include psychodramas, autobiography, Freudian trance films, birth films, song cycles, meditations on light, and hand-painted films, which range from nine seconds to over four hours in duration. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, he lived most of his life in the mountains of Colorado, teaching for twenty-one years in the film studies program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. As a filmmaker, Brakhage's life-long obsession with what he called an adventure in perception made him focus on the act of seeing itself, which he tried to capture on film in multiple ways both with and without his camera and by scratching and painting on film. Convinced that there is a primary level of cognition that precedes language, he wrote of the untutored eye with which children can access ineffable visual realities. Adults, who have lost such primal sight, can retrain their eyes by becoming conscious of what constitutes true vision and the different ways in which they daily perceive the world. Brakhage's films experiment with such perceptions, manipulating visual and auditory experience in ways that continue to influence film today.

Jafar Panahi Interviews

Jafar Panahi Interviews

Author: Drew Todd Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2019

Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi (b. 1960) is as famous for his remarkable films as for his courageous defiance of Iran's state censorship. Panahi achieved international recognition with his feature film debut, The White Balloon, the first Iranian film to receive an award at the Cannes Film Festival. His subsequent films-The Mirror, The Circle, and Offside-continue to receive acclaim throughout the world, yet they remain largely unseen in his own country due to years of conflict with the Iranian government. In spite of multiple arrests, a brief imprisonment, and a ban on making movies and giving interviews, Panahi speaks openly and passionately in this unique, invaluable collection of twenty-five interviews, open letters, and his own court statement, in which he makes a compelling case for artistic freedom and humanism. Many of these documents have been translated from Persian and appear in English for the first time, including an interview done exclusively for this volume. In sparkling, lively interviews, Panahi reveals his influences, politics, and filmmaking practices. He explains the challenges he faces while working within (and often around) Iran's heavily restricted film industry, providing the reader a unique vantage point from which to consider Iranian cinema and society.

The Films of Douglas Sirk Exquisite Ironies and Magnificent Obsessions

The Films of Douglas Sirk Exquisite Ironies and Magnificent Obsessions

Author: Tom Ryan Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/06/2019

Best known for powerful 1950s melodramas like All That Heaven Allows, Written on the Wind, The Tarnished Angels, and Imitation of Life, Douglas Sirk (1897-1987) brought to all his work a distinctive style that led to his reputation as one of twentieth-century film's great directors. Sirk worked in Europe during the 1930s, mainly for Germany's UFA studios, and then in America in the 1940s and '50s. The Films of Douglas Sirk: Exquisite Ironies and Magnificent Obsessions provides an overview of his entire career, including Sirk's work on musicals, comedies, thrillers, war movies, and westerns. One of the great ironists of the cinema, Sirk believed rules were there to be broken. Whether defying the decrees of Nazi authorities trying to turn film into propaganda or arguing with studios that insisted characters' problems should always be solved and that endings should always restore order, what Sirk called emergency exits for audiences, Sirk always fought for his vision. Offering fresh insights into all of the director's films and situating them in the culture of their times, critic Tom Ryan also incorporates extensive interview material drawn from a variety of sources, including his own conversations with the director. Furthermore, his enlightening study undertakes a detailed reconsideration of the generally overlooked novels and plays that served as sources for Sirk's films, as well as providing a critical survey of previous Sirk commentary, from the time of the director's rediscovery in the late 1960s up to the present day.

The Films of Douglas Sirk Exquisite Ironies and Magnificent Obsessions

The Films of Douglas Sirk Exquisite Ironies and Magnificent Obsessions

Author: Tom Ryan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2019

Best known for powerful 1950s melodramas like All That Heaven Allows, Written on the Wind, The Tarnished Angels, and Imitation of Life, Douglas Sirk (1897-1987) brought to all his work a distinctive style that led to his reputation as one of twentieth-century film's great directors. Sirk worked in Europe during the 1930s, mainly for Germany's UFA studios, and then in America in the 1940s and '50s. The Films of Douglas Sirk: Exquisite Ironies and Magnificent Obsessions provides an overview of his entire career, including Sirk's work on musicals, comedies, thrillers, war movies, and westerns. One of the great ironists of the cinema, Sirk believed rules were there to be broken. Whether defying the decrees of Nazi authorities trying to turn film into propaganda or arguing with studios that insisted characters' problems should always be solved and that endings should always restore order, what Sirk called emergency exits for audiences, Sirk always fought for his vision. Offering fresh insights into all of the director's films and situating them in the culture of their times, critic Tom Ryan also incorporates extensive interview material drawn from a variety of sources, including his own conversations with the director. Furthermore, his enlightening study undertakes a detailed reconsideration of the generally overlooked novels and plays that served as sources for Sirk's films, as well as providing a critical survey of previous Sirk commentary, from the time of the director's rediscovery in the late 1960s up to the present day.