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Individual film directors, film-makers

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Ridley Scott: A Retrospective

Ridley Scott: A Retrospective

Author: Ian Nathan Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/10/2020

Illustrated with images as iconic as they are stunning and including the author's first-hand experiences on set and interviews with the great director, this magnificent book charts the extraordinary journey of Britain's greatest living director. Telling the stories behind Alien and Blade Runner, Gladiator and Black Hawk Down, and many more, it also goes in search of the themes and motifs that unite such different films, and the methods and madness of Scott's approach to his medium. This is the story of a director who has never been less than stubbornly, brilliantly, unforgettably his own man.

Powell and Pressburger

Powell and Pressburger

Author: Sam Proctor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2020

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.

Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola

Author: Stephen Lambe, Cam Cobb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2020

Think of Francis Ford Coppola and three iconic blockbusters from the 1970s come to mind: The Godfather Parts 1 and 2 and Apocalypse Now. Yet Coppola - still active today in his 80s - is actually a hugely versatile film-maker, whose credits include many successes as a screenwriter and a producer as well as his biggest successes - and biggest flops - as a director. Beginning as an acolyte of notorious exploitation movie director Roger Corman, Coppola moved up the ranks, becoming involved as screenwriter and producer in some of the most iconic films of his generation including American Graffiti and war film Patton. Early on in his career, he formed his own independent production company Zeotrope, still making movies today. As well as taking an overview of Coppola's complete career, Stephen Lambe discusses 25 of Coppola's most important films. The three Godfather films are discussed in detail, of course, alongside some of his other major successes as a director, including The Conversation starring Gene Hackman and, of course, the notorious production difficulties of Vietnam epic Apocalypse Now, which - somehow - produced a magnificent film in the end. In the 80s Coppola changed tack, firstly directing his great folly - the musical One From The Heart - followed by two teen dramas The Outsiders and Rumble Fish which launched the careers of future stars like Tom Cruise and Rob Lowe. All these movies - and many more - are discussed in this comprehensive and well-researched examination of this great director's work.

Abbas Kiarostami's Cinema of Life

Abbas Kiarostami's Cinema of Life

Author: Julian Rice Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2020

Standing apart from celebrated Iranian ideals of war and martyrdom, revolutionary filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami was known as a man who praised life and celebrated it in all his works. Creating films for more than 40 years during times of unending war and political turmoil, Kiarostami promoted the Sufi tradition of seeing God as part of nature and the pre-Islamic Zoroastrian ideal of environmental protection. Kiarostami's self-image as a citizen of the world, his renunciation of war, and his concern for the future of nature cement his importance within the art form of poetic cinema. Addressing Kiarostami's illumination of humanity's self-destructive tendencies, author Julian Rice presents a detailed analysis of twelve individual films, from Homework (1989) to Like Someone in Love (2012). Departing from concerns of spectatorship or film in general, Rice's book portrays the human and spiritual core of Kiarostami. Connected to all other humans and to the earth we all inhabit, Kiarostami's vision remains a powerful message for film scholars and peaceful people everywhere.

Mainstream Maverick

Mainstream Maverick

Author: Holly Chard Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2020

In the 1980s and 1990s, John Hughes was one of Hollywood's most reliable hitmakers, churning out beloved teen comedies and family films such as The Breakfast Club and Home Alone, respectively. But was he an artist? Hughes, an adamantly commercial filmmaker who was dismissed by critics, might have laughed at the question. Since his death in 2009, though, he has been memorialized on Oscar night as a key voice of his time. Now the critics lionize him as a stylistic original. Holly Chard traces Hughes's evolution from entertainer to auteur. Studios recognized Hughes's distinctiveness and responded by nurturing his brand. He is therefore a case study in Hollywood's production not only of movies but also of genre and of authorship itself. The films of John Hughes, Chard shows, also owed their success to the marketers who sold them and the audiences who watched. Careful readings of Hughes's cinema reveal both the sources of his iconic status and the imprint on his films of the social, political, economic, and media contexts in which he operated. The first serious treatment of Hughes, Mainstream Maverick elucidates the priorities of the American movie industry in the New Hollywood era and explores how artists not only create but are themselves created.

Jonas Mekas

Jonas Mekas

Author: Gregory R. Smulewicz-Zucker Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2020

A refugee from post-World War II Europe who emigrated to the US in 1949, Jonas Mekas (1922-2019) became one of America's foremost champions of independent cinema and one of its most innovative filmmakers. An admired poet in his native Lithuania, Mekas began recording his life on film shortly after his arrival in New York. Through his work as the author of the Village Voice's Movie Journal column, editor of Film Culture magazine, and founder of Anthology Film Archives and the Film-Makers' Cooperative, Mekas played a vital role in the promotion of avant-garde and independent films. His early films, Guns of the Trees and The Brig, challenged the structure of traditional narrative filmmaking. He is best known for his diary films, including Walden (Diaries, Notes, and Sketches); Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania; and As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty. His films, writings, and the institutions he built have influenced generations of filmmakers, poets, artists, musicians, critics, and scholars. In Jonas Mekas: Interviews, volume editor Gregory R. Smulewicz-Zucker collects eighteen interviews covering almost sixty years of the filmmaker's career. Mekas discusses his remarkable life as a refugee from Nazi- and Soviet-occupied Lithuania, his role as one of the major figures in the development of the American avant-garde, and his thoughts about his own work. In conversation with scholars, journalists, and other prominent artists, Mekas speaks of his passion for artistic expression and uncompromising vision for a liberated cinema. These interviews preserve Mekas's voice so that it might speak to future generations of artists and intellectuals.

Jonas Mekas

Jonas Mekas

Author: Gregory R. Smulewicz-Zucker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2020

A refugee from post-World War II Europe who emigrated to the US in 1949, Jonas Mekas (1922-2019) became one of America's foremost champions of independent cinema and one of its most innovative filmmakers. An admired poet in his native Lithuania, Mekas began recording his life on film shortly after his arrival in New York. Through his work as the author of the Village Voice's Movie Journal column, editor of Film Culture magazine, and founder of Anthology Film Archives and the Film-Makers' Cooperative, Mekas played a vital role in the promotion of avant-garde and independent films. His early films, Guns of the Trees and The Brig, challenged the structure of traditional narrative filmmaking. He is best known for his diary films, including Walden (Diaries, Notes, and Sketches); Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania; and As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty. His films, writings, and the institutions he built have influenced generations of filmmakers, poets, artists, musicians, critics, and scholars. In Jonas Mekas: Interviews, volume editor Gregory R. Smulewicz-Zucker collects eighteen interviews covering almost sixty years of the filmmaker's career. Mekas discusses his remarkable life as a refugee from Nazi- and Soviet-occupied Lithuania, his role as one of the major figures in the development of the American avant-garde, and his thoughts about his own work. In conversation with scholars, journalists, and other prominent artists, Mekas speaks of his passion for artistic expression and uncompromising vision for a liberated cinema. These interviews preserve Mekas's voice so that it might speak to future generations of artists and intellectuals.

Picturing Peter Bogdanovich

Picturing Peter Bogdanovich

Author: Peter Tonguette Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/07/2020

In 1971, Newsweek heralded The Last Picture Show as the the most impressive work by a young American director since Citizen Kane. Indeed, few filmmakers rivaled Peter Bogdanovich's popularity over the next decade. Riding the success of What's Up, Doc? (1972) and Paper Moon (1973), Bogdanovich became a bona fide celebrity, making regular appearances in his own movie trailers, occasionally hosting late-night television shows, and publicly advocating for mentors John Ford and Howard Hawks. No director of his era surpassed his ability to capture an audience's imagination. In Picturing Peter Bogdanovich: My Conversations with the New Hollywood Director, journalist and critic Peter Tonguette offers a film-byfilm analysis of the director's life and work. Beginning with a string of 1970s classics, Tonguette explores well-known films such as Saint Jack (1979), They All Laughed (1981), and Noises Off (1992), as well as the director's work on stage and television. Drawing on interviews conducted over sixteen years, Tonguette pairs his analysis with an extensive, previously unpublished series of Q&Aswith Bogdanovich. These exclusive interviews reveal behind-the-scenes details about the director's life, work, and future plans. Part memoir, part critical biography, this book offers a uniquely intimate portrait of one of Hollywood's most underappreciated directors.

What Price Hollywood?

What Price Hollywood?

Author: Elyce Rae Helford Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/07/2020

During the early Hollywood sound era, studio director George Cukor produced nearly fifty films in as many years, famously winning the Best Director Oscar at the 1964 Academy Awards for My Fair Lady. His collaborations with so-called difficult actresses such as Katharine Hepburn, Judy Garland, and Marilyn Monroe unsettled producers even as his ticket sales lined their pockets. Fired from Gone with the Wind for giving Vivien Leigh more screen time than Clark Gable, Cukor quickly earned a doublesided reputation as a woman's director. While the label celebrated his ability to help actresses deliver their best performances, the epithet also branded the gay director as suitable only for work on female-centered movies such as melodramas and romantic comedies. Desperate for success after a failed drag film nearly ended his career, Cukor swore to work within Hollywood's constraints. Nevertheless, What Price Hollywood? Gender and Sex in the Films of George Cukor finds that Cukor continued to explore gender and sexuality on-screen. Drawing on a broad array of theoretical lenses, Elyce Rae Helford examines how Cukor's award-winning and lesser-known films engage Hollywood masculinity and gender performativity through camp, drag, and mixed genres. Blending biography with critical analysis of more than twenty-five films, What Price Hollywood? tells the story of a once-ina- generation director who produced some of the best films in history.

Maurice Tourneur

Maurice Tourneur

Author: Harry Waldman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/07/2020

Maurice Tourneur (1876-1961), the French and American director, actor, and theatrical manager, is the focus of this work that takes a look at his life and career in the film industry. He began in France during the years 1912 to 1914, making a number of silents of which the subject was often gamin and orphan seeking shelter and love. Tourneur spent 1914-1926 in New Jersey and Hollywood, directing more than 50 films, using his French interests and talents to help shape the industry, and bringing 'stylization' to the screen. He was known in America for his mastery of lighting, design, and atmosphere. Tourneur worked in many genres, but one theme that ran throughout his work dealt with the tricks and ruses of love that women often faced - and sometimes used - to find happiness. While special attention is paid to facts about his films, a notable feature of this work are the photographs of Tourneur and his film subjects.

Federico Fellini as Auteur

Federico Fellini as Auteur

Author: John C. Stubbs Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/07/2020

Federico Fellini as Auteur: Seven Aspects of His Films offers a comprehensive auteurist study of the renowned Italian director. Film scholar John C. Stubbs dispenses with a traditional filmcareer review of the man, focusing instead on the key elements of the filmmaker's style, the influence of Carl Jung and dreams, the autobiographical depiction of childhood and adolescence, the portrait of the artist, the filmmaker's working relationship with his wife, Fellini's comic strategies, and his adaptation of works by others. Each of the aspects is fully contextualized. This examination of the critical elements in Fellini films offers a better understanding of the artistry that is uniquely Fellini.

The Elusive Auteur

The Elusive Auteur

Author: Barrett Hodsdon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/07/2020

The director's authorial role in filmmaking - the extent to which a film reflects his or her individual style and creative vision - has been much debated among film critics and scholars for decades. Drawing on generations of criticism, this study describes how the designation auteur has gone from stylistic criterion to product label - in what has always been an essentially collaborative industry. Examining the controversy in relation to Hollywood directors, the author compares directors and would-be auteurs of the classic studio system with those of contemporary Hollywood and its new climate of cultural entrepreneurship.