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How Did Lubitsch Do It?

How Did Lubitsch Do It?

Joseph McBride

$79.00
Orson Welles called Ernst Lubitsch (1892-1947) a giant whose talent and originality are stupefying. Jean Renoir said, He invented the modern Hollywood. Celebrated for his distinct style and credited with inventing the classic genre of the Hollywood romantic comedy and helping to create the musical, Lubitsch won the admiration of his fellow directors, including Alfred Hitchcock and Billy Wilder, whose office featured a sign on the wall asking, How would Lubitsch do it? Despite the high esteem in which Lubitsch is held, as well as his unique status as a leading filmmaker in both Germany and the United States, today he seldom receives the critical attention accorded other major directors of his era.

How Did Lubitsch Do It? restores Lubitsch to his former stature in the world of cinema. Joseph McBride analyzes Lubitsch's films in rich detail in the first in-depth critical study to consider the full scope of his work and its evolution in both his native and adopted lands. McBride explains the Lubitsch Touch and shows how the director challenged American attitudes toward romance and sex. Expressed obliquely, through sly innuendo, Lubitsch's risque, sophisticated, continental humor engaged the viewer's intelligence while circumventing the strictures of censorship in such masterworks as The Marriage Circle, Trouble in Paradise, Design for Living, Ninotchka, The Shop Around the Corner, and To Be or Not to Be. McBride's analysis of these films brings to life Lubitsch's wit and inventiveness and offers revealing insights into his working methods.
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Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters: What Harper Lee's Book and the Iconic American Film Mean to Us Today

Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters: What Harper Lee's Book and the Iconic American Film Mean to Us Today

Tom Santopietro

$36.99
Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic work of American literature. When the book was made into a film in 1962 with Gregory Peck as the stalwart southern lawyer, Atticus Finch, the story of Scout, Jim, Dill and Boo Radley entered the American consciousness as well as the American fight for civil rights in a way that few other films have.

Tom Santopietro's new book, Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters, takes a 360 degree look at the Mockingbird phenomenon. He traces the writing of the book and the creation of the film from the earliest casting sessions to the choice of director and the three Oscars it won for Best Actor, Best Screenplay Based on an Existing Work, and Best Art Direction.

He looks at the impact of the Pulitzer prize, investigates claims that Lee's book is actually racist, and explores the bombshell that was exploded when Go Set a Watchman, the first version of Mockingbird, was published. There may be no better time in America to look at the significance of Harper Lee's book, the film, and all that came after.

Tom Santopietro, an author well-known for his writing about American popular culture, shows readers why To Kill a Mockingbird matters today more than it ever did before.
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Cameras & Kalashnikovs: The Making of Jirga

Cameras & Kalashnikovs: The Making of Jirga

Benjamin Gilmour

$47.94  $29.95
Moved by his travel experiences in Afghanistan and encounters with war veterans in Australia, filmmaker Benjamin Gilmour wrote a screenplay set in the current Afghan conflict.

His story was about a former soldier returning to Afghanistan to look for the family of a civilian he had killed in battle and to seek forgiveness. Gilmour cast Sydney actor Sam Smith in the lead role, and the two of them flew to Pakistan where they planned to shoot the film with funding from a local investor. But the plan fell through. Their shoot was blocked by the Pakistani secret service and the money disappeared. Instead of cutting their losses and returning home, Gilmour and Smith decided to carry on to Afghanistan and make the film in a country still at war.

Collaborating with a small crew of Afghans, Gilmour and Smith set about shooting their scenes in one of the most dangerous provinces crawling with Taliban and Islamic State militants. After two months living rough, facing countless obstacles and near-death experiences, Gilmour and Smith emerged from Afghanistan with a movie.

This is director Benjamin Gilmour¹s true behind-the-scenes account of making the film Jirga in Afghanistan.
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How to Play Ukulele: A Complete Guide for Beginners

How to Play Ukulele: A Complete Guide for Beginners

Dan Scanlan

$19.99
Learn to play the ukulele with this beginner's guide that features information about basic techniques, tools, and music knowledge.

What do George Clooney, Zooey Deschanel, Ryan Gosling and James Franco all have in common? Answer: they all play the ukulele and now, with this easy step-by-step guide, you can too! With just this book and your ukulele in hand, you'll learn basic music skills, how to care for your instrument, and how to play some simple tunes. Whether you're looking to impress your friends with spontaneous singalongs, or just want to strum solo, How to Play Ukulele is the perfect entryway to the wonderful world of ukulele.
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Pink Floyd: Album by Album

Pink Floyd: Album by Album

Martin Popoff

$39.99
Rock journalists and musicians discuss every release from the hugely successful band that has sold more than 250 million albums and is one of the best-known rock groups across generations.

This stunning look back at Pink Floyd's discography comprises a series of in-depth, frank, and entertaining conversations about all of the bands studio albums, including their soundtrack efforts and the instrumental/ambient The Endless River.

Inside, prolific rock journalist Martin Popoff moderates discussions on each album with rock journalists and musicians who offer insights, opinions, and anecdotes about every release. Together, the conversations comprise a unique historical overview of the band, covering everything from early albums with the iconic Syd Barrett to the song writing tandem of Roger Waters and David Gilmour; the impeccable talents of drummer Nick Mason and multi-instrumentalist Richard Wright; those mega tours undertaken in support of the LPs; the monster success of breakthrough LP Dark Side of the Moon; interpersonal conflict; the band following Water's 1985 departure; and much more. Popoff also includes sidebars that provide complete track listings, album personnel, and studios and dates.

Every page is illustrated with thoughtfully curated performance and offstage photography, as well as rare memorabilia.
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Freo Groove: Musicians of Fremantle

Freo Groove: Musicians of Fremantle

Bill Lawrie ,  Claire Moodie

$34.99
`It's a bit of a haven. It's a paradise for sure. Close to utopia for me.' - Abbe May Freo Groove is a window into the world of Fremantle musicians and the vibrant musical culture that has built up over generations.

From blues musician Dave Brewer, The Jam Tarts' Sophie and Anna Gare, and The John Butler Trio; to Dom Mariani, Stella Donnelly and Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, Freo's top musicians re ect on their lives, their art, and the city they call, or once called, home.

Twenty-nine portraits tell the story of Fremantle's rich music scene and its long history, going right back to the Norm Wrightson Orchestra in the late 1940s, through Wayne Green's chilling accounts of brawling, west-end dives in the early seventies, to the free and easy musical boom during the Americas Cup days, and nally to the erce competition for gigs in the present day.

Freo Groove is about musicians who love their craft and are in for the long haul, wherever it leads.
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The Girl: Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch, and the Birth of an Unlikely Feminist

The Girl: Marilyn Monroe, The Seven Year Itch, and the Birth of an Unlikely Feminist

Michelle Morgan

$35.00
With an in-depth look at the two most empowering years in the life of Marilyn Monroe, The Girl details how The Seven Year Itch created an icon and sent the star on an adventure of self-discovery and transformation from a controlled wife and contract player into a businesswoman and unlikely feminist whose power is still felt today

When Marilyn Monroe stepped over a subway grating as The Girl in The Seven Year Itch and let a gust of wind catch the skirt of her pleated white dress, an icon was born. Before that, the actress was mainly known for a nude calendar and one-dimensional, albeit memorable, characters on the screen. Though she again played a "dumb blonde" in this film and was making headlines by revealing her enviable anatomy, the star was now every bit in control of her image, and ready for a personal revolution.

Emboldened by her winning fight to land the role of The Girl, the making of The Seven Year Itchand the eighteen months that followed was the period of greatest confidence, liberation, and career success that Monroe lived in her tumultuous life. It was a time in which, among other things, she:

    * Ended her marriage to Joe DiMaggio and later began a relationship with Arthur Miller
    * Legally changed her name to Marilyn Monroe, divorcing herself from the troubled past of Norma Jeane
    * Started her own production company;Studied in private lessons with Lee and Paula Strasberg of the Actors Studio and became a part of the acting revolution of the day

The ripple effects her personal rebellion had on Hollywood, and in trailblazing the way for women that followed, will both surprise and inspire readers to see the Marilyn Monroe in an entirely new light.
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Clint Eastwood: Icon: The Essential Film Art Collection

Clint Eastwood: Icon: The Essential Film Art Collection

David Frangioni ,  Thomas Schatz

$49.99
Featuring rare, outstanding additional content, Clint Eastwood: Icon is the definitive collection of film art and material representing Clint Eastwood's legendary career as seen through the original iconic artwork.

Clint Eastwood is a nameless vigilante, a vengeful detective, a bare-knuckle boxer, a Secret Service agent, and countless other definitive screen archetypes now embedded in our shared pop-culture consciousness. However you define him, Clint Eastwood has a powerful and extremely recognizable image that exists as something beyond the narratives of his films.

Featuring a wealth of additional content, this new edition of Clint Eastwood: Icon presents an unprecedented collection of film art and rare material surrounding the legendary actor. This comprehensive trove gathers together poster art, lobby cards, standees, Italian Spaghetti Western Premier posters, studio ads, and esoteric film memorabilia from around the world. From his early roles as the nameless gunslinger in Sergio Leone's spaghetti Westerns, to the vigilante films of the 1970s and 1980s, through his directorial roles and latest releases, Clint Eastwood: Icon captures the powerful presence that turned Eastwood into the definitive American hero.
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Film Censorship: Regulating America's Screen

Film Censorship: Regulating America's Screen

Sheri Chinen Biesen

$37.99
Film Censorship is a concise overview of Hollywood censorship and efforts to regulate American films. It provides a lean introductory survey of U.S. cinema censorship from the pre-Code years and classic studio system Golden Age-in which film censorship thrived-to contemporary Hollywood. From the earliest days of cinema, movies faced controversy over screen images and threats of censorship. This volume draws extensively on primary research from motion picture archives to unveil the fascinating behind-the-scenes history of cinema censorship and explore how Hollywood responded to censorial constraints on screen content in a changing American cultural and industrial landscape.

This primer on American film censorship considers the historical evolution of motion-picture censorship in the United States spanning the Jazz Age Prohibition era, lobbying by religious groups against Hollywood, industry self-censorship for the Hays Office, federal propaganda efforts during wartime, easing of regulation in the 1950s and 1960s, the MPAA ratings system, and the legacy of censorship in later years. Case studies include The Outlaw, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Scarface, Double Indemnity, Psycho, Bonnie and Clyde, Midnight Cowboy, and The Exorcist, among many others.
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Konstantin Stanislavsky

Konstantin Stanislavsky

Bella Merlin

$41.99
Routledge Performance Practitioners is a series of introductory guides to the key theatre-makers of the last century. Each volume explains the background to and the work of one of the major influences on twentieth- and twenty-first-century performance.

These compact, well-illustrated and clearly written books will unravel the contribution of modern theatre’s most charismatic innovators. This significantly revised edition combines:

    * an overview of Stanislavsky’s life and work, including recent discoveries
    * an assessment of his widely read text, An Actor Prepares (1936) with comparisons to Benedetti’s 2008 translation, An Actor’s Work
    * detailed commentary of the key 1898 production of The Seagull
    * an indispensable set of practical exercises for actors, teachers and directors.

As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial ex- ploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners offer unbeatable value for today’s student.
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