Aristocrat and Marxist, master equally of harsh realism and sublime melodrama, Luchino Visconti (1906-1976) was without question one of the greatest European film directors. This book studies the director and includes the last three films that Visconti made before his death.
The first book to examine the films of Jim Jarmusch from a sound-oriented perspective. The three essential acoustic elements that structure a film - music, words and noise - propel this book's fascinating journey through his work, including Stranger Than Paradise (1984), Down By Law (1986), Dead Man (1995), and Only Lovers Left Alive (2013).
Luc Besson is considered one of the hottest international properties to emerge from the new wave of French film directors in the 1980s. This is a study of Besson's film-making career to date, placing the films within their socio-historical and political context.
Original and concise reading of Coline Serreau's films, and an in-depth introduction to the female director whose work transcends the boundaries between amateur and mainstream cinema. Appraisal of her work puts her films within the social, cultural and political context of France since 1968
This analysis of the cinema of Diane Kurys describes her unsentimental reconstructions of the lives of girls and women in post-war France which established her as a real presence in contemporary French film-making. It traces her career from actress to author-director-producer of her own films.
Claude Chabrol has made more than 50 films in a career spanning 40 years. This account traces the development of his film style from the experimental period of the Nouvelle Vague to the mature thriller of the 1970s and the work of the 1990s.
This complete study of Bertrand Blier's work to date, traces his career from the early 1960s until the present, outlining the forms, themes and style which dominate in his work, and challenging the many labels that have been used to describe both the corpus of films and the man himself.
After making an initial impact with his first film "Les 400 Coups", the French film director Francois Truffaut went on to make 23 films in 26 years. This appraisal of his work provides a socio-political contextualization, and gives an overview of his films and film-making methods.
The first biography of the Rat Pack - Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop et al - the original Swingers. Brilliant and beautifully written story of their rise and fall, and their connections with the Kennedys and the Mafia.
Populated by familiar names and productions, You're Him, Aren't You? is Paul Darrow's own story of his life and career. It covers his association with Blake's 7 - how he was cast, his experiences of making the show, what has happened since and his memories of Terry Nation, the cast and the crew.
"A thorough and sophisticated effort to answer an interesting question: How did an indifferently raised, self-flagellating kid from a just-making-ends-meet, desultorily functioning Long Island family, in Massapequa, turn into Alec Baldwin, gifted actor, familiar public figure, impressively thoughtful person, notorious pugilist?
Agnes Varda, one of the major French film-makers of the last 40 years, is here celebrated by Alison Smith, by examining both the early films and the later successes, such as "Sans toit ni loi" (1985), "Jane B. par Agnes V." (1987) and "Jacquot de Nantes" (1991).
Dennis Potter, British playwright, novelist and film-maker, talks about the early influences that shaped him and his career in this book that looks at Potter's pioneering use of non-naturalism, his self-reflexive subversion of film and TV cliches and his approach to sex, politics and religion.
With films such as "The Brood" and "Videodrome", David Cronenberg established himself as Canada's most provocative director. This title charts his development from maker of inexpensive exploitation cinema to internationally renowned director of million-dollar movies, and reveals the concerns and obsessions which continue to dominate his work.
The author is the godfather of American independent cinema, saluted by virtually every US maverick who's followed in his stead, from Martin Scorsese to Sean Penn. This title includes his major films such as: "Faces", "Woman Under the Influence", "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie", "Opening Night" and "Gloria".
Robert Mitchum was one of Hollywood's best-loved actors. This book reveals, Mitchum was one of the few Hollywood icons whose real-life exploits were yet more compelling than his on-screen persona. It offers the life story of a man who redefined cinematic cool.
The 1970s then became Altman's decade, with a string of masterpieces: McCabe and Mrs Miller, The Long Goodbye, Thieves Like Us, Nashville... In the 1980s Altman struggled to fund his work, but he was restored to prominence in 1992 with The Player, an acerbic take on Hollywood.
Francis Ford Coppola is not only one of the most inventive filmmakers of the modern era, but he also has a prominent career as a producer. James Clarke takes each of Coppola's directorial projects in chronological order, providing an up-to-date guide to a Hollywood genius.
Oscar winner Oliver Stone is one of the most controversial and well-known of contemporary American directors. Beginning his professional life as a screenwriter, he was responsible for the scripts of Midnight Express and Scarface. This work provides an insightful guide to his writing and directorial efforts.
Sir Ian McKellen has appeared in theatres around the country and on television and film screens since the 1960s. Now, with his parts in the XMen films and the phenomenally successful The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he is celebrated worldwide. This book offers a well-rounded view of one of Britain's greatest stage and screen actors.
From the opening sequence of Killer's Kiss to the final frames of Eyes Wide Shut, this dazzling collection includes some of Kubrick's most unforgettable shots and revealing interviews, as well as abundant material from his own archives, such as set designs, screenplays, notes, correspondence, and shooting schedules.
Based on the famous series of dialogues between Francois Truffaut and Alfred Hitchcock from the 1960s, this book moves chronologically through Hitchcock's films to discuss his career, techniques, and effects he achieved. It changed the way Hitchcock was perceived, as a popular director of suspense films - such as Psycho and The Birds.
Terrence Malick's debut film, Badlands, announced the arrival of a unique talent. In the 40 years since that debut, Malick has only made 5 films, but they are distinctive in their beauty. This book introduces readers to the extraordinary universe of his film-making and intends to aid them in understanding his work.
Musical verse accompanies a milkman and his cranky kitty as they make their morning rounds. The milkman knows his hometown; he knows who needs ice cream for a birthday party, who just broke a leg, and who has a new baby. He even helps return a lost dog that's hiding along his route.
Sets down the author's thoughts and his memories, revealing for the original inspirations for his films - Ivan's Childhood, Andrey Rublyov, Solaris, The Mirror, Stalker, Nostalgia, and The Sacrifice. The author discusses their history and his methods of work, and he explores the many problems of visual creativity.
Marlon Brando will never cease to fascinate us: for his triumphs as an actor as well as his disasters; for the power of the screen portrayals he gave. This title examines each of Brando's films. It brings into focus Brando's self-destructiveness, his lifelong dissembling, his deeply ambivalent feelings towards his chosen vocation.
In 2001, after over a decade in the business, the author quit stand-up, disillusioned and drained, and went off to direct a loss-making musical, Jerry Springer: The Opera. In this book, he details his return to live performance, and the journey that took him from an early retirement to his position as a critically acclaimed stand-up in Britain.
Nicolas Roeg is one of the most distinctive and influential film-makers of his generation. His explosive debut as a director with "Performance", established an approach to film-making that was unconventional and ever-changing. In this book, he intends to pass on the wealth of wisdom and experience he has garnered over fifty years of film-making.
Following his hugely acclaimed TV come-back "Comedy Vehicle", Stewart Lee finds himself in search of ideas for a new Edinburgh show. Thanks to Jeremy Clarkson's casual slur against Gordon Brown and the appearance of a well-meaning young comedian in an advert, a show is born. This title features a transcript of the show annotated with footnotes.
In this volume, David Lean's now undervalued epics-The Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, Ryan's Daughter, and A Passage to India-are restored to the elevated esteem they once held.
The career of the film-maker Ken Loach embraces both the cinema and television, and has included "Cathy Come Home", "Kes", and the films "Riff-Raff", "Raining Stones" and "Land and Freedom", which won major continental awards. This book presents an exploration of his work.