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FILM STUDIES

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THE EVERGREEN REVIEW FILM READER
Written by ED HALTER, BARNEY ROSSET

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 01/23/2018

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80615-6

In this first collection of film writing from Evergreen Review, the legendary publication's important contributions to film culture are available in a single volume. Featuring such legendary writers as Nat Hentoff, Norman Mailer, Parker Tyler, and Amos Vogel, the book presents writing on the films of Jean-Luc Godard, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ousmane Sembene, Andy Warhol, and others and offers incisive essays and interviews from the late 1950s to early 1970s. Articles explore politics,...

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THE FILMS, THE FRIENDSHIP, AND THE FORGING OF AN AMERICAN HERO
Written by NANCY SCHOENBERGER

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Nan A. Talese

On Sale: 10/24/2017

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-53485-7

John Ford and John Wayne, two titans of classic film, made some of the most enduring movies of all time. The genre they defined—the Western—and the heroic archetype they built still matter today.
 
For more than twenty years John Ford and John Wayne were a blockbuster Hollywood team, turning out many of the finest Western films ever made. Ford, known for his black eye patch and for his hard-drinking, brawling masculinity, was a son of Irish immigrants and was renowned as a director for both...

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WOODY ALLEN AND THE ART OF MOVIEMAKING
Written by ERIC LAX

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 10/03/2017

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35249-9

A cinephile's dream: the chance to follow legendary director Woody Allen throughout the creation of a film--from inception to premiere--and to enjoy his reflections on some of the finest artists in the history of cinema. 

Eric Lax has been with Woody Allen almost every step of the way. He chronicled Allen's transformation from stand-up comedian to filmmaker in On Being Funny(1975). His international best seller, Woody Allen: A Biography (1991), was a portrait of a director hitting his...

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Written by DAVID THOMSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/24/2017

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-91084-9

In his most inventive exploration of the medium yet, David Thomson—one of our most provocative authorities on all things cinema—shows us how to get more out of watching any movie. Guiding us through each element of the viewing experience, considering the significance of everything from what we see and hear on-screen—actors, shots, cuts, dialogue, music—to the specifics of how, where, and with whom we do the viewing, Thomson explicates the movie watching experience with his customary candor...

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A BRIEF LIFE
Written by PETER ACKROYD

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages

Publisher: Nan A. Talese

On Sale: 10/25/2016

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-53741-4

A gripping short biography of the extraordinary Alfred Hitchock, the master of suspense. 

Alfred Hitchcock was a strange child. Fat, lonely, burning with fear and ambition, his childhood was an isolated one, scented with fish from his father's shop. Afraid to leave his bedroom, he would plan great voyages, using railway timetables to plot an exact imaginary route across Europe. So how did this fearful figure become the one of the most respected film directors of the twentieth century?
     As...

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THE GREATEST FILMS--AND PERSONAL FAVORITES--OF A MOVIEGOING LIFETIME
Written by RICHARD SCHICKEL

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/09/2016

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-27787-9

After six decades of writing about film, acclaimed critic Richard Schickel generously shares Keepers, a history of film as he’s seen and lived it. Here is a tour of his favorites from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Pulp Fiction, and a master class in what makes a film soar or flop. Schickel reminds us of the subjective art of film criticism, highlighting above all the true gems, the immortal moments of transcendent “movie magic”—the scenes, characters, lines, shots, scores, and even...

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Written by ELIA KAZAN
Edited by ALBERT J. DEVLIN

Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/08/2016

Price: $25.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-91139-6

This fully annotated selection of Elia Kazan’s letters reveals all the passion, vitality, and raw honesty that made him such a towering figure in American theater and film.

Kazan’s determination to be a “sincere, conscious, practicing artist” resounds through every phase of his career: his apprenticeship with the Group Theatre, his co-founding of the Actors Studio and co-direction of the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center, and his innovative directing on Broadway (A Streetcar Named...

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Written by DAVID THOMSON

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 11/03/2015

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87539-1

A Denver Post Best Book of 2015 

From one of the most admired critics of our time, brilliant insights into the act of watching movies and an enlightening discussion about how to derive more from any film experience.

Since first publishing his landmark Biographical Dictionary of Film in 1975 (recently released in its sixth edition), David Thomson has been one of our most provocative authorities on all things cinema. Now he offers his most inventive exploration of the medium yet: guiding us...

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THE CHAIRMAN
Written by JAMES KAPLAN

Format: Hardcover, 992 pages

Publisher: Doubleday

On Sale: 10/27/2015

Price: $35.00

ISBN: 978-0-385-53539-7

Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015 

In 2010's Frank: The Voice, James Kaplan, in rich, distinctive, compulsively readable prose, told the story of Frank Sinatra's meteoric rise to fame, subsequent failures, and reinvention as a star of live performance and screen. The story of "Ol' Blue Eyes" continues with Sinatra: The Chairman, picking up the day after Frank claimed his Academy Award in 1954 and had reestablished himself as the top recording artist in music. Frank's life post-Oscar was...

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HOLLYWOOD REBEL
Written by WILLIAM WELLMAN

Format: Hardcover, 656 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 04/07/2015

Price: $40.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-37770-8

The extraordinary life—the first—of the legendary, undercelebrated Hollywood director known in his day as “Wild Bill” (and he was!) Wellman, whose eighty-two movies (six of them uncredited), many of them iconic; many of them sharp, cold, brutal; others poetic, moving; all of them a lesson in close-up art, ranged from adventure and gangster pictures to comedies, aviation, romances, westerns, and searing social dramas.
 
Among his iconic pictures: the pioneering World War I epic Wings (winner of...

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A VINTAGE MOVIE CLASSIC
Written by WILLIAM MARCH

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/03/2015

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-87265-9

The bestselling novel that inspired Mervyn LeRoy’s classic horror film about the little girl who can get away with anything—even murder.
 
There’s something special about eight-year-old Rhoda Penmark. With her carefully plaited hair and her sweet cotton dresses, she’s the very picture of old-fashioned innocence. But when their neighborhood suffers a series of terrible accidents, her mother begins to wonder: Why do bad things seem to happen when little Rhoda is around? 
 
Originally published in...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/20/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-804-17072-7

In the second book in the New York Times bestselling mystery series, Veronica Mars is back with a case that will expose the hidden workings of one of Neptune’s most murderous locations.

The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town’s ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests. When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and left for dead by a staff member, the owners know that they have a potential...

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