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FILM STUDIES

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

Format: Trade Paperback, 586 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 06/06/2017

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 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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THE SHAPE OF FILMS TO COME
Written by JAMES CURTIS

Format: Hardcover, 432 pages

Publisher: Pantheon

On Sale: 11/17/2015

Price: $40.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-42472-4

He was the consummate designer of film architecture on a grand scale, influenced by German expressionism and the work of the great European directors. He was known for his visual flair and timeless innovation, a man who meticulously preplanned the color and design of each film through a series of continuity sketches that made clear camera angles, lighting, and the actors’ positions for each scene, translating dramatic conventions of the stage to the new capabilities of film. 
Here is the...

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

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 06/23/2015

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-375-42459-5

From a legendary film critic and movie fan extraordinaire, the highlights reel of a life spent at the movies. 

Richard Schickel has seen, by his own estimate, more than twenty thousand films. He has been a reviewer since 1965 (long for Time magazine), has written almost forty books on the subject, and has produced and directed thirty documentaries. He has counted as personal friends many of the leading filmmakers of the twentieth century. Call it “obsession,” “lunacy,” or a “grand passion”...

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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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THE SCREENPLAY
Written by SCOTT ALEXANDER, LARRY KARASZEWSKI
Contribution by TYLER STALLINGS

Format: Trade Paperback, 222 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 12/16/2014

Price: $11.95

ISBN: 978-1-101-91164-8

WITH AN INTERVIEW WITH MARGARET KEANE

The full screenplay by award-winning Ed Wood writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for acclaimed director Tim Burton's film Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz.

A rare close-up look into a corner of the 1950s and '60s art world and a perfectly observed account of a dysfunctional marriage, Big Eyes tells the true story of Margaret Keane, an artist who lived and worked in virtual slavery while her husband, Walter, gained fame and fortune...

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A BRIEF LIFE
Written by PETER ACKROYD

Format: Hardcover, 304 pages

Publisher: Nan A. Talese

On Sale: 10/28/2014

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-53737-7

A brief yet definitive new biography of one of film's greatest legends: perfect for readers who want to know more about the iconic star but who don't want to commit to a lengthy work.

He was the very first icon of the silver screen and is one of the most recognizable of Hollywood faces, even a hundred years after his first film. But what of the man behind the moustache? Peter Ackroyd's new biography turns the spotlight on Chaplin's life as well as his work, from his humble theatrical...

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