Arts & Architecture  /  Film, Media & Television
Lucas Cover Lucas Cover
Format: 
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780813198781
Pub Date: 14 May 2024
Illustrations: 14 b&w illustrations
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780813199399
Pub Date: 14 May 2024
Illustrations: 14 b&w illustrations
Description:
George Lucas is an innovative and talented director, producer, screenwriter, and filmmaker whose prolific career spans decades. While he is best known as the creative mind behind the Star Wars franchise, Lucas first gained notoriety with his 1973 film American Graffiti, which received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Director and Best Picture. When Star Wars (1977) was released, the groundbreaking motion picture won six Academy Awards, became the highest grossing film at the time, and started a cultural revolution that continues to inspire generations of fans.
John Ford Cover John Ford Cover
Format: 
Pages: 348
ISBN: 9780813198507
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Series: Screen Classics
Illustrations: 131 b&w illustrations
Pages: 348
ISBN: 9780813198378
Pub Date: 15 Mar 2024
Series: Screen Classics
Illustrations: 131 b&w illustrations
Description:
Orson Welles was once asked which directors he most admired. He replied: "The old masters. By which I mean John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford.

Mavericks

Interviews with the World's Iconoclast Filmmakers
Format: Hardback
Pages: 204
ISBN: 9780813197944
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Series: Screen Classics
Illustrations: 26 b&w illustrations
Description:
The auteur theory - the belief that a director's personal influence and artistic control over a movie are so great that the filmmaker is regarded as the key artist in making a film - was first popularized in America by film critic Andrew Sarris. In the New Hollywood Era of the 1960s and 1970s, as weakening studio control granted directors more artistic freedom, the theory gained traction, embraced by both the media and by directors themselves, and it came to be a significant factor in the filmmaking process. With its almost ubiquitous acceptance, the auteur theory also had, in hindsight, a negative effect.
Modernity at the Movies Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780822947677
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2024
Series: Pitt Illuminations
Description:
Cinema can both reflect the world as it is and offer escape from it. In Modernity at the Movies, Camila Gatica Mizala explores the ideas of reflection versus escapism and examines how modes of understanding the current moment emerged through the practice of going to the movies in Santiago and Buenos Aires between 1915 and 1945. Using cinema and variety magazines published in both cities, she analyzes the technology, architecture, attendance, behavior, language, censorship, and overall experience of cinema-going.
Strictly Dynamite Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 488
ISBN: 9780813198088
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2024
Series: Screen Classics
Illustrations: 62 b&w illustrations
Description:
Before Salma Hayek, Eva Longoria, and Penelope Cruz, there was Lupe Velez—one of the first successful Latin-American Hollywood stars, who swept past the xenophobia of Old Hollywood to pave the way for future icons from around the world. Her career began in the silent era when her beauty was enough to make it onto the silver screen, but with the rise of talkies, Velez could no longer hope to hide her Mexican accent. Yet Velez proved to be a talented dramatic and comedic actress (and singer) and was much more versatile than such legends as Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, and Gloria Swanson.

They Made the Movies

Conversations with Great Filmmakers
Format: Hardback
Pages: 392
ISBN: 9780813197524
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2024
Series: Screen Classics
Illustrations: 96 b&w illustrations
Description:
For decades, James Bawden and Ron Miller have established themselves as maestros of provocative interviews, giving fans unmatched insights into the lives of Hollywood A-listers. In their fourth collection, the authors pay tribute to film pioneers who lit up Tinseltown from the 1930s through the 1960s. They Made the Movies features conversations with legendary directors who created many of film's all-time classics, including Frank Capra (It's A Wonderful Life, 1946), Richard Fleischer (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1954), Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho, 1960), Ralph Nelson (Lilies of the Field, 1963), Robert Wise (The Sound of Music, 1965), and Chuck Jones (How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Designing Hollywood Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780813197913
Pub Date: 20 Dec 2023
Illustrations: 74 b&w illustrations, 25 color illustrations
Description:
Since the 1920s, fashion has played a central role in Hollywood. As the movie-going population consisted largely of women, studios made a concerted effort to attract a female audience by foregrounding fashion. Magazines featured actresses like Jean Harlow and Joan Crawford bedecked in luxurious gowns, selling their glamour as enthusiastically as the film itself.
Jessica Lange Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780813197258
Pub Date: 20 Dec 2023
Illustrations: 27 b&w illustrations
Description:
Brilliant, beautiful, driven, uncompromising, elusive, iconic - Jessica Lange is one of the most gifted and fascinating actors of her generation. From her rise to fame in Dino De Laurentiis's remake of King Kong (1976) and her Oscar-winning performances in Tootsie (1982) and Blue Sky (1994); to her Emmy-winning work in Grey Gardens (2009) and the American Horror Story series; and her Tony Award–winning turn in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night (2016), Lange has had a long and illustrious career on-screen and onstage. She has worked with some of the most celebrated names in the business, including Jack Nicholson, Bob Fosse, Martin Scorsese, Kim Stanley, Halle Berry, and Kathy Bates.
Expanding media histories Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 234
ISBN: 9789189361676
Pub Date: 30 Nov 2023
Illustrations: 40
Description:
Contemporary media history is a rapidly growing field that extends far beyond traditional studies of technology or institutions such as radio, film, and television. This volume expands the scope further still to analyse ephemeral, mundane phenomena long overlooked by media historiography. In eight original essays, the volume demonstrates the strengths of a broad concept of the media.
The Warner Brothers Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9780813198019
Pub Date: 05 Sep 2023
Series: Screen Classics
Illustrations: 64 b&w illustrations
Description:
One of the oldest and most recognizable studios in Hollywood, Warner Bros. is considered a juggernaut of the entertainment industry. Since its formation in the early twentieth century, the studio has been a constant presence in cinema history, responsible for the creation of acclaimed films, blockbuster brands, and iconic superstars.
Monsters on Maple Street Cover Monsters on Maple Street Cover
Format: 
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9780813197845
Pub Date: 08 Aug 2023
Illustrations: 33 b&w illustrations
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9780813199276
Pub Date: 08 Aug 2023
Illustrations: 33 b&w illustrations
Description:
Post-World War II America has often been mythologized by successive generations as an exceptional period of prosperity and comfort. At a time when the Cold War was understood to be a battle of ideas as much as military prowess, the entertainment business relied heavily on subtle psychological marketing to promote the idea of the American Dream. The media of the 1950s and 1960s promoted an idealized version of American life sustained by the nuclear family and bolstered by a booming consumer economy.
Harry Dean Stanton Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 278
ISBN: 9780813197722
Pub Date: 01 Aug 2023
Series: Screen Classics
Illustrations: 16 b&w halftones
Description:
Harry Dean Stanton (1926-2017) got his start in Hollywood in TV productions such as Zane Grey Theater and Gunsmoke. After a series of minor parts in forgettable westerns, he gradually began to get film roles that showcased his laid-back acting style, appearing in Cool Hand Luke (1967), Kelly's Heroes (1970), The Godfather: Part II (1974), and Alien (1979). He became a headliner in the eighties - starring in Wim Wenders's moving Paris, Texas (1984) and Alex Cox's Repo Man (1984) - but it was his extraordinary skill as a character actor that established him as a revered cult figure and kept him in demand throughout his career.
Citizen Welles Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 692
ISBN: 9780813197135
Pub Date: 25 Apr 2023
Series: Screen Classics
Description:
George Orson Welles (1915-1985) is considered to be among the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time. At just twenty-five years old, he co-wrote, produced, directed, and starred in his Academy-Award-winning debut film Citizen Kane (1941). His innovative and distinctive directorial style - nonlinear narratives, unusual camera angles, deep focus shots, and long takes - continues to be emulated by directors and cinematographers to this day.
The Woman Who Dared Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 672
ISBN: 9780813196831
Pub Date: 07 Mar 2023
Series: Screen Classics
Illustrations: 52 b&w illustrations
Description:
In the early days of motion pictures - before superstars, before studio conglomerates, before even the advent of sound - there was a woman named Pearl White (1889-1938). A quintessential beauty of the time, with her perfectly tousled bob and come-hither stare, White's rise to stardom was swift; her assumption of the title of queen of American motion picture serials equally deserved. Born the youngest of five children in a small, rural Missouri farm town, White left high school at only 15, taking on jobs to help keep her family financially afloat, work that included small parts in plays for a local stock company.
Ida Lupino Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9780813196480
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2023
Illustrations: 50 illustrations
Description:
British-born actress, singer, director, and producer Ida Lupino (1918-1995) cut one of the most alluring profiles of any Hollywood persona during the forties and fifties. The star of classic films such as They Drive by Night (1940), High Sierra (1941), and Road House (1948), she was a stalwart of the screen throughout her early career and frequently received top billing ahead of stars such as Humphrey Bogart. While her talent was undeniable, her insistence on taking only roles she felt would challenge her professionally often put her at odds with the demands of studio executives.
Jean Gabin Cover

Jean Gabin

Format: 
Pages: 326
ISBN: 9780813196329
Pub Date: 24 Jan 2023
Series: Screen Classics
Illustrations: 51 b&w illustrations
Pages: 326
ISBN: 9780813198750
Pub Date: 28 Feb 2023
Series: Screen Classics
Illustrations: 48 b&w illustrations
Description:
When one thinks of the quintessential Frenchman, one likely pictures Jean Gabin (1904-1976). The son of music hall performers, the Paris-born actor grew up in the entertainment business. His onscreen debut in the 1930's marked the beginning of many memorable roles in films such as La Grande Illusion (1937) and Émile Zola's La Bête Humaine (1938).