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Talking Sixties Drive-In Movies
by Tom Lisanti

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English

Pages

361

Publication Date

May 23, 2017

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Talking Sixties Drive-in Movies is a collection of profiles, interviews, and tributes about actors and films popular with the drive-in movie crowd during the sixties. Interviewees include Arlene Charles, Nancy Czar, Gail Gerber, Christopher Riordan, and Irene Tsu talking Elvis Presley musicals; Bobbi Shaw and Steven Rogers talking beach party movies; Jan Watson and Diane Bond talking spy spoofs; Nicoletta Machiavelli talking spaghetti westerns; Mimsy Farmer and Maggie Thrett talking alienated youth movies; and Valerie Starrett talking biker films. Some of the chapters center on one movie or a genre while others are career profiles with a main focus on one or two drive-in movies.
The Hollywood Reporter: a treatment for a TV series
by , William Kayden

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English

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Publication Date

May 26, 2017

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In 1982, this idea for a nightly entertainment news show was born in an 18 page treatment, for Orion & NBC.
Coffee? I Like Coffee!: The Metaphysical Cinema of Coleman Franci...
by James O'Meara

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English

Pages

110

Publication Date

May 23, 2017

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Watching the films of Coleman Francis presents a perfect storm of repetitive film making, producing a boredom in the watcher so acute and unaccustomed in cinema as to put the watcher in a trance state, perfect for the assimilation of the Traditional teachings on the very topic of endless repetition. Here is a Paranoiac-Critical look at the films of Coleman Francis, providing an answer to the question "Why watch bad movies?" that is rooted in Traditional metaphysics.
MPAA: History and Controversy
by Zachary Flint

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English

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Publication Date

May 26, 2017

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The Motion Pictures Association of America has stood the test of time as one of the most influential companies in the world. With complete control over the film ratings process, as well as strong political ties with the United States government, the MPAA has the power to manipulate how the world views the medium of motion pictures. Take a look into the elusive MPAA,<br />as I discuss the history of the company, major criticisms they face, and the impact their film ratings have on the box office and the art of filmmaking itself.
Devouring Time: Nostalgia in Contemporary Shakespearean Screen Ad...
by Philippa Sheppard

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English

Pages

440

Publication Date

May 26, 2017

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From Kenneth Branagh’s groundbreaking Henry V to Justin Kurzel’s haunting Macbeth, many modern filmmakers have adapted Shakespeare for the big screen. Their translations of Renaissance plays to modern cinema both highlight and comment on contemporary culture and attitudes to art, identity, and the past.<br /><br />A dynamic analysis of twenty-seven films adapted from Shakespeare’s works, Philippa Sheppard’s Devouring Time addresses a wide range of topics, including gender, ritual, music, setting, rhetoric, and editing. She argues that the directors’ choice to adapt these four-hundred-year-old plays is an act of nostalgia, not only for the plays themselves, but also for the period in which they were written, the association of genius that accompanies them, and the medium of theatre. Sheppard contends that millennial anxiety brought on by the social and technological revolutions of the last five decades has generated a yearning for Shakespeare because he is an icon of a literary culture that is often deemed threatened. <br /><br />Authoritative and accessible, Devouring Time’s investigations of filmmakers’ nostalgia for the art of the past shed light on Western concepts of gender, identity, and colonialism.
Ojo al cine (Spanish Edition)
by Andrés Caicedo

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Spanish

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Publication Date

April 26, 2016

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<p style="text-align:center"><B>Libro que reúne lo mejor de los escritos de Andrés Caicedo sobre cine, muchos de estos publicados en Ojo al cine, la revista que él mismo fundó en los años setenta. </B></P> <BR> <P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>Las reseñas que escribió Andrés Caicedo sobre cine no son convencionales, de hecho nada en su vida lo fue. Como la literatura, el rock y la salsa, el #séptimo arte# también era esencial para su existencia y uno de sus referentes constantes. El cine en sí mismo era un personaje y cada película que Caicedo veía se convertía en una obsesión. De ahí que los comentarios que componen este volumen sean pasionales, vibrantes y a la vez, sorprendentemente eruditos.</P> <P ALIGN=JUSTIFY></P> <P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>Gracias a un laborioso trabajo de compilación realizado por Luis Ospina y Sandro Romero Rey, el libro Ojo al cine da a conocer la obra crítica de Caicedo y la cinefilia de una generación.</P> <P ALIGN=JUSTIFY></P> <P ALIGN=JUSTIFY>Más de tres décadas después del suicidio de su autor, estos textos siguen despertando interés y todavía contagian la emoción del autor por el cine.</P>
How the Movies Saved Christmas: 228 Rescues from Clausnappers, Sl...
by William D. Crump

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English

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Publication Date

March 20, 2017

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 Santa Claus is in trouble! Who will save Christmas? This A-to-Z guide to holiday films, television movies and series specials provides cast, credits, production information and commentary for 228 cinema Christmases that were almost ruined by villains, monsters, spirits, secularism, greed, misanthropy or elf error—but were saved by helpful animals, magic snowmen, selfless children or compassionate understanding. Reviews and references are included.
Kenneth Strickfaden, Dr. Frankenstein’s Electrician
by Harry Goldman

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English

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Publication Date

September 02, 2005

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Kenneth Strickfaden, innovative genius of illusionary special effects from silent films to the age of television, set the standard for Hollywood’s mad scientists. Strickfaden created the science fiction apparatus in more than 100 motion picture films and television programs, from 1931’s <I>Frankenstein</I> to the <I>Wizard of Oz</I> and <I>The Mask of Fu Manchu</I> to television’s <I>The Munsters</I>. The skilled technician, known around Hollywood’s back lots as “Mr. Electric,” once doubled for Boris Karloff in a dangerous scene and was nearly electrocuted.<br /> From his birth in 1896 to his death in 1984, Strickfaden’s life was filled with adventure. He spent his early years working the amusement parks on both coasts, served overseas as a Marine during World War I, took a 1919 cross-country trip in a dilapidated Model T, and favored risky pursuits like automobile and speedboat racing. He worked as an aeronautical mechanic, constructing airplanes for an historic around-the-world flight. A science teacher at heart, he gave 1,500 traveling science demonstration lectures across the U.S. and Canada.<br /> Besides covering Strickfaden’s entire personal and professional life, this book discusses how later films show his influence. It reveals the fate of his collection of equipment, and is richly illustrated with numerous rare and previously unpublished photographs. Appendices provide a selection of notes, doodles, and scribbles from Strickfaden’s notebooks, informal sketches, correspondence, documents, a chronology of his film and television contributions, a bibliography, a film index, and a complete subject index.
Narrating the Global Financial Crisis: Urban Imaginaries and the ...
by Miriam Meissner

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English

Pages

252

Publication Date

May 25, 2017

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<div><div><p>This book analyzes how the Global Financial Crisis is portrayed in contemporary popular culture, using examples from film, literature and photography. In particular, the book explores why particular urban spaces, infrastructures and aesthetics – such as skyline shots in the opening credits of financial crisis films – recur in contemporary crisis narratives. Why are cities and finance connected in the cultural imaginary? Which ideologies do urban crisis imaginaries communicate? How do these imaginaries relate to the notion of crisis? To consider these questions, the book reads crisis narratives through the lens of myth. It combines perspectives from cultural, media and communication studies, anthropology, philosophy, geography and political economy to argue that the concept of myth can offer new and nuanced insights into the structure and politics of popular financial crisis imaginaries. In so doing, the book also asks if, how and under what conditions urban crisis imaginaries open up or foreclose systematic and political understandings of the Global Financial Crisis as a symptom of the broader process of financialization. </p></div></div>
Envisioning Asia: On Location, Travel, and the Cinematic Geograph...
by Jeanette Roan

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English

Pages

278

Publication Date

September 22, 2010

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<div>"Whereas some other scholars read selected films mainly to illustrate political arguments, Roan never loses sight of the particularities of film as a distinctive cultural form and practice. Her drive to see 'cinema as a mechanism of American orientalism' results in not just a textual analysis of these films, but also a history of their material production and distribution."<br /><br />---Josephine Lee, University of Minnesota<br /><br /><br /><br /><div><br /><br /><br /><br />"<i>Envisioning Asia</i> offers an exciting new contribution to our understandings of the historical developments of American Orientalism. Jeannette Roan deftly situates changing cinematic technologies within the context of U.S. imperial agendas in this richly nuanced analysis of 'shooting on location' in Asia in early 20th century American cinema."<br /><br />---Wendy Kozol, Oberlin College<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />"Through her vivid illustration of the role of American cinema in the material, visual, and ideological production of Asia, Jeanette Roan takes the reader on a journey to Asia through a very different route from the virtual travel taken by the viewers of the films she discusses."<br /><br />---Mari Yoshihara, University of Hawai'i at Manoa<br /><br /><br /></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />The birth of cinema coincides with the beginnings of U.S. expansion overseas, and the classic Hollywood era coincides with the rise of the United States as a global superpower. In <i>Envisioning Asia,</i> Jeanette Roan argues that throughout this period, the cinema's function as a form of virtual travel, coupled with its purported "authenticity," served to advance America's shifting interests in Asia. Its ability to fulfill this imperial role depended, however, not only on the cinematic representations themselves but on the marketing of the films' production histories---and, in particular, their use of Asian locations. Roan demonstrates this point in relation to a wide range of productions, offering an engaging and useful survey of a largely neglected body of film. Not only that, by focusing on the material practices involved in shooting films on location---that is, the actual travels, negotiations, and labor of making a film---she moves beyond formal analysis to produce a richly detailed history of American interests, attitudes, and cultural practices during the first half of the twentieth century.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Jeanette Roan is Adjunct Professor of Visual Studies at California College of the Arts and author of "Exotic Explorations: Travels to Asia and the Pacific in Early Cinema" in <i>Re/collecting Early Asian America: Essays in Cultural History</i> (2002).<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Cover art: Publicity still, Tokyo File 212 (Dorrell McGowan and Stuart McGowan, 1951). The accompanying text reads: "Hundreds of spectators gather on the sidelines as technicians prepare to photograph a parade scene in 'Tokyo File 212,' a Breakston-McGowan Production filmed in Japan for RKO Radio distribution." Courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.<br /><br /><br /></div>

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