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Live Cinema and Its Techniques
From one of the masters of twentieth-century cinema, an indispensable and entertaining guide to a visionary new form of moviemaking that can be appreciated by the avid film buff and general movie lover alike.
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Breaking the Spell
A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas
Chris Robé
Breaking the Spell offers the first full-length study that charts the historical trajectory of anarchist-inflected video activism from the late 1960s to the present. Video plays an increasingly important role among activists in the growing global resistance against neoliberal capitalism.
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Jazz and Cocktails
Rethinking Race and the Sound of Film Noir
Jans B. Wager
Film noir showcased hard-boiled men and dangerous femmes fatales, rain-slicked city streets, pools of inky darkness cut by shards of light, and, occasionally, jazz. Jazz served as a shorthand for the seduction and risks of the mean streets in early film noir.—Recommended by Michael
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Orson Welles's Last Movie
The Making of The Other Side of the Wind
Josh Karp
The genius film director's true insane behind the scenes of a film that was shot, somewhat edited, but never released. Including interviews from those who worked on it, and stories that will make you smile, Mr. Welles gives us a swansong of a biographical cinema experience. Hard to believe that fact is stranger than fiction. —Recommended by Don
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Dear White People
A Guide to Inter-Racial Harmony in "Post-Racial" America
Justin Simien
In the satirical tradition of the New York Times bestseller Stuff White People Like comes this witty companion book to the "incredibly entertaining" (Indiewire) film of the same name, which “heralds a fresh and funny new voice” (Variety). Right out of college, Justin Simien wrote a screenplay about the nuanced experiences of four black students.
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The Art of Noir
The Posters and Graphics from the Classic Era of Noir
Eddie Muller
Film noir is all about style, even more than it is about crime. The poster art from the noir era has a bold look and an iconography all its own. During noir's golden age, studios commissioned these arresting illustrations for even the lowliest "B" thriller.
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Now Write! Screenwriting
Screenwriting Exercises from Today's Best Writers and Teachers
Sherry Ellis, Laurie Lamson
An essential handbook featuring never-before-published writing exercises from the acclaimed screenwriters of Raging Bull, Ali, Terminator 2, Fame, Groundhog Day, Cape Fear, "Lost", "True Blood", "The Shield", and many other hit films and television...
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Life As We Show It
Writing On Film
Brian Pera, Masha Tupitsyn
Writings about the influence of film on the cultural and individual imagination
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How to Read a Film
Movies, Media, and Beyond
James Monaco
Richard Gilman referred to How to Read a Film as simply "the best single work of its kind." And Janet Maslin in The New York Times Book Review marveled at James Monaco's ability to collect "an enormous amount of useful information and assemble it in...
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Movie Speak
How to Talk Like You Belong on a Movie Set
Tony Bill
When is "groucho" not a comedian? A "seagull" not a bird? A "banana" not a fruit, and a "taco cart" not a food stand? What's the "Castle rock rule" and when should you call for a "buff & puff"? And why expect trouble when the A.D. (assistant director)...
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Pier Paolo Pasolini
Poet of Ashes
Pier Paolo Pasolini, Roberto Chiesi, Andrea Mancini
In this book, readers will find poems that Pasolini wrote during his brief stay in New York, interviews, and an anthology of statements, reflections, and notes on his films.
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A Panorama of American Film Noir (1941-1953)
Raymond Borde, Etienne Chaumeton
When it appeared in France in 1955, A Panorama of American Film Noir was the first book ever on the genre. Now this classic is at last available in English translation. This clairvoyant study of Hollywood film noir is "a 'benchmark' for all later...
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My First Movie
Twenty Celebrated Directors Talk about Their First Film
Stephen Lowenstein
In these vivid and revealing interviews, a diverse collection of filmmakers talk in extraordinary detail and with amazing candor about making their first films. Each chapter focuses on a director's celebrated debut and tells the inside story of the...
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The Shadow and its Shadow
Surrealist Writings on the Cinema
Paul Hammond
Here is a classic collection of writings by the Surrealists on their mad love of moviegoing. Forty-odd theoretical, polemical, and poetical essays document Surrealism's scandalous and nonreductive take on film. The essayists include such names as...

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