David Wild - Friends... 'til the End
Friends ... 'Til the End is the official companion to one of the world's most popular sitcoms ever and includes exclusive interviews with all six cast members, the complete story of all ten seasons. From Rachel's first flee from the alter, to her final flee from a plane bound for Paris, this book brings back all the memories of the ten years fans have spent with the Friends in their homes, and in the coffee shop, and sometimes in Phoebe's cab. In spring 2004, more than 8 million British fans of the series said goodbye to Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe and Joey when the final season came to an end. This is the ultimate companion to a series we have enjoyed for the past ten years.
Bruce F. Kawin - Mindscreen
In the opening chapter of this groundbreaking work, Bruce Kawin asks: can a film--which is already the dream of its maker and its audience, and which can present itself as the dream of one of its characters--appear, finally, to dream itself? Contrary to the classic assumption that all film narration is third person, the author contends that a movie can be narrated in first person through a consciousness that originates either on screen or off. Through a discussion of Keaton, Welles, Resnais, Bergman, Godard, and even Chuck Jones, Kawin shows how the self-reflexivity of film stimulates the aesthetic, political, and psychological processes of the audience, making possible a greater knowledge and acceptance of ourselves.
Ismeretlen szerző - François Truffaut
From "The 400 Blows" to "Jules and Jim" to "The Last Metro", Francois Truffaut (1932-1984) practically defined the French cinema of his era and was one of the founders of the New Wave which took the industry by storm in the late 1950s. His endlessly touching and romantic films - always tinged by a touch of reflective sadness - made him one of France's favorite and most successful directors. This book traces Truffaut's career and includes rare images drawn from his archives.Every book in "Taschen's Basic Film" series features: an introduction to the director and coverage of every film he or she directed; over 100 scenes from the movies, shots of the director at work, and film posters, with explanatory captions; rare images from around the world; informative text by acknowledged experts; and, a chronology, filmography, and bibliography.
Soren McCarthy - Cult Movies in Sixty Seconds
Presenting the information movie fans need about those films that the insiders seem to know and love, this handy guide to cult flicks offers perceptive and entertaining entries containing an outline of the plot, characters, and themes; insight into why the film is considered a classic; and essential little-known facts. Featuring such favorites as Barbarella, Betty Blue, Harold and Maude, Roger and Me, The Wickerman, and Withnail and I, this book highlights the best films from more than 50 years of movie making. Also explored are the qualities that make a film a cult movie and whether a film can be both cult and a box office hit.
Jurgen Muller - Movies of the 30s
Escaping reality: the wonderful world of cinema during the Great Depression From Tod Browning's Dracula (1931) to Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator (1940), this tome explores a diverse and fascinating era in world cinema. The stock market crash of 1929 had left the America?and the globe?in a devastating depression that would not begin to lift until World War II. With so many jobless, penniless, broken people singing the blues, is it any wonder that Hollywood strove to distract viewers from their misery with comedies like Chaplin's Modern Times (1936), Capra's feel-good Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), and the Marx Brothers? hilarious Duck Soup (1933), thrillers such as Hitchcock's seminal The 39 Steps (1935) or Hawks's Scarface (1932), or the epic romantic classic Gone with the Wind (1939)? While American moviegoers flocked to the theaters to escape their troubles and find solace in the magical world of Hollywood movies, filmmakers in Europe were experimenting with new techniques in a medium that had only recently gained sound; Fritz Lang's German Expressionist M (1931) and Jean Renoir's anti-war masterpiece La Grande Illusion (1937) greatly enhanced cinema as an art form, while Leni Riefenstahl's visually stunning Olympia (1936-38) pushed the limits of the medium's technical capacities. It's clear that while the 1930s was a time of poverty and struggle for many people, the world of cinema was much enriched. Film entries include: ? Synopsis ? Film stills and production photos ? Cast/crew listings ? Trivia ? Useful information on technical stuff ? Actor and director bios Plus: a complete Academy Awards list for the decade The editor: J?rgen M?ller studied art history in Bochum, Paris, Pisa, and Amsterdam. He has worked as an art critic, a curator of numerous exhibitions, a visiting professor at various universities, and has published books and numerous articles on cinema and art history. Currently he holds the chair for art history at the University of Dresden, where he lives. M?ller is the series editor for TASCHEN's Movies decade titles.
Jurgen Muller - Movies of the 20s
The birth of cinema: From the invention of the moving picture to the first sound movies From the first moving pictures (the Lumi?re brothers? 1895 ?L?arriv? d?un train?), early westerns, fantastic pictures, and nickelodeons all the way through the golden age of silent film in the 1920s, this book covers the first three decades of the moving picture around the world. In America, we witness the birth of Hollywood, circa 1910, where film quickly became a powerful industry and D. W. Griffith put American cinema on the map; later, Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton developed a new language of visual comedy while eccentrics like Erich von Stroheim and Cecil B. DeMille turned cinema into a high art form and show biz respectively, and sex symbols like Rudolph Valentino and Greta Garbo heated up the screens. Meanwhile, in Europe, German directors such as Ernst Lubitsch and Fritz Lang were establishing their careers and Russian greats Eisenstein and Pudovkin were already revolutionizing a nascent art form. At the end of the 1920s the very first ?talkies, ? albeit rudimentary ones, brutally crushed the silent art, but by 1930 sound masterpieces such as Sternberg's The Blue Angel and Milestone's All Quiet on the Western Front were produced. This exploration of the founding years of cinema offers a fascinating perspective on a period in movie history that is far too often overlooked in our times. Film entries include: ? Synopsis ? Film stills and production photos ? Cast/crew listings ? Trivia ? Useful information on technical stuff ? Actor and director bios
Jurgen Muller - Movies of the 40s
A trendsetting decade in world cinema The 40s were the decade of the movies. With the world at war, directors served up propaganda and escapist entertainment to the massed moviegoers of the pre-television age. Yet in many countries, there was also a parallel tendency towards greater realism. In Italy, for example, the spirit of the resistance culminated in the neorealist movement, which inspired the world's moviemakers with masterpieces such as De Sica's Bicycle Thieves (1948). In Hollywood, the 40s were probably the most creative phase in the studios? history. Never before had the Dream Factory brought such compellingly edgy and experimental films to the silver screen. The most seminal work of the decade was Citizen Kane (1941); Orson Welles's extravagantly original debut anticipated the expressive visual style that would come to typify film noir?the genre of ?dark movies, ? populated by romantic antiheroes and femmes fatales, that still represents the essence of cinema for many passionate movie buffs. In the atmospheric black-and-white universe of noir, Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner, and Lauren Bacall became timeless erotic icons, while Bogart?following The Big Sleep (1945)?was the very quintessence of cool. While these movies bore witness to the cracks in America's fa?ade, another genre was busily reconstituting the nation's identity. In the films of John Ford, the Western came back with a vengeance, Monument Valley embodied America's incomparable grandeur, and John Wayne (The Duke) was a natural aristocrat of the wild frontier.
Jurgen Muller - Movies of the 50s
At a time when people were terrified of UFOs and Communism, the movie industry was busy producing movies that ranged from film noir to suspense to grandiose musicals; apparently the paranoid public in the 1950s wanted family entertainment and dark, brooding pictures in equal doses. The result is a decade's worth of truly monumental cinema, from Hitchcock masterpieces (Vertigo, Psycho, Rear Window) to comedy classics (Tati's Mr. Hulot's Holiday, Billy Wilder's Some Like it Hot) to groundbreaking nouvelle vague films (Godard's Breathless, Truffaut's The Four Hundred Blows) and profound, innovative dramas such as Antonioni's L?Avventura, Fellini's La Strada, John Huston's Misfits, and Kubrick's Paths of Glory. Though censorship kept sex safely off-screen, sexy stars such as James Dean, Marlon Brando, and Marilyn Monroe provided plenty of heat in Rebel Without a Cause, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes respectively. A survey of the most important films of the 1950s
Jurgen Muller - Movies of the 60s
Viva María! Positioned precariously between the uptight 50s and the freewheeling 70s, the 1960s marked a turbulent time in the film industry. Though the term "feminism" may not have been ready for prime time, the 1960s were dominated by women’s liberation; from Jane Fonda’s Barbarella to Holly Golightly of Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Bonnie Parker of Bonnie and Clyde, screen females graduated from decorative accessories to complex, kick-ass personas. Now that audiences were more and more glued to their TV sets and the abolition of the Production Code loosened up the rules about what was "permissible" in cinema, filmmakers had more freedom to explore the possibilities of film as an art form. As was often the case, the Europeans were more daring—the French with Nouvelle Vague directors like Godard and Truffaut, and the Italians with such innovative films as Fellini’s 8 1/2 and Antonioni’s Eclipse—but by the mid-60s the Americans also showed signs of exercising creative liberties, especially in films from young underground directors such as Russ Meyer, John Frankenheimer, and Sam Peckinpah. Meanwhile, Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music ushered out the grandiose Hollywood musical era with a bang, the Spaghetti Western became an instant phenomenon, and Bond—James Bond—first appeared on-screen. In true pop art form, the movies of the 60s blurred the lines between art, mass market, and popular culture into a colorful, psychedelic oblivion. Dig it?
Aurelien Ferenczi - Masters of Cinema: Tim Burton
Tim Burton (USA, b. 1958) is the youngest of Hollywood's most successful directors. He has the knack of making films with a very broad appeal, taking the silliness out of the representation of children, while remaining in touch with the child within himself and his audiences. Burton emerged as a director and storyteller after working as an animator for Disney. His meeting with Johnny Depp enabled him to give physical form to the heroes of his imaginary worlds, where fear is mixed with laughter, strange is normal and those who are not normal, such as "Edward Scissorhands" (1990), must be preserved. After "Beetlejuice" (1988) and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (2005), the resolutely boyish Burton, now in his fifties, presents his version of "Alice in Wonderland" (2010).
Tim Burton - Mark Salisbury - Burton on Burton
A revised edition of the only book to explore the unique brilliance of director Tim Burton's work, including a new chapter on the making of Sleepy Hollow. Still only in his thirties, Tim Burton has established himself in the past fifteen years as one of the great visionaries of film. With the Batman films, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ed Wood, and, most recently, Sleepy Hollow, he has continually broken new ground both visually and thematically, exploring the dark anguish--as well as the dark humor--that animates many of his characters while also creating a densely textured, sometimes bizarre look specific to each film. In Burton on Burton, Burton talks to Mark Salisbury about his training as an animator at Disney, the importance of design in his films, and the recurring themes present in his work. In this revised edition, he also discusses the influence of 1950s sci-fi and 1970s disaster films on Mars Attacks! as well as how he conceived his highly stylized approach to the content and setting of Sleepy Hollow, his acclaimed retelling of the Washington Irving story that stars Johnny Depp, perhaps the actor most identified with Burton's work. Enhanced by stills from the films, storyboards, and illustrations of set designs for all his major films, Burton on Burton provides insights and information about the man and his work, throwing light on both his unique artistic vision and on the extraordinary films that have been the result.
Jean-Luc Godard - Pierrot le Fou
Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le fou (1965), made at the height of the French New Wave, remains a milestone in French cinema. More accessible than his later films, it represents the diverse facets of Godard's concerns and themes: a bittersweet analysis of male-female relations; an interrogation of the image; personal and international politics; the existential dilemmas of consumer society. This volume brings together essays by five prominent scholars of French film. They approach Pierrot le fou from the perspectives of image-and-word-play, aesthetics and politics, history, and high- and popular culture. A full filmography and a selection of reviews are included.
François Truffaut - Hitchcock
A film több, mint az élet. A mozi száz éves történetének talán legérdekesebb könyvéből kiderül, miért lehet ez így. A fiatal Francois Truffaut beszélget Hollywoodban az idős Alfred Hitchcockkal. Titkokat hallunk a filmcsinálás technikájáról... hogy mitől válhat maradandóvá egy szórakoztató-ipari termék. Nem egyszerű interjúsorozatot olvasunk, hanem vallomásfüzért életről és filmről. Mester és tanítvány? Mára mindkét rendező klasszikus - amikor beszélgettek, a filmkészítés robotos szakemberei. Műhelytitkok és anekdoták - és a teljes Hitchcock-pályakép áttekintése. Nagy színészek (Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, James Stewart) és nagy filmek (Londoni randevú, Forgószél, A gyanú árnyékában, Idegenek a vonaton, Psycho, Madarak...). A Hitchcock-életmű a kegyetlenség és irónia, feszültség és rettegés univerzuma - humorban pácolva. Miért rémületes egy üres lépcsőház és miért rémületes egy pohár tej... Filmesztétika izgalmas, humoros, dramatikus tálalásban. Vallomás a rettegés és a mese jogáról, a félelmet elűző ijesztés ősi sámánmesterségéről. Nemcsak Hitchcock és Truffaut munkásságát ismerjük meg a könyvből, de varázsos személyiségüket is. Az olvasó belép a párbeszédbe, sőt ellentmondhat, ha akar. Mert e két mester szereti az ellentmondást, csak a képzelethiányt nem szereti. Szelídek és kérlelhetetlenül szigorúak: a filmmunka megszállottjai, az élet vászonra-tolvajlói. Se nagyképűség, se lila köd, csak a játékos értelem szabad és éles fényei. Kettős portré. Szellemi párbaj a képzelet vágóasztalánál.
Ray Carney - John Cassavetes filmjei
John Cassavetes amerikai filmrendező, a New York-i filmiskola vezéralakja, sok szakmabéli és filmbarát kedvence, aki élete során távol tartotta magát mind az avantgárdtól, mind Hollywoodtól. Ray Carney, a Bostoni Egyetem professzora Cassavetes hat, talán legnépszerűbb filmjét - New York árnyai, Arcok, Minnie és Moskowitz, Egy hatás alatt álló nő, Egy kínai bukméker meggyilkolása, Szeretetáradat - elemzi tekintélyromboló módon, többféle szempontot érvényesítő megállapításaival sok esetben a filmtörténet és filmesztétika általánosan elfogadott ítéleteivel szembeszállva. Közben azt is megtudhatjuk, hogy a rendező miképpen írta forgatókönyveit, hogyan bánt a színészekkel, hogyan zajlott a forgatás és a munka a vágószobában. Különös filmrendező - különös megközelítésben. A kötetet fotók illusztrálják, amelyeket a Cassavetes-filmek forgatásain készítettek.
Brian Ruh - Stray Dog of Anime - The Films of Mamoru Oshii
Japanese animation, or “anime,” is rapidly becoming one of Japan’s top cultural exports to the U.S. At the forefront of this movement of cinematic, thoughtful animated films is director Mamoru Oshii. This is the first book to take an in-depth look at Oshii’s films, from his early days working on the TV program “Urusei Yatsura” & the critically acclaimed “Ghost in the Shell,” to “Avalon,” his most recent feature. The book details Oshii’s evolution as a director, paying special attention to his unique style & symbolism. Written in an intelligent, yet easily accessible style, it will be of interest to everyone from film scholars to the general anime fan.
Jennifer Lee - Maggie Malone - The Art of Wreck-It Ralph
In _Wreck-It Ralph_, Disney's expert team of concept, visual development and story artists explore the hidden world of video games from classic 8-bit arcade games to the most modern and inventive offerings of the digital age. At the center of this hilarious and wildly original video-game-hopping adventure is Wreck-It Ralph, an arcade game bad guy who breaks all the rules when he sets off on a mission to prove he can be good. _The Art of Wreck-It Ralph_ captures the fresh artistic vision of the film and the aesthetic journey of the filmmakers through interviews with the film's many artists, including a foreword by director Rich Moore and a preface by John Lasseter. Illustrated with character sketches, storyboards, visual development paintings, colorscripts, and more, this behind-the-scenes look at Disney's latest 3-D animated epic is a treat for video game and animation lovers alike.
Sergio Sandoval - Francisco Ruis Velasco - Guillermo del Toro - Mike Mignola - Hellboy II - Art of the Movie
The anticipation is ratcheting up for one of this summer's biggest action-adventure events, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, and Dark Horse is taking you behind the scenes! As we delved into the original box-office hit, this 200-page tome likewise presents the most extensive look into the film's evolution, from early concept art and diary sketches, to photos of the final props, sets, and filming. A unique look at filmmaking and the art of graphic novels. Del Toro and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola once again bring their world-renowned talents to bear on a brand-new chapter in Hellboy's history - a visual feast only they could produce. Get your sneak peek well before the celluloid hits the screen!
Wayne Barlowe - Ty Ellingson - Guillermo del Toro - Mike Mignola - Hellboy - The Art of the Movie
Since its debut in 1994, Mike Mignola's Hellboy has been one of the most celebrated comics on the shelves. Mignola has won every major industry award for his work, and attracted the attention of Hollywood for a series of jobs on high-profile films, including Disney's Atlantis and Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula. Now the director he teamed with on Blade II, Guillermo del Toro, brings Mignola's creation to the big screen, and Dark Horse provides a unique look into this moment in comics-to-film history.
Ian McEwan - The Innocent
The setting is Berlin. Into this divided city, wrenched between East and West, between past and present, comes twenty-five-year-old Leonard Marnham, assigned to a British-American surveillance team. Though only a pawn in an international plot that is never fully revealed to him, Leonard uses his secret work to escape the bonds of his ordinary life — and to lose his unwanted innocence. The promise of his new life begins to be fulfilled as Leonard becomes a crucial part of the surveillance team, while simultaneously being initiated into a new world of love and sex by Maria, a beautiful young German woman. It is a promise that turns to horror in the course of one terrible evening — a night when Leonard Marnham learns just how much of his innocence he's willing to shed.