Sweet Smell of Success (BFI Film Classics)

By James Naremore

One of the main bold motion pictures of the Nineteen Fifties, the darkish satire Sweet scent of Success, took on McCarthyism at a time while movie studios have been cringing below the repressive eye of the censors and an both intimidating political and media atmosphere. Starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis, this movie used to be the 1st of its variety to tackle the Hollywood procedure because it served up a dose of revenge for the left opposed to the suffocating cultural surroundings of the interval. James Naremore’s insightful research bargains new information regarding the numerous revisions of the screenplay, negotiations with censors, and the annoying conditions lower than which the movie was once shot and got by means of critics and the general public. He additionally presents an in depth observation at the comprehensive product, studying the $64000 contributions of its a number of proficient creators.

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Hitchcock's Motifs (Film Culture in Transition)

By Michael Walker

Alfred Hitchcock’s motion pictures are well known internationally, and a mountain of literature has distinctive likely each side of them. but remarkably few reviews have exclusively fascinated by the ordinary motifs in Hitchcock’s motion pictures. Michael Walker treatments this unbelievable hole in Hitchcock literature with an cutting edge and in-depth research of the sustained motifs and topics threaded via Hitchcock’s whole physique of work. 

Combing via all fifty-two extant function movies and consultant episodes from Hitchcock’s tv sequence, Walker lines over 40 motifs that emerge in habitual items, settings, character-types, and occasions. even if the loaded that means of staircases, the symbolic prestige of  keys and purses, homoeroticism, guilt and confession, or the function of paintings, Walker analyzes such components to bare a posh net of cross-references in Hitchcock’s paintings. He additionally supplies complete recognition to the wider social contexts within which the motifs and subject matters are performed out, arguing that those interwoven components upload new and richer depths to Hitchcock’s oeuvre. a useful, encyclopedic source for the coed and fan, Hitchcock’s Motifs is an interesting examine of 1 of the best-known and such a lot popular movie administrators in history.

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The American Film Industry

A pioneering survey of the commercial background of the U.S. movie undefined. selection Upon its unique book in 1976, the yank movie used to be welcomed by means of movie scholars, students, and fanatics because the first systematic and unified heritage of the yankee motion picture undefined. Now this indispensible anthology has been multiplied and revised to incorporate a clean introductory review through editor Tino Balio and ten new chapters that discover such issues because the development of exhibition as large company, the mode of creation for characteristic movies, the famous person as marketplace technique, and the altering economics and constitution of latest leisure businesses. the result's a special selection of essays, extra complete and present than ever, that unearths how the yank motion picture quite labored in a century of continuing change-from kinetoscopes and the arriving of sound to the big name process, Nineteen Fifties blacklisting, and cutting-edge company empires. Tino Balio is Professor of communique Arts on the college of Wisconsin Madison and normal editor of the Wisconsin/Warner Brothers Screenplay sequence. he's the writer of United Artists: the corporate outfitted through the celebrities, additionally released via the UW Press, and the coauthor of The background of the nationwide Theatre convention

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The Video Watchdog Book

The Video Watchdog publication ebook collects and updates the beginnings of Video Watchdog (1985 to 1992) from Tim Lucas' first columns in Video instances, Gorezone and Fangoria prior to Video Watchdog journal got here at the scene. countless numbers of tapes appraised, feature-length articles on Jess Franco, Dario Argento, Edgar Wallace and Terence Fisher, over 650 retitlings and an index to the 1st 12 problems with Video Watchdog journal.

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Hitchcock's Films Revisited

By Robin Wood

When Hitchcock's motion pictures used to be first released, it speedy grew to become often called a brand new type of e-book on movie and as an important textual content within the becoming physique of Hitchcock feedback. This revised version of Hitchcock's movies Revisited encompasses a large new preface within which wooden finds his own historical past as a critic―including his popping out as a homosexual guy, his perspectives on his past severe paintings, and the way his writings, his love of movie, and his own existence and feature remained deeply intertwined over the years. This revised variation additionally incorporates a new bankruptcy on Marnie.

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Annie Hall

By Peter Cowie

For a whole iteration, Annie corridor embodied the suggestion of a brand new York peopled via subtle intellectuals--all despatched up by means of the deadpan comedy genius of Woody Allen, author, director and naturally megastar. It additionally proven the glowing appearing expertise of Diane Keaton as a accomplice for Woody on reveal. The movie has survived as a well-liked comedy, besides the fact that, via advantage of Allen's inventiveness as a director and the timelessness of his satire. Peter Cowrie's learn of Annie corridor recaptures the temper of the 70s, and examines the myriad inventive touches that distinguish this movie from different American productions of the interval. The publication additionally incorporates a thesaurus of the various cultural references which offer the movie its distinctively "intellectual" tone.

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Los Olvidados (BFI Film Classics)

By Mark Polizzotti

Los Olvidados (1950) proven Luis Bunuel's acceptance as a world-class director. Set within the slums of Mexico urban, it follows the crime-filled and violent lives of crew of sweet sixteen delinquents. The movie indicates a few of Bunuel's recognisable topics of love's yearnings, social injustice, and surrealism, yet with a layer of compassion that units it except a lot of his different motion pictures. In 2003, Los Olvidados was once inducted into UNESCO's reminiscence of the realm programme, which preserves documentary background of worldwide importance. Mark Polizzotti explores the old context, aesthetic significance and biographical importance of the movie, offering the 1st whole assessment of Los Olvidados in English. He additionally provides an advent to the Mexican movie and locations Bunuel and his motion pictures inside it. whereas many critics have taken Los Olvidados as a movie approximately city poverty, Mark Polizzotti sees it as a way more own and mysterious assertion approximately craving, loss, and the necessity for redemption. by means of taking the idea of starvation as its structural precept, he explores the topics of affection, betrayal, wish, and loss of life that make the movie this sort of strong assertion greater than fifty years after its free up.

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Last Tango in Paris (BFI Modern Classics)

By David Thompson

"Last Tango left me depleted and exhausted. a few of the discomfort i used to be experiencing used to be my own. Thereafter i made a decision to make my dwelling in a fashion that was once much less devastating emotionally." hence Marlon Brando recalled, in his autobiography, making Last Tango in Paris.
Bernardo Bertolucci's photo and harrowing account of sexual obsession, grief, psychic breakdown, and homicide premiered in 1972 on the long island movie competition. The print used to be escorted to the screening by means of armed guards. at the film's next liberate in Italy, Bertolucci, Brando, co-star Maria Schneider, and manufacturer Alberto Grimaldi have been indicted on obscenity fees and located to blame. Controversy and censorship dogged the movie, however it was once an outstanding advertisement and important good fortune. honored New Yorker critic Pauline Kael known as Last Tango "the such a lot powerfully erotic motion picture ever made."
David Thompson's fluent account of final Tango in Paris details the belief, creation, and fortunes of the movie. Drawing on a brand new and huge interview with Bertolucci, Thompson indicates how the movie crystallized Bertolucci's curiosity in artwork, literature, and psychoanalysis, and the way it used to be learned throughout the consummate talents of forged and staff. finishing with a dialogue of ways vital this movie is for an knowing of Brando, Schneider, and Jean-Pierre Leaud, Thompson unravels the brilliance of Last Tango in Paris' depiction of human habit and emotion.

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