A founding father of British filmmaking, Victor Saville created such classics as I Was A Spy, Evergreen, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, The Mortal Storm, A Woman's Face, and Green Dolphin Street. Completed by Saville's collaborator, Hollywood biographer Roy Moseley, in the years following Saville's death in 1979, Evergreen: Victor Saville in His Own Words presents the esteemed filmmaker's memories of the development of the film industry in England and the United States, from the silent screen to 'talkies', from black-and-white to Technicolor, from the golden age of Hollywood to the rise of television. Born in Birmingham in 1897, Saville started small in the film business after being discharged from his unit in World War I following an injury. Working first for a distribution company, Saville was exposed to the earliest British silent films as well as imported 'blockbusters' such as The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance by D.W. Griffith. In 1922 he ventured to Hollywood to persuade silent film star Betty Compson to star in his first film, Woman to Woman, ultimately made with the assistance of Alfred Hitchcock in his first film job as assistant art director. He came to Hollywood permanently in 1941 when Louis B. Mayer invited him to work for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. His memoir provides an intimate and detailed look at Saville's long relationships with studio moguls Mayer and Alexander Korda and his work with an impressive list of film stars, including Robert Donat, Greer Garson, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, Hedy Lamarr, Margaret Sullavan, Ingrid Bergman, Jeanette MacDonald, Lana Turner, Deborah Kerr, Elizabeth Taylor, Errol Flynn, and Paul Newman. Saville's circle of personalfriends in Hollywood, where he lived with his wife, Phoebe, from 1941 to 1955, included the Marx brothers, Jack Benny, Danny Kaye, and George Burns. Owing to Roy Moseley's expert crafting, Evergreen: Victor Saville in His Own Words takes the reader behind the scenes of film's
Although poetry is one of the oldest art forms and cinema one of the youngest, a symbiosis exists between the two an interchange of metaphor, rhythm, point-of-view. No surprise, then, that so many contemporary poets write about film and the magnitude of its effect on modern life. Featuring work by some of the most acclaimed poets writing in Canada today (and three from the USA), this collection includes poems inspired by the full range of cinematic history from silent films to blockbusters, from neo-realism to cartoon, from Fred Astaire to vampires, and from all around the world. Entering this collection is an experience as beguiling as a trip to the movies itself. Among the poets included: Margaret Atwood, Don McKay, Michael Ondaatje, Steven Heighton, David W McFadden, Karen Solie, Marilyn Bowering, Julie Bruck, Stephanie Bolster and Ken Babstock.
How does a film come to look the way it does? What influence does a film's look have on our reaction to it? Cinematography's role as a science and an art is often forgotten. Cinematography remedies this omission by examining the highlights of the art of the cinematographer and providing the first comprehensive overview of how the field has rapidly evolved, from the early silent film era to today's digital imagery. It shows how the art of cinematography has been influenced by both technological advances and trends in the movie industry, from the rise of big-budget blockbusters to the spread of indie films, with detailed views of films and profiles of the major cinematographers. It is a valuable behind-the-scenes look at the profession and a stirring celebration of the art form, that will equip general readers, students & industry professionals with a fresh eye for what appears on the screen.
Everyone loves the movies, and the movie posters in this book provide a colorful visual history of the movies, from the early silent days to the big blockbusters of recent years. The evolution of the dream factory is charted through spectacular graphics used by individual studios to advertise their movies. Posters, like the films they represent, demonstrate stylistic developments, in response to changing social and political conditions, throughout the 20th century. The glamour, pathos and sheer drama of Hollywood through the decades is colorfully brought to life in over 400 illustrations of rare and collectible movie posters. This book provides an entertaining appreciation of the evolution of Hollywood and cinematic poster art, as well as a guide to the value of this advertising material. This collectors guide enables instant understanding and identification in one volume. Essential to the novice buyer and an invaluable visual reference for experienced collectors, this book is a celebration of Hollywood.
Fantastic Press strikes again with its second trade paperback offering, this time exploring the ultra-fanciful universe of spaceships, exotic planets, time travel, and extraterrestrials. The 'Top 100 Sci-Fi Movies' are reviewed and ranked by fantasy screenwriter/film historian Gary Gerani, who covers everything from early silent groundbreakers like A Trip to the Moon to today's widescreen, computer-generated blockbusters. With over 600 rare visuals, full-color layouts. and an introduction by one of Hollywood's greatest filmmakers, this exciting new pictorial overview is the ideal companion book to 2010's Top 100 Horror Movies.
If you love cinema and would like to know more about it, look no further than Cinema: The Whole Story. This is an indispensable book for all those who love watching and reading about films, and who want to understand more about the international world of cinema. . Places key works in the context of genre and social and cultural developments . Historical timelines highlight key influences and events . Inside the world of film-making - the glamour, the triumphs, the disappointments and the realities of stardom . Written by an international team of film experts, led by Philip Kemp, film historian, lecturer and author Illustrated, in-depth text covers every genre of cinema, from the first silent films to epic blockbusters, CGI graphics and ground-breaking special effects of the 21st century. Detailed timelines accompany the text and clarify cinematic history. Everything from camera and lighting to acting styles, animation and the film's social and cultural impact is explained, enabling you to interpret the full meaning of world-famous movies. Discover what makes a star, what makes a film a success - and why even the most promising of ideas can prove an expensive disaster.
The recent success of Hollywood blockbusters such as Troy, Alexander and 300 demonstrates how popular Greek antiquity still is and how well it can be marketed. Today as in the golden age of the peplum-genre, its myths, the Homeric heroes, the Attic tragedies, and &#8211; less frequently &#8211; historical personages such as Alexander the Great or the Spartan king Leonidas represent Hellas. The authors of this volume highlight the many and varied forms of the reception of ancient Hellas in the history of the cinema, from mythology to Roman Greece, from the era of silent films to the new millennium. In this, they are examining classic films, recent releases, and lesser known and often overlooked productions. Der jüngste Erfolg von Hollywood-Blockbustern wie Troy, Alexander und 300 zeigt, wie medienwirksam sich die griechische Antike in Szene setzen lässt. Sowohl heute als auch im goldenen Zeitalter des peplums wird Hellas dabei vor allem durch seine Mythen, homerischen Helden, seine Tragödien und &#8211; etwas seltener &#8211; durch einzelne historische Figuren wie Alexander oder den Spartaner Leonidas repräsentiert. Die Autoren beleuchten die vielfältigen Rezeptionsformen antiker griechischer Themen in der Filmgeschichte: von der Mythologie bis zum römischen Griechenland, von der Stummfilmzeit bis zum neuen Millennium. Dabei werden sowohl Klassiker, aktuelle Kinoerfolge als auch weniger bekannte Produktionen behandelt.
A show-stopping introduction to the world of cinema Go behind-the-scenes of the magical world of the silver screen with Children's Book of Cinema. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about movies, from the history of film and the making of a motion picture to the best kids films for every genre. The definitive Children's Book of Cinema tells the story of cinema from silent films of yesteryear to the big blockbusters of today, covering the innovation of 'talkies' as well as the revolution of technicolor. Explore the fascinating art of special effects and the trickery involved in making the unbelievable look real. Showcasing top movie stars and characters like Harry Potter and James Bond as well as introducing ground-breaking, must-watch films in essential genres, from adventure and comedy, to musicals and westerns. Plus, tips on simple movie-making techniques invite kids to start capturing their own stories on camera. Perfect for young film buffs eager to learn as much as possible about the enthralling universe of film. So get comfortable, have popcorn handy, and get lost in the Children's Book of Cinema.
An authoritative guide to the action-packed film genre With 24 incisive, cutting-edge contributions from esteemed scholars and critics, A Companion to the Action Filmprovides an authoritative and in-depth guide to this internationally popular and wide-ranging genre. As the first major anthology on the action film in more than a decade, the volume offers insights into the genre's historical development, explores its production techniques and visual poetics, and provides reflections on the numerous social, cultural, and political issues it has and continues to embody. A Companion to the Action Film offers original research and critical analysis that examines the iconic characteristics of the genre, its visual aesthetics, and its narrative traits; considers the impact of major directors and stars on the genre's evolution; puts the action film in dialogue with various technologies and other forms of media such as graphic novels and television; and maps out new avenues of critical study for the future. This important resource: * Offers a definitive guide to the action film * Contains insightful contributions from a wide range of international film experts and scholars * Reviews the evolution of the genre from the silent era to today's age of digital blockbusters * Offers nuanced commentary and analysis of socio-cultural issues such as race, nationality, and gender in action films Written for scholars, teachers and students in film studies, film theory, film history, genre studies, and popular culture, A Companion to the Action Film is an essential guide to one of international cinema's most important, popular, and influential genres.