Nearly 60 years after Lewis Carroll´s Alice´s Adventures in Wonderland was first published, a filmmaker named Walt Disney created a silent film about a girl named Alice. This pilot led Disney down a rabbit hole to form a company that would go on to become synonymous with fairy tales - including making further versions of the Alice story with the beloved 1951 animated film, the more-recent live-action versions and several iconic Disney Park experiences. Walt Disney´s Alice in Wonderland: An Illustrated History delves behind-the-scenes of those whimsical worlds.
The Hollywood Action and Adventure Film presents a comprehensive overview and analysis of the history, myriad themes, and critical approaches to the action and adventure genre in American cinema. * Draws on a wide range of examples, spanning the silent spectacles of early cinema to the iconic superheroes of 21st-century action films * Features case studies revealing the genre´s diverse roots - from westerns and war films, to crime and espionage movies * Explores a rich variety of aesthetic and thematic concerns that have come to define the genre, touching on themes such as the outsider hero, violence and redemption, and adventure as escape from the mundane * Integrates discussion of gender, race, ethnicity, and nationality alongside genre history * Provides a timely and richly revealing portrait of a powerful cinematic genre that has increasingly come to dominate the American cinematic landscape
120th anniversary of his birth, the life and masterpieces by Alfred Hitchcock, a British filmmaker, master of suspense and cinema genius. ´´If you make a bomb go off, the audience has a shock that lasts 10 seconds, but if you simply tell them there´s a bomb, the suspense is dragged out and the audience is kept on pins and needles for five minutes´´ (Alfred Hitchcock). The supreme representative of the ´´seventh art´´, director of masterpieces, milestone of world cinema, during his long career Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) made over 50 films, from his debut in silent cinema to 1970s movies that have terrorised entire generations. Enthralling plots, original editing, brilliance, skilful ability in creating constant tension, frame after frame: these are the ingredients that have made Hitchcock a true icon of cinema history, worshipped and revered by countless admirers who still today imitate and study his innovative techniques. Through a vast selection of photos and original contents taken from the set of masterpieces like Psycho (1960), Rear Window (1954), Birds (1963), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), Dial M for Murder (1954), readers are taken backstage to discover curious details and better understand the life of this master of suspense.
Academy Award-winning director Michael Curtiz (1886--1962) - whose best-known films include Casablanca (1942), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), Mildred Pierce (1945) and White Christmas (1954) - was in many ways the anti-auteur. During his unprecedented twenty-seven year tenure at Warner Bros., he directed swashbuckling adventures, westerns, musicals, war epics, romances, historical dramas, horror films, tearjerkers, melodramas, comedies, and film noir masterpieces. The director´s staggering output of 180 films surpasses that of the legendary John Ford and exceeds the combined total of films directed by George Cukor, Victor Fleming, and Howard Hawks. In the first biography of this colorful, instinctual artist, Alan K. Rode illuminates the life and work of one of the film industry´s most complex figures. He begins by exploring the director´s early life and career in his native Hungary, revealing how Curtiz shaped the earliest days of silent cinema in Europe as he acted in, produced, and directed scores of films before immigrating to the United States in 1926. In Hollywood, Curtiz earned a reputation for his explosive tantrums, his difficulty communicating in English, and his disregard for the well-being of others. However, few directors elicited more memorable portrayals from their casts, and ten different actors delivered Oscar-nominated performances under his direction. In addition to his study of the director´s remarkable legacy, Rode investigates Curtiz´s dramatic personal life, discussing his enduring creative partnership with his wife, screenwriter Bess Meredyth, as well as his numerous affairs and children born of his extramarital relationships. This meticulously researched biography provides a nuanced understanding of one of the most talented filmmakers of Hollywood´s golden age.
»Awake« ist das dritte Album von Dream Theater aus dem Jahr 1994 und kommt nun als Re-Release 180 Gramm Pressung und mit vierseitigem Einleger. Nach dem großen Erfolg von »Images and Words« war es Dream Theater ein dringendes Bedürfnis an neuem Material zu arbeiten, so dass es schon im Mai 1994 wieder zurück ins Studio ging. John Purdell und Duane Baron produzierten und mischten das Album ab. Das Coverdesign stammt von der Band selbst und enthält Referenzen zu den Texten des Albums. »Awake« kletterte auf Platz 32 der US Billboard Top 200. Es ist das letzte Album mit Keyboarder Kevin Moore, der während der Aufnahmen seinen Ausstieg aus der Band ankündigte und schlussendlich durch Derek Sherinian ersetzt wurde. »Lie«, »Caught in a Web« und »The Silent Man« wurden als Singles veröffentlicht.
Selections are: 6:00 * Caught in a Web * Erotomania * Innocence Faded * Lie * Lifting Shadows off a Dream * The Mirror * Scarred * The Silent Man * Space-Dye Vest * Voices.
The acclaimed, bestselling manga about a girl who can´t hear and the boy who bullied her, from start to finish, in a premium, collectible box set. Includes all seven volumes, plus an exclusive, double-sided 10-by-15-inch poster and a replica of Shoko´s communication notebook. This emotional drama is one of the most critically-acclaimed manga of the decade, earning an Eisner nomination and accolades from teachers and the American Library Association. Years ago, Shoya Ishida led his peers in tormenting a hearing-impaired classmate, Shoko Nishimiya. When she transfers schools, Shoya finds he has gone from bully to bullied, and is left completely alone. Now Shoya struggles to redeem himself in Shoko´s eyes and to face the classmates who turned on him. An animated film adaptation from Kyoto Animation has swept the globe, arriving in US theaters in October 2017.
The year is 1941.Shortly after the United States declares war on Japan in response to Pearl Harbor, Japan’s Tripartite Treaty allies, Germany and Italy, declare war on America.The United States finds itself in a two-theater war.President Franklin Roosevelt sets as America’s first priority the defeat of Nazi Germany, electing to wage a more-or-less holding war in the Pacific.In the beginning, the only force opposing the Japanese onslaught in the Pacific is the U.S. Submarine Service.Jake Lawler begins his war as executive officer aboard USS S-49, an aged S-class submarine, with orders to conduct unrestricted warfare against the enemy in the Pacific.When a freak mid-sea grounding causes the loss S-49, Jake assumes command of another boat, USS Orca, a new Gato-class submarine, under construction in Groton, CT.As Jake prepares a new boat and a freshly-assembled crew for war, the conflict in the Pacific is going badly for the Allies.This is the story of Captain Lawler’s eleven war patrols, including an ongoing conflict with Imperial Japanese Navy Captain Hiriake Ito of the destroyer Atsukaze.The crew of the Orca is made up of grizzled veterans and wet-behind-the-ears youngsters, all working together for a single purpose: to bring an implacable enemy to its knees.Along the way, friendships are forged, and love affairs and marriages are created - and destroyed.Pour yourself a favorite libation, grab a comfortable chair, and enjoy a tale that’s sure to hold your interest in Silent Warriors by Gene Masters. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tweet Productions. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/152193/bk_acx0_152193_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1975, the Broadway musical Chicago brought together a host of memes and myths - the gleefully subversive character of American musical comedy, the reckless glamour of the big-city newspaper, the mad decade of the 1920s, the work of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, and the Wild West gangsterville that was the city of Chicago itself.The tale of a young woman who murders her departing lover and then tricks the jury into letting her off, Chicago seemed too blunt and cynical at first. Everyone agreed it was show biz at its brilliant best, yet the public still preferred A Chorus Line, with its cast of innocents and sentimental feeling. Nevertheless, the 1996 Chicago revival is now the longest-running American musical in history.As author Ethan Mordden looks back at Chicago´s various moving parts - including the original 1926 play that started it all, a sexy silent film directed by Cecil B. DeMille, a talkie remake with Ginger Rogers, the musical itself, and at last the movie of the musical - we learn how the American theater serves as a kind of alternative news medium, a town crier warning the public about the racy, devious interior contradictions of American society. Opinionated, witty, and rich in backstage anecdotes, All That Jazz brings the American musical to life in all its artistry and excitement. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joel Froomkin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/012466/bk_tant_012466_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.