Sidney J Furie
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|Author||: Daniel Kremer|
|Editor||: University Press of Kentucky|
Known for his visual style as well as for his experimentation in virtually every genre of narrative cinema, award-winning director Sidney J. Furie also has the distinction of having made Canada's first ever feature-length fictional film in English, A Dangerous Age (1957). With a body of work that includes The Ipcress File (1965), Lady Sings the Blues (1972), and The Entity (1982), he has collaborated with major stars such as Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Robert Redford, and Michael Caine, and his films have inspired some of Hollywood's most celebrated directors, including Stanley Kubrick and Quentin Tarantino. In this first biography of the prolific filmmaker, author Daniel Kremer offers a comprehensive look at the director's unique career. Furie pioneered techniques such as improvisation in large-scale film productions, and sometimes shot his films in sequence to develop the characters from the ground up and improve the performers' in-the-moment spontaneity. Not only has Stanley Kubrick acknowledged that Furie's The Boys in Company C (1978) informed and influenced Full Metal Jacket (1987), but Martin Scorsese has said that he considers The Entity to be one of the scariest horror films of all time. However, Furie was often later criticized for accepting lowbrow work, and as a result, little serious study has been devoted to the director. Meticulously researched and enhanced by Kremer's close relationship with the filmmaker, this definitive biography captures the highs and lows of an exceptional but underexamined career, taking readers behind the scenes with a director who was often ahead of his time.
Western and Frontier Film and Television Credits 1903 1995 Section III Film index Section IV Television index
|Author||: Harris M. Lentz|
This exhaustive reference provides a comprehensive accounting, covering more than nine decades, of Western and frontier movies and television shows, and the creative talents who brought them to life. Part I is a full listing of Western and frontier credits for actors and actresses, with year of production and role played, and a listing of television credits in the genre, giving the series title, episode title, original air date, and role played. Birth dates (and death dates when appropriate) are given for each performer. Part II gives directors, producers, screenwriters, and original authors, along with the Western films they were involved in. Part III is an alphabetical listing of films, including silents, serials, and made-for-television features, with date and country of release, alternate titles, and the cast and production credits. The final section is a television listing, providing series title, original air date and cast and credits. This film book is published as a set of two volumes. Replacement volumes can be obtained individually under ISBN 0-7864-0217-2 (for Volume 1) and ISBN 0-7864-0218-0 (for Volume 2).
|Author||: Len Deighton|
Len Deighton's classic first novel, whose protagonist is a nameless spy -- later christened Harry Palmer and made famous worldwide in the iconic 1960s film starring Michael Caine. The Ipcress File was not only Len Deighton's first novel, it was his first bestseller and the book that broke the mould of thriller writing. For the working class narrator, an apparently straightforward mission to find a missing biochemist becomes a journey to the heart of a dark and deadly conspiracy. The film of The Ipcress File gave Michael Caine one of his first and still most celebrated starring roles, while the novel itself has become a classic.
|Author||: Douglass K. Daniel|
|Editor||: Univ of Wisconsin Press|
Called “God’s angry man” for his unyielding demands in pursuit of personal and artistic freedom, Oscar-winning filmmaker Richard Brooks brought us some of the mid-twentieth century’s most iconic films, including Blackboard Jungle, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Elmer Gantry, In Cold Blood, and Looking for Mr. Goodbar. “The important thing,” he once remarked, “is to write your story, to make it believable, to make it live.” His own life story has never been fully chronicled, until now. Tough as Nails: The Life and Films of Richard Brooks restores to importance the career of a prickly iconoclast who sought realism and truth in his films. Douglass K. Daniel explores how the writer-director made it from the slums of Philadelphia to the heights of the Hollywood elite, working with the top stars of the day, among them Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Jean Simmons, Sidney Poitier, Sean Connery, Gene Hackman, and Diane Keaton. Brooks dramatized social issues and depicted characters in conflict with their own values, winning an Academy Award for his Elmer Gantry screenplay and earning nominations for another seven Oscars for directing and screenwriting. Tough as Nails offers illuminating insights into Brooks’s life, drawing on unpublished studio memos and documents and interviews from stars and colleagues, including Poitier, director Paul Mazursky, and Simmons, who was married to Brooks for twenty years. Daniel takes readers behind the scenes of Brooks’s major films and sheds light on their making, their compromises, and their common threads. Tough as Nails celebrates Brooks’s vision while adding to the critical understanding of his works, their flaws as well as their merits, and depicting the tumults and trends in the life of a man who always kept his own compass. Best Books for General Audiences, selected by the American Association of School Librarians Outstanding Book, selected by the Public Library Reviewers
|Author||: Douglas E. Cowan|
|Editor||: University of California Press|
Magic, Monsters, and Make-Believe Heroes looks at fantasy film, television, and participative culture as evidence of our ongoing need for a mythic vision—for stories larger than ourselves into which we write ourselves and through which we can become the heroes of our own story. Why do we tell and retell the same stories over and over when we know they can’t possibly be true? Contrary to popular belief, it’s not because pop culture has run out of good ideas. Rather, it is precisely because these stories are so fantastic, some resonating so deeply that we elevate them to the status of religion. Illuminating everything from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Dungeons and Dragons, and from Drunken Master to Mad Max, Douglas E. Cowan offers a modern manifesto for why and how mythology remains a vital force today.
|Author||: Tony Zaza|
A practical guide to planning how to write scripts for theatrical, commercial and industrial formats. It explains language, formats, budgets and technical considerations.
|Author||: Mark Walker|
This book examines the change in the narrative film image of the returned Vietnam veteran over time, from its initial appearance in the mid-1960s to the early 1990s. Vietnam veterans have appeared as characters in dozens of narrative feature films, from Billy Jack to Wild at Heart. These films are the primary resources of this study, and the book contains both a filmography of these films and a filmography of films set in Vietnam during the conflict (together by far the most comprehensive the author is aware of), as well as a bibliography of the period under examination.
|Author||: Marc Sigoloff|
This is a comprehensive filmography of American, British and Canadian feature films released during the decade of the 1970s. Nearly 1,000 films are listed alphabetically, each with cast (including the characters they played) and credits; release date; a five star rating system; production company; length; the Motion Picture Association of America rating of G, PG, R or X; various award winners are indicated with symbols; and a brief summary of major plot details and characters and an evaluation of its virtues or flaws. The box-office rentals of each film achieving $4 million or more are also indicated.
|Author||: Leslie Halliwell,John Walker|
|Editor||: HarperCollins Publishers|
A comprehensive guide to around 20,000 of the most enduring movies ever made, including American, British, and foreign-language films, as well as movies of the silent era.
|Author||: Yoram Allon,Del Cullen,Hannah Patterson|
|Editor||: Wallflower Press|
The guide encompasses the careers of over 350 directors from the last 20 years. A must for any film studies library, it is a unique reference to the changing dynamics of these cinemas.
|Author||: Robert Moses|
|Editor||: Hyperion Books|
Presents descriptions of five thousand films considered classics by the television network "American Movie Classics"