Posts filed under "Bookshelf"

Scenes from the City: Filmmaking in New York

Posted by Brandy Dean March 3, 2014 1 Comment 3643 views

Scenes From the City: Filmmaking in New York is a beautiful pictorial tribute to cinema’s greatest supporting actor.

Billy Wilder Interviews

Posted by Brandy Dean January 31, 2014 0 Comment 3631 views

Billy Wilder Interviews, a collection of quips, bon mots, and filmmaking wisdom is a must read for any Wilder fan or aspiring script writer.

Book Review: Some Like It Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder

Posted by Brandy Dean January 6, 2014 0 Comment 3760 views

While Some Like it Wilder: The Life and Controversial Films of Billy Wilder is short on personal details, it keeps it eye on what’s important – the work.

Book Review: Rainbow: The Stormy Life of Judy Garland

Posted by Laura Grande December 3, 2013 1 Comment 2275 views

Judy Garland: a high-profile personality profiled in countless biographies, articles and documentaries over the last few decades. Like James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando, she has remained in the limelight long after her death. Ever since her untimely death in 1969 at the age of 47, Garland has been a focal point for celebrity […]

Book Review: The Making of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds

Posted by Brandy Dean November 6, 2013 1 Comment 8630 views

By the time production began on Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds began, the heat was on for America’s most famous auteur. The Birds was Hitch’s follow-up to the immensely controversial Psycho, a dramatic departure from the Master, crossing the border from suspense to outright horror. Critics might have hesitated for a minute, but the public loved […]

Book Review: Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast

Posted by Brandy Dean October 24, 2013 1 Comment 4338 views

Fritz Lang – director of M, Metropolis, Fury, The Big Heat – his very name is a sort of talisman for cineastes the world over. The name conjures the best of German expressionism and the name forms a vital link in the mind of the bridge between the most exemplary of those expressionist films and […]

Book Review: The Charley Chase Talkies: 1929-1940

Posted by Brandy Dean October 6, 2013 0 Comment 4730 views

In the holy Chaplin-Keaton-Lloyd trinity of silent film comedy, Charley Chase exists outside of the limelight but always earns an honorable mention. Silent comedy fans love this guy (for good reason). But Chase’s post-silent era talkies rarely get much attention. This oversight is so profound that Gerald Mast erroneously stated in the first edition of […]

Book Review: Very Naughty Boys: The Amazing True Story of Handmade Films

Posted by Brandy Dean October 5, 2013 0 Comment 5456 views

The new release from Titan Books Very Naughty Boys: The Amazing True Story of Handmade Films is half celebration, half cautionary tale. The celebration part takes a look at what happens when a brilliant comedy troupe hooks up with one of the world’s biggest (and wealthiest) pop stars, to wit a few truly brilliant films […]

Book Review: Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis

Posted by Laura Grande October 4, 2013 0 Comment 5228 views

Film historian Ed Sikov’s 2008 book Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis is not so much a biography as a detailed overview of the thespian’s filmography. Sikov, playing the film critic, discusses Davis’ performance in each film and provides an analysis of her abilities in each role, leaving readers with only brief glimpses of what […]

Book Review: Hitchcock’s Villains: Murderers, Maniacs, and Mother Issues

Posted by Brandy Dean September 20, 2013 1 Comment 5886 views

Many of you might remember a fabulous podcast called “A Year of Hitchcock” and the resulting book of the same name co-authored by the hosts of that podcast, Eric San Juan and Jim McDevitt. If you recall one or both of those things, then Hitchcock’s Villains: Murderers, Maniacs, and Mother Issues, the new book from San […]

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