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From the Headlines to Hollywood

From the Headlines to Hollywood Author Chris Yogerst
ISBN-10 9781442262461
Release 2016-09-02
Pages 254
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More than any other studio, Warner Bros. used edgy, stylistic, and brutally honest films to construct a view of America that was different from the usual buoyant Hollywood fare. The studio took seriously Harry Warner’s mandate that their films had a duty to educate and demonstrate key values of free speech, religious tolerance, and freedom of the press. This attitude was most aptly demonstrated in films produced by the studio between 1927 and 1941—a period that saw not only the arrival of sound in film but also the Great Depression, the rise of crime, and increased concern about fascism in the lead-up to World War II. In From the Headlines to Hollywood: The Birth and Boom of Warner Bros., Chris Yogerst explores how “the only studio with any guts” established the groundwork and perfected formulas for social romance dramas, along with gangster, war, espionage, and adventure films. In this book, the author discusses such films as ThePublic Enemy, Little Caesar, G-Men, The Life of Emile Zola, Angels with Dirty Faces, and Confessions of a Nazi Spy, illustrating the ways in which their plots truly were “ripped from the headlines.” While much of what has been written about Warner Bros. has focused on the plots of popular films or broad overviews of the studio’s output, this volume sets these in the larger context of the period, an era in which lighthearted fare competed with gritty realism. From the Headlines to Hollywood will appeal to readers with interests in film history, social history, politics, and entertainment.



The Laughing Dead

The Laughing Dead Author Cynthia J. Miller
ISBN-10 9781442268333
Release 2016-05-20
Pages 296
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Hybrid films that straddle more than one genre are not unusual. But when seemingly incongruous genres are mashed together, such as horror and comedy, filmmakers often have to tread carefully to produce a cohesive, satisfying work. Though they date as far back as James Whale’s Bride of Frankenstein (1935), horror-comedies have only recently become popular attractions for movie goers. In The Laughing Dead: The Horror-Comedy Film from Bride of Frankenstein to Zombieland, editors Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper have compiled essays on the comic undead that look at the subgenre from a variety of perspectives. Spanning virtually the entire sound era, this collection considers everything from classics like The Canterville Ghost to modern cult favorites like Shaun of the Dead. Other films discussed include Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Beetlejuice, Ghostbusters, House on Haunted Hill, ParaNorman, Scream, Vampire’s Kiss, and Zombieland. Contributors in this volume consider a wide array of comedic monster films—from heartwarming (The Book of Life) to pitch dark (The Fearless Vampire Killers) and even grotesque (Frankenhooker). The Laughing Dead will be of interest to scholars and fans of both horror and comedy films, as well as those interested in film history and, of course, the proliferation of the undead in popular culture.



Hollywood Enlists

Hollywood Enlists Author Ralph Donald
ISBN-10 9781442277274
Release 2017-03-08
Pages 274
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Frequently referred to as “the Greatest Generation,” Americans of the World War II era were influenced by Hollywood’s depictions of their nation, its role in world affairs, and the virtue of its involvement in the war. Stories of the bravery and heroism of the American military—as well as the moral and political threat posed by the enemy—filled movie screens across the country to garner passionate support for wartime policies. In Hollywood Enlists! Propaganda Films of World War II, Ralph Donald explores how the studios supported the war effort and helped shape the attitudes of an entire generation. Through films the studios appealed to the public’s sense of nationalism, demonized the enemy, and stressed that wartime sacrifices would result in triumph. The author contends that American films of the period used sophisticated, but often overlooked, strategies of propaganda to ideologically unite the country. While these strategies have long been associated with political speeches and writings during the war, little in-depth consideration has been given to their use in the era’s cinema. By examining major motion pictures—including Casablanca, The Flying Tigers, Mrs. Miniver, Sergeant York, They Were Expendable, and many others—Donald illustrates how various propaganda techniques aligned the nation’s entertainment with government aims. Hollywood Enlists! will appeal to readers with interests in war films and motion picture history, as well as politics and social history.



Laurel and Hardy s Comic Catastrophes

Laurel and Hardy s Comic Catastrophes Author Michael Bliss
ISBN-10 9781538101544
Release 2017-06-29
Pages 172
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One of America’s most beloved comic duos, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy have entertained generations of viewers with their unique, heartwarming brand of slapstick comedy. The pair’s teamwork and friendship set their films apart, softening both pratfalls and hardships, and earning them a cherished place in cinema history. From their first joint on-screen appearance in 1921’s The Lucky Dog through their work at the Hal Roach studios, their comic signature remained unique. But what made the films of Laurel and Hardy so enduring? In Laurel and Hardy’s Comic Catastrophes: Laughter and Darkness in the Features and Short Films, Michael Bliss illustrates why these films continue to make audiences laugh. Combining an appreciation for the pleasure that these films elicit with a critical examination of what made them work, Bliss first investigates the milieu in which the pair’s comedy takes place. The author then explores Stan and Ollie’s friendship and their troubled—and troubling—relationships with women. The book also features a detailed discussion of Stan Laurel’s approach to gag structure, while the remainder of the book focuses on many of the pair’s silent and sound films, such as Duck Soup, Pack Up Your Troubles, Chickens Come Home, and The Music Box. By delving into the pair’s films—including several neglected short films—in greater detail than any previous work, this volume provides readers with a fundamental understanding of Stan and Ollie’s universal appeal. Featuring an extensive filmography, Laurel and Hardy’s Comic Catastrophes will engage a wide audience, from film scholars to fans of humor everywhere.



Propaganda Documentaries in France

Propaganda Documentaries in France Author Jean-Pierre Bertin-Maghit
ISBN-10 9781442261020
Release 2016-11-09
Pages 288
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This is the first volume specifically devoted to non-fiction propaganda film distributed in France during the “Dark Years” of the German Occupation. This book shows how the Nazis pursued an aggressive series of measures designed to monopolize the French market and foster agitation against Americans, Jews, Communists, and others. The author provides a concise overview of Vichy and German film policies and then illustrates how ideological priorities and political negotiations played out in the content of both topical documentaries and weekly newsreels.



New Statesman Society

New Statesman Society Author
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105070362145
Release 1992
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History of the American Cinema Lost illusions American cinema in the shadow of Watergate and Vietnam 1970 1979

History of the American Cinema  Lost illusions   American cinema in the shadow of Watergate and Vietnam  1970 1979 Author Charles Musser
ISBN-10 UOM:49015002513258
Release 2000
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The Rough Guide to Film

The Rough Guide to Film Author Richard Armstong (2)
ISBN-10 UCSD:31822035336973
Release 2007-09-27
Pages 672
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The Rough Guide to Film is a bold new guide to cinema. Arranged by director, it covers the top moguls, mavericks and studio stalwarts of every era, genre and region, in addition to lots of lesser-known names. With each film placed in the context of its director�s career, the guide reviews thousands of the greatest movies ever made, with lists highlighting where to start, arranged by genre and by region. You�ll find profiles of over eight hundred directors, from Hollywood legends Alfred Hitchcock and John Huston to contemporary favourites like Steven Soderbergh and Martin Scorsese and cult names such as David Lynch and Richard Linklater. The guide is packed with great cinema from around the globe, including French New Wave, German giants, Iranian innovators and the best of East Asia, from Akira Kurosawa to Wong Kar-Wai and John Woo. With overviews of all major movements and genres, feature boxes on partnerships between directors and key actors, and cinematographers and composers, this is your essential guide to a world of cinema.



Halliwell s Who s who in the Movies

Halliwell s Who s who in the Movies Author Leslie Halliwell
ISBN-10 PSU:000049153316
Release 2001
Pages 593
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International Motion Picture Almanac

International Motion Picture Almanac Author
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105007254167
Release 1941
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

                                                                     Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Author J.K. Rowling
ISBN-10 9781781103784
Release 2017-02-16
Pages 795
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«Η κατάρα που απέτυχε να σε σκοτώσει δημιούργησε έναν περίεργο δεσμό ανάμεσα σε εσένα και στον Άρχοντα του Σκότους. Τα στοιχεία δείχνουν ότι κάποιες στιγμές που το μυαλό σου είναι χαλαρωμένο, και άρα ευάλωτο –όταν κοιμάσαι για παράδειγμα– μοιράζεσαι τις σκέψεις και τα συναισθήματά του. Ο διευθυντής δε θέλει να συνεχιστεί αυτό. Θέλει να σου διδάξω τη σφραγισματική για να σφραγίζεις το μυαλό σου στον Άρχοντα του Σκότους. Το Χόγκουαρτς ζει σκοτεινές ώρες. Μετά από την επίθεση που κάνουν οι Παράφρονες στον ξάδελφό του τον Ντάντλι, ο Χάρι Πότερ ξέρει πως ο Βόλντεμορτ θα κάνει τα πάντα για τον εντοπίσει. Υπάρχουν πολλοί που δεν πιστεύουν πως ο Σκοτεινός Άρχοντας επέστρεψε, αλλά ο Χάρι δεν είναι μόνος του: ένα μυστικό τάγμα συγκεντρώνεται στο Γκρίμολντ Πλέις για να αντισταθεί στις σκοτεινές δυνάμεις. Ο Χάρι πρέπει να αφήσει τον καθηγητή Σνέιπ να τον διδάξει πώς να προστατευθεί από τις άγριες επιθέσεις του Βόλντεμορτ στο μυαλό του. Αλλά οι επιθέσεις γίνονται κάθε μέρα και πιο άγριες και ο χρόνος δεν είναι με το μέρος του Χάρι...



                                                                                                                             Author J.K. Rowling
ISBN-10 9781781107737
Release 2017-02-16
Pages 328
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Ο μαγικοζωολόγος Νιουτ Σκαμάντερ μόλις έχει φτάσει στην πόλη με την πρόθεση να μείνει μόνο για λίγο. Όταν όμως η μαγική βαλίτσα του χάνεται και κάποια από τα φανταστικά ζώα του δραπετεύουν στην πόλη, ο κίνδυνος είναι προ των πυλών... Εμπνευσμένο από το εγκεκριμένο εγχειρίδιο του Νιουτ Σκαμάντερ στη Σχολή Χόγκουαρτς, το Φανταστικά Ζώα και Πού Βρίσκονται σηματοδοτεί το σεναριακό ντεμπούτο της Τζ. Κ. Ρόουλινγκ, συγγραφέως της πολυαγαπημένης και διεθνώς ευπώλητης σειράς βιβλίων με ήρωα τον Χάρι Πότερ. Οι θαυμαστές του ιδιοφυούς ταλέντου της Τζ. Κ. Ρόουλινγκ θα αναγνωρίσουν σε κάθε σελίδα το χιούμορ της, την απίστευτη οπτική που διαθέτει για ένα μαγικό σύμπαν, καθώς και τη βαθιά συμπάθεια και κατανόηση που τρέφει για όλους τους ανθρώπους (είτε έχουν ραβδιά είτε όχι). Η ταινία Φανταστικά Ζώα και Πού Βρίσκονται προβλήθηκε στον κινηματογράφο το Νοέμβριο του 2016.



Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

                                                                       Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Author J.K. Rowling
ISBN-10 9781781103777
Release 2017-02-16
Pages 656
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«Οι άθλοι είναι τρεις και θα εκτελεστούν καθ’ όλη τη διάρκεια του σχολικού έτους. Οι πρωταθλητές θα δοκιμαστούν με πολλούς και διάφορους τρόπους –οι μαγικές δυνάμεις τους, η ανδρεία τους, η αντίληψή τους και φυσικά η ικανότητά τους ν’ αντιμετωπίζουν τους κινδύνους». Το Τρίαθλο Μαγείας πρόκειται να διεξαχθεί στο Χόγκουαρτς. Στο Τρίαθλο μπορούν να συμμετέχουν μόνο μάγοι μεγαλύτεροι από δεκαεπτά ετών. Όμως αυτό δεν πτοεί το Χάρι που ονειρεύεται ότι θα νικήσει το διαγωνισμό. Έπειτα, στο Χάλοουϊν, όταν το Κύπελλο της Φωτιάς κάνει την επιλογή του, ο Χάρι βλέπει με κατάπληξη και το δικό του όνομα μεταξύ των επιλογών του μαγικού κυπέλλου. Θα αντιμετωπίσει θανατηφόρους άθλους, δράκους και σκοτεινούς μάγους, αλλά με τη βοήθεια των φίλων του, του Ρον και της Ερμιόνης, μπορεί και να τα καταφέρει –ζωντανός!