Author: Philippe Rège
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Cinema has been long associated with France, dating back to 1895, when Louis and Auguste Lumi_re screened their works, the first public viewing of films anywhere. Early silent pioneers Georges MZli_s, Alice Guy BlachZ and others followed in the footsteps of the Lumi_re brothers and the tradition of important filmmaking continued throughout the 20th century and beyond. In Encyclopedia of French Film Directors, Philippe Rège identifies every French director who has made at least one feature film since 1895. From undisputed masters to obscure one-timers, nearly 3,000 directors are cited here, including at least 200 filmmakers not mentioned in similar books published in France. Each director's entry contains a brief biographical summary, including dates and places of birth and death; information on the individual's education and professional training; and other pertinent details, such as real names (when the filmmaker uses a pseudonym). The entries also provide complete filmographies, including credits for feature films, shorts, documentaries, and television work. Some of the most important names in the history of film can be found in this encyclopedia, from masters of the Golden Age_Jean Renoir and RenZ Clair_to French New Wave artists such as Fran_ois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.
Author: Elizabeth L. Silver
Publisher: Broadway Books
An unforgettable and unpredictable debut novel of guilt, punishment, and the stories we tell ourselves to survive Noa P. Singleton never spoke a word in her own defense throughout a brief trial that ended with a jury finding her guilty of first-degree murder. Ten years later, having accepted her fate, she sits on death row in a maximum-security penitentiary, just six months away from her execution date. Meanwhile, Marlene Dixon, a high-powered Philadelphia attorney who is also the mother of the woman Noa was imprisoned for killing. She claims to have changed her mind about the death penalty and will do everything in her considerable power to convince the governor to commute Noa's sentence to life in prison, in return for the one thing Noa can trade: her story. Marlene desperately wants to understand the events that led to her daughter’s death—events that only Noa knows of and has never shared. Inextricably linked by murder but with very different goals, Noa and Marlene wrestle with the sentences life itself can impose while they confront the best and worst of what makes us human. Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content
Author: Brian Sibley
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Authorised and fully illustrated insight into the life and career of the award-winning director, from his childhood film projects up to King Kong, together with Jackson's revealing personal account of his six-year quest to film The Lord of the Rings.
Author: Joseph McBride
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
John Ford’s classic films—such as Stagecoach, The Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, The Quiet Man, and The Searchers—have earned him worldwide admiration as America’s foremost filmmaker, a director whose rich visual imagination conjures up indelible, deeply moving images of our collective past. Joseph McBride’s Searching for John Ford, described as definitive by both the New York Times and the Irish Times, surpasses all other biographies of the filmmaker in its depth, originality, and insight. Encompassing and illuminating Ford’s myriad complexities and contradictions, McBride traces the trajectory of Ford’s life from his beginnings as “Bull” Feeney, the nearsighted, football-playing son of Irish immigrants in Portland, Maine, to his recognition, after a long, controversial, and much-honored career, as America’s national mythmaker. Blending lively and penetrating analyses of Ford’s films with an impeccably documented narrative of the historical and psychological contexts in which those films were created, McBride has at long last given John Ford the biography his stature demands.
Author: Veronique Dasen, Véronique Dasen
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
This book examines dwarfs in myth and everyday life in ancient Egypt and Greece. In both cultures physical beauty was highly admired, even to excess. What happened to those whose appearance did not conform to the 'ideal proportions'? The spectacular forms of dwarfism were always a focus of interest, and it is the most depicted disorder in antiquity. In this study Dr Dasen brings together for the first time a whole range of mostly unpublished or little-known iconographic, epigraphic, literary, and anthropological evidence. She covers areas such as the history of caricature and the portrait; medical history, in particular, the development of the perception of congenital disorders; social history; and history of religion, with questions on the magical and ritual efficiency of the malformed in sacred and theatrical contexts. She considers also the complex relations between mythology and ethnography, as shown, for example, in the Greek myth of the Pygmies. This is a fascinating work, with a wealth of insights for anyone interested in the history of medicine and the ancient world.
Author: Lúcia Nagib
Since the mid-1990s, Brazil has produced nearly 200 feature length films. Many of these have been received enthusiastically by audiences and critics and released worldwide. This passionately argued and illuminating book provides the first comprehensive critical account of what is known as the ‘Renaissance of Brazilian cinema’ and demonstrates just how thought-provoking and inspiring Brazilian cinema has become. The book looks at the broader political and policy-making issues for this dynamic new cinema. It also offers close analyses of internationally acclaimed films like Central Station, Seven Days in September, Orfeu and Me You Them and investigates daringly experimental works, such as Chronically Unfeasible, Starry Sky and Perfumed Ball. It examines common factors across a great variety of films, including film makers’ engagement with national identity, a major concern for the Cinema Novo of the 1960s, which has emerged in contemporary films with new relevance in a globalized world. The contributors include film and cultural policy-makers who have participated in the Brazilian film revival as well as film scholars and journalists, giving a variety of readings of films, movements or filmmakers, stimulating debate and presenting throughout contrasting, even opposing viewpoints. The beauty of Nagib's book makes readers want to seek out the films being described...a valuable collection. - Film International
Author: Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve
Publisher: SUNY Press
This is the first English translation of a pre-Freudian psychological novel. The narrator victimizes women while feeling victimized by his own sensuality.
Author: Nic Saint
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
When Harry and her wraith wrangling associates are called in to deal with a poltergeist emergency, little does she know this latest assignment will land her in very hot water indeed. For it turns out that from the same home the famous Pink Eulalie ring has just been stolen, reportedly worth fifty million pounds, and the secret will of the Queen's favorite cousin, and the only way the thieves could have gained access to the safe was with a little help from the poltergeist. Now Harry, Jarrett, Deshawn and the Wraith Wranglers' resident ghost Buckley are suddenly wading knee-deep in state secrets, a scandal that could end the monarchy, and the ire of the Queen herself. In this, her third adventure, Henrietta 'Harry' McCabre is faced with her greatest challenge yet, a challenge that has her being hounded by Russian spies, collaborating with burglars to break into Buckingham Palace, and trying to solve the murder of the poltergeist that started this whole mess in the first place. Will she manage? And will Jarrett finally find true love? Find out in Ghost Save the Queen, the third installment in the hilarious Ghosts of London series.
Author: Samuel Beckett
Publisher: Faber & Faber
The Unnamable - so named because he knows not who he may be - is from a nameless place. He speaks of previous selves ('all these Murphys, Molloys, and Malones...') as diversions from the need to stop speaking altogether. But, as with the other novels in the trilogy, the prose is full of marvellous precisions, full of its own reasons for keeping going. ...perhaps the words have carried me to the threshold of my story, before the door that opens on my story, that would surprise me, if it opens, it will be I, will be the silence, where I am, I don't know, I'll never know, in the silence you don't know, you must go on, I can't go on, I'll go on.