Books on Film

A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir

A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir

| November 25, 2013

Film noir is the kind of genre that grabs you by throat and doesn’t let go. It can be mean and fierce (Ace in the Hole). It can have startling commentary on gender politics and malignant desire (The Little Foxes). More recent films with significant traces of noir include Prisoners and Stoker. At its best, […]

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Room 1219: The Life of Fatty Arbuckle, The Mysterious Death of Virginia Rappe, and the Scandal that Changed Hollywood

Room 1219: The Life of Fatty Arbuckle, The Mysterious Death of Virginia Rappe, and the Scandal that Changed Hollywood

| November 15, 2013

I was in third grade when Chris Farley died. It was a rainy Monday morning, the kind that brings only solemn thoughts to the mind. My friend walked over to me, a depressed look on his face no less, and explained to me that the funniest guy we knew died – from a drug overdose. […]

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The Film Scripts Series: Classic Screenplays

The Film Scripts Series: Classic Screenplays

| November 12, 2013

Now available from Applause Books, this series of four, massive yet surprisingly affordable tomes, reprints George P. Garrett, O.B. Hardison Jr. and Jane R. Gelfman’s 1971 Film Scripts books. The series was later reprinted in 1989 and the screenplays herein have since garnered the designation of classics, an especially accurate term for these scripts featuring […]

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Curly: An Illustrated Biography of the Superstooge

Curly: An Illustrated Biography of the Superstooge

| October 10, 2013

Curly, the long-standing icon of the legendary comedy troupe The Three Stooges, is still a mystery to many—even those who knew him personally.  Joan Howard Maurer, Curly’s niece, went about trying to figure out this complicated clown, one whose complexities were buried under a childlike sheen of simplicity and an ability to send people into […]

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FilmCraft: Screenwriting

FilmCraft: Screenwriting

| July 2, 2013

Screenwriting is one of the most difficult and severely under appreciated aspects of filmmaking. It requires one to have both diligence in creating something in a rigid structure, as well as be creative to lay the groundwork for any film. While there are plenty of great screenplays and many well written books on the subject, […]

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Film Noir FAQ

Film Noir FAQ

| April 1, 2013

Film Noir is a genre unlike any other in the history of cinema and has managed to fascinate people for over 70 years. With its dark alleyways and dames to die for, the genre only existed for about two decades, but managed to leave an indelible print on society and filmmakers around the world. In […]

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Les Miserables: From Stage to Screen

Les Miserables: From Stage to Screen

| March 12, 2013

The new book: Les Miserables: From Stage to Screen takes the prize for one of the geekiest books ever written, and this is very good thing, if you’re a Les Mis fan that is. Bursting at the seams with related memorabilia and dozens of intriguing photographs, this book serves as the perfect summation of the […]

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The Treasures of Bruce Lee

The Treasures of Bruce Lee

| March 12, 2013

Paul Bowman’s The Treasures of Bruce Lee, currently available from Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, offers a biography of the late great film star and martial artist, housed in a dynamic hardcover volume that offers those who purchase it so much more than merely an interesting read. The book features a foreward by Lee’s daughter […]

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Doctor Who FAQ

Doctor Who FAQ

| February 26, 2013

Dave Thompson, author of numerous books on the history of rock and roll, turns his attentions to Doctor Who, that 50-year-old children’ series that has, since it premiered in 1963, become a global sensation with its current run drawing in millions of viewers worldwide and raking in cash for the BBC by the truckload. Thompson’s […]

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FilmCraft: Producing

FilmCraft: Producing

| January 29, 2013

While not every filmmaker has gone to film school and there are a few that actually disapprove, there are certain perks in going. One of these is having guest lectures of filmmakers and industry professionals that show up and share some of their experiences with you. Whether its an actual director explaining methods they’ve used […]

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