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Parallel Lines: Post-9/11 American Cinema

by Guy Westwell

Parallel Lines describes how post-9/11 cinema, from Spike Lee’s 25th Hour (2002) to Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty (2012), relates to different, and competing, versions of US national identity in the...


Hollywood Hoofbeats: The Fascinating Story of Horses in Movies and Television

by Petrine Day Mitchum & Audrey Pavia

The horses that captured the moviegoers’ hearts are the common denominator in Hollywood Hoofbeats. As author Petrine Day Mitchum writes, “the movies as we know them would be vastly different without horses....


As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride

by Joe Layden, Cary Elwes & Rob Reiner

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told...


Tinseltown

by William Mann & William J. Mann

Who killed Billy Taylor, one of Hollywood's most beloved men?

For nearly a century, no one has known.

Until now.

In the early 1920s, millions of Americans flocked to movie palaces every year to see their favorite...


The Architecture of David Lynch

by Richard Martin

From the Red Room in Twin Peaks to Club Silencio in Mulholland Drive, the work of David Lynch contains some of the most remarkable spaces in contemporary culture. Richard Martin's compelling study is the first...


Filming the End of the Holocaust: Allied Documentaries, Nuremberg and the Liberation of the Concentration Camps

by John J. Michalczyk

Filming the End of the Holocaust considers how the US Government commissioned the US Signal Corps and other filmmakers to document the horrors of the concentration camps during the April-May 1945 liberation....


After the Silents: Hollywood Film Music in the Early Sound Era, 1926-1934

by Michael Slowik

Many believe Max Steiner’s score for King Kong (1933) was the first important attempt at integrating background music into sound film, but a closer look at the industry’s early sound era (1926–1934) reveals...


Enneagram Applications: Personality Styles in Business, Therapy, Medicine, Spirituality and Daily Life

by Thomas Condon & Clarence Thomson

See the Enneagram at work and play The subject of several best-selling books, the Enneagram is a fascinating, powerful system of psychology that describes the nine personality styles that human beings most favor....


We're No Angels

by David Mamet

With this screenplay David Mamet gives the traditional prison-break story his special blend of gripping suspense, slapdash buffoonery, and ingenious plotting.

Bob, a vicious killer, cheats the electric chair...


Hollywood Screenwriting Directory Fall/Winter Volume 5: A Specialized Resource for Discovering Where & How to Sell Your Screenplay

by Writer's Store Editors

The Hollywood Screenwriting Directory is a specialized resource for discovering where and how to sell your screenplay. It contains over 2,500 listings for Industry insiders such as studios, production companies,...


Television on the Wild Wild Web: And How to Blaze Your Own Trail

by Marx H. Pyle

There are many books that assist writers with their craft, structure, and formatting, all of which are important. However, there does not exist a guide for writers to understand the evolution of their genre....


Easy Street (the Hard Way): A Memoir: A Memoir

by Ron Perlman

The candid, revealing, hilarious, and inspiring memoir of the iconic star of the Hellboy movies, Beauty and the Beast, and Sons of Anarchy


Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Sex, Deviance, and Drama from the Golden Age of American Cinema

by Anne Helen Petersen

Gossip meets history-a compulsively readable collection of Hollywood's most notorious clashes and controversies in the spirit of Hollywood Babylon

Believe it or not, America's fascination with celebrity culture...


Closely Watched Films: An Introduction to the Art of Narrative Film Technique

by Marilyn Fabe

How do films work? How do they tell a story? How do they move us and make us think? Through detailed examinations of passages from classic films, Marilyn Fabe supplies the analytic tools and background in film...


How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present and Future of a Four Billion Dollar Franchise

by Chris Taylor

How did a few notes scribbled on a legal pad in 1973 by George Lucas, a man who hated writing, turn into a four billion dollar franchise that has quite literally transformed the way we think about entertainment,...


The Cinema of István Szábo: Visions of Europe

by John Cunningham

István Szabó is one of Hungary’s most celebrated and best-known film directors, and the only Hungarian to have won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, for Mephisto (1981). In a career spanning...


Last Words: Considering Contemporary Cinema

by Jason Wood

Last Words features extensive interviews with Christopher Nolan, Harmony Korine, Charlie Kaufmann, Nicolas Winding Refn, Wim Wenders, Michael Winterbottom, Christian Petzhold, and many others. Each interview...


Deathwatch: American Film, Technology, and the End of Life

by C. Scott Combs

While cinema is a medium with a unique ability to “watch life” and “write movement,” it is equally singular in its portrayal of death. The first study to unpack American cinema’s long history of representing...


Genre Screenwriting: How to Write Popular Screenplays That Sell

by Stephen V. Duncan

It's simple: films need to have commercial value for the studios to produce them, distributors to sell them, and theater chains to screen them. While talent definitely plays a part in the writing process, it...


Soviet Cinema in the Silent Era, 1918-1935

by Denise J. Youngblood

The golden age of Soviet cinema, in the years following the Russian Revolution, was a time of both achievement and contradiction, as reflected in the films of Eisenstein, Pudovkin, and Kuleshov. Tensions ran...