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On Directing

by Mary Luckhurst, Gabriella Giannachi & Peter Brook

The profession of directing is barely a century old. On Directing considers the position of the director in theater and performance today. What is a director? How do they begin work on a play or performance?...


The Cinema of Ang Lee: The Other Side of the Screen

by Whitney Crothers Dilley

Through suggestive readings of gender and identity, this book explores the international appeal of an acclaimed contemporary director. The author has revised the book’s introduction to reflect Ang Lee’s...


The Coen Brothers Encyclopedia

by Lynnea Chapman King

This encyclopedia focuses on all aspects of the Coen Brothers’ work—from writing and directing Blood Simple (1983) to their involvement in the forthcoming television series, Fargo. This extensive reference...


Alexander Payne: Interviews

by Julie Levinson

Interviews with the director of Citizen Ruth, Nebraska, and The Descendants


The Search for Sam Goldwyn

by Carol Easton & Carl Rollyson

Sam Goldwyn’s career spanned almost the entire history of Hollywood. He made his first film, The Squaw Man, in 1913, and he died in 1974 at the age of ninety-one. In the many years between, he produced an...


The Cinema of James Cameron: Bodies in Heroic Motion

by James Clarke

This timely volume explores the massively popular cinema of writer-director James Cameron. It couches Cameron's films within the evolving generic traditions of science fiction, melodrama, and the cinema of spectacle....


Hitchcock's Stars: Alfred Hitchcock and the Hollywood Studio System

by Lesley L. Coffin

After making a name for himself in his native England, Alfred Hitchcock was drawn to the U.S. in 1939, where he had unprecedented access to all of the riches the Hollywood studios had to offer. From set designers...


David Fincher: Interviews

by Laurence F. Knapp

David Fincher (b. 1962) did not go to film school and hates being defined as an auteur. He prefers to see himself as a craftsman, dutifully going about the art and business of making film. Trouble is, it’s...


Todd Haynes: Interviews

by Julia Leyda

A pioneer of the New Queer Cinema, Todd Haynes (b. 1961) is a leading American independent filmmaker. Whether working with talking dolls in a homemade short (Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story) or with Oscar-winning...


The Cinema of Agnès Varda: Resistance and Eclecticism

by Delphine Benezet

Agnès Varda, a pioneer of the French New Wave, has been making radical films for over half a century. Many of these are considered by scholars, filmmakers, and audiences alike, as audacious, seminal, and unforgettable....


The Man Who Knew Hitchcock: A Hollywood Memoir

by Herbert Coleman & Judy Lanini

In this memoir, Herbert Coleman describes working on such classics as The Big Clock, Carrie, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and Roman Holiday and with stars like Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn,...


The Films of Steven Spielberg

by Charles L. P. Silet

The Films of Steven Spielberg provides for the first time a collection of critical writings by professional film critics about the director and his films, bringing together many articles and reviews scattered...


The Charley Chase Talkies: 1929-1940

by James L. Neibaur

In The Charley Chase Talkies: 1929-1940, James L. Neibaur examines, film-by-film, the comedian's 79 short subjects at Roach and Columbia studios. The first book to examine any portion of Chase’s filmography,...


Rising Sun, Divided Land: Japanese and South Korean Filmmakers

by Kate E. Taylor-Jones

With Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Clint Eastwood made a unique contribution to film history, being the first director to make two films about the same event. Eastwood's films...


Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille's Epic The Ten Commandments

by Katherine Orrison

From concept stage through production in Egypt to release of the film: Katherine Orrison carefully recreates the behind-the-scenes story of Cecil B. DeMille's beloved epic.


Shooting to Kill

by Christine Vachon

Complete with behind-the-scenes diary entries from the set of Vachon's best-known fillms, Shooting to Kill offers all the satisfaction of an intimate memoir from the frontlines of independent filmmakins, from...


Hitchcock's Villains: Murderers, Maniacs, and Mother Issues

by Eric San Juan & Jim McDevitt

Exploring a number of themes that form the foundation of villainy in Hitchcock’s long and acclaimed career, Hitchcock’s Villains also provides a detailed look at some of the director’s most noteworthy...


The Films of Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro

by Andrew J. Rausch

In this book, Andrew J. Rausch examines the creative output of director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro: from their initial offering, Mean Streets, to their most recent film together, Casino. Rausch...


The Kid Stays in the Picture

by Robert Evans

Robert Evans' The Kid Stays in the Picture is universally recognized as the greatest, most outrageous, and most unforgettable show business memoir ever written. The basis of an award-winning documentary film,...


Sundancing

by John Anderson & David Morgan

Every winter, 8,000 feet above sea level in the Utah snow, the hopes and dreams of young moviemakers are put on display at the Sundance Film Festival--the haven for independent films where you can show up a...