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  • 101 MARVELLOUS MOVIES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
    101 MARVELLOUS MOVIES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
    STRATTON DAVID
    ISBN: 9781760632120
    Title: 101 MARVELLOUS MOVIES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED
    Author: STRATTON DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Avoid spending hours trawling Netflix for the perfect film to watch, and take the recommendation of one of the world's most experienced film critics.

    Are you tired of trawling through movies you don't recognise on Netflix? Sick of reading short film descriptions that sound boring? Don't know what to watch next?

    Let leading film critic David Stratton introduce you to 101 movies that you probably haven't heard of, and tell you why they are worth seeing.

    David Stratton's selection of overlooked gems includes movies from such well-known directors as David Lynch, Ang Lee and Sydney Lumet. They star popular actors such as Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Sean Connery, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Reese Witherspoon, Paul Newman, Emma Thompson and Jake Gyllenhaal. They include comedies, thrillers, westerns, musicals and romances, and were produced from the 1980s through to the past few years.

    A perfect gift for anyone who relishes a cosy night at home with a good movie.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ALFRED HITCHCOCK
    ALFRED HITCHCOCK
    ACKROYD PETER
    ISBN: 9780099287667
    Title: ALFRED HITCHCOCK
    Author: ACKROYD PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Alfred Hitchcock was a strange child. Fat, lonely, burning with fear and ambition, his childhood was an isolated one, scented with fish from his father's shop. Afraid to leave his bedroom, he would plan great voyages, using railway timetables to plot an exact imaginary route across Europe. So how did this fearful figure become the one of the most respected film directors of the twentieth century?

    As an adult, Hitch rigorously controlled the press's portrait of himself, drawing certain carefully selected childhood anecdotes into full focus and blurring all others out. In this quick-witted portrait, Ackroyd reveals something more: a lugubriously jolly man fond of practical jokes, who smashes a once-used tea cup every morning to remind himself of the frailty of life. Iconic film stars make cameo appearances, just as Hitch did in his own films. Grace Kelly, Carey Grant and James Stewart despair of his detached directing style, and, perhaps most famously of all, Tippi Hedren endures cuts and bruises from a real-life fearsome flock of birds.

    Alfred Hitchcock wrests the director's chair back from the master of control and discovers what lurks just out of sight, in the corner of the shot.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BROADSWORD CALLING DANNY BOY : On Where Eagles Dare
    BROADSWORD CALLING DANNY BOY : On Where Eagles Dare
    DYER GEOFF
    ISBN: 9780141987620
    Title: BROADSWORD CALLING DANNY BOY : On Where Eagles Dare
    Author: DYER GEOFF
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Where Eagles Dare is both a thrillingly realized Alpine Second World War adventure with tough, compelling acting from its two great stars, Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood, and a flippant travesty, infantilizing the central disaster in Europe's modern history in favour of huge explosions and camp SS officers.

    Geoff Dyer has loved Where Eagles Dare since childhood and in 'Broadsword Calling Danny Boy' he twists and turns very entertainingly to both extoll and denigrate the acme of the late 1960s action movie. Like his earlier Zona - on Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker - this is a scene-by-scene reaction to watching the film. The book might have as an ideal reader somebody who has not even seen Where Eagles Dare, but who will enjoy it simply as a comic tour-de-force. But for the film's legions of fans, whose hearts will always belong to Ron Goodwin's theme tune and the opening shots of a snow-camouflaged Junkers Ju-52, this book will be the fulfilment of a dream.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CLOUDSTREET - THE SCREENPLAY
    CLOUDSTREET - THE SCREENPLAY
    WINTON TIM / FONTANA ELLEN
    ISBN: 9781926428314
    Title: CLOUDSTREET - THE SCREENPLAY
    Author: WINTON TIM / FONTANA ELLEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From separate catastrophes two rural families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives again from scratch. For twenty years they roister and rankle, laugh and curse until the roof over their heads becomes a home for their hearts.

    Author Tim Winton has worked with Ellen Fontana to translate this funny, sprawling saga into a brilliantly written TV mini-series. The show, like the Miles Franklin Award-winning book, is a celebration of people, places and rhythms, and will touch a new generation of readers.



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • FABER BOOK OF NEW SOUTH AMERICAN CINEMA
    FABER BOOK OF NEW SOUTH AMERICAN CINEMA
    MATHEOU DEMETRIOS
    ISBN: 9780571231799
    Title: FABER BOOK OF NEW SOUTH AMERICAN CINEMA
    Author: MATHEOU DEMETRIOS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $45.00
    Price: $45.00
  • FILMS OF JOSEPH LOSEY
    FILMS OF JOSEPH LOSEY
    PALMER JAMES
    ISBN: 9780521387804
    Title: FILMS OF JOSEPH LOSEY
    Author: PALMER JAMES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $39.95
    Price: $39.95
  • FRANCE ON FILM : REFLECTIONS ON POPULAR FRENCH CINEMA   %%
    FRANCE ON FILM : REFLECTIONS ON POPULAR FRENCH CINEMA %%
    MAZDON LUCY [ED]
    ISBN: 9781903364086
    Title: FRANCE ON FILM : REFLECTIONS ON POPULAR FRENCH CINEMA %%
    Author: MAZDON LUCY [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: WALLFLOWER PRESS
    RRP: $39.95
    Price: $39.95
  • GERMAN NATIONAL CINEMA
    GERMAN NATIONAL CINEMA
    HAKE SABINE
    ISBN: 9780415089029
    Title: GERMAN NATIONAL CINEMA
    Author: HAKE SABINE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $58.00
    Price: $58.00
  • GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL : THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION
    GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL : THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION
    SEITZ MATT ZOLLER
    ISBN: 9781419715716
    Title: GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL : THE WES ANDERSON COLLECTION
    Author: SEITZ MATT ZOLLER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The eighth feature film from writer/director Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel, premiered at the 64th International Film Festival in February 2014, winning the Jury Grand Prix Silver Bear award and, shortly after, widespread critical and popular acclaim.

    Centered around Ralph Fiennes’s M. Gustave as the slick beating heart of a meticulously crafted, visually resplendent matryoshka-doll caper-film set primarily in an alternate-history version of 1930s Europe, Grand Budapest Hotel is also, perhaps, the most fullest expression to date of Anderon’s varied thematic and stylistic idiosyncrasies, influences, and obsessions.

    This supplemental one-volume companion to The Wes Anderson Collection (Abrams, 2013) is the only book to take readers behind the scenes of The Grand Budapest Hotel with in-depth interviews between Anderson and cultural critic/New York Times bestselling author Matt Zoller Seitz.
    Anderson shares the story behind the film’s conception, the wide variety of sources which inspired it—from author Stefan Zweig to filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch to Photochrom landscapes from turn of- the-century Middle Europe—personal anecdotes about the making of the film, and many other reflections on his filmmaking process. These interviews will be accompanied by behind-the-scenes photos, ephemera, and artwork, all woven together by the same designer, Martin Venezky, and illustrator, Max Dalton, behind The Wes Anderson Collection.

    Imprint: ABRAMS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • HOW TO WATCH A MOVIE
    HOW TO WATCH A MOVIE
    THOMSON DAVID
    ISBN: 9781781250440
    Title: HOW TO WATCH A MOVIE
    Author: THOMSON DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    From one of the most admired critics of our time, brilliant insights into the act of watching movies and an enlightening discussion about how to derive more from any film experience.

    Since first publishing his landmark Biographical Dictionary of Film in 1975 (now in its sixth edition), David Thomson has been one of the most trusted authorities on all things cinema. Now, he offers his most inventive exploration of the medium yet: guiding us through each element of the viewing experience, considering the significance of everything from what we see and hear on screen - actors, shots, cuts, dialogue, music - to the specifics of how, where, and with whom we do the viewing. With customary candour and wit, Thomson delivers keen analyses of a range of films from classics such as Psycho and Citizen Kane to contemporary fare such as 12 Years a Slave and All Is Lost, revealing how to more deeply appreciate both the artistry and manipulation of film, and how watching movies approaches something like watching life itself.

    Discerning, funny and utterly unique, How to Watch a Movie is a welcome twist on the classic proverb: Give a movie fan a film, she'll be entertained for an hour or two; teach a movie fan to watch, her experience will be enriched forever.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • I WAS A TEENAGE MOVIE MAKER
    I WAS A TEENAGE MOVIE MAKER
    GLUT DON
    ISBN: 9780786430413
    Title: I WAS A TEENAGE MOVIE MAKER
    Author: GLUT DON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: MCFARLAND AND CO
    RRP: $46.95
    Price: $46.95
  • INNOCENCE OF MEMORIES
    INNOCENCE OF MEMORIES
    PAMUK ORHAN
    ISBN: 9780571338665
    Title: INNOCENCE OF MEMORIES
    Author: PAMUK ORHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Innocence of Memories is an important addition to the oeuvre of Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk. Comprised of the screenplay of the acclaimed film by Grant Gee from 2015 (by the same name), a transcript of the author and filmmaker in conversation, and captivating colour stills, it is an essential volume for understanding Pamuk's work.

    Drawing on the themes from Pamuk's best-selling books, The Museum of Innocence, Istanbul and The Black Book, this book is both an accompaniment to the author's previous publications and a wonderfully revelatory exploration of Orhan Pamuk's key ideas about art, love, and memory.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • KIN : An Extraordinary Australian filmmaking family
    KIN : An Extraordinary Australian filmmaking family
    DUTHIE AMANDA [ED]
    ISBN: 9781743056028
    Title: KIN : An Extraordinary Australian filmmaking family
    Author: DUTHIE AMANDA [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $24.95
    Price: $24.95
  • LA GRANDE ILLUSION
    LA GRANDE ILLUSION
    JACKSON JULIAN
    ISBN: 9781844572854
    Title: LA GRANDE ILLUSION
    Author: JACKSON JULIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: PALGRAVE
    RRP: $32.00
    Price: $32.00
  • MAKING THE MAGIC HAPPEN : The Art and Craft of Film Directing
    MAKING THE MAGIC HAPPEN : The Art and Craft of Film Directing
    MARSHALL PETER D
    ISBN: 9781615932658
    Title: MAKING THE MAGIC HAPPEN : The Art and Craft of Film Directing
    Author: MARSHALL PETER D
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Filmmaking can be a complicated and risky adventure, but Making the Magic Happen shows you why directing a movie is actually simpler than you think. The trick is to properly learn the "craft" of filmmak-ing first, and then adapt your logistical and creative skills to the "art" of filmmaking.

    Imprint: MICHAEL WIESE PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA   %%
    MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA %%
    ROBERTS GRAHAM
    ISBN: 9781860643941
    Title: MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA %%
    Author: ROBERTS GRAHAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: I B TAURIS
    RRP: $41.95
    Price: $41.95
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