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  • 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
  • JACK NICHOLSON : ANATOMY OF AN ACTOR
    JACK NICHOLSON : ANATOMY OF AN ACTOR
    WALKER BEVERLY
    ISBN: 9780714866680
    Title: JACK NICHOLSON : ANATOMY OF AN ACTOR
    Author: WALKER BEVERLY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A new title in the fascinating series from world-renowned cinema magazine Cahiers du cinéma, which focuses on ten key performances from a single actor in a useful and illuminating monograph.

    Jack Nicholson (b.1937) has twice taken the Academy Award for Best Actor (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 1975, and As Good as It Gets, 1997) and holds a record twelve Oscar nominations, making him the most nominated actor of all time. Widely considered to be one of the finest actors working today, Nicholson's career spans such classics as Easy Rider (1969), Chinatown (1974), The Shining (1980), The Postman Always Ring Twice (1981), Terms of Endearment (1983), The Witches of Eastwick (1987) and The Departed (2006).

    An accessible text combines both a narrative and analytical dimension and is illustrated by 300 film stills, set photographs and film sequences.



    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $49.95
    Price: $49.95
  • 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
  • LAST DAYS OF CHEZ NOUS AND TWO FRIENDS - TEXT CLASSICS
    LAST DAYS OF CHEZ NOUS AND TWO FRIENDS - TEXT CLASSICS
    GARNER HELEN
    ISBN: 9781925355635
    Title: LAST DAYS OF CHEZ NOUS AND TWO FRIENDS - TEXT CLASSICS
    Author: GARNER HELEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Last Days of Chez Nous & Two Friends showcases the range of one of Australia's greatest writers. These two scripts for films - The Last Days of Chez Nous was directed by Gillian Armstrong in 1991, and Two Friends by Jane Campion in 1986 - are funny, sharp observations of relationships and friendships that are as intimate and engrossing as Helen Garner's acclaimed novels. This edition comes with a new introduction by the internationally renowned screenwriter Laura Jones, winner of the inaugural Australian Writers' Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.



    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $12.95
    Price: $12.95
  • LIMITS OF AUTEURISM : Case Studies in the Critically Constructed New Hollywood
    LIMITS OF AUTEURISM : Case Studies in the Critically Constructed New Hollywood
    GODFREY NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9780813589145
    Title: LIMITS OF AUTEURISM : Case Studies in the Critically Constructed New Hollywood
    Author: GODFREY NICHOLAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The New Hollywood era of the late 1960s and early 1970s has become one of the most romanticized periods in motion picture history, celebrated for its stylistic boldness, thematic complexity, and the unshackling of directorial ambition. The Limits of Auteurism aims to challenge many of these assumptions.

    Imprint: RUTGERS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • 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
  • MARGARET AND DAVID : 5 STARS
    MARGARET AND DAVID : 5 STARS
    DUTHIE AMANDA [ED]
    ISBN: 9781743055137
    Title: MARGARET AND DAVID : 5 STARS
    Author: DUTHIE AMANDA [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Margaret & David: 5 stars, Australian filmmakers, critics, distributors and festival directors pay tribute to Australia’s most loved critics. Over 28 years, on The Movie Show and then on At The Movies, Margaret and David shaped the way Australians saw and talked about cinema - and themselves.

    Major essay by Sandy George, with contributions from Geoffrey Rush, Fred Schepisi, Jan Chapman, Cate Shortland, Gillian Armstrong, Andrew Bovell, Josh Pomeranz, Al Clark, Richard Kuipers, Jay Weatherill, Andrew Mackie, Sandra Levy, Nashen Moodley, Adolfo Aranjuez, Kath Shelper and Warwick Thornton. Edited by Amanda Duthie.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $19.95

    Price: $19.95
  • MILLER AND MAX
    MILLER AND MAX
    BUCKMASTER LUKE
    ISBN: 9781743793084
    Title: MILLER AND MAX
    Author: BUCKMASTER LUKE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Miller and Max is the story of two heroes. One, a leather jacket-clad road warrior whose adventures in a dystopian future have made an indelible imprint on global popular culture. The other, the artist who created him: a softly spoken son of Greek and Turkish migrants, whose life charters a spectacular course from a tiny Queensland town to the highest echelons of Hollywood. In a sense the two men's personalities could not be more different. Max Rockatansky is ravaged by personal demons and intolerant of others: an impetuous, bitter, violent loner. George Miller is patient, collaborative and perfectionist: a filmmaker with big visions and slow, meticulous turn around times. Also, a qualified doctor with experience working in hospital emergency wards.

    George Miller would make his first film, Mad Max in 1976 after raising $300,000 from family and friends and hiring a no-name actor, Mel Gibson. Some of his team would be paid in slabs of beer. Edited in his kitchen at home, the film would go on to gross more than $100 million worldwide and become the most profitable film ever made, a title it kept for over two decades. Miller would go on to make three more Mad Max films over three and half decades culminating in Fury Road in 2015, which against all odds wins a record breaking six Academy Awards, the largest haul of an Australian film in history. In between times with both success and failure in Hollywood from Babe to Happy Feet and more, Miller's quiet determination and audacious film making is never more apparent than in the Mad Max universe.

    Written with the cooperation of a role call of cast, crew, family and associates, Miller and Max gets behind the scenes and on set, as well as behind Miller's sensible-sounding camouflage to reveal what's really inside the man — which is more than a little Max Rockatansky. Both forces seem to come out of nowhere; both remain to this day huge forces in the zeitgeist and are truly heroes of our time.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • MOVEMENT ACTION IMAGE MONTAGE : Sergei Eisenstein and the Cinema in Crisis
    MOVEMENT ACTION IMAGE MONTAGE : Sergei Eisenstein and the Cinema in Crisis
    ARSENJUK LUKA
    ISBN: 9781517903206
    Title: MOVEMENT ACTION IMAGE MONTAGE : Sergei Eisenstein and the Cinema in Crisis
    Author: ARSENJUK LUKA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Luka Arsenjuk considers Sergei Eisenstein as a filmmaker and a theorist, drawing on philosophers such as G. W. F. Hegel and Gilles Deleuze—as well as Eisenstein’s untranslated texts—to reframe how we think about the great director and his legacy. A landmark work on an essential filmmaker,Movement, Action, Image, Montagebrings new elements of Eisenstein’s output into academic consideration.

    Imprint: UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • MOVIE DOCTORS
    MOVIE DOCTORS
    KERMODE MARK / MAYO SIMON
    ISBN: 9781782116646
    Title: MOVIE DOCTORS
    Author: KERMODE MARK / MAYO SIMON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    For over a decade, Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode have been sharing their film expertise with each other (and occasionally the odd listener) on the airwaves.

    Now they bring their unique blend of deep movie knowledge and medical ignorance to their new guise as the Movie Doctors, ready to offer improbable cinematic cures for the dilemmas of modern life.

    Need an alternative to counting sheep? Try The Piano. Tinnitus driving you up the wall? Interstellar can help. Stressed and anxious? The Big Lebowski is what you need. Mayo and Kermode also take their scalpel to 'sick' movies, dissecting the perils of excessive length, the ill effects of glowing praise and warning how cosmetic surgery can change the face of a film. Celluloid or humanoid, the Movie Doctors are here to help.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • NEIL JORDAN
    NEIL JORDAN
    PRAMAGGIORE MARIA
    ISBN: 9780252075308
    Title: NEIL JORDAN
    Author: PRAMAGGIORE MARIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS PRESS
    RRP: $33.95
    Price: $33.95
  • NEO FEMINIST CINEMA : GIRLY FILMS CHICK FLICKS AND CONSUMER CULTURE
    NEO FEMINIST CINEMA : GIRLY FILMS CHICK FLICKS AND CONSUMER CULTURE
    RADNER HILARY
    ISBN: 9780415877749
    Title: NEO FEMINIST CINEMA : GIRLY FILMS CHICK FLICKS AND CONSUMER CULTURE
    Author: RADNER HILARY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What lies behind current feminist discontent with contemporary cinema? Through a combination of cultural and industry analysis, Hilary Radner's Neo-Feminist Cinema: Girly Films, Chick Flicks and Consumer Culture shows how the needs of conglomerate Hollywood have encouraged an emphasis on consumer culture within films made for women. By exploring a number of representative "girly films," including Pretty Woman, Legally Blonde, Maid in Manhattan, The Devil Wears Prada, and Sex and the City: The Movie, Radner proposes that rather than being "post-feminist," as is usually assumed, such films are better described as "neo-feminist." Examining their narrative format, as it revolves around the story of an ambitious unmarried woman who defines herself through consumer culture as much as through work or romance, Radner argues that these films exemplify neo-liberalist values rather than those of feminism. As such, Neo-Feminist Cinema offers a new explanation as to why feminist-oriented scholars and audiences who are seeking more than "labels and love" from their film experience have viewed recent "girly films" as a betrayal of second-wave feminism, and why, on the other hand, such films have proven to be so successful at the box office.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $54.00

    Price: $54.00
  • OSTRICH BOYS : CRITICAL SCRIPTS
    OSTRICH BOYS : CRITICAL SCRIPTS
    GRAY KEITH / MILLER CARL
    ISBN: 9781408130827
    Title: OSTRICH BOYS : CRITICAL SCRIPTS
    Author: GRAY KEITH / MILLER CARL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2010 besides a host of other awards, Keith Gray's hit novel features a group of three friends who embark on a remarkable journey from Cleethorpes to Scotland with a stolen urn containing the ashes of their best friend. Now adapted for the stage, Ostrich Boys will appeal strongly to boys as well as girls. Building on a decade of highly effective work and publications, each book in this series features detailed, structured schemes of work utilising drama approaches to improve literary and language analysis and places pupils' understanding of the learning process at the heart of the activities.

    Imprint: METHUEN DRAMA
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $23.00
  • REEL MEALS SET MEALS : FOOD IN FILM AND THEATRE   %%
    REEL MEALS SET MEALS : FOOD IN FILM AND THEATRE %%
    POOLE GAYE
    ISBN: 9780868195780
    Title: REEL MEALS SET MEALS : FOOD IN FILM AND THEATRE %%
    Author: POOLE GAYE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: CURRENCY
    RRP: $27.45
    Price: $27.45
  • RIN TIN TIN : THE LIFE AND THE LEGACY
    RIN TIN TIN : THE LIFE AND THE LEGACY
    ORLEAN SUSAN
    ISBN: 9780857896292
    Title: RIN TIN TIN : THE LIFE AND THE LEGACY
    Author: ORLEAN SUSAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • ROMAN POLANSKI
    ROMAN POLANSKI
    MORRISON JAMES
    ISBN: 9780252074462
    Title: ROMAN POLANSKI
    Author: MORRISON JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS PRESS
    RRP: $33.95
    Price: $33.95
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