by Spike Lee and Jason Matloff ; edited by Steve Crist.
[Los Angeles, CA] : Ammo Books c2010.
Celebrating just more than 20 years since its seminal debut,Do The Right Thingremains one of the most important and controversial films of its era. Employing director Spike Lee's hometown of Brooklyn as the essential setting, this explosive film masterfully explores race and class relationships. Both a critical and popular success,Do The Right Thing became a landmark film that brought serious issues in the African American community to light and established Lee as a major director in American cinema. Lee also wrote the screenplay, produced, and even starred in this deeply personal film, which was applauded for its commanding visuals provided by Danny Aiello and John Turturro, and an assertive soundtrack featuring Public Enemy's "Fight the Power."
Including an unprecedented insider's look at the film, with behind-the-scenes visuals and interviews, this impressive book celebrates the impact ofDo The Right Thingon our culture throughout the years. The film is even credited with bringing President Barack Obama and the First Lady together on their first date!
During the very early days of silent movies, a murder during filming threatens the lives of two independent film producers in this thrilling historical mystery One day in 1909, Emily Weiss’s handsome and successful new husband, Adam, returns to their well-appointed Philadelphia home to tell her he’s sold everything they own, and they are going to New York to become independent movie producers. As he’s already signed a contract that will ruin them if not fulfilled, Emily agrees to go with him to New York and help him set up their movie company. But of course, it’s not that easy—all movie production is controlled by Thomas Edison and his partners in the Patent Trust who hold many of the major patents used in filmmaking. And they employ a team of often brutal detectives whose main job it is to go around and disrupt independent films, breaking cameras and even heads if necessary. With a colorful crew of actors, Adam and Emily head to Fort Lee, New Jersey where they set shooting the films to fulfill their contract. After evading Edison’s detectives a couple of times, one of them arrives on the set in time for a major crowd scene. And, while almost everyone’s back is turned, he is murdered. Now Adam sits in jail, charged with the crime, while Emily has to not only finish films but uncover the truth about the shocking murder.
Conquest of the useless : reflections from the making of Fitzcarraldo
Werner Herzog ; translated from the German by Krishna Winston.
New York : Ecco, c2009.
One of the most revered filmmakers of our time, Werner Herzog wrote this diary during the making of Fitzcarraldo, the lavish 1982 film that tells the story of a would-be rubber baron who pulls a steamship over a hill in order to access a rich rubber territory. Later, Herzog spoke of his difficulties when making the film, including casting problems, reshoots, language barriers, epic clashes with the star, and the logistics of moving a 320-ton steamship over a hill without the use of special effects.Hailed by critics around the globe, the film went on to win Herzog the 1982 Outstanding Director Prize at Cannes. Conquest of the Useless, Werner Herzog's diary on his fever dream in the Amazon jungle, is an extraordinary glimpse into the mind of a genius during the making of one of his greatest achievements.
A critical handbook of Japanese film directors : from the silent era to the present day
Alexander Jacoby ; foreword by Donald Richie.
Berkeley, Calif. : Stone Bridge Press, c2008.
Jacoby, an independent writer and research on Japanese cinema, offers profiles of some 150 Japanese directors including noted masters such as Kurosawa, Ozu and Mizoguchi as well as emerging modern talents as Takashi Miike. Each entry includes a detailed and objective filmography coupled with subjective analyses of each director's contribution to the art form. Written primarily for film students and film buffs, this book also includes a short history of Japanese cinema and a brief overview of the current industry system. Annotation #169;2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Makhmalbaf at large : the making of a rebel filmmaker
Hamid Dabashi ; foreword by Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
London; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2008.
The name of Mohsen Makhmalbaf is almost synonymous with the dramatic rise of Iranian cinema in the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution, and over the last quarter of a century, his career as filmmaker and writer has reflected the tumultuous history of his homeland and the fate of its neighbours.