Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios
It could be said that the career of Canadian-born film director Allan Dwan (1885-1981) began at the dawn of the American motion picture industry. Originally a scriptwriter, Dwan became a director purely by accident. Even so, his creativity and problem-solving skills propelled him to the top of his profession. He achieved success with numerous silent film performers, most spectacularly with Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Gloria Swanson, and later with such legendary stars as Shirley Temple and John Wayne. Though his star waned in the sound era, Dwan managed to survive through pluck and ingenuity. Considering himself better off without the fame he enjoyed during the silent era, he went on to do some of his best work for second-echelon studios (notably Republic Pictures’ Sands of Iwo Jima) and such independent producers as Edward Small. Along the way, Dwan also found personal happiness in an unconventional manner. Rich in detail with two columns of text in each of its nearly 400 pages, and with more than 150 photographs, this book presents a thorough examination of Allan Dwan and separates myth from truth in his life and films.
Sandra Gayle Carter
What Moroccan Cinema?: A Historical and Critical Study, 1956-2006
From its early focus on documentary film and nation building to its more recent spotlight on contemporary culture and feature filmmaking, Moroccan cinema has undergone tremendous change since the country’s independence in 1956. In What Moroccan Cinema?
The Satanic Screen: An Illustrated Guide to the Devil in Cinema
Satan has figured in film since the very birth of cinema. The Satanic Screen documents all of Satan’s cinematic incarnations, covering not only the horror genre but also a whole range of sub-genres including hardcore porn, mondo and underground film.
Heavily illustrated with rare still photographs, posters and arcana, the book also investigates the perennial symbiotic interplay between Satanic cinema and leading occultists (for example, Aleister Crowley), making it essential reading for anyone interested in the Black Arts and their continuing representation in populist culture.
Nikolas Schreck is the editor of The Manson File (1988), and director of the film Charles Manson Superstar (1989). He is a world-respected authority on occultism and true crime.
Ghouls, Gimmicks, and Gold: Horror Films and the American Movie Business, 1953–1968
The Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Tingler, the Mole People—they stalked and oozed into audiences’ minds during the era that followed Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein and preceded terrors like Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Chucky (Child’s Play). Ghouls, Gimmicks, and Gold pulls off the masks and wipes away the slime to reveal how the monsters that frightened audiences in the 1950s and 1960s—and the movies they crawled and staggered through—reflected fundamental changes in the film industry. Providing the first economic history of the horror film, Kevin Heffernan shows how the production, distribution, and exhibition of horror movies changed as the studio era gave way to the conglomeration of New Hollywood.
Heffernan argues that major cultural and economic shifts in the production and reception of horror films began at the time of the 3-d film cycle of 1953–54 and ended with the 1968 adoption of the Motion Picture Association of America’s ratings system and the subsequent development of the adult horror movie—epitomized by Rosemary’s Baby. He describes how this period presented a number of daunting challenges for movie exhibitors: the high costs of technological upgrade, competition with television, declining movie attendance, and a diminishing number of annual releases from the major movie studios. He explains that the production and distribution branches of the movie industry responded to these trends by cultivating a youth audience, co-producing features with the film industries of Europe and Asia, selling films to television, and intensifying representations of sex and violence. Shining through Ghouls, Gimmicks, and Gold is the delight of the true horror movie buff, the fan thrilled to find The Brain that Wouldn’t Die on television at 3 am.
Making Friday the 13th: The Legend of Camp Blood
The definitive history of the world’s most popular horror film franchise! Fresh light on a cinematic phenomenon that’s still going strong a quarter of a century after its debut, this an exhaustive detailing of all eleven Friday the 13th films, including * detailed production histories of each film * rare anecdotes * scores of previously unseen photos from private collections * hundreds of rare interviews featuring, among others, Kevin Bacon, Wes Craven, Sean S. Cunningham, Robert Englund, Adrienne King, Betsy Palmer and Tom Savini * iconography, including Jason, the hockey mask, and a body count in the hundreds
The Editors of Life
LIFE Hidden Hollywood: Rare Images of a Golden Age
Revisit an era when intimacy between celebrities and journalists was revealing and genuine. In this all–new special edition from LIFE, Hidden Hollywood: Rare Images of a Golden Age, you will gain access to the world of classic Hollywood luminaries in various settings including “Before They Were Famous,” “Behind the Scenes,” “At Home Alone” and more.
Gain access to the world of classic Hollywood luminaries including Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jack Nicholson and so many more when they were on set, in their homes, amidst their love affairs and with their families and friends. With essays that enhance the stunning photography to lend them both a sense of time and place and anecdotes revealing little–known facts about some of the most enduring stars of our time, Hidden Hollywood makes for compulsive reading and viewing of an age where reality TV did not exist.
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