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American Cinema of the 1970s - Themes and Variations (Paperback): Lester D. Friedman American Cinema of the 1970s - Themes and Variations (Paperback)
Lester D. Friedman
R673 Discovery Miles 6 730 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A smug glance at the seventies-the so-called "Me Decade"-unveils a kaleidoscope of big hair, blaring music, and broken politics-all easy targets for satire, cynicism, and ultimately even nostalgia. American Cinema of the 1970s, however, looks beyond the strobe lights to reveal how profoundly the seventies have influenced American life and how the films of that decade represent a peak moment in cinema history. Far from a placid era, the seventies was a decade of social upheavals. Events such as the killing of students at Kent State and Jackson State universities, the Watergate investigations, the legalization of abortion, and the end of the American involvement in Vietnam are only a few among the many landmark occurrences that challenged the foundations of American culture. The director-driven movies of this era reflect this turmoil, experimenting with narrative structures, offering a gallery of scruffy antiheroes, and revising traditional genre conventions. Bringing together ten original essays, American Cinema of the 1970s examines the range of films that marked the decade, including Jaws, Rocky, Love Story, Shaft, Dirty Harry, The Godfather, Deliverance, The Exorcist, Shampoo, Taxi Driver, Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever, Kramer vs. Kramer, and Apocalypse Now. Lester D. Friedman is the Senior Scholar-in-Residence in the Media and Society Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and the author of numerous books on film.

Bonnie and Clyde (Paperback, 2000 ed.): Lester D. Friedman Bonnie and Clyde (Paperback, 2000 ed.)
Lester D. Friedman
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This work presents an insight into the 1967 film "Bonnie and Clyde," the film said to have changed American cinema, reinvigorating the gangster genre with European, New Wave techniques and a radically candid view of sex and violence. "Bonnie and Clyde" changed American cinema, reinvigorating the gangster genre with European, New Wave techniques and a radically candid view of sex and violence. Starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the film caused a frenzy of controversy and paved the way for the "New Hollywood" of the 1970s.

Fires Were Started - British Cinema and Thatcherism 2e (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): Lester D. Friedman Fires Were Started - British Cinema and Thatcherism 2e (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
Lester D. Friedman
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"Fires Were Started" is a provocative analysis of the responses of British film to the policies and political ideology of the Conservative governments of Margaret Thatcher and it represents an original and stimulating contribution to our knowledge of British cinema. This second edition includes revised and updated contributions from some of the leading scholars of British cinema, including Thomas Elsaesser, Peter Wollen and Manthia Diawara. The book discuss prominent filmmakers such as Peter Greenaway, Derek Jarman, Ken Russell, Nicolas Roeg and Stephen Frears, it also explores some lesser known but equally important territory such as the work of Black British filmmakers, the Leeds Animation Workshop and Channel 4's Film on Four. Films discussed include "Distant Voices, Still Lives," "My Beautiful Launderette," "Chariots of Fire" and "Drowning by Numbers."

Steven Spielberg - Interviews, Revised and Updated (Paperback): Lester D. Friedman, Brent Notbohm Steven Spielberg - Interviews, Revised and Updated (Paperback)
Lester D. Friedman, Brent Notbohm
R475 R375 Discovery Miles 3 750 Save R100 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

More than four decades after the premiere of his first film, Steven Spielberg (b. 1946) continues to be a household name whose influence on popular culture extends far beyond the movie screen. Now in his seventies, Spielberg shows no intention of retiring from directing or even slowing down. Since the publication of Steven Spielberg: Interviews in 2000, the filmmaker has crafted some of the most complex movies of his extensive career. His new movies consistently reinvigorate entrenched genres, adding density and depth. Many of the defining characters, motifs, tropes, and themes that emerge in Spielberg's earliest movies shape these later works as well, but often in new configurations that probe deeper into more complicated subjects-dangerous technology rather than man-eating sharks, homicidal rather than cuddly aliens, lethal terrorism instead of rampaging dinosaurs. Spielberg's movies continue to display a remarkably sophisticated level of artistry that matches, and sometimes exceeds, the memorable visual hallmarks of his prior work. His latest series of films continue to demonstrate an ongoing intellectual restlessness and a willingness to challenge himself as a creative artist. With this new collection of interviews, which includes eleven original interviews from the 2000 edition and nine new interviews, readers will recognize the themes that motivate Spielberg, the cinematic techniques he employs to create his feature films, and the emotional connection he has to his movies. The result is a nuanced and engaging portrait of the most popular director in American cinema history.

An Introduction to Film Genres (Paperback): Lester D. Friedman, David Desser, Sarah Kozlaff, Martha P. Nochimson, Stephen Prince An Introduction to Film Genres (Paperback)
Lester D. Friedman, David Desser, Sarah Kozlaff, Martha P. Nochimson, Stephen Prince
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An Introduction to Film Genres, written by leading film scholars specifically for undergraduates who are new to the study of film, provides an introduction that helps students see thirteen film genres in a new light---to help them identify the themes, iconography, and distinctive stylistic traits of each genre.

American Cinema of the 1920s - Themes and Variations (Paperback): Lucy Fischer American Cinema of the 1920s - Themes and Variations (Paperback)
Lucy Fischer; Series edited by Lester D. Friedman, Murray Pomerance; Contributions by Angela Dalle Vacche, Jennifer M. Bean, …
R681 Discovery Miles 6 810 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

During the 1920s, sound revolutionized the motion picture industry and cinema continued as one of the most significant and popular forms of mass entertainment in the world. Film studios were transformed into major corporations, hiring a host of craftsmen and technicians including cinematographers, editors, screenwriters, and set designers. The birth of the star system supported the meteoric rise and celebrity status of actors including Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, and Rudolph Valentino while black performers (relegated to 'race films') appeared infrequently in mainstream movies. The classic Hollywood film style was perfected and significant film genres were established: the melodrama, western, historical epic, and romantic comedy, along with slapstick, science fiction, and fantasy. In ten original essays, American Cinema of the 1920s examines the film industry's continued growth and prosperity while focusing on important themes of the era. Some of the films discussed in this volume include: Flesh and the Devil, Applause, The Jazz Singer, Salome, The Affairs of Anatol, and The Electric House.

Steven Spielberg - Interviews, Revised and Updated (Hardcover): Lester D. Friedman, Brent Notbohm Steven Spielberg - Interviews, Revised and Updated (Hardcover)
Lester D. Friedman, Brent Notbohm
R2,172 Discovery Miles 21 720 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

More than four decades after the premiere of his first film, Steven Spielberg (b. 1946) continues to be a household name whose influence on popular culture extends far beyond the movie screen. Now in his seventies, Spielberg shows no intention of retiring from directing or even slowing down. Since the publication of Steven Spielberg: Interviews in 2000, the filmmaker has crafted some of the most complex movies of his extensive career. His new movies consistently reinvigorate entrenched genres, adding density and depth. Many of the defining characters, motifs, tropes, and themes that emerge in Spielberg's earliest movies shape these later works as well, but often in new configurations that probe deeper into more complicated subjects-dangerous technology rather than man-eating sharks, homicidal rather than cuddly aliens, lethal terrorism instead of rampaging dinosaurs. Spielberg's movies continue to display a remarkably sophisticated level of artistry that matches, and sometimes exceeds, the memorable visual hallmarks of his prior work. His latest series of films continue to demonstrate an ongoing intellectual restlessness and a willingness to challenge himself as a creative artist. With this new collection of interviews, which includes eleven original interviews from the 2000 edition and nine new interviews, readers will recognize the themes that motivate Spielberg, the cinematic techniques he employs to create his feature films, and the emotional connection he has to his movies. The result is a nuanced and engaging portrait of the most popular director in American cinema history.

Health Humanities Reader (Paperback): Mark Vonnegut Health Humanities Reader (Paperback)
Mark Vonnegut; Edited by Therese Jones, Delese Wear, Lester D. Friedman; Contributions by Allen Peterkin, …
R1,452 Discovery Miles 14 520 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Over the past forty years, the health humanities, previously called the medical humanities, has emerged as one of the most exciting fields for interdisciplinary scholarship, advancing humanistic inquiry into bioethics, human rights, health care, and the uses of technology. It has also helped inspire medical practitioners to engage in deeper reflection about the human elements of their practice.
In "Health Humanities Reader," editors Tess Jones, Delese Wear, and Lester D. Friedman have assembled fifty-four leading scholars, educators, artists, and clinicians to survey the rich body of work that has already emerged from the field--and to imagine fresh approaches to the health humanities in these original essays. The collection's contributors reflect the extraordinary diversity of the field, including scholars from the disciplines of disability studies, history, literature, nursing, religion, narrative medicine, philosophy, bioethics, medicine, and the social sciences.
With warmth and humor, critical acumen and ethical insight, "Health Humanities Reader" truly humanizes the field of medicine. Its accessible language and broad scope offers something for everyone from the experienced medical professional to a reader interested in health and illness.

Tough Ain't Enough - New Perspectives on the Films of Clint Eastwood (Paperback): Lester D. Friedman, David Desser Tough Ain't Enough - New Perspectives on the Films of Clint Eastwood (Paperback)
Lester D. Friedman, David Desser; Contributions by Lester D. Friedman, David Desser, Stephen Prince, …
R668 Discovery Miles 6 680 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Throughout his lengthy career as both an actor and a director, Clint Eastwood has appeared in virtually every major film genre and, at this point in his career, has emerged as one of America's most popular, recognizable, and respected filmmakers. He also remains a controversial figure in the political landscape, often characterized as the most prominent conservative voice in mostly liberal Hollywood. At Eastwood's late age, his critical success as actor and director, his combative willingness to confront serious cultural issues in his films, and his undeniable talent behind the camera all call for a new and comprehensive study that considers and contextualizes his multiple roles, both on and off screen. Tough Ain't Enough offers readers a series of original essays by prominent cinema scholars that explore the actor-director's extensive career. The result is a far-reaching and nuanced portrait of one of America's most prolific and thoughtful filmmakers.

Monstrous Progeny - A History of the Frankenstein Narratives (Hardcover): Lester D. Friedman, Allison B Kavey Monstrous Progeny - A History of the Frankenstein Narratives (Hardcover)
Lester D. Friedman, Allison B Kavey
R2,503 Discovery Miles 25 030 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein is its own type of monster mythos that will not die, a corpus whose parts keep getting harvested to animate new artistic creations. What makes this tale so adaptable and so resilient that, nearly 200 years later, it still seems vitally relevant in a culture radically different from the one that spawned its birth? Monstrous Progeny takes readers on a fascinating exploration of the Frankenstein family tree, tracing the literary and intellectual roots of Shelley's novel from the sixteenth century and analyzing the evolution of the book's figures and themes into modern productions that range from children's cartoons to pornography. Along the way, media scholar Lester D. Friedman and historian Allison B. Kavey examine the adaptation and evolution of Dr. Frankenstein and his monster across different genres and in different eras. In doing so, they demonstrate how Shelley's tale and its characters continue to provide crucial reference points for current debates about bioethics, artificial intelligence, cyborg lifeforms, and the limits of scientific progress. Blending an extensive historical overview with a detailed analysis of key texts, the authors reveal how the Frankenstein legacy arose from a series of fluid intellectual contexts and continues to pulsate through an extraordinary body of media products. Both thought-provoking and entertaining, Monstrous Progeny offers a lively look at an undying and significant cultural phenomenon.

Films of Fact - British Cinema and Thatcherism (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Lester D. Friedman Films of Fact - British Cinema and Thatcherism (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Lester D. Friedman
R475 R378 Discovery Miles 3 780 Save R97 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"Fires Were Started" is a provocative analysis of the responses of British film to the policies and political ideology of the Conservative governments of Margaret Thatcher and it represents an original and stimulating contribution to our knowledge of British cinema. This second edition includes revised and updated contributions from some of the leading scholars of British cinema, including Thomas Elsaesser, Peter Wollen and Manthia Diawara. The book discuss prominent filmmakers such as Peter Greenaway, Derek Jarman, Ken Russell, Nicolas Roeg and Stephen Frears, it also explores some lesser known but equally important territory such as the work of Black British filmmakers, the Leeds Animation Workshop and Channel 4's Film on Four. Films discussed include "Distant Voices, Still Lives," "My Beautiful Launderette," "Chariots of Fire" and "Drowning by Numbers."

Tough Ain't Enough - New Perspectives on the Films of Clint Eastwood (Hardcover): Lester D. Friedman, David Desser Tough Ain't Enough - New Perspectives on the Films of Clint Eastwood (Hardcover)
Lester D. Friedman, David Desser; Contributions by Stephen Prince, Jonathan Kirshner, Diane Carson, …
R2,091 Discovery Miles 20 910 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Throughout his lengthy career as both an actor and a director, Clint Eastwood has appeared in virtually every major film genre and, at this point in his career, has emerged as one of America's most popular, recognizable, and respected filmmakers. He also remains a controversial figure in the political landscape, often characterized as the most prominent conservative voice in mostly liberal Hollywood. At Eastwood's late age, his critical success as actor and director, his combative willingness to confront serious cultural issues in his films, and his undeniable talent behind the camera all call for a new and comprehensive study that considers and contextualizes his multiple roles, both on and off screen. Tough Ain't Enough offers readers a series of original essays by prominent cinema scholars that explore the actor-director's extensive career. The result is a far-reaching and nuanced portrait of one of America's most prolific and thoughtful filmmakers.

Citizen Spielberg (Paperback): Lester D. Friedman Citizen Spielberg (Paperback)
Lester D. Friedman
R583 R501 Discovery Miles 5 010 Save R82 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Steven Spielberg is the director or producer of over one third of the thirty highest grossing films of all time, yet most film scholars dismiss him as little more than a modern P. T. Barnum--a technically gifted and intellectually shallow showman who substitutes spectacle for substance. To date, no book has attempted to analyze the components of his worldview, the issues which animate his most significant works, the roots of his immense acceptance, and the influence his vast spectrum of imaginative products exerts on the public consciousness. In Citizen Spielberg, Lester D. Friedman fills that void with a systematic analysis of the various genres in which the director has worked, including science fiction (E.T.), adventure (Raiders trilogy), race films (The Color Purple, Amistad), and war films (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List). Friedman concludes that Spielberg's films present a sustained artistic vision combined with a technical flair matched by few other filmmakers, and makes a compelling case for Spielberg to be considered as a major film artist.

Monstrous Progeny - A History of the Frankenstein Narratives (Paperback): Lester D. Friedman, Allison B Kavey Monstrous Progeny - A History of the Frankenstein Narratives (Paperback)
Lester D. Friedman, Allison B Kavey
R654 Discovery Miles 6 540 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Mary Shelley's 1818 novel Frankenstein is its own type of monster mythos that will not die, a corpus whose parts keep getting harvested to animate new artistic creations. What makes this tale so adaptable and so resilient that, nearly 200 years later, it still seems vitally relevant in a culture radically different from the one that spawned its birth? Monstrous Progeny takes readers on a fascinating exploration of the Frankenstein family tree, tracing the literary and intellectual roots of Shelley's novel from the sixteenth century and analyzing the evolution of the book's figures and themes into modern productions that range from children's cartoons to pornography. Along the way, media scholar Lester D. Friedman and historian Allison B. Kavey examine the adaptation and evolution of Dr. Frankenstein and his monster across different genres and in different eras. In doing so, they demonstrate how Shelley's tale and its characters continue to provide crucial reference points for current debates about bioethics, artificial intelligence, cyborg lifeforms, and the limits of scientific progress. Blending an extensive historical overview with a detailed analysis of key texts, the authors reveal how the Frankenstein legacy arose from a series of fluid intellectual contexts and continues to pulsate through an extraordinary body of media products. Both thought-provoking and entertaining, Monstrous Progeny offers a lively look at an undying and significant cultural phenomenon.

Cultural Sutures - Medicine and Media (Paperback): Lester D. Friedman Cultural Sutures - Medicine and Media (Paperback)
Lester D. Friedman
R652 R557 Discovery Miles 5 570 Save R95 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Medicine and the media exist in a unique symbiosis. Increasingly, health-care consumers turn to media sources-from news reports to Web sites to tv shows-for information about diseases, treatments, pharmacology, and important health issues. And just as the media scour the medical terrain for news stories and plot lines, those in the health-care industry use the media to publicize legitimate stories and advance particular agendas. The essays in Cultural Sutures delineate this deeply collaborative process by scrutinizing a broad range of interconnections between medicine and the media in print journalism, advertisements, fiction films, television shows, documentaries, and computer technology. In this volume, scholars of cinema studies, philosophy, English, sociology, health-care education, women's studies, bioethics, and other fields demonstrate how the world of medicine engages and permeates the media that surround us. Whether examining the press coverage of the Jack Kevorkian-euthanasia controversy; pondering questions about accessibility, accountability, and professionalism raised by such films as Awakenings, The Doctor, and Lorenzo's Oil; analyzing the depiction of doctors, patients, and medicine on E.R. and Chicago Hope; or considering the ways in which digital technologies have redefined the medical body, these essays are consistently illuminating and provocative. Contributors. Arthur Caplan, Tod Chambers, Stephanie Clark-Brown, Marc R. Cohen, Kelly A. Cole, Lucy Fischer, Lester D. Friedman, Joy V. Fuqua, Sander L. Gilman, Norbert Goldfield, Joel Howell, Therese Jones, Timothy Lenoir, Gregory Makoul, Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, Faith McLellan, Jonathan M. Metzl, Christie Milliken, Martin F. Norden, Kirsten Ostherr, Limor Peer, Audrey Shafer, Joseph Turow, Greg VandeKieft, Otto F. Wahl

Steven Spielberg - Interviews (Paperback): Lester D. Friedman, Brent Notbohm Steven Spielberg - Interviews (Paperback)
Lester D. Friedman, Brent Notbohm
R490 Discovery Miles 4 900 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Steven Spielberg has become a brand name and a force that extends far beyond the movie screen. Phrases like "phone home" and the music score from "Jaws" are now part of our cultural script, appearing in commercials, comedy routines, and common conversation.

Yet few scholars have devoted time to studying Spielberg's vast output of popular films despite the director's financial and aesthetic achievements. Spanning twenty-five years of Spielberg's career, "Steven Spielberg: Interviews" explores the issues, the themes, and the financial considerations surrounding his work. The blockbuster creator of "E.T.," "Jaws," and "Schindler's List" talks about dreams and the almighty dollar.

"I'm not really interested in making money," he says. "That's always come as the result of success, but it's not been my goal, and I've had a tough time proving that to people."

Ranging from Spielberg's twenties to his mid-fifties, the interviews chart his evolution from a brash young filmmaker trying to make his way in Hollywood, to his spectacular blockbuster triumphs, to his maturation as a director seeking to inspire the imagination with meaningful subjects.

The Steven Spielberg who emerges in these talks is a complex mix of businessman and artist, of arrogance and insecurity, of shallowness and substance. Often interviewers will uncover the director's human side, noting how changes in Spielberg's personal life -- marriage, divorce, fatherhood, remarriage -- affect his movies. But always the interviewers find keys to the story-telling and filmmaking talent that have made Spielberg's characters and themes shape our times and inhabit our dreams.

"Every time I go to a movie, it's magic, no matter what the movie's about," he says. "Whether you watch eight hours of "Shoah" or whether it's "Ghostbusters," when the lights go down in the theater and the movie fades in, it's magic."

Lester D. Friedman teaches medical humanities and bioethics at Upstate Medical University and cinema studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. Brent Notbohm of Spring Green, Wisconsin, is a freelance instructor of film production and media studies. He has written and directed several films and videos independently and as a graduate student at Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Cambridge Film Handbooks - Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde (Paperback): Lester D. Friedman Cambridge Film Handbooks - Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde (Paperback)
Lester D. Friedman
R382 R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Save R75 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Few films in the history of American cinema caused more intense critical discussion and greater emotional debate than Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde. This provocative portrayal of Depression-era life on the run, delivered with visual panache and a hip sensibility, ushered in what came to be categorized as 'the New American Cinema'. Focusing on a story set in the 1930s, yet clearly fashioned to resonate with the countercultural tenor of the 1960s, the film remains compelling for today's viewers by virtue of its central love story and inevitable tragedy, its subversive statement as well as its sympathetic connection to the communal impulse. This volume includes commissioned essays by leading scholars of Arthur Penn's work, as well as contributions from Penn himself and scriptwriter David Newman. They analyze the cultural history, technical brilliance, visual strategies, and violent imagery that marked Bonnie and Clyde as a significant turning point in American film.

SHARED DIFFERENCES - MULTICULTURAL MEDIA AND PRACTICAL PEDAGOGY (Paperback, New): Diane Carson, Lester D. Friedman SHARED DIFFERENCES - MULTICULTURAL MEDIA AND PRACTICAL PEDAGOGY (Paperback, New)
Diane Carson, Lester D. Friedman
R446 R390 Discovery Miles 3 900 Save R56 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This timely volume addresses those who teach and study multicultural topics. Rather than offering a Band-Aid approach to curricular offerings, the contributors demonstrate inclusive, innovative ways to integrate multicultural issues and media into existing courses. In "Struggling for America's Soul: A Search for Some Common Ground in the Multicultural Debate," Lester Friedman leads off the volume with an analysis of the value and necessity of multicultural approaches for today's students and for society at large. The essays that follow provide a wealth of material for organizing courses, including week-by-week syllabi detailing specific writing assignments, bibliographical information on readings, and sources for films and videos. The contributors, who teach at institutions ranging from community colleges through major research universities, describe their experiences teaching students of various ages, backgrounds, and interests. Shared Differences will be of value to all who use media as a tool in their teaching, whether in history, literature, or the social sciences, as well as to those who teach film and video production.

Unspeakable Images - Ethnicity and the American Cinema (Paperback, New): Lester D. Friedman Unspeakable Images - Ethnicity and the American Cinema (Paperback, New)
Lester D. Friedman
R430 R379 Discovery Miles 3 790 Save R51 (12%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Cultural Sutures - Medicine and Media (Hardcover, New): Lester D. Friedman Cultural Sutures - Medicine and Media (Hardcover, New)
Lester D. Friedman
R2,018 Discovery Miles 20 180 Special order

Medicine and the media exist in a unique symbiosis. Increasingly, health-care consumers turn to media sources-from news reports to Web sites to tv shows-for information about diseases, treatments, pharmacology, and important health issues. And just as the media scour the medical terrain for news stories and plot lines, those in the health-care industry use the media to publicize legitimate stories and advance particular agendas. The essays in Cultural Sutures delineate this deeply collaborative process by scrutinizing a broad range of interconnections between medicine and the media in print journalism, advertisements, fiction films, television shows, documentaries, and computer technology. In this volume, scholars of cinema studies, philosophy, English, sociology, health-care education, women's studies, bioethics, and other fields demonstrate how the world of medicine engages and permeates the media that surround us. Whether examining the press coverage of the Jack Kevorkian-euthanasia controversy; pondering questions about accessibility, accountability, and professionalism raised by such films as Awakenings, The Doctor, and Lorenzo's Oil; analyzing the depiction of doctors, patients, and medicine on E.R. and Chicago Hope; or considering the ways in which digital technologies have redefined the medical body, these essays are consistently illuminating and provocative. Contributors. Arthur Caplan, Tod Chambers, Stephanie Clark-Brown, Marc R. Cohen, Kelly A. Cole, Lucy Fischer, Lester D. Friedman, Joy V. Fuqua, Sander L. Gilman, Norbert Goldfield, Joel Howell, Therese Jones, Timothy Lenoir, Gregory Makoul, Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, Faith McLellan, Jonathan M. Metzl, Christie Milliken, Martin F. Norden, Kirsten Ostherr, Limor Peer, Audrey Shafer, Joseph Turow, Greg VandeKieft, Otto F. Wahl

American Jewish Filmmakers (2d ed.) (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): David Desser, Lester D. Friedman American Jewish Filmmakers (2d ed.) (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
David Desser, Lester D. Friedman
R581 R538 Discovery Miles 5 380 Save R43 (7%) Special order

Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Sidney Lumet, and Paul Mazursky, all sons of East European Jews, remain among the most prominent contemporary American film directors. In this revised, updated second edition of American Jewish Filmmakers, David Desser and Lester D. Friedman demonstrate how the Jewish experience gives rise to an intimately linked series of issues in the films of these and other significant Jewish directors. This book presents the effects of the Holocaust linger, both in gripping dramatic form (Mazursky's Enemies, a Love Story) and in black comedy (Brooks's The Producers). In his trilogy consisting of Serpico, Prince of the City, and Q and A, Lumet focuses on the failure of society's institutions to deliver social justice. Woody Allen portrays urban life and family relationships (Manhattan and Hannah and Her Sisters), sometimes with a nostalgic twist (Radio Days). This edition concludes with a newly written discussion of the careers of other prominent Jewish filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Barry Levinson, Brian Singer, and Darren Aronofsky.

Cambridge Film Handbooks - Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde (Hardcover): Lester D. Friedman Cambridge Film Handbooks - Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde (Hardcover)
Lester D. Friedman
R1,104 Discovery Miles 11 040 Special order

Few films in the history of American cinema caused more intense critical discussion and greater emotional debate than Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde. This provocative portrayal of Depression-era life on the run, delivered with visual panache and a hip sensibility, ushered in what came to be categorized as 'the New American Cinema'. Focusing on a story set in the 1930s, yet clearly fashioned to resonate with the countercultural tenor of the 1960s, the film remains compelling for today's viewers by virtue of its central love story and inevitable tragedy, its subversive statement as well as its sympathetic connection to the communal impulse. This volume includes commissioned essays by leading scholars of Arthur Penn's work, as well as contributions from Penn himself and scriptwriter David Newman. They analyze the cultural history, technical brilliance, visual strategies, and violent imagery that marked Bonnie and Clyde as a significant turning point in American film.

American Cinema of the 1920s - Themes and Variations (Hardcover): Lucy Fischer American Cinema of the 1920s - Themes and Variations (Hardcover)
Lucy Fischer; Series edited by Lester D. Friedman, Murray Pomerance; Contributions by Angela Dalle Vacche, Jennifer M. Bean, …
R2,620 Discovery Miles 26 200 Special order

During the 1920s, sound revolutionized the motion picture industry and cinema continued as one of the most significant and popular forms of mass entertainment in the world. Film studios were transformed into major corporations, hiring a host of craftsmen and technicians including cinematographers, editors, screenwriters, and set designers. The birth of the star system supported the meteoric rise and celebrity status of actors including Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, and Rudolph Valentino while black performers (relegated to 'race films') appeared infrequently in mainstream movies. The classic Hollywood film style was perfected and significant film genres were established: the melodrama, western, historical epic, and romantic comedy, along with slapstick, science fiction, and fantasy. In ten original essays, ""American Cinema of the 1920s"" examines the film industry's continued growth and prosperity while focusing on important themes of the era. Some of the films discussed in this volume include: ""Flesh and the Devil"", ""Applause"", ""The Jazz Singer"", ""Salome"", ""The Affairs of Anatol"", and ""The Electric House"".

Screen Decades Complete 11 Volume Set - American Cinema from the 1890s to the 2000s (Paperback, New): Murray Pomerance, Lester... Screen Decades Complete 11 Volume Set - American Cinema from the 1890s to the 2000s (Paperback, New)
Murray Pomerance, Lester D. Friedman
R5,434 Discovery Miles 54 340 Special order

The Screen Decades: American Culture/American Cinema series is now available as an eleven-volume set: American Cinema from the 1890 to the 2000s. Each volume presents a group of original essays analyzing the impact of cultural issues on the cinema and the impact of the cinema on society. Because every chapter explores a spectrum of particularly significant motion pictures and the broad range of historical events in one year, readers will gain a continuing sense of the decade as it came to be depicted on movie screens across the nation. The integration of historical and cultural events with the sprawling progression of American cinema illuminates the pervasive themes and essential movies that define an era. The series represents one among many possible ways of confronting the past and understanding the connections between American culture and film history.

Second Star to the Right - Peter Pan in the Popular Imagination (Hardcover): Allison B Kavey, Lester D. Friedman Second Star to the Right - Peter Pan in the Popular Imagination (Hardcover)
Allison B Kavey, Lester D. Friedman
R1,509 Discovery Miles 15 090 Special order

Over a century after its first stage performance, Peter Pan has become deeply embedded in Western popular culture, as an enduring part of childhood memories, in every part of popular media, and in commercial enterprises.

Since 2003 the characters from this story have had a highly visible presence in nearly every genre of popular culture: two major films, a literary sequel to the original adventures, a graphic novel featuring a grown-up Wendy Darling, and an Argentinean novel about a children's book writer inspired by J. M. Barrie. Simultaneously, Barrie surfaced as the subject of two major biographies and a feature film. The engaging essays in Second Star to the Right approach Pan from literary, dramatic, film, television, and sociological perspectives and, in the process, analyze his emergence and preservation in the cultural imagination.

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