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Moment of Action - Riddles of Cinematic Performance (Paperback): Murray Pomerance Moment of Action - Riddles of Cinematic Performance (Paperback)
Murray Pomerance
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There are hundreds of biographies of filmstars and dozens of scholarly works on acting in general. But what about the ephemeral yet indelible moments when, for a brief scene or even just a single shot, an actor's performance triggers a visceral response in the viewer? Moment of Action delves into the mysteries of screen performance, revealing both the acting techniques and the technical apparatuses that coalesce in an instant of cinematic alchemy to create movie gold. Considering a range of acting styles while examining films as varied as Bringing Up Baby, Psycho, The Red Shoes, Godzilla, and The Bourne Identity, Murray Pomerance traces the common dynamics that work to structure the complex relationship between the act of cinematic performance and its eventual perception. Mining the spaces where subjective and objective analyses merge, Pomerance offers both a deeply personal account of film viewership and a detailed examination of the intuitive gestures, orchestrated movements, and backstage maneuvers that go into creating those phenomenal moments onscreen. Moment of Action takes us on an innovative exploration of the nexus at which the actor's keen skills spark and kindle the audience's receptive energies.

Moment of Action - Riddles of Cinematic Performance (Hardcover): Murray Pomerance Moment of Action - Riddles of Cinematic Performance (Hardcover)
Murray Pomerance
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There are hundreds of biographies of filmstars and dozens of scholarly works on acting in general. But what about the ephemeral yet indelible moments when, for a brief scene or even just a single shot, an actor's performance triggers a visceral response in the viewer? Moment of Action delves into the mysteries of screen performance, revealing both the acting techniques and the technical apparatuses that coalesce in an instant of cinematic alchemy to create movie gold. Considering a range of acting styles while examining films as varied as Bringing Up Baby, Psycho, The Red Shoes, Godzilla, and The Bourne Identity, Murray Pomerance traces the common dynamics that work to structure the complex relationship between the act of cinematic performance and its eventual perception. Mining the spaces where subjective and objective analyses merge, Pomerance offers both a deeply personal account of film viewership and a detailed examination of the intuitive gestures, orchestrated movements, and backstage maneuvers that go into creating those phenomenal moments onscreen. Moment of Action takes us on an innovative exploration of the nexus at which the actor's keen skills spark and kindle the audience's receptive energies.

Enfant Terrible! - Jerry Lewis in American Film (Hardcover): Murray Pomerance Enfant Terrible! - Jerry Lewis in American Film (Hardcover)
Murray Pomerance
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"A witty, provocative, and necessary re-evaluation of the phenomenon known as Jerry Lewis. I myself have loved and despised Jerry, often both at the same time; I needed this book to tell me why."
---David Cronenberg

"These original, varied approaches are the heftiest appreciation of Lewis in English... Recommended."
--"Booklist"

The one thing everybody knows about Jerry Lewis is that he is beloved by the French, those incomprehensible hedonistic strangers across the sea. The French understand him, while in the U.S. he is at best a riddle, not one of us. Lewis is someone we take profound pleasure in excluding, if not ridiculing.

Enfant Terrible! Jerry Lewis in American Film is the first comprehensive collection devoted to one of the most controversial and accomplished figures in twentieth-century American cinema. A veteran of virtually every form of show business, Lewis's performances onscreen and the motion pictures he has directed reveal significant filmmaking talents, and show him to be what he has called himself, a "total filmmaker." Yet his work has been frequently derided by American critics.

This book challenges that easy reading by taking a more careful look at Lewis's considerable body of work onscreen in 16 diverse and penetrating essays. Turning to such films as"The Nutty Professor," "The Ladies Man," "The King of Comedy," "The Delicate Delinquent," "Living It Up," "The Errand Boy," "The Disorderly Orderly," "Arizona Dream," and "The Geisha Boy," the contributors address topics ranging from Lewis's on- and offscreen performances, the representations of disability in his films, and the Europeanobsession with Lewis, to his relationship with Dean Martin and Lewis's masculinity. Far from an out of control hysteric, Enfant Terrible! instead reveals Jerry Lewis to be a meticulous master of performance with a keen sense of American culture and the contemporary world.

Contributors include: Mikita Brottman, Scott Bukatman, David Desser, Leslie A. Fiedler, Craig Fischer, Lucy Fischer, Krin Gabbard, Barry Keith Grant, Andrew Horton, Susan Hunt, Frank Krutnik, Marcia Landy, Peter Lehman, Shawn Levy, Dana Polan, Murray Pomerance, and J. P. Telotte.

Virtuoso - Film Performance and the Actor's Magic (Paperback): Murray Pomerance Virtuoso - Film Performance and the Actor's Magic (Paperback)
Murray Pomerance
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Elizabeth Taylor's electrifying performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The milkshake scene in There Will be Blood. Leonardo DiCaprio's turn as Arnie in What's Eating Gilbert Grape? What makes these performances so special? Eloquently written and engagingly laid out, Murray Pomerance answers the tough question as to what makes an exceptional, or virtuosic performance. Pomerance intensively explores virtuosic performance in film, ranging from classical works through to contemporary production, and gives serious consideration to structural problems of dramatization and production, actorial methods and tricks, and contingencies that befall performers giving stand-out moments. Looking at more than 40 aspects of the virtuosic act, and using an approach based in careful meditation and discursion, Virtuoso moves through such themes as showing off, effacement, self-consciousness, performative collapse, spontaneity, acting as dream, acting and femininity, virtuosity and torture, secrecy, improvisation, virtuosic silence, and others; giving special attention to the labors of such figures as Fred Astaire, Johnny Depp, Marlene Dietrich, Basil Rathbone, Christopher Plummer, Leonardo DiCaprio, Alice Brady, Ethel Waters, James Mason, and dozens more. Numerous scenic virtuosities are examined in depth, from films as far-ranging as Singin' in the Rain and The Bridge on the River Kwai, and My Man Godfrey. As the first book about virtuosity in film performance, Virtuoso offers exciting new angles from which to view film both classical and contemporary.

Cinema and Modernity (Paperback): Murray Pomerance Cinema and Modernity (Paperback)
Murray Pomerance
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"I can think of no topic more central to film studies than 'Cinema and Modernity.' Facet after facet of both terms gleams when rotated in the intermittent light of this fascinating anthology." --Dudley Andrew, professor of film studies and comparative literature, Yale University "This book amply confirms cinema's continuing vitality in the modern world. . . . I can't imagine a film scholar who would not find something of value in this rich anthology." --Scott Bukatman, author of Matters of Gravity: Special Effects and Supermen in the 20th Century The modern impulse gave us captivating technology and dark anxiety, rampant mobility and a world filled with strangers, the futuristic city and a fragmentation of experience. Motion pictures--the quintessence of modernism--entered into this cultural, technical, and philosophical richness with a vast public appeal and a jarring new vision of what life could be. In Cinema and Modernity, Murray Pomerance brings together new essays by seventeen leading scholars to explore the complexity of the essential connection between film and modernity. Among the many films considered are Detour, Shock Corridor, The Last Laugh, Experiment in Terror, The Great Dictator, Leave Her to Heaven, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Eyes Wide Shut, Sunrise, The Crowd, The Shape of Things to Come, The War of the Worlds, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Scarlet Street, Shadow of a Doubt, Stella Dallas, The Blue Angel, Sullivan's Travels, and Catch Me If You Can. Murray Pomerance is a professor and chair in the sociology department at Ryerson University in Toronto. He is the coeditor of the Screen Decades series and the author of numerous books, including Johnny Depp Starts Here and An Eye for Hitchcock.

Close-Up - Great Cinematic Performances Volume 1: America (Paperback): Murray Pomerance, Kyle Stevens Close-Up - Great Cinematic Performances Volume 1: America (Paperback)
Murray Pomerance, Kyle Stevens
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This two-volume set presents detailed interpretations of singular performances by several of the most compelling actors in cinema history, asking in many different and complementary ways what makes performance meaningful, how it reflects a director's style, as well as how it contributes to the development of national cinemas and cultures. Whether noting the precise ways actors shape film narrative, achieve emotional effect, or move toward political subversion, the essays in these books innovate new approaches to studying screen performance as an art form and cultural force. This volume focuses on American cinema, including case studies of key performances from actors like Bette Davis, Irene Dunne, Whoopi Goldberg, Cary Grant, Oscar Isaac, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Sidney Poitier, Gena Rowlands, Peter Sellers, Kristen Stewart, and Ethel Waters, amongst many others. Contributors: Brenda Austin-Smith (University of Manitoba), Rebecca Bell-Metereau (Texas State University), Charles Ram rez Berg (University of Texas at Austin), Janet Bergstrom (UCLA), John Bruns (College of Charleston), Alex Clayton (University of Bristol), Shonni Enelow (Fordham University), Anna Everett (University of California, Santa Barbara), Lucy Fischer (University of Pittsburgh), Lester D. Friedman (Hobart and William Smith Colleges), Frances Gateward (California State University Northridge), David Greven (University of South Carolina), Jason Jacobs (University of Queensland), Elliott Logan (University of Queensland, Brisbane), Douglas McFarland (Flagler College, Saint Augustine), Adrienne L. McLean (University of Texas at Dallas), R. Barton Palmer (Clemson University), Homer B. Pettey (University of Arizona), Murray Pomerance (Ryerson University), William Rothman (University of Miami), Steven Rybin (Minnesota State University, Mankato), Kyle Stevens (Appalachian State University), George Toles (University of Manitoba), Daniel Varndell (University of Winchester), Timotheus Vermeulen (University of Oslo), Rick Warner (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

American Cinema of the 1950s - Themes and Variations (Paperback): Murray Pomerance American Cinema of the 1950s - Themes and Variations (Paperback)
Murray Pomerance; Contributions by Murray Pomerance; Introduction by Murray Pomerance; Contributions by Barry Keith Grant, Kristen Grant, …
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From cold war hysteria and rampant anticommunist witch hunts to the lure of suburbia, television, and the new consumerism, the 1950s was a decade of sensational commercial possibility coupled with dark nuclear fears and conformist politics. Amid this amalgamation of social, political, and cultural conditions, Hollywood was under siege: from the Justice Department, which pressed for big film companies to divest themselves of their theater holdings; from the middleclass, whose retreat to family entertainment inside the home drastically decreased the filmgoing audience; and from the House Un-American Activities Committee, which was attempting to purge the country of dissenting political views. In this difficult context, however, some of the most talented filmmakers of all time, including John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Vincente Minnelli, Nicholas Ray, and Billy Wilder produced some of their most remarkable work.

Bringing together original essays by ten respected scholars in the field, American Cinema of the 1950s explores the impact of the cultural environment of this decade on film, and the impact of film on the American cultural milieu. Contributors examine the signature films of the decade, including "From Here to Eternity," "Sunset Blvd.", "Singin' in the Rain," "Shane," " Rear Window," and" Rebel Without a Cause," as well as lesser-known but equally compelling films, such as "Dial 1119," "Mystery Street," "Suddenly," Summer Stock, "The Last Hunt," and many others.

Provocative, engaging, and accessible to general readers as well as scholars, this volume provides a unique lens through which to view the links between film and the prevailing social and historical events of the decade.

Close-Up - Great Cinematic Performances Volume 2: International (Paperback): Murray Pomerance, Kyle Stevens Close-Up - Great Cinematic Performances Volume 2: International (Paperback)
Murray Pomerance, Kyle Stevens
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This two-volume set presents detailed interpretations of singular performances by several of the most compelling actors in cinema history, asking in many different and complementary ways what makes performance meaningful, how it reflects a director's style, as well as how it contributes to the development of national cinemas and cultures. Whether noting the precise ways actors shape film narrative, achieve emotional effect, or move toward political subversion, the essays in these books innovate new approaches to studying screen performance as an art form and cultural force. This second volume focuses on international cinema, and includes case studies of key performances from actors like Ingrid Bergman, Gael Garcia Bernal, Nikolai Cherkassov, Alec Guinness, Setsuko Hara, Isabelle Huppert, Peter Lorre, Madhubala, Anna Magnani, Toshir Mifune, and Choi Min Sik, amongst many others. Contributors: Ulka Anjaria (Brandeis University), Janet Bergstrom (UCLA), Hye Seung Chung (Colorado State University), Corey K. Creekmur (University of Iowa), Adrian Danks (RMIT University, Melbourne), Nick Davis (Northwestern University), David Desser (University of Illinois), David Scott Diffrient (Colorado State University), Victoria Duckett (Deakin University, Melbourne), Jason Jacobs (University of Queensland), Alexia Kannas (RMIT University, Melbourne), Marcia Landy (University of Pittsburgh), Gina Marchetti (Independent Scholar), Douglas McFarland (Flagler College, Saint Augustine), Adrienne L. McLean (University of Texas at Dallas), Jerry Mosher (California State University, Long Beach), Karla Oeler (Stanford University), R. Barton Palmer (Clemson University), Homer B. Pettey (University of Arizona), Murray Pomerance (Ryerson University), Sergio Rigoletto (University of Oregon), Kyle Stevens (Appalachian State University), Aaron Taylor (University of Lethbridge), Alison Taylor (Bond University, Queensland), Dolores Tierney (University of Sussex), Noah Tsika (Queens College, City University of New York), Timotheus Vermeulen (University of Oslo)

Hamlet Lives in Hollywood - John Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen (Paperback): Murray Pomerance Hamlet Lives in Hollywood - John Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen (Paperback)
Murray Pomerance; Edited by Steven Rybin
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John Barrymore's influence on screen and stage in the early twentieth century is incalculable. His performances in the theatre defined Shakespeare for a generation, and his transition to cinema brought his theatrical performativity to both silent and sound screens. This book, a collection of fifteen original essays on the film performances and stardom of John Barrymore, redresses this lack of scholarship on Barrymore by offering a range of varied perspectives on the actor's work. Looking at his performances and influence from the perspectives of gender studies, psychoanalysis, queer studies and performance analysis, Hamlet Lives in Hollywood represents a major attempt by contemporary scholars to come to terms with the ongoing vitality of John Barrymore's work in our present day.

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, …
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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.

The Many Cinemas of Michael Curtiz (Paperback): R.Barton Palmer, Murray Pomerance The Many Cinemas of Michael Curtiz (Paperback)
R.Barton Palmer, Murray Pomerance
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Hollywood-Casablanca , Yankee Doodle Dandy , The Sea Hawk , White Christmas, and Mildred Pierce, to name only a few. The most prolific and consistently successful Hollywood generalist with an all-embracing interest in different forms of narrative and spectacle, Curtiz made around a hundred films in an astonishing range of genres: action, biopics, melodramas/film noir, musicals, and westerns. But his important contributions to the history of American film have been overlooked because his broadly varied oeuvre does not present the unified vision of filmmaking that canonical criticism demands for the category of "auteur." Exploring his films and artistic practice from a variety of angles, including politics, gender, and genre, The Many Cinemas of Michael Curtiz sheds new light on this underappreciated cinematic genius. Leading film studies scholars offer fresh appraisals of many of Curtiz's most popular films, while also paying attention to neglected releases of substantial historical interest, such as Noah's Ark , Night and Day, Virginia City, Black Fury, Mystery of the Wax Museum, and Female. Because Curtiz worked for so long and in so many genres, this analysis of his work becomes more than an author study of a notable director. Instead, The Many Cinemas of Michael Curtiz effectively adds a major chapter to the history of Hollywood's studio era, including its internationalism and the significant contributions of European emigres.

A Family Affair (Hardcover): Murray Pomerance A Family Affair (Hardcover)
Murray Pomerance
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The family unit has been a central theme in movies since the earliest days of the medium-- whether as a locus of domestic bliss, a dysfunctional source of drama, a collection of comic personalities or an inferno of repressed feelings. This new anthology brings the subject into sharp focus, collecting a range of multidisciplinary perspectives that attempt to directly penetrate the questions raised by the role of the family onscreen. Discussing a wide range of contemporary and classic films, from "House of Strangers" (1949) and "Mary Poppins" (1964) to "Superstar" (1987), "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001) and "Brokeback Mountain" (2005), this study addresses the nature of family values in cinema, and the 'family' nature of the Hollywood production system itself. With a wealth of historical background and contemporary analysis, this volume is a penetrating view of the oldest and most influential social institution as imagined for the screen.

Hamlet Lives in Hollywood - John Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen (Hardcover): Murray Pomerance, Steven Rybin Hamlet Lives in Hollywood - John Barrymore and the Acting Tradition Onscreen (Hardcover)
Murray Pomerance, Steven Rybin
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John Barrymore's influence on screen and stage in the early twentieth century is incalculable. His performances in the theatre defined Shakespeare for a generation, and his transition to cinema brought his theatrical performativity to both silent and sound screens. This book, a collection of fifteen original essays on the film performances and stardom of John Barrymore, redresses this lack of scholarship on Barrymore by offering a range of varied perspectives on the actor's work. Looking at his performances and influence from the perspectives of gender studies, psychoanalysis, queer studies and performance analysis, Hamlet Lives in Hollywood represents a major attempt by contemporary scholars to come to terms with the ongoing vitality of John Barrymore's work in our present day.

A Family Affair (Paperback): Murray Pomerance A Family Affair (Paperback)
Murray Pomerance
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The family unit has been a central theme in movies since the earliest days of the medium-- whether as a locus of domestic bliss, a dysfunctional source of drama, a collection of comic personalities or an inferno of repressed feelings. This new anthology brings the subject into sharp focus, collecting a range of multidisciplinary perspectives that attempt to directly penetrate the questions raised by the role of the family onscreen. Discussing a wide range of contemporary and classic films, from "House of Strangers" (1949) and "Mary Poppins" (1964) to "Superstar" (1987), "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001) and "Brokeback Mountain" (2005), this study addresses the nature of family values in cinema, and the 'family' nature of the Hollywood production system itself. With a wealth of historical background and contemporary analysis, this volume is a penetrating view of the oldest and most influential social institution as imagined for the screen.

The Many Cinemas of Michael Curtiz (Hardcover): R.Barton Palmer, Murray Pomerance The Many Cinemas of Michael Curtiz (Hardcover)
R.Barton Palmer, Murray Pomerance
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Hollywood-Casablanca , Yankee Doodle Dandy , The Sea Hawk , White Christmas, and Mildred Pierce, to name only a few. The most prolific and consistently successful Hollywood generalist with an all-embracing interest in different forms of narrative and spectacle, Curtiz made around a hundred films in an astonishing range of genres: action, biopics, melodramas/film noir, musicals, and westerns. But his important contributions to the history of American film have been overlooked because his broadly varied oeuvre does not present the unified vision of filmmaking that canonical criticism demands for the category of "auteur." Exploring his films and artistic practice from a variety of angles, including politics, gender, and genre, The Many Cinemas of Michael Curtiz sheds new light on this underappreciated cinematic genius. Leading film studies scholars offer fresh appraisals of many of Curtiz's most popular films, while also paying attention to neglected releases of substantial historical interest, such as Noah's Ark , Night and Day, Virginia City, Black Fury, Mystery of the Wax Museum, and Female. Because Curtiz worked for so long and in so many genres, this analysis of his work becomes more than an author study of a notable director. Instead, The Many Cinemas of Michael Curtiz effectively adds a major chapter to the history of Hollywood's studio era, including its internationalism and the significant contributions of European emigres.

George Cukor - Hollywood Master (Hardcover): Murray Pomerance, R.Barton Palmer George Cukor - Hollywood Master (Hardcover)
Murray Pomerance, R.Barton Palmer
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Presents a critical analysis of the films and career of George Cukor. Though many of his films are celebrated as classics, Cukor has yet to receive his proper due from academic critics. The film maker's interest in the various forms of indoor cinema lacked the generic focus of Ford's westerns and Hitchcock's thrillers, which were championed by the Cahiers critics in the 1950s. His style was theatricality writ large, a successful transference to the screen of what he had learned from his stage career, including the outsized, often flamboyant handling of emotionality. Ultimately, Cukor was much more than a man of the theatre who happened to spend most of his career making films. With ten original essays by leading film scholars, this volume celebrates Cukor's filmmaking career and supplies a hitherto missing chapter in the history of classic Hollywood. One of the first scholarly books to critical evaluate the work of George Cukor; Covers his work in theatre and his early films as well as his later work and emphasis on Cukor and performance.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (Paperback, 1st ed. 2016): Murray Pomerance The Man Who Knew Too Much (Paperback, 1st ed. 2016)
Murray Pomerance
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Eminent Hitchcock specialist Murray Pomerance offers an illuminating account of one of Hitchcock's most successful films, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), starring James Stewart and Doris Day. Through a close reading of the film alongside analysis of its complex production history, Pomerance underlines its significance within Hitchcock's oeuvre.

Alfred Hitchcock's America (Hardcover): Murray Pomerance Alfred Hitchcock's America (Hardcover)
Murray Pomerance
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With a sharp eye for social detail and the pressures of class inequality, Alfred Hitchcock brought to the American scene a perspicacity and analytical shrewdness unparalleled in American cinema. Murray Pomerance works from a basis in cultural analysis and a detailed knowledge of Alfred Hitchcock's films and production techniques to explore how America of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s is revealed and critically commented upon in Hitchcock's work. Alfred Hitchcock's America is full of stunning details that bring new light to Hitchcock's method and works. The American "spirit of place," is seen here in light of the titanic American personality, American values in a consumer age, social class and American social form, and the characteristic American marriage. The book's analysis ranges across a wide array of films from Rebecca to Family Plot, and examines in depth the location sequences, characterological types, and complex social expectations that riddled American society while Hitchcock thrived there.

Michelangelo Red Antonioni Blue - Eight Reflections on Cinema (Paperback, New): Murray Pomerance Michelangelo Red Antonioni Blue - Eight Reflections on Cinema (Paperback, New)
Murray Pomerance
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Michelangelo Antonioni, who died in 2007, was one of cinema's greatest modernist filmmakers. The films in his black and white trilogy of the early 1960s - "L'avventura," "La Notte," "L'eclisse" -are justly celebrated for their influential, gorgeously austere style. But in this book, Murray Pomerance demonstrates why the color films that followed are, in fact, Antonioni's greatest works. Writing in an accessible style that evokes Antonioni's expansive use of space, Pomerance discusses "The Red Desert," "Blow-Up," "Professione: Reporter (The Passenger)," "Zabriskie Point," "Identification of a Woman," "The Mystery of Oberwald," "Beyond the Clouds," and "The Dangerous Thread of Things" to analyze the director's subtle and complex use of color. Infusing his open-ended inquiry with both scholarly and personal reflection, Pomerance evokes the full range of sensation, nuance, and equivocation that became Antonioni's signature.

Close-Up - Great Cinematic Performances Volume 1: America (Hardcover): Murray Pomerance, Kyle Stevens Close-Up - Great Cinematic Performances Volume 1: America (Hardcover)
Murray Pomerance, Kyle Stevens
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Analyses what makes an acting performance excellent, through a range of examples from American filmWhat actors do on-screen is a fascination for audiences all over the world. Indeed, the cultural visibility of movie stars is so pronounced that stardom has often been regarded as intrinsic to the medium's specificity. Yet not all great cinematic performances are star turns, and so, what really makes a cinematic performance good, interesting, or important has been a neglected topic in film criticism. This two-volume set presents detailed interpretations of singular performances by several of the most compelling actors in cinema history, asking in many different and complementary ways what makes performance meaningful, how it reflects a director's style, as well as how it contributes to the development of national cinemas and cultures. Whether noting the precise ways actors shape film narrative, achieve emotional effect, or move toward political subversion, the essays in these books innovate new approaches to studying screen performance as an art form and cultural force.This volume focuses on American cinema, including case studies of key performances from actors like Bette Davis, Irene Dunne, Whoopi Goldberg, Cary Grant, Oscar Isaac, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Sidney Poitier, Gena Rowlands, Peter Sellers, Kristen Stewart, and Ethel Waters, amongst many others.ContributorsBrenda Austin-Smith, University of ManitobaRebecca Bell-Metereau, Texas State UniversityCharles Ramirez Berg, University of Texas at AustinJanet Bergstrom, UCLAJohn Bruns College of CharlestonAlex Clayton, University of BristolShonni Enelow, Fordham UniversityAnna Everett, University of California, Santa BarbaraLucy Fischer, University of PittsburghLester D. Friedman, Hobart and William Smith CollegesFrances Gateward, California State University NorthridgeDavid Greven, University of South CarolinaJason Jacobs, University of QueenslandElliott Logan, University of Queensland, BrisbaneDouglas McFarland, Flagler College, Saint AugustineAdrienne L. McLean, University of Texas at DallasR. Barton Palmer, Clemson UniversityHomer B. Pettey, University of ArizonaMurray Pomerance, Ryerson University William Rothman, University of MiamiSteven Rybin, Minnesota State University, MankatoKyle Stevens, Appalachian State UniversityGeorge Toles, University of ManitobaDaniel Varndell, University of WinchesterTimotheus Vermeulen, University of OsloRick Warner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bad - Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen (Paperback, New): Murray Pomerance Bad - Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen (Paperback, New)
Murray Pomerance
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Examines the many forms of cinematic "badness" over the past one hundred years, from Nosferatu to The Talented Mr. Ripley.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls - Gender in Film at the End of the Twentieth Century (Paperback): Murray Pomerance Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls - Gender in Film at the End of the Twentieth Century (Paperback)
Murray Pomerance
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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, …
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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.

Cinema, If You Please - The Memory of Taste, the Taste of Memory (Hardcover): Murray Pomerance Cinema, If You Please - The Memory of Taste, the Taste of Memory (Hardcover)
Murray Pomerance
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In Cinema, If You Please, Murray Pomerance explores our ways of watching film in light of socially organized forms of pleasure that date back to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Wedding the notion of pleasure in film viewing to the history of pleasure in the West, the book considers pleasure gardens and promenading; the history of oil painting and its display; the passion for travel and exposure to the exotic and strange; and forms of musical repetition and restatement. With in-depth studies of films like Vertigo, The Passenger, A Matter of Life and Death, Clouds of Sils Maria, Personal Shopper, Call Me By Your Name and Blow-Up, this groundbreaking book draws the reader into the past and the present at once, joining an understanding of personal and visual delight to their cultural and historical roots.

A Dream of Hitchcock (Paperback): Murray Pomerance A Dream of Hitchcock (Paperback)
Murray Pomerance
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Nadine Gordimer Paperback  (2)
R297 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300
Loot
Nadine Gordimer Paperback  (2)
R297 R230 Discovery Miles 2 300
3 Doodler Start Blocks Assorted
R389 Discovery Miles 3 890
Dreambaby Nail Clippers with Holder
R51 Discovery Miles 510

 

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