The Films of Peter Greenaway

British filmmaker Peter Greenaway says life offers only two subjects: "One is sex and the other is death." Greenaway uses both and romanticizes neither; indeed, his goal is the antithesis of the sanitary and sentimental portrayal of humanity. Although his films have met with outrage from some viewers, cult audiences praise them for insightful messages: that people are detached from violence because they fail to see others' bodies as ...

Documenting the World

Imagine the twentieth century without photography and film. Its history would be absent of images that define historical moments and generations: the death camps of Auschwitz, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Apollo lunar landing. It would be a history, in other words, of just artists’ renderings and the spoken and written word. To inhabitants of the twenty-first century, deeply immersed in visual culture, such a history see...

London on Film (Screening Spaces)

This book, a collection of essays by expert film researchers and lecturers, contributes to the growing body of scholarship on cinematic cities by looking at how one city―London―has been represented on film. In particular, the collection examines how films about London have responded to social, material and political change in the city, either by capturing and so influencing how we think about London, or by acting as catalysts (intent...

Off-Screen Cinema: Isidore Isou and the Lettrist Avant-Garde

One of the most important avant-garde movements of postwar Paris was Lettrism, which crucially built an interest in the relationship between writing and image into projects in poetry, painting, and especially cinema. Highly influential, the Lettrists served as a bridge of sorts between the earlier works of the Dadaists and Surrealists and the later Conceptual artists. Off-Screen Cinema is the first monograph in English of the Lettris...

David Busch's Sony Alpha A3000/ILCE-3000 Guide to Digital Photography

DAVID BUSCH'S SONY A3000/ILCE-3000 GUIDE TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY is your best resource and reference for the Sony A3000/ILCE-3000. This newest E-mount camera in the Sony product line includes a 20.2 megapixel sensor, ISO up to 12,800, and full HDTV video. With this book in hand, you will explore the world of digital photography, learn to exercise your creativity, and take great photographs with the Sony A3000/ILCE-3000. With clear how...

Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars

Hal Wallis might not be as well known as David O. Selznick or Samuel Goldwyn, but the films he produced―Casablanca, Jezebel, Now Voyager, The Life of Emile Zola, Becket, True Grit, and many other classics (as well as scores of Elvis movies)―have certainly endured. As producer of numerous films, Wallis made an indelible mark on the course of America's film industry, but his contributions are often overlooked and no full-length study h...

Seema's Show: A Life on the Left

"This telling of an extraordinary old woman's love affair with the American twentieth century--her unheralded vital place in its art, her delight in its diversity, her lifelong Left activism, eyes-wide-open to both blessings and bummers--is a tonic for existential despair. We need this wonderful book."--Ronnie Gilbert, The Weavers   At seventeen Seema Aissen got her first job drying prints in a photo-finishing lab in Boston and ...

Flash Photography: Studio and Location Techniques for Digital Photographers

Detailing the many uses of the most important component of any photograph–light–this handbook shows readers how to infuse a still frame with emotion, action, and other storytelling qualities that define great photography. Documentary photographer Barry Staver explores professional techniques for designing effective lighting setups with flash by beginning with an overview of fundamental techniques, then teaching readers how to go beyo...

Politics of Contemporary European Cinema

How does contemporary European Cinema reflect the drive for political and economic integration and recent trends in globalisation, if at all? This book is a valuable excursion into the politics of European cinema and extensively addresses questions like this. Mike Wayne identifies some key themes pertinent to a study of the contemporary cultural and political dynamics of European cinema from the mid-1980's, including the fall of the ...