The Man Who Fell to Earth

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Author: Walter Tevis

Publisher: Rosetta Books

ISBN: 0795343027

Category: Fiction

Page: 209

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The “beautiful” novel that inspired the film starring David Bowie, from a Nebula Award finalist (The New York Times). The Man Who Fell to Earth tells the story of Thomas Jerome Newton, an alien disguised as a human who comes to Earth on a mission to save his people. Devastated by nuclear war, his home planet, Anthea, is no longer habitable. Newton lands in Kentucky and starts patenting Anthean technology—amassing the fortune he needs to build a spaceship that will bring the last three hundred Anthean survivors to Earth. But instead of the help he seeks, he finds only self-destruction, sinking into alcoholism and abandoning his spaceship, in this poignant story about the human condition by the acclaimed author of Mockingbird. “Beautiful science fiction . . . The story of an extraterrestrial visitor from another planet is designed mainly to say something about life on this one.” —The New York Times “An utterly realistic novel about an alien human on Earth . . . Realistic enough to become a metaphor for something inside us all, some existential loneliness.” —Norman Spinrad “Those who know The Man Who Fell to Earth only from the film version are missing something. This is one of the finest science fiction novels of its period.” —J.R. Dunn

Earthbound

David Bowie and The Man Who Fell To Earth

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Author: Susan Compo

Publisher: Jawbone Press

ISBN: 9781911036258

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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'Before there was Star Wars ... before there was Close Encounters ... there was The Man Who Fell To Earth.' - advertising tag line for 1981 reissue of the film. Earthbound is the first book-length exploration of a true classic of twentieth-century science-fiction cinema, shot under the heavy, ethereal skies of New Mexico by the legendary British director Nicolas Roeg and starring David Bowie in a role he seemed born for as an extraterrestrial named Thomas Newton who comes to Earth in search of water. Based on a novel by the highly regarded American writer Walter Tevis, this dreamy, distressing, and visionary film resonates even more strongly in the twenty-first century than it did on its original release during the year of the US Bicentennial. Drawing on extensive research and exclusive first-hand interviews with members of the cast and crew, Earthbound begins with a look at Tevis's 1963 novel before moving into a detailed analysis of a film described by its director as 'a sci-fi film without a lot of sci-fi tools' and starring a group of actors - Bowie, Buck Henry, Candy Clark, Rip Torn - later described by one of them (Henry) as 'not a cast but a dinner party.' It also seeks to uncover the mysteries surrounding Bowie's rejected soundtrack to the film (elements of which later ended up his groundbreaking 1977 album Low) and closes with a look at his return to the themes and characters of The Man Who Fell To Earth in one of his final works, the acclaimed musical production Lazarus.

David Bowie

Ein Leben

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Author: Dylan Jones

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644002150

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 816

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Eine außergewöhnliche Biografie über den Ausnahmekünstler David Bowie, voll sehr persönlicher Erinnerungen – ein Buch wie ein Dokumentarfilm, unverzichtbar für alle Fans. Dieses Buch ist anders als alle, die bisher über David Bowie erschienen sind: Dylan Jones führte Interviews mit über 180 Freunden, Rivalen, Lebenspartnern und Familienangehörigen, von denen viele noch nie über ihr Verhältnis zu Bowie gesprochen haben, und lässt sie in O-Tönen zu Wort kommen. Von der ungeheuren Faszination, die von David Bowie ausging, berichten unter anderem Paul McCartney, Bono, Madonna, Tony Visconti, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Iman, Angie Bowie, Iggy Pop, Damien Hirst und Bob Geldof.

David Bowie

Critical Perspectives

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Author: Eoin Devereux,Aileen Dillane,Martin Power

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317754492

Category: Music

Page: 324

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David Bowie: Critical Perspectives examines in detail the many layers of one of the most intriguing and influential icons in popular culture. This interdisciplinary book brings together established and emerging scholars from a wide variety of backgrounds, including musicology, sociology, art history, literary theory, philosophy, politics, film studies and media studies. Bowie’s complexity as a singer, songwriter, producer, performer, actor and artist demands that any critical engagement with his overall work must be interdisciplinary and wide-ranging in its scope. The chapters are organised around the key themes of ‘textualities’, ‘psychologies’, ‘orientalisms’, ‘art and agency’ and ‘performing and influencing’ in Bowie’s work. This comprehensive book contributes a great deal to the study of popular music, performance, gender, religion, popular media and celebrity.

The Comedy Film Nerds Guide to Movies

Featuring Dave Anthony, Lord Carrett, Dean Haglund, Allan Havey, Laura House, Jackie Kashian, Suzy Nakamura, Greg ... Schmidt, Neil T. Weakley, and Matt Weinhold

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Author: Graham Elwood,Chris Mancini

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

ISBN: 1614482225

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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A movie guide for film and comedy fans, by filmmakers and comedians, for the movie lover with a good sense of humor. Tired of the usual boring, dry movie discussion? The Comedy Film Nerds Guide to Movies is something new. Is it serious movie discussion? Is it funny? Do the writers know what the hell they are talking about? Yes, yes, yes, and yes. Okay, that’s too many yes’s, but you get the point. Graham Elwood and Chris Mancini, both professional filmmakers and comedians, created comedyfilmnerds.com to mind meld the idea of real movie talk and real funny. And they called in all of their professionally funny and filmy friends to help them. Comedians and writers who have been on everything from the Tonight Show to their own comedy specials tell you what’s what about their favorite film genres. While The Comedy Film Nerds Guide to Movies is funny and informative, each genre is given a personal touch. All of the Comedy Film Nerds have a love of film and a personal connection to each genre. Read about a love of film from an insider’s perspective. The Comedy Film Nerds Guide to Movies brings what has been missing from movie discussion for too long: a healthy dose of humor.

At Bully Hills

Confessions of an American Oxycontin Addict

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Author: Thaddeus Deluca

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469110911

Category: Fiction

Page: 423

View: 1868

This book is dedicated to the legions of Alcoholics and Drug Addicts who still suffer; may they find enough courage to take the first step in changing their livesadmitting they have a problem. If in some small way this book helps someone suffering from the disease of addiction find peace, the mission of this book will be completed; then pass it along to another addict in the hope he or she might find peace.

The Thinker's Thesaurus: Sophisticated Alternatives to Common Words (Expanded Third Edition)

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Author: Peter E. Meltzer

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393338975

Category: Reference

Page: 720

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With over twenty percent more material, a must for any lover of distinctive words. This entertaining and informative reference features sophisticated and surprising alternatives to common words together with no-fail guides to usage. Avoiding traditional thesauruses’ mundane synonym choices, Peter E. Meltzer puts each word—whether it’s protrepic, apostrophize, iracund, or emulous—in context by using examples from a broad range of contemporary books, periodicals, and newspapers. His new introduction makes the case for why we should widen our vocabulary and use the one right word. This groundbreaking thesaurus remains a unique venture, one that enriches your writing while helping you find the perfect word.

The Man Who Sold The World

David Bowie And The 1970s

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Author: Peter Doggett

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409041395

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 4528

No artist offered a more incisive and accurate portrait of the troubled landscape of the 1970s than David Bowie. Cultural historian Peter Doggett explores the rich heritage of Bowie's most productive and inspired decade, and traces the way in which his music reflected and influenced the world around him. From 'Space Oddity', his dark vision of mankind's voyage into the unknown terrain of space, to the Scary Monsters album, Doggett examines in detail Bowie's audacious creation of an 'alien' rock star, Ziggy Stardust, and his increasingly perilous explorations of the nature of identity and the meaning of fame. Mixing brilliant musical critique with biographical insight and acute cultural analysis, The Man Who Sold The World is a unique study of a major artist and his times.

The Arts in the 1970s

Cultural Closure

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Author: Dr Bart Moore-Gilbert,Bart Moore-Gilbert

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113485837X

Category: Social Science

Page: 324

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Were the 1970s really `the devils decade'? Images of strikes, galloping inflation, rising unemployment and bitter social divisions evoke a period of unparalleled economic decline, political confrontation and social fragmentation. But how significant were the pessimism and self-doubt of the 1970s, and what was the legacy of its cultural conflicts? Covering the entire spectrum of the arts - drama, television, film, poetry, the novel, popular music, dance, cinema and the visual arts - The Arts in the 1970s challenges received perceptions of the decade as one of cultural decline. The collection breaks new ground in providing the first detailed analysis of the cultural production of the decade as a whole, providing an invaluable resource for all those involved in cultural, media and communications studies.

Das Stanley-Kubrick-Archiv

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Author: Alison Castle

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783822842409

Category:

Page: 544

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Alles über Stanley Kubrik und sein filmisches Lebenswerk in einem prächtigen xl-Band! Teil 1 enthält in chronologischer Abfolge film stills aus Kubricks Filmen - ohne Text, wie es dem Meister gefallen würde, der Erklärungen zu seinen Filmen hasste. Teil 2 widmet sich einzelnen Entwicklungsstufen seiner Arbeit. Darin enthalten: Archivbilder, Requisiten, Auszüge aus den Skripts & Drehbüchern, Notizen, Filmplakate und Interviews. Ein Lesezeichen aus 12 Frames der Originalfilmrolle von "2001 - Odyssee im Weltall" macht aus jedem Buch ein Einzelstück! Zusätzlich dazu ist eine CD beigelegt, auf der einige Interviews mit Stanley Kubrik aufgezeichnet sind.

TLA Video & DVD Guide 2004

The Discerning Film Lover's Guide

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Author: David Bleiler

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1466867817

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 800

View: 430

The TLA Film, Video and DVD Guide 2004 is the absolutely indispensable guide to worthwhile cinema. It includes over 10,000 entries on the best of film and video that a real film lover might actually want to see. Unlike some of the other mass market guides that tend to be clogged with unenlightening entries on even more unenlightening films, TLA focuses on independent, foreign as well as the best of Hollywood to bring the cineaste an opinionated guide that is both fun to read and easy to use. The guide includes: * Reviews of more than 10,000 entries * Four detailed indexes--by star, director, country of origin, and theme. * More than 300 photos throughout * A listing of all the major film awards of the past quarter century, as well as TLA Bests and recommended films *A comprehensive selection of cinema from over 50 countries. From one of the finest names in video retailing and a growing rental chain comes the latest edition of one of the most respected film, video, and DVD guides. The TLA Film, Video and DVD Guide is perfect for anyone with an eclectic taste in cinema.

Contemporary Masculinities in Fiction, Film and Television

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Author: Brian Baker

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1623567386

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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While masculinity has been an increasingly visible field of study within several disciplines (sociology, literary studies, cultural studies, film and tv) over the last two decades, it is surprising that analysis of contemporary representations of the first part of the century has yet to emerge. Professor Brian Baker, evolving from his previous work Masculinities in Fiction and Film: Representing Men in Popular Genres 1945-2000, intervenes to rectify the scholarship in the field to produce a wide-ranging, readable text that deals with films and other texts produced since the year 2000. Focusing on representations of masculinity in cinema, popular fiction and television from the period 2000-2010, he argues that dominant forms of masculinity in Britain and the United States have become increasingly informed by anxiety, trauma and loss, and this has resulted in both narratives that reflect that trauma and others which attempt to return to a more complete and heroic form of masculinity. While focusing on a range of popular genres, such as Bond films, war movies, science fiction and the Gothic, the work places close analyses of individual films and texts in their cultural and historical contexts, arguing for the importance of these popular fictions in diagnosing how contemporary Britain and the United States understand themselves and their changing role in the world through the representation of men, fully recognising the issues of race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, and age. Baker draws upon current work in mobility studies and in the study of masculinities to produce the first book-length comparative study of masculinity in popular culture of the first decade of the twenty-first century.

Saturday Night

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Author: Susan Orlean

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451661010

Category: History

Page: 288

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Twenty years ago, before she wrote The Orchid Thief or was hailed as “a national treasure” by The Washington Post, Susan Orlean was a journalist with a question: What makes Saturday night so special? To answer it, she embarked on a remarkable journey across the country and spent the evening with all sorts of people in all sorts of places—hipsters in Los Angeles, car cruisers in small-town Indiana, coeds in Boston, the homeless in New York, a lounge band in Portland, quinceañera revelers in Phoenix, and more—to chronicle the one night of the week when we do the things we want to do rather than the things we need to do. The result is an irresistible portrait of how Saturday night in America is lived that remains.

Thrillers

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Author: Martin Rubin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521588393

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 319

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An in-depth exploration of the 'thriller' movie genre.

Television at the Movies

Cinematic and Critical Responses to American Broadcasting

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Author: Jon Nelson Wagner,Tracy Biga MacLean

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1441179402

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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The overview of television criticism, which this book provides, comes appropriately at a moment of change. Television is becoming dramatically different as a result of new and developing technologies such as cable, HDTV, satellite transmission and broadband distributions. By concentrating on the still-dominant notion of television, what the authors call "Classical Network Television," they argue that it is as important to understand this model as it is to understand Classical Hollywood Cinema. The co-authors have a unique approach to the study of television, viewing its history and reception not only through important articles about the medium, but also through analyzing how Hollywood auteur cinema has commented on television over the decades, in films such as Tootsie, Network, The Last Picture Show, A Face in the Crowd, Rollerball, The King of Comedy and others. Not only does this reflect the pervasive use of cinema theory to discuss television, it also helps to emphasize the importance of clarifying the distinctions between the criticisms of the two media. Television at the Movies argues that the study of television is a crucial aspect of understanding our recent and contemporary culture, and it provides an illuminating point of entry for students and researchers in the field.

TLA Video & DVD Guide 2005

The Discerning Film Lover's Guide

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Author: David Bleiler

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1466867825

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 816

View: 7314

The TLA Video and DVD Guide 2005 is the absolutely indispensable guide to worthwhile cinema. It includes over 10,000 entries on the best of film and video that a real film lover might actually want to see. Unlike some of the other mass market guides that tend to be clogged with unenlightening entries on even more unenlightening films, TLA focuses on independent, foreign, and the best of Hollywood to bring the cineaste an opinionated guide that is both fun and useful. The guide includes: -Reviews of more than 10,000 films -Four detailed indexes--by star, directory, country of origin, and theme -More than 300 photos throughout -A listing of all the major film awards of the past quarter-century, as well as TLA Bests and recommended films -A comprehensive selection of cinema from more than 50 countries Now published annually, the TLA Video and DVD Guide is one of the most respected guides from one of the finest names in video retailing, perfect for anyone with an eclectic taste in cinema.

Withnail and Us

Cult Films and Film Cults in British Cinema

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Author: Justin Smith

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 0857717936

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

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Cult has entered the cultural psyche in a profound and pervasive way. There is no corner of popular culture beyond the potential for cult transformation. Indeed, in entering common parlance the term has effectively lost its clandestine mystique. But why? And how did we get here with cult? 'Withnail and Us' charts the journey of cult in culture through an exploration of British cult films and their fans. It is about our bizarre and enduring fascination with once obscure or shocking movies, from 'A Clockwork Orange' to 'The Wicker Man' . What is it about certain films that provokes such obsessive fan devotion? What impells people to remote locations in search of filmic relics? Why do they gather in groups to re-enact scenes learnt by heart? Is any film worth re-viewing over 100 times? From 1968 and all that, through the cultural by-ways of the 1970s, this book attempts to explain such strange practices, and to trace their origins in the makings of some remarkable films, including 'Tommy', 'The Man Who Fell To Earth', 'Quadrophenia', 'Withnail & I', 'Trainspotting' and 'Performance'. Prepare to enter the arena of the unwell!