Martin Scorsese's America


Author: Ellis Cashmore

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745658970

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

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For over four decades, Martin Scorsese has been the chronicler of an obsessive society, where material possessions and physical comfort are valued, where the pursuit of individual improvement is rewarded and where male prerogative is respected and preserved. Scorsese has often described his films as sociology and he has a point: his storytelling condenses complex information into comprehensible narratives about society. In this sense, he has been a guide through a dark world of nineteenth century crypto-fascism to a fetishistic twentieth century in which goods, fame, money and power are held to have magical power. Author of Tyson: Nurture of the Beast and Beckham, Ellis Cashmore turns his attention to arguably the most influential living film- maker to explore how Scorsese envisions America. Greed, manhood, the city and romantic love feature on Scorsese's landscape of secular materialism. They are among the themes Cashmore argues have driven and inform Scorsese's work. This is America, as seen through the eyes of Martin Scorsese and it is a deeply unpleasant place. Cashmore's book discloses how, collectively, Scorsese's films present an image of America. It's an image assembled from the perspectives of obsessive people, whether burned-out paramedics, compulsive entrepreneurs, tortured lovers, or celebrity-fixated comedians. It's collected from pool halls, taxicabs, boxing rings and jazz clubs. It's an image that's specific, yet ubiquitous. It is Martin Scorsese's America.



Author: Andrew Horton,Julian Hoxter

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813563429

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 5270

Screenwriters often joke that “no one ever paid a dollar at a movie theater to watch a screenplay.” Yet the screenplay is where a movie begins, determining whether a production gets the “green light” from its financial backers and wins approval from its audience. This innovative volume gives readers a comprehensive portrait of the art and business of screenwriting, while showing how the role of the screenwriter has evolved over the years. Reaching back to the early days of Hollywood, when moonlighting novelists, playwrights, and journalists were first hired to write scenarios and photoplays, Screenwriting illuminates the profound ways that screenwriters have contributed to the films we love. This book explores the social, political, and economic implications of the changing craft of American screenwriting from the silent screen through the classical Hollywood years, the rise of independent cinema, and on to the contemporary global multi-media marketplace. From The Birth of a Nation (1915), Gone With the Wind (1939), and Gentleman’s Agreement (1947) to Chinatown (1974), American Beauty (1999), and Lost in Translation (2003), each project began as writers with pen and ink, typewriters, or computers captured the hopes and dreams, the nightmares and concerns of the periods in which they were writing. As the contributors take us behind the silver screen to chronicle the history of screenwriting, they spotlight a range of key screenplays that changed the game in Hollywood and beyond. With original essays from both distinguished film scholars and accomplished screenwriters, Screenwriting is sure to fascinate anyone with an interest in Hollywood, from movie buffs to industry professionals.

Here's Looking at You

Hollywood, Film & Politics


Author: Ernest D. Giglio

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9781433106446

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 358

View: 3015

Now in its third edition, Here's Looking at You: Hollywood, Film and Politics examines the tangled relationship between politics and Hollywood, which manifests itself in celebrity involvement in political campaigns and elections, and in the overt and covert political messages conveyed by Hollywood films. The book's findings contradict the film industry's assertion that it is simply in the entertainment business, and examines how, while the majority of Hollywood films are strictly commercial ventures, hundreds of movies - ranging from Birth of a Nation to Capitalism - do indeed contain political messages. This new edition has been updated with new photos and cartoons, and includes two new chapters, one on Afghan-Iraqi war films and the other on the treatment of race and gender in Hollywood films, that are sure to stimulate discussion. Here's Looking at You serves as a basic text for political film courses and as a supplement in American government and film studies courses, and will also appeal to film buffs and people in the film industry.

Natural Born Killers


Author: Quentin Tarantino

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802134486

Category: Drama

Page: 119

View: 6759

Natural Born Killers is a disturbing and brilliant indictment of violence in the media and American celebrity culture. Mickey and Mallory Knox, outlaw lovers on the run, go on a killing spree of startling viciousness -- and find themselves transformed into cult celebrities by the tabloid media. The film, directed by Oliver Stone, departed significantly from Tarantino's original screenplay, so much so that Tarantino removed his name from the screenplay credits. Now available in America for the first time, the original screenplay offers fans and film buffs of all stripes the opportunity to compare Tarantino's original vision with Stone's version of the story of Mickey and Mallory.

Prewriting Your Screenplay

A Step-by-Step Guide to Generating Stories


Author: Michael Tabb

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351058258

Category: Art

Page: 240

View: 9445

Prewriting Your Screenplay cements all the bricks of a story’s foundations together and forms a single, organic story-growing technique, starting with a blank slate. It shows writers how to design each element so that they perfectly interlock together like pieces of a puzzle, creating a stronger story foundation that does not leave gaps and holes for readers to find. This construction process is performed one piece at a time, one character at a time, building and incorporating each element into the whole. The book provides a clear-cut set of lessons that teaches how to construct that story base around concepts as individual as the writer’s personal opinions, helping to foster an individual writer’s voice. It also features end-of-chapter exercises that offer step-by-step guidance in applying each lesson, providing screenwriters with a concrete approach to building a strong foundation for a screenplay. This is the quintessential book for all writers taking their first steps towards developing a screenplay from nothing, getting them over that first monumental hump, resulting in a well-formulated story concept that is cohesive and professional.

OMNI: Episode One (Special Screenplay Edition)

A Sexy and Original New Thriller Series From The Creators Of "The Times"


Author: Christopher Emerson,Abby Emmett

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 1623092868

Category: Fiction

Page: 63

View: 2029

Nicole "OMNI" Rahm, assistant legal defense attorney by day; underworld crime fighter and City of New Denton's only hope by night. OMNI is a high-concept one-hour stylized action-thriller about the dangerously entangled dualities of good (OMNI), evil (STINGRAY), and vigilante justice (SPARROW) in the war to shape the destiny of the City of New Denton and its citizens. City of New Denton: shadowy, treacherous, and overrun with warring crime families, corrupt government officials, and underworld overlords. A new hope for justice rises. Nicole "OMNI" Rahm. Complicated by the recent and violent emergence of STINGRAY and SPARROW, the fate of New Denton weighs in the balance of a war that is just beginning. Nicole “OMNI” Rahm has traversed a mysterious past to reconcile her dualities as a budding assistant legal defense attorney in New Denton’s last vestige of justice at Mr. Goode’s Liberty Law Firm and then as the sexy electric blue-streak haired crime fighting super-heroine, Omni. A storm brews on the horizon that will threaten Omni’s ability to keep her identities from becoming dangerously entwined and face the possibility of New Denton falling into an inexorable death-spiral at the hands of her nemesis, Stingray. Without balance, Omni will lose herself, her city, and the person whom she holds most dear, Sparrow.

Me and You and Memento and Fargo

How Independent Screenplays Work


Author: J.J. Murphy

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 9780826428059

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

View: 1793

Within the last twenty-five years, an enormous burst of creative production has emerged from independent filmmakers. From Stranger than Paradise (1984) and Slacker (1991) to Gus Van Sant's Elephant (2003) and Miranda July's Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005), indie cinema has become part of mainstream culture. But what makes these films independent? Is it simply a matter of budget and production values? Or are there aesthetic qualities that set them off from ordinary Hollywood entertainment? In this groundbreaking new study, J.J. Murphy argues that the independent feature film from the 1980s to the present has developed a distinct approach of its own, centering on new and different conceptions of cinematic storytelling. The film script is the heart of the creative originality to be found in the independent movement. Even directors noted for their idiosyncratic visual style or the handling of performers typically originate their material and write their own scripts. By studying the principles underlying the independent screenplay, we gain a direct sense of the originality of this new trend in American cinema. Me and You and Memento and Fargo also presents a unique vision for the aspiring screenwriter. Most screenwriting manuals and guidebooks on the market rely on formulas believed to generate saleable Hollywood films. Many writers present a "three-act paradigm" as gospel and proceed to lay down very stringent rules for characterization, plotting, timing of climaxes, and so on, while others who appear to be more open about such rules turn out to be just as inflexible in their advice. Through in-depth critical analyses of some of the most significant independent films of recent years, J.J. Murphy emphasizes the crucial role that novelty can play in the screenwriting process.

Schott's Miscellany 2008

An Almanac


Author: Ben Schott

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

ISBN: 9781596913820

Category: Reference

Page: 368

View: 4195

In the modern age, where information is plentiful but selection and analysis elusive, Schott's Almanac presents a unique biography of the year: from Hillary Clinton's and Barack Obama's historic presidential runs to George Bush's continued infatuation with "the Google," from marriage and crime statistics to the incidence of shark bites worldwide, and from the Nobel Prize for Literature to the Bad Sex in Fiction award, Schott's Almanac distills information and opinions critically, giving readers an accurate biography of the year past. Practical, entertaining, and utterly compulsive, Schott's Almanac eschews endless lists and tiny type to present an elegantly designed and utterly compulsive selection of the year's events.

Schott's Almanac 2008


Author: Ben Schott

Publisher: Bloomsbury Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780747584698

Category: Reference

Page: 352

View: 5678

Schott's Almanacredefines the traditional almanac to present a record of the year just past and a guide to the year come. It is designed to be a practical and entertaining annual volume that tells the real stories of the year, from the announcement of Gordon Brown as Britain's new prime minister to Hurricane Dean's devastation of Jamaica, and from the release of the Iranian hostages to the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Section headings are: Chronicle; World; Society & Health; Sci, Tech, Net; Celebrity & Media; Music & Cinema; Books & Arts; Travel & Leisure; Money; Parlimanent & Politics; The Establishment; Sport; Ephemerides. In an age when information is plentiful but selection is rare, Schott's Almanac offers both the essential facts and the lucid analysis, combining the authority and accuracy of the Economist with the wit and vitality of Have I Got News for You.

How green was my valley

the screenplay for the Darryl F. Zanuck film production directed by John Ford


Author: Philip Dunne,Richard Llewellyn

Publisher: N.A


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 105

View: 1626


A Journey Through the American Psyche


Author: Paul A. Woods

Publisher: Plexus Pub

ISBN: 9780859653558

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

View: 7828

An anthology of articles, interviews and reviews providing comprehensive coverage of the career of film director Martin Scorsese.

The Litigators


Author: John Grisham

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0345536886

Category: Fiction

Page: 402

View: 8316

The best-selling author of The Confession and The Appeal presents a latest legal thriller in which high-stakes courtroom tensions lead up to an explosive, unorthodox conclusion. A best-selling novel. Reprint.

Time: Almanac 2008


Author: Time Magazine

Publisher: Time Almanac

ISBN: 9781933821214

Category: Reference

Page: 992

View: 9744

Presents facts on world statistics, famous people, demographic data, history, geography, global trends, election results, sports statistics, scientific research, and technological innovations.

Film Review


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Motion pictures

Page: N.A

View: 6264

Chase's Calendar of Events


Author: The Editors of Chase's

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780071489034

Category: Reference

Page: 752

View: 2127

Includes more than 10,000 holidays, holy days, national and ethnic celebrations, astronomical phenomena, festivals, fairs, anniversaries, and other events from around the world

Which Lie Did I Tell?

More Adventures in the Screen Trade


Author: William Goldman

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307764796

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 512

View: 2999

From the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride (he also wrote the novel), and the bestselling author of Adventures in the Screen Trade comes a garrulous new book that is as much a screenwriting how-to (and how-not-to) manual as it is a feast of insider information. If you want to know why a no-name like Kathy Bates was cast in Misery-it's in here. Or why Linda Hunt's brilliant work in Maverick didn't make the final cut-William Goldman gives you the straight truth. Why Clint Eastwood loves working with Gene Hackman and how MTV has changed movies for the worse-William Goldman, one of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood today, tells all he knows. Devastatingly eye-opening and endlessly entertaining, Which Lie Did I Tell? is indispensable reading for anyone even slightly intrigued by the process of how a movie gets made. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Light House: A Trifle

Or, Actual Modern Fiction


Author: William Monahan

Publisher: Odyssey Editions

ISBN: 1623730104

Category: Fiction

Page: 223

View: 1024

A hilarious farce, in which a coastal New England hotel, the reader’s expectations, and possibly The Novel itself, are turned inside out by an outrageous cast of characters, a mutinous Author, and the onset of a disastrous storm.

Four Screenplays

Studies in the American Screenplay


Author: Syd Field

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: 0307569527

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

View: 2348

In a field being transformed by technology, Syd Field shows you what works and why and how to find new ways to create a truly outstanding film using four extraordinary examples: Thelma & Louise, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Silence Of The Lambs, and Dances With Wolves. From the Trade Paperback edition.