Stephen King on the Big Screen

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Author: Mark Browning

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1841502456

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 251

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and the first to consider in detail films like Creepshow, Sleepwalkers and 1408. The style, whilst critically rigorous, is designed to be accessible to discerning readers of King and fans of films based on his work." --Book Jacket.

World War II on the Big Screen

450+ Films, 1938-2008

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Author: Doris Milberg

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786455748

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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World War II has been an endlessly fertile film subject since the late 1930s–even before the United States entered combat. This sweeping study of Hollywood’s depictions of the war, and of the motion picture industry during wartime, describes more than 450 films in roughly chronological order, while providing a historical perspective on the times and the events depicted. Included are such pictures as Casablanca, The Battle of Midway, Der Fuhrer’s Face and Letters from Iwo Jima.

The Big Screen

The Story of the Movies

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Author: David Thomson

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466827718

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 608

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The Big Screen tells the enthralling story of the movies: their rise and spread, their remarkable influence over us, and the technology that made the screen—smaller now, but ever more ubiquitous—as important as the images it carries. The Big Screen is not another history of the movies. Rather, it is a wide-ranging narrative about the movies and their signal role in modern life. At first, film was a waking dream, the gift of appearance delivered for a nickel to huddled masses sitting in the dark. But soon, and abruptly, movies began transforming our societies and our perceptions of the world. The celebrated film authority David Thomson takes us around the globe, through time, and across many media—moving from Eadweard Muybridge to Steve Jobs, from Sunrise to I Love Lucy, from John Wayne to George Clooney, from television commercials to streaming video—to tell the complex, gripping, paradoxical story of the movies. He tracks the ways we were initially enchanted by movies as imitations of life—the stories, the stars, the look—and how we allowed them to show us how to live. At the same time, movies, offering a seductive escape from everyday reality and its responsibilities, have made it possible for us to evade life altogether. The entranced audience has become a model for powerless and anxiety-ridden citizens trying to pursue happiness and dodge terror by sitting quietly in a dark room. Does the big screen take us out into the world, or merely mesmerize us? That is Thomson's question in this grand adventure of a book. Books about the movies are often aimed at film buffs, but this passionate and provocative feat of storytelling is vital to anyone trying to make sense of the age of screens—the age that, more than ever, we are living in.

Lure of the Big Screen

Cinema in Rural Australia and the United Kingdom

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Author: Karina Aveyard

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 178320382X

Category: Art

Page: 202

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Lure of the Big Screen explores film exhibition and consumption in rural parts of the UK and Australia, where film theatres are often highly valued as spaces around which isolated communities can gather and interact. Going beyond national borders, this book examines how theatres in areas of social and economic decline are sustained by resourceful individuals and sub-commercial operating structures. Systematic analysis of cinemas in non-metropolitan locations has yielded an original five-tiered clustering model through which Karina Aveyard recognizes a range of types between large commercial multiplexes in stable regional centres and their smallest improvised counterparts in remote settlements.

The Bible on the Big Screen

A Guide from Silent Films to Today's Movies

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Author: J. Stephen Lang

Publisher: Baker Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780801068041

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 301

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Starting with mini-Passion stories from the 1890s, this work takes readers through blockbusters and busts, miniseries and Mel Gibson, covering film plots and characters based on the Bible. It gives movie buffs film credits, running times, and release dates and answers questions about motives for making the movies, critics' reactions, and more.

The Big Screen Comedies of Mel Brooks

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Author: Robert Alan Crick

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476612285

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 269

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Mel Brooks is often regarded as one of Hollywood’s funniest men, thanks to such highly successful films as The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein. His films do have a tendency to turn out much like the jokes that comprise them—hit-or-miss, one minute shoot-the-moon brilliant and the next minute well short of laughs. This work provides a thorough synopsis and thematic analysis for each of his twelve films along with complete cast and production credits: The Producers (1968), The Twelve Chairs (1970), Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974), Silent Movie (1976), High Anxiety (1977), History of the World—Part 1 (1981), To Be or Not to Be (1983), Spaceballs (1987), Life Stinks (1991), Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993), and Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995).

From Radio to the Big Screen

Hollywood Films Featuring Broadcast Personalities and Programs

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Author: Hal Erickson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786477571

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 316

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"Erickson is one of those select few writers who can always be counted on to produce a quality book. His writing is informative, breezy, and most entertaining. I never have to worry about the information contained in one of his books; in fact, I learn a great deal from his impeccable research…he also sprinkles his text with interesting tidbits. This new book is no exception…. Erickson has given us a substantial history of these films and series…a pleasure to read and I recommend you get this excellent book."--Classic Images There was a time when "American popular entertainment" referred only to radio and motion pictures. With the coming of talking pictures, Hollywood cashed in on the success of big-time network radio by bringing several of the public's favorite broadcast personalities and programs to the screen. The results, though occasionally successful, often proved conclusively that some things are better heard than seen. Concentrating primarily on radio's Golden Age (1926-1962), this lively history discusses the cinematic efforts of airwave stars Rudy Vallee, Amos 'n' Andy, Fred Allen, Joe Penner, Fibber McGee & Molly, Edgar Bergen, Lum & Abner, and many more. Also analyzed are the movie versions of such radio series as The Shadow, Dr. Christian and The Life of Riley. In addition, two recent films starring contemporary radio headliners Howard Stern and Garrison Keillor are given their due.

God on the Big Screen

A History of Hollywood Prayer from the Silent Era to Today

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Author: Terry Lindvall

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1479831565

Category: Performing Arts

Page: N.A

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Film history meets church history through the ritual of prayers. Moments of prayer have been represented in Hollywood movies since the silent era, appearing unexpectedly in films as diverse as Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Frankenstein, Amistad, Easy Rider, Talladega Nights, and Alien 3, as well as in religiously inspired classics such as Ben-Hur and The Ten Commandments. Here, Terry Lindvall examines how films have reflected, and sometimes sought to prescribe, ideas about how one ought to pray. He surveys the landscape of those films that employ prayer in their narratives, beginning with the silent era and moving through the uplifting and inspirational movies of the Great Depression and World War II, the cynical, anti-establishment films of the 60s and 70s, and the sci-fi and fantasy blockbusters of today. Lindvall considers how the presentation of cinematic prayer varies across race, age, and gender, and places the use of prayer in film in historical context, shedding light on the religious currents at play during those time periods. Searching for God on the Big Screen demonstrates that the way prayer is presented in film during each historical period tells us a great deal about America’s broader relationship with religion.

Adaptations: Bringing Classic Novels to the Big Screen

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Author: Doreen Klahold

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640785568

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 5

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Essay from the year 2010 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 1,7, University of Paderborn (Anglistik/Amerikanistik), course: Hauptseminar Jane Austen, language: English, abstract: Der Essay soll einen allgemeinen Überblick geben, worauf man bei der Adaption von Romanen in Filme achten muss, ohne dabei genauer auf Jane Austen einzugehen. Ich beschäftige mich insbesondere damit, wie narrative Elemente umgesetzt und Stil und Stimmung des Romans beibehalten werden können. Themen meines 4-seitigen Informationspapiers sind die Kürzung der Geschichte, Anpassung narrativer Textstellen, Änderung der Charaktere, Beibehaltung der historischen Distanz und Auswahl der Landschaften, Musik und Kleidung.

Invaders from the Big Screen

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Author: R. L. Stine

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780439998536

Category: Children's stories

Page: 137

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Your night out at the cinema turns very weird (not to mention terrifying) when you get really sucked into the action. Hey, the life of a movie star looks glamorous, but you try battling vampires, evil geniuses, and gorillas the size of small buildings all day. Now'syour chance! How will you ever escape the movies and get back to boring - but safe - reality? The choice is yours...