The Orchid Thief

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The Orchid Thief

The Orchid Thief

  • Author: Susan Orlean
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1409078469
  • Category: Gardening
  • Page: 368
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Susan Orlean first met John Laroche when visiting Florida to write for the New Yorker about his arrest for stealing rare ghost orchids from a nature reserve. Fascinated both by Laroche and the world she uncovered of orchid collectors and growers, she stayed on, to write this magical exploration of obsession and the strange world both of the orchid obsessives and of Florida, that haunting and weird 'debatable land' of swamps and condos, retirement communities and real-estate scams. The world of the orchid hunters, breeders and showmen, their rivalries, vendettas and crimes, smuggling, thefts and worse provide the backdrop to a fascinating exploration of one of the byways of human nature, the obsessive world of the collector, and the haunting beauty of the flowers themselves.

The Orchid Thief

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The Orchid Thief

The Orchid Thief

  • Author: Carolyn Keene
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1442465417
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 144
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This New York Times bestselling girl detective has one hot summer ahead! Nancy, Bess, and George are off to Key Largo, Florida for a week of sun, swimming and exploring the fabulous coral reef that stretches along the Florida keys. They've been invited by Delia Duke, a friend of theirs and also a marine biologist at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, which covers a 175 sq. miles of reef and shoreline along the coast of Kay Largo. The park is a scuba diver's delight, with dazzling corals and tropical fish, and Delia promises to show the girls the best snorkling and diving spots. But as they head through the mangroves toward her boat, someone takes off in a small motor boat, leaving behind a bag filled with rare, endangered butterfly orchids. This is just the beginning of a shocking eco-mystery that'd be too complex for anyone but Nancy Drew. . .

Oxford Reading Tree: Stage 5: Decode and Develop The Orchid Thief

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Oxford Reading Tree: Stage 5: Decode and Develop The Orchid Thief

Oxford Reading Tree: Stage 5: Decode and Develop The Orchid Thief

  • Author: Rod Hunt,Annemarie Young,Alex Brychta
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • ISBN: 9780198484141
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 24
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An exciting new set of Biff, Chip and Kipper stories from Roderick Hunt and Alex Brychta full of modern-day appeal. These stories support children's transition from fully decodable phonic readers to stories with richer language. Children will enjoy exploring the humorous illustrations and familiar situations.

From Camera Lens To Critical Lens

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From Camera Lens To Critical Lens

From Camera Lens To Critical Lens

A Collection Of Best Essays On Film Adaptation

  • Author: Rebecca Housel
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • ISBN: 1443804010
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 261
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From Camera Lens to Critical Lens: A Collection of Best Essays on Film Adaptation, edited by Rebecca Housel, takes the reader through films by directors like Alfred Hitchcock to examining the relevance of twenty-first century British politics with current film; from screenwriter Charlie Kaufman to author Virginia Woolf; and, examining new theoretical approaches to international film adaptations from China, Japan, Britain, Canada, and France, as well as films like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Daughters of the Dust. The collection is derived from the Popular Culture Association (PCA) film-adaptation-area conference papers, researched and written by fourteen diverse scholars from all over the world, who gathered together in San Diego, California in April 2005 to further their research by presenting their ideas on film adaptation, now in full text versions within this exciting new volume. Accessible, engaging and informative, any audience may read and enjoy this edited collection on film adaptation. The volume would also work well for pedagogical purposes, both in and out of the classroom. Such a volume may easily be used in courses for English, film studies, gender studies, women’s studies, fine art, psychology, political science, history, and more. A work of diverse international voices, this collection represents the very best on film adaptation today.

Adaptation

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Adaptation

Adaptation

  • Author: Charlie Kaufman,Spike Jonze
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • ISBN: 9781854597083
  • Category: Adaptation (Motion picture)
  • Page: 141
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"As Charlie struggles to adapt Orlean's best selling book 'The Orchid Thief', he writes himself into his own movie." [box cover note].

The Orchid in Lore and Legend

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The Orchid in Lore and Legend

The Orchid in Lore and Legend

  • Author: Luigi Berliocchi
  • Publisher: Timber Press
  • ISBN: 9780881926163
  • Category: Gardening
  • Page: 184
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The orchid is the most evocative of flowers, inspiring in some of its admirers a fanaticism akin to madness, as demonstrated in Susan Orlean's popular novel The Orchid Thief. This elegant survey of the orchid treats its place in legend and suggests the impact that these exotic plants had on the temperate European mind. Berliocchi chronicles the adventurers and scientists who introduced these marvels, discusses their place in the arts from literature and magic to cuisine, and concludes with accounts of the most important genera and their cultivation. Splendidly illustrated with period engravings and botanical paintings, it is literate and delightful.

Charlie Kaufman and Hollywood's Merry Band of Pranksters, Fabulists and Dreamers

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Charlie Kaufman and Hollywood's Merry Band of Pranksters, Fabulists and Dreamers

Charlie Kaufman and Hollywood's Merry Band of Pranksters, Fabulists and Dreamers

  • Author: Derek Hill
  • Publisher: Oldcastle Books
  • ISBN: 184243392X
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 192
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Since the late 1990s, a subtle, subversive element has been at work within the staid confines of the Hollywood dream factory. Young filmmakers like Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Michel Gondry, David O. Russell, Richard Linklater, and Sofia Coppola rode in on the coattails of the independent film movement that blossomed in the early 1990s and have managed to wage an aesthetic campaign against imaginative cowardice of all persuasions, much like their artistic forebears -- the so-called Movie Brats Coppola, Scorsese, De Palma, Altman, and Ashby among others -- did in the 1970s. But their true pedigree can be traced back to the cinematic provocateurs of the Nouvelle Vague (Truffaut, Goddard, Chabrol, Rohmer, Rivette, et al), who in the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s liberated screens around the world with a series of films that challenged our assumptions of what the medium could offer and how stories could be told -- all of them snapping with style as much as they delivered on ideas. Highly idiosyncratic yet intricately realised, accessible yet willing to overthrow the constraints of formal storytelling, surreal yet always grounded in human emotions, this new breed of American film captures the angst of its characters and the times in which we live, but with a wryness, imagination, earnestness, irony and stylish wit that makes the slide into existential despair a little more amusing than it should be. This book analyses and traces the origins of the pivotal films and directors in this undeclared war on the mundane.

The Philosophy of Charlie Kaufman

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The Philosophy of Charlie Kaufman

The Philosophy of Charlie Kaufman

  • Author: David LaRocca
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • ISBN: 0813133920
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 312
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From the Academy Award–winning Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) and Academy Award–nominated Adaptation (2002) to the cult classic Being John Malkovich (1999), writer Charlie Kaufman is widely admired for his innovative, philosophically resonant films. Although he only recently made his directorial debut with Synecdoche, New York (2008), most fans and critics refer to “Kaufman films” the way they would otherwise discuss works by directors Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, or the Coen brothers. Not only has Kaufman transformed our sense of what can take place in a film, but he also has made a significant impact on our understanding of the role of the screenwriter. The Philosophy of Charlie Kaufman, edited by David LaRocca, is the first collection of essays devoted to a rigorous philosophical exploration of Kaufman’s work by a team of capable and critical scholars from a wide range of disciplines. From political theorists to philosophers, classicists to theologians, professors of literature to filmmakers, the contributing authors delve into the heart of Kaufman’s innovative screenplays, offering not only original philosophical analyses but also extended reflections on the nature of film and film criticism.

American Smart Cinema

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American Smart Cinema

American Smart Cinema

  • Author: Claire Perkins
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • ISBN: 0748654259
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 192
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American Smart Cinema examines a contemporary type of US filmmaking that exists at the intersection of mainstream, art and independent cinema and often gives rise to absurd, darkly comic and nihilistic effects.

Authorship in Film Adaptation

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Authorship in Film Adaptation

Authorship in Film Adaptation

  • Author: Jack Boozer
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • ISBN: 0292783159
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 353
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Authoring a film adaptation of a literary source not only requires a media conversion but also a transformation as a result of the differing dramatic demands of cinema. The most critical central step in this transformation of a literary source to the screen is the writing of the screenplay. The screenplay usually serves to recruit producers, director, and actors; to attract capital investment; and to give focus to the conception and production of the film project. Often undergoing multiple revisions prior to production, the screenplay represents the crucial decisions of writer and director that will determine how and to what end the film will imitate or depart from its original source. Authorship in Film Adaptation is an accessible, provocative text that opens up new areas of discussion on the central process of adaptation surrounding the screenplay and screenwriter-director collaboration. In contrast to narrow binary comparisons of literary source text and film, the twelve essays in this collection also give attention to the underappreciated role of the screenplay and film pre-production that can signal the primary intention for a film. Divided into four parts, this collection looks first at the role of Hollywood's activist producers and major auteurs such as Hitchcock and Kubrick as they worked with screenwriters to formulate their audio-visual goals. The second part offers case studies of Devil in a Blue Dress and The Sweet Hereafter, for which the directors wrote their own adapted screenplays. Considering the variety of writer-director working relationships that are possible, Part III focuses on adaptations that alter genre, time, and place, and Part IV investigates adaptations that alter stories of romance, sexuality, and ethnicity.