The Crown of Thorns

Author:Michael R. Pitts

Publisher:McFarland

ISBN:1476616833

Total Pages:408

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King Kong and The Thing from Another World are among the most popular horror and science fiction films of all time and both were made by RKO Radio Pictures. Between 1929 and 1956, RKO released more than 140 genre features, including The Most Dangerous Game, The Phantom of Crestwood, Before Dawn, The Monkey’s Paw, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, You’ll Find Out, The Spiral Staircase, The Enchanted Cottage, It’s a Wonderful Life, Captive Women and Killers from Space. RKO is remembered for its series of psychological horror movies produced by Val Lewton, including Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie, The Seventh Victim and The Body Snatcher. The studio also produced films in the adventure, comedy, fantasy, mystery and western genres. They released many Walt Disney classics—Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, Pinocchio, Cinderella, Peter Pan—as well as several “Tarzan” features. This volume covers these movies in detail with critical and historical analysis, in-depth plot synopsis and numerous contemporary reviews.

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Film Genre Reader IV

Author:Barry Keith Grant

Publisher:University of Texas Press

ISBN:0292745745

Total Pages:784

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From reviews of the third edition: "Film Genre Reader III lives up to the high expectations set by its predecessors, providing an accessible and relatively comprehensive look at genre studies. The anthology's consideration of the advantages and challenges of genre studies, as well as its inclusion of various film genres and methodological approaches, presents a pedagogically useful overview." —Scope Since 1986, Film Genre Reader has been the standard reference and classroom text for the study of genre in film, with more than 25,000 copies sold. Barry Keith Grant has again revised and updated the book to reflect the most recent developments in genre study. This fourth edition adds new essays on genre definition and cycles, action movies, science fiction, and heritage films, along with a comprehensive and updated bibliography. The volume includes more than thirty essays by some of film's most distinguished critics and scholars of popular cinema, including Charles Ramírez Berg, John G. Cawelti, Celestino Deleyto, David Desser, Thomas Elsaesser, Steve Neale, Thomas Schatz, Paul Schrader, Vivian Sobchack, Janet Staiger, Linda Williams, and Robin Wood.

Thrills Untapped

Author:Michael R. Pitts

Publisher:McFarland

ISBN:1476632898

Total Pages:348

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Giving deserved attention to nearly 150 neglected films, this book covers early sound era features, serials and documentaries with genre elements of horror, science fiction and fantasy, from major and minor studios and independents. Full credits, synopses, critical analyses and contemporary reviews are provided for The Blue Light, The Cat Creeps, College Scandal, Cosmic Voyage, The Dragon Murder Case, The Haunted Barn, Lost Gods, Murder in the Red Barn, The New Gulliver, Return of the Terror, Seven Footprints to Satan, S.O.S. Iceberg, While the Patient Slept, The White Hell of Pitz Palu and many others.

Astor Pictures

Author:Michael R. Pitts

Publisher:McFarland

ISBN:1476636281

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Founded by Robert M. Savini in 1933, Astor Pictures Corporation distributed hundreds of films in its 32 years of operation. The company distributed over 150 first run features in addition to the numerous re-releases for which it became famous. Astor had great success in the fields of horror and western movies and was a pioneer in African-American film productions. While under Savini's management, Astor and its subsidiaries were highly successful, but after his death in 1956 the company was sold, leading to eventual bankruptcy and closure. This volume provides the first in-depth look at Astor Pictures Corporation with thorough coverage of its releases, including diverse titles like La Dolce Vita and Frankenstein's Daughter.

Detecting Women

Author:Philippa Gates

Publisher:SUNY Press

ISBN:1438434065

Total Pages:410

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Ambitious and comprehensive history of the female detective in Hollywood film from 1929 to 2009.

Sidney Chambers et l'ombre de la mort

Author:James Runcie

Publisher:Éditions Actes Sud

ISBN:2330061811

Total Pages:358

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Sidney Chambers, le prêtre de Grantchester, est un célibataire de 32 ans. Grand, brun, les yeux noisette et l’air rassurant, Sidney est un homme d’église peu conventionnel qui peut aller là où la police ne le peut pas. Avec son ami, l’inspecteur Geordie Keating, il mène l’enquête. Le début d’une série où l’on croise les mânes de Chesterton et d’Agatha Christie.

Places of the Imagination

Author:Stijn Reijnders

Publisher:Routledge

ISBN:1317080475

Total Pages:174

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Recent years have seen an explosive growth in the phenomenon of people visiting locations from popular novels, films or television series. Places of the Imagination presents a timely and insightful analysis of this form of media tourism, exploring the question of how best to explain the increasing popularity of media tourism within contemporary culture. Drawing on extensive empirical and interview material, this book examines the representation of landscapes in popular narratives that have inspired media tourism, whilst also investigating the effects over time of such tourism on local landscapes, and the processes by which tourists appropriate the landscape, experiencing and accommodating them into their imagination. Oriented around three central case studies of popular television detective shows, famous films and classic literature, Places of the Imagination develops a new theoretical understanding of media tourism. As such, it will appeal to sociologists and cultural geographers, as well as those working in the fields of media and cultural studies, popular and fan culture, tourism and the sociology of leisure.

The Glitter Dome

Author:Joseph Wambaugh

Publisher:Open Road Media

ISBN:1453228136

Total Pages:290

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A New York Times–bestselling police thriller by the author of Harbor Nocturne: Two LAPD detectives look into the murder of a Hollywood studio boss. It’s the wildest bar in Chinatown, run by a proprietor named Wing who will steal your bar change every chance he gets. On payday the groupies mingle there with off-duty LAPD cops, including homicide detectives Martin Welborn and Al Mackey, who get assigned the case of a murdered Hollywood studio boss who may have been involved in some very strange and dangerous filmmaking. Hilarious at times, heartbreaking at others, this book was likened by theNew York Daily News to a “one-two combination that leaves the reader reeling.”

The New Biographical Dictionary of Film

Author:David Thomson

Publisher:Knopf

ISBN:1101874708

Total Pages:1168

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For almost thirty years, David Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film has been not merely “the finest reference book ever written about movies” (Graham Fuller, Interview), not merely the “desert island book” of art critic David Sylvester, not merely “a great, crazy masterpiece” (Geoff Dyer, The Guardian), but also “fiendishly seductive” (Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone). This new edition updates the older entries and adds 30 new ones: Darren Aronofsky, Emmanuelle Beart, Jerry Bruckheimer, Larry Clark, Jennifer Connelly, Chris Cooper, Sofia Coppola, Alfonso Cuaron, Richard Curtis, Sir Richard Eyre, Sir Michael Gambon, Christopher Guest, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Spike Jonze, Wong Kar-Wai, Laura Linney, Tobey Maguire, Michael Moore, Samantha Morton, Mike Myers, Christopher Nolan, Dennis Price, Adam Sandler, Kevin Smith, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlize Theron, Larry Wachowski and Andy Wachowski, Lew Wasserman, Naomi Watts, and Ray Winstone. In all, the book includes more than 1300 entries, some of them just a pungent paragraph, some of them several thousand words long. In addition to the new “musts,” Thomson has added key figures from film history–lively anatomies of Graham Greene, Eddie Cantor, Pauline Kael, Abbott and Costello, Noël Coward, Hoagy Carmichael, Dorothy Gish, Rin Tin Tin, and more. Here is a great, rare book, one that encompasses the chaos of art, entertainment, money, vulgarity, and nonsense that we call the movies. Personal, opinionated, funny, daring, provocative, and passionate, it is the one book that every filmmaker and film buff must own. Time Out named it one of the ten best books of the 1990s. Gavin Lambert recognized it as “a work of imagination in its own right.” Now better than ever–a masterwork by the man playwright David Hare called “the most stimulating and thoughtful film critic now writing.”

Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service

Author:Eiji Otsuka

Publisher:Dark Horse Comics

ISBN:1630084344

Total Pages:256

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Collecting can take over a fan's life . . . but what if it takes over their death as well? Zombie robot otaku and plastic-surgery disasters are only the latest faces of horror as Kurosagi continues its eternal struggle to turn corpses into cash! Yet with Kuro trapped in a coma and seeing visions of the dark forces battling over him, it's up to the rest of the gang to survive the grotesque schemes of the Shirosagi pair . . . as dead flesh reaches for the living!

Lord Peter et l'inconnu

Author:Dorothy L. Sayers

Publisher:Le Masque

ISBN:270243956X

Total Pages:256

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Lord Peter Wimsey s’apprête à partir à une vente de livres anciens lorsque sa mère, la duchesse de Denver l’appelle. Bien qu’elle considère le hobby de son fils – l’investigation criminelle – comme une lubie, elle lui demande de venir en aide à un ami. Ce dernier a trouvé le corps d’un inconnu dans sa baignoire, ne portant sur lui qu’un pince-nez... Lord Peter s’empare de l’affaire et ne tarde pas à faire le rapprochement avec la disparition soudaine d’un banquier influent. Mais quel serait le lien avec l’inconnu de la baignoire ? Traduit de l’anglais (Royaume-Uni) par Sylvie Barjanski Traduction révisée

Le Chien des Baskerville

Author:Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Publisher:Kinoscript

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Il aura fallu attendre Umberto Eco et son bestseller mondial, Le Nom de la rose, pour conférer à Sherlock Holmes et au Chien des Baskerville une dignité littéraire : le sémiologue, romancier, érudit, professeur d’université baptisa son enquêteur du nom de Guillaume de Baskerville, histoire de produire chez le lecteur averti une habile rencontre entre Aristote et Holmes. C’est donc sous l’égide de l’interprétation littéraire qu’il faut lire Le Chien des Baskerville. Non que l’intrigue, les personnages et le décor de ce merveilleux roman policier soient à écarter - mais parce que l’on comprend mieux alors la raison d’un succès,; on comprend mieux les files d’attentes interminables devant les kiosques à journaux, à l’aube du XXe siècle; pour acheter le Strand, où paraissait alors en feuilletons l’ultime aventure de Sherlock Holmes, surgi de ses propres cendres, disparu dans les chutes de Reichenbach en compagnie de Moriarty. Car Sherlock Holmes, c’est le triomphe de la rationalité sur le fantastique, de la logique sur le fantasme, de la dialectique sur l’absurde : dans une société assommée par le retour à l’ordre moral, Holmes sait l’impossibilité des diableries comme le chien-fantôme. Et semble souscrire à une éthique positiviste, où les faits ont des causes, enchainés par une relation nécessaire et impérieuse. Cependant, l’extraordinaire intuition dont fait preuve l’enquêteur, tout au long du roman, introduit une note distonale dans l’œuvre. Ce qui meut Holmes, ce n’est pas l’amour de la vérité, mais une sorte de force aveugle, un désir insatiable de puissance et de victoire. Holmes plus fort que Henri de Baskerville, plus doué que le médecin Mortimer, que les ruses du Belzébuth. Holmes en figure victorieuse de l’époque victorienne. La présente édition reprend celle de l’édition Hachette en 1908, avec une traduction de A. de Jassaud. Ce livre s’adresse à tous les amateurs de fantastique-philosophique, ce genre inventé par Doyle et si peu mis à l’honneur en ce début de XXIe siècle.

Weimar Cinema and After

Author:Thomas Elsaesser

Publisher:Routledge

ISBN:1135078599

Total Pages:480

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German cinema of the 1920s is still regarded as one of the 'golden ages' of world cinema. Films such as The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Dr Mabuse the Gambler, Nosferatu, Metropolis, Pandora's Box and The Blue Angel have long been canonised as classics, but they are also among the key films defining an image of Germany as a nation uneasy with itself. The work of directors like Fritz Lang, F.W. Murnau and G.W. Pabst, which having apparently announced the horrors of fascism, while testifying to the traumas of a defeated nation, still casts a long shadow over cinema in Germany, leaving film history and political history permanently intertwined. Weimar Cinema and After offers a fresh perspective on this most 'national' of national cinemas, re-evaluating the arguments which view genres and movements such as 'films of the fantastic', 'Nazi Cinema', 'film noir' and 'New German Cinema' as typically German contributions to twentieth century visual culture. Thomas Elsaesser questions conventional readings which link these genres to romanticism and expressionism, and offers new approaches to analysing the function of national cinema in an advanced 'culture industry' and in a Germany constantly reinventing itself both geographically and politically. Elsaesser argues that German cinema's significance lies less in its ability to promote democracy or predict fascism than in its contribution to the creation of a community sharing a 'historical imaginary' rather than a 'national identity'. In this respect, he argues, German cinema anticipated some of the problems facing contemporary nations in reconstituting their identities by means of media images, memory, and invented traditions.

Le meurtre de Roger Ackroyd (Nouvelle traduction révisée)

Author:Agatha Christie

Publisher:Le Masque

ISBN:2702436765

Total Pages:224

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Roger Ackroyd se confie un soir à son vieil ami le Dr Sheppard. Il était sur le point d’épouser une jeune et richissime veuve quand celle-ci a mis fin à ses jours pour échapper à un affreux chantage. Dans sa dernière lettre elle lui livre un secret terrible : un an plus tôt, elle a assassiné son mari ! Traduit de l’anglais par Françoise Jamoul

Double Assassinat Dans La Rue Morgue (1841)

Author:Edgar Allan Poe

Publisher:By Label AA-Prod/Edits (Artmusiclitte) 2015

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« Je demeurais à Paris, – pendant le printemps et une partie de l’été de 18.., – et j’y fis la connaissance d’un certain C. Auguste Dupin. Ce jeune gentleman appartenait à une excellente famille, une famille illustre même ; mais, par une série d’événements malencontreux, il se trouva réduit à une telle pauvreté, que l’énergie de son caractère y succomba, et qu’il cessa de se pousser dans le monde et de s’occuper du rétablissement de sa fortune. [...] » Traduction : Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867).

A visage couvert

Author:P.D. James

Publisher:Fayard

ISBN:2213703957

Total Pages:200

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Martingale, la belle propriété des Maxie dans la campagne anglaise, est une bien grande maison et, avec un ari paralysé sur les bras, Mrs. Maxie est soulagée lorsque son amie, la directrice du Refuge St. Mary, lui propose une de ses pensionnaires, Sally Jupp, pour servir à table. Certes, la jeune femme est ce qu'il convient d'appeler une mère célibataire et elle a insisté pour ne pas être séparée de son enfant, mais par ailleurs, elle est si jolie, si reconnaissante, si docile... Jusqu'au jour de la kermesse paroissiale de St. Cedd, qui se déroule à Martingale, et au cours de laquelle Sally, non contente de porter la même robe que Deborah, la fille de la maison, annonce brusquement ses fiançailles avec le " jeune maître ", Stephen Maxie. Le soir même, un meurtre est commis et Adam Dalgliesh, mandé de Scotland Yard car les Maxie sont des gens en vue, va mener à Martingale une des enquêtes les plus troublantes de sa carrière, véritable huis-clos dont lui-même ne sortira _ sentimentalement _ pas tout à fait indemne. " Tout est ici révélateur, fascinant jusqu'au vertige. Celui que procure la rencontre avec un formidable écrivain. " (Françoise Ducout, Elle) " Attention, chef-d'oeuvre! " (Françoise Xénakis, L'Express) " ... une vision réjouissamment pessimiste du monde... " (Pierre Démeron, Marie-Claire) Née en 1920, Phyllis Dorothy James a exercé des fonctions à la section criminelle du Home Office avant de se consacrer entièrement à l'écriture. Mélange d'understatement britannique et de sadisme, d'analyse sociale et d'humour, ses romans lui ont valu d'être sacrée " nouvelle reine du crime ". Un certain goût pour la mort (Mazarine, 1987) a obtenu le Grand Prix de littérature policière 1988.

Le monogramme de perles

Author:Joséphine TEY

Publisher:12-21

ISBN:2823809074

Total Pages:222

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Ce soir de mars, au théâtre Woffington, tout Londres s'est donné rendez-vous pour la dernière d'une comédie musicale au succès retentissant ! Mais alors que la foule se presse aux portes, un homme s'effondre... Et chacun peut contempler avec horreur le manche du poignard planté dans son dos. Pour l'inspecteur Grant de Scotland Yard débute une chasse à l'homme aussi perverse qu'inattendue. Le premier défi étant de découvrir l'identité d'une victime dont personne ne semble se souvenir. Préfacée par Anne Perry, voici la première enquête de la reine du polar écossais, Josephine Tey, auteur de L a Fille du temps.

Trafic de reliques

Author:Ellis PETERS

Publisher:12-21

ISBN:2823842861

Total Pages:175

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Retrouvez les romans historiques d'Ellis Peters chez 12-21, l'éditeur numérique ! " Une abbaye bénédictine peut-elle décemment attirer les foules sans reliques consacrées ? Non, répond le prieur de Shrewsbury, en cet an de grâce 1138. [...] Qu'à cela ne tienne, le pays de Galles voisin a des saints pour chaque jour de l'année et même plus ! Sainte Winifred, bien négligée par ses voisins, apparaît alors à un jeune moine. Un signe du ciel. L'abbaye envoie donc une délégation au village gallois. Lequel n'entend pas se faire enlever sa sainte, comme le proclame haut et fort le seigneur du lieu... qui meurt le lendemain. Vengeance divine ou bien les hommes s'en sont-ils mêlés ? " Ouest-France " Je dois ma première rencontre avec frère Cadfael à un retard de train à Euston Station, qui me fit flâner dans la librairie. Après la lecture de Trafic de reliques, le voyageur agacé céda la place à un lecteur reconnaissant. En frère Cadfael, j'ai non seulement trouvé un véritable ami mais un excellent guide du XIIe siècle. " Edward Marston

J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard and the Birth of Modern Fantasy

Author:Deke Parsons

Publisher:McFarland

ISBN:147661749X

Total Pages:200

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The birth of modern fantasy in 1930s Britain and America saw the development of new literary and film genres. J.R.R. Tolkien created modern fantasy with The Lord of the Rings, set in a fictional world based upon his life in the early 20th century British Empire, and his love of language and medieval literature. In small-town Texas, Robert E. Howard pounded out his own fantasy realm in his Conan stories, published serially in the ephemeral pulp magazines he loved. Jerry Siegel created Superman with Joe Shuster, and laid the foundation for perhaps the most far-reaching fantasy worlds: the universe of DC and Marvel comics. The work of extraordinary people who lived in an extraordinary decade, this modern fantasy canon still provides source material for the most successful literary and film franchises of the 21st century. Modern fantasy speaks to the human experience and still shows its origins from the lives and times of its creators.

The English Crime Play in the Twentieth Century

Author:Beatrix Hesse

Publisher:Springer

ISBN:113746304X

Total Pages:290

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This is the first comprehensive study of the English crime play, presenting a survey of 250 plays performed in the London West End between 1900 and 2000. The first part is historically orientated while the second one establishes a tentative poetics of the genre. The third part presents an analysis of some 20 plays adapted from detective fiction.