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American Short Story: Volume 1

Written by Calvin Skaggs


Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: April 15, 1979
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-440-30294-0 (0-440-30294-3)

The stories collected here were chosen for adaptation and inclusion in a series of films sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. These two superb collections of short fiction bring together the works of America's master writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Complete with insightful commentary on the author... Read more >

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American Short Story: Volume 2

Written by Calvin Skaggs


Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: March 15, 1980
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-440-30297-1 (0-440-30297-8)

The stories collected here were chosen for adaptation and inclusion in a series of films sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. These two superb collections of short fiction bring together the works of America's master writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Complete with insightful commentary on the author... Read more >

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Movie-Made America
A Cultural History of American Movies
Written by Robert Sklar


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 5, 1994
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75549-4 (0-679-75549-7)

Sklar has brought his classic and comprehensive study up-to-date with the addition of four new chapters that examine the revolutionary developments in film since 1975. Movie-Made America is an introduction to the world of film and a grand work of cultural criticism that examines film not only as an art form... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Art of Alfred Hitchcock
Fifty Years of His Motion Pictures
Written by Donald Spoto


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 1991
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-41813-3 (0-385-41813-2)

This completely revised and updated edition of the classic text describes and analyzes every movie made by Hitchcock. In chronological order, Spoto describes and analyzes the craft, style and intent of all of Hitchcock's movies, including the little-known silent ones made at the beginning of his career. Contains a storyboard section... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Victor Fleming
An American Movie Master
Written by Michael Sragow


Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: December 9, 2008
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-40748-2 (0-375-40748-0)

The definitive, full-length biography of the legendary director of Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz.

Although he is remembered for the two biggest icons of Hollywood’s golden age, the more than forty films Victor Fleming directed also included genre westerns, earthy sexual melodramas, family entertainment, screwball comedies, buddy pictures... Read more >

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Conversations at the American Film Institute with the Great Moviemakers
The Next Generation
Written by George Stevens, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47498-8 (0-307-47498-4)

A rich companion volume to George Stevens, Jr.’s much admired book of American Film Institute seminars with the pioneering moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age, this time with a focus on filmmakers of the 1950s to present day.

The Next Generation brings together conversations with moviemakers at work from the 1950s—during the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Conversations at the American Film Institute with the Great Moviemakers
The Next Generation
Written by George Stevens, Jr.


Format: Hardcover, 768 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27347-5 (0-307-27347-4)

A companion volume to George Stevens, Jr.’s, much admired book of American Film Institute seminars with the great pioneering moviemakers (“Invaluable”—Martin Scorsese).

Those represented here—directors, producers, writers, actors, cameramen, composers, editors—are men and women working in pictures, beginning in 1950, when the studio system was collapsing and people could no longer depend... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Conversations with the Great Moviemakers of Hollywood's Golden Age at the American Film Institute

Written by George Stevens, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 13, 2007
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3314-0 (1-4000-3314-4)

The first book to bring together these interviews of master moviemakers from the American Film Institute’s renowned seminars, Conversations with the Great Moviemakers offers an unmatched history of American cinema in the words of its greatest practitioners.

Here are the incomparable directors Frank Capra, Elia Kazan, King Vidor, David Lean, Fritz Lang... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.


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September 23, 2014
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The Bitter Tea of General Yen
Vintage Movie Classics
Written by Grace Zaring Stone and Victoria Wilson


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 23, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7086-4 (0-8041-7086-X)

The groundbreaking novel behind Frank Capra’s melodrama starring Barbara Stanwyck and Nils Asther. 
 
Traveling to Shanghai to marry her medical missionary fiancé, the beautiful Megan Davis finds herself caught in the toils of civil war between Republican and Communist forces. Determined to save the inhabitants of an orphanage in a Communist-occupied city... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Alice Adams
Vintage Movie Classics
Written by Booth Tarkington
Foreword by Anne Edwards


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7080-2 (0-8041-7080-0)

The basis for George Stevens’s major motion picture starring Katharine Hepburn in her Oscar-nominated leading role.

In a small Midwestern town in the wake of World War I, Alice Adams delightedly finds herself being pursued by Arthur Russell, a gentleman of a higher social class in life. Desperate to keep her family's... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Veronica Mars: An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas
The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line
Written by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7070-3 (0-8041-7070-3)

The first book in an original mystery series featuring twenty-eight-year-old Veronica Mars, back in action after the events of Veronica Mars: The Movie. With the help of old friends—Logan Echolls, Mac Mackenzie, Wallace Fennel, and even Dick Casablancas—Veronica is ready to take on Neptune’s darkest cases with her trademark sass and... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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"Have You Seen . . . ?"
A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
Written by David Thomson


Format: Trade Paperback, 1024 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: December 7, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71134-3 (0-375-71134-1)

More than one thousand pages in the voice of our most provocative contemporary film critic and historian–a generous history of film and an enticing critical appraisal written with as much humor and passion as historical knowledge.

Juxtaposing the fanciful and the fabulous, the old favorites and the forgotten, this sweeping collection presents... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Beneath Mulholland
Thoughts on Hollywood and Its Ghosts
Written by David Thomson


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 24, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77291-0 (0-679-77291-X)

David Thomson is at his incomparable best in this stunning collection of essays on Hollywood films--their stars and the illusions they create. He explores a sort of twilight zone where film actors and the characters they play become part of our reality, as living beings and as ghosts, residing on or... Read more >

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The New Biographical Dictionary of Film
Sixth Edition
Written by David Thomson


Format: Trade Paperback, 1168 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71184-8 (0-375-71184-8)

With more than 100 new entries, from Amy Adams, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Cary Joji Fukunaga to Joaquin Phoenix, Mia Wasikowska, and Robin Wright, and completely updated,  here from David Thomson—“The greatest living writer on the movies” (John Banville, New Statesman); “Our most argumentative and trustworthy historian of the screen” (Michael Ondaatje)—is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The New Biographical Dictionary of Film
Fifth Edition, Completely Updated and Expanded
Written by David Thomson


Format: Hardcover, 1088 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 26, 2010
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27174-7 (0-307-27174-9)

David Thomson’s New Biographical Dictionary of Film topped Sight & Sound magazine’s 2010 poll of international critics and writers as the best film book of all time.

Now in its fifth edition, updated, and with more than 130 new entries—from Judd Apatow to Lena Horne—the classic, beloved film book is better than... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Nicole Kidman

Written by David Thomson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7781-6 (1-4000-7781-8)

From the brilliant film historian and critic David Thomson, a book that reinvents the star biography in a singularly illuminating portrait of Nicole Kidman—and what it means to be a top actress today. At once life story, love letter, and critical analysis, this is not merely a book about who Kidman... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Rosebud
The Story of Orson Welles
Written by David Thomson


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 30, 1997
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77283-5 (0-679-77283-9)

Orson Welles arrived in Hollywood as a boy genius, became a legend with a single perfect film, and then spent the next forty years floundering. Welles floundered so variously, ingeniously, and extravagantly that he turned failure into "a sustaining tragedy"--his thing, his song.  Now the prodigal genius of the American cinema finally... Read more >

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Try to Tell the Story

Written by David Thomson


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 9, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47317-2 (0-307-47317-1)

David Thomson, one of our most celebrated film writers, gives us a haunting, fascinating memoir about growing up as an only child in wartime England. He was born in London in the aftermath of the war, where he was raised by his mother, grandmother, and upstairs tenant, Miss Davis. He remembers... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Whole Equation
A History of Hollywood
Written by David Thomson


Format: Trade Paperback, 420 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70154-2 (0-375-70154-0)

A magnificent history of Hollywood from the invention of film to the present day, by the everywhere acclaimed David Thomson, who has established himself as the “greatest living film critic and historian” (The Atlantic Monthly), “irreplaceable” (The New York Times), and simply “the best writer about the movies” (San Francisco Chronicle)... Read more >

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Talk About Cinema

Written by Jean-Baptiste Thoret
Series edited by Elisabeth Couturier


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Flammarion
On Sale: April 10, 2012
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-2-08-020096-9 (2-08-020096-8)

This fresh, engaging volume provides the key ideas for a better understanding of today’s cinematic style and the reference terms that are crucial to film studies by challenging preconceived ideas and clichés about cinema. It defines the main notions of film, explains major dates in its history, deciphers the leading works... Read more >

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Stage Makeup
The Actor's Complete Guide to Today's Techniques and Materials
Written by Laura Thudium


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Back Stage Books
On Sale: April 1, 1999
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-8230-8839-3 (0-8230-8839-1)

This up-to-date, full-color makeup manual is designed to lie open on the makeup table right as a guide for student, amateur, or professional performers.

Whether you are an actor in a summer-stock or regional theater, an acting conservatory program, a high-school or college production, a community theater, a local holiday pageant...or... Read more >

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The Art of Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Written by Mark Vaz


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: LucasBooks
On Sale: April 30, 2002
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-43125-7 (0-345-43125-1)

Mark Cotta Vaz provides the descriptive text in this information-packed book showcasing the concept art and sculptures used in making "Attack of the Clones".

This book also features the film's screenplay by George Lucas and Jonathan Hales.

Please Note: This title is not available at the examination price. Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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My Life with Cleopatra
The Making of a Hollywood Classic
Written by Walter Wanger and Joe Hyams
Afterword by Kenneth Turan


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-80405-1 (0-345-80405-8)

Cleopatra faced countless problems during its filming and production: passionate casting disputes, broken contracts, a costly re-location from London to Rome, an emergency tracheotomy for its star, Elizabeth Taylor, scandal-ridden gossip surrounding relationships on set, and a budget of $2 million that ballooned to final costs of $44 million. Legendary producer... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Stepin Fetchit
The Life & Times of Lincoln Perry
Written by Mel Watkins


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 14, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9676-3 (1-4000-9676-6)

In the late 1920s and '30s Lincoln Perry, aka Stepin Fetchit, was both renowned and reviled for his surrealistic portrayals of the era’s most popular comic stereotype–the lazy, shiftless Negro. Perry was hailed by critic Robert Benchley as “the best actor that the talking movies have produced,” and Mel Watkins’s meticulously... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Advanced Cinematherapy
The Girl's Guide to Finding Happiness One Movie at a Time
Written by Beverly West and Nancy Peske


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: February 26, 2002
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-440-50915-8 (0-440-50915-7)

This movie guide includes dozens of new reviews of classic and modern movies that address women's issues.

PLEASE NOTE: This title is not available at the examination price. Read more >
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