Arts & Photography Television Books

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Hardy tells the story of Tess Durbeyfield, a beautiful young woman living with her impoverished family in Wessex, the southwestern English county immortalized by Hardy. After the family learns of their connection to the wealthy d’Urbervilles, they send Tess to claim a portion of their fortune. She meets and is seduced by the dissolute Alec d’Urberville and secretly bears a child, Sorrow, who dies in infancy. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer Tess love and salvation, but he rejects her — on their wedding night — after learning of her past. Emotionally bereft, financially impoverished, and victimized by the self-righteous rigidity of English social morality, Tess escapes from her vise of passion through a horrible, desperate act.Like the greatest characters in literature, Tess lives beyond the final pages of the book as a permanent citizen of the imagination. —Irving HoweWhat a commonplace genius he has; or a genius for the commonplace — I don’t know which. —D. H. LawrenceThe greatest tragic writer among English novelists. —Virginia WoolfA singular beauty and charm. —Henry James

Envisioning Socialism: Television and the Cold War in the German Democratic Republic (Social History, Popular Culture, And Politics In Germany)

Envisioning Socialism examines television and the power it exercised to define the East Germans’ view of socialism during the first decades of the German Democratic Republic. In the first book in English to examine this topic, Heather L. Gumbert traces how television became a medium prized for its communicative and entertainment value. She explores the difficulties GDR authorities had defining and executing a clear vision of the society they hoped to establish, and she explains how television helped to stabilize GDR society in a way that ultimately worked against the utopian vision the authorities thought they were cultivating.Gumbert challenges those who would dismiss East German television as a tool of repression that couldn’t compete with the West or capture the imagination of East Germans. Instead, she shows how, by the early 1960s, television was a model of the kind of socialist realist art that could appeal to authorities and audiences. Ultimately, this socialist vision was overcome by the challenges that the international market in media products and technologies posed to nation-building in the postwar period.A history of ideas and perceptions examining both real and mediated historical conditions, Envisioning Socialism considers television as a technology, an institution, and a medium of social relations and cultural knowledge. The book will be welcomed in undergraduate and graduate courses in German and media history, the history of postwar Socialism, and the history of science and technologies.

Screenwriting Down to the Atoms: The Absolute Essentials

Understanding screenwriting just got even easier. This simplified 4-chapter edition of Screenwriting Down to the Atoms (full 14-chapter edition $4.99) hand-picks the most essential sections of Michael Welles Schock's innovative approach to screencraft and repackages them in one easy, compact guide. The selected chapters: The Basic of the Most Basic, The Golden Key, The Sequence Method, and On Character represent the core of Atoms' unique method of understanding the cinematic narrative, much of it unavailable in any other source. Forget everything else. These are the real essentials every screenwriter must know.

Actors and the Art of Performance: Under Exposure (Performance Philosophy)

Actors and the Art of Performance: Under Exposure combines the author's two main biographical paths: her professional commitment to the fields of both theatre and philosophy. The art of acting on stage is analysed here not only from the theoretical perspective of a spectator, but also from the perspective of the actor. The author draws on her experience as both a theatre actor and a university professor whose teachings in the art of acting rely heavily on her own experience and also on her philosophical knowledge. The book is unique not only in terms of its content but also in terms of its style. Written in a multiplicity of voices, the text oscillates between philosophical reasoning and narrative forms of writing, including micro-narratives, fables, parables, and inter alia by Carroll, Hoffmann and Kleist. Hence the book claims that a trans-disciplinary dialogue between the art of acting and the art of philosophical thinking calls for an aesthetical research that questions and begins to seek alternatives to traditionally established and ingrained formats of philosophy.

Technicolored: Reflections on Race in the Time of TV (a Camera Obscura book)

From early sitcoms such as I Love Lucy to contemporary prime-time dramas like Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, African Americans on television have too often been asked to portray tired stereotypes of blacks as villains, vixens, victims, and disposable minorities. In Technicolored black feminist critic Ann duCille combines cultural critique with personal reflections on growing up with the new medium of TV to examine how televisual representations of African Americans have changed over the last sixty years. Whether explaining how watching Shirley Temple led her to question her own self-worth or how televisual representation functions as a form of racial profiling, duCille traces the real-life social and political repercussions of the portrayal and presence of African Americans on television. Neither a conventional memoir nor a traditional media study, Technicolored offers one lifelong television watcher's careful, personal, and timely analysis of how television continues to shape notions of race in the American imagination.

Nation, Ethnicity and Race on Russian Television: Mediating Post-Soviet Difference (BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies)

Russia, one of the most ethno-culturally diverse countries in the world, provides a rich case study on how globalisation and associated international trends are disrupting, and causing the radical rethinking of approaches to, inter-ethnic cohesion. The book highlights the importance of television broadcasting in shaping national discourse and the place of ethno-cultural diversity within it. It argues that television’s role here has been reinforced, rather than diminished, by the rise of new media technologies. Through an analysis of a wide range of news and other television programmes, the book shows how the covert meanings of discourse on a particular issue can diverge from the overt significance attributed to it, just as the impact of that discourse may not conform with the original aims of the broadcasters. The book discusses the tension between the imperative to maintain security through centralised government and overall national cohesion that Russia shares with other European states, and the need to remain sensitive to, and to accommodate, the needs and perspectives of ethnic minorities and labour migrants. It compares the increasingly isolationist popular ethnonationalism in Russia, which harks back to "old-fashioned" values, with the similar rise of the Tea Party in the United States and the UK Independence Party in Britain. Throughout, this extremely rich, well-argued book complicates and challenges received wisdom on Russia’s recent descent into authoritarianism. It points to a regime struggling to negotiate the dilemmas it faces, given its Soviet legacy of ethnic particularism, weak civil society, large native Muslim population and overbearing, yet far from entirely effective, state control of the media.

Women Make Movies: Interviews with Women in the Industry (Fast, Cheap Filmmaking Books Book 4)

Advice from the TrenchesAre you looking to break into the film business?Read valuable lessons from these formidable women about the art and craft of making movies: How to break in, stay in and rise to the top.Eleven women who've found success in the film and television industry (directors, actors, writers, editors, executives) talk about what it took to get them to where they are today.Amy Heckerling (Director, Clue, Fast Times at Ridgemont High)Susan Seidelman (Director, Desperately Seeking Susan)Lesli Linka Glater (Director, Homeland, The West Wing, Twin Peaks)Carol Littleton (Editor, The Big Chill, Body Heat) Nancy Savoca (Director, True Love, Household Saints)Dody Dorn (Editor, Memento, Insomnia)Susan Coyne (Actress, Co-Creator, Slings & Arrows)Mo Collins (Actress, MadTV, Fear The Walking Dead)Edie Falco (Actress, The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie)Debra Eisenstadt (Actress, Oleanna and Director, Blush and Before the Sun Explodes)Donna Smith (Production Manager and the first women to run production at a major studio)This book provides great insight and information on the real story behind working in the film business.Grab it today!★★★★★

Don Quixote

Don Quixote has become so entranced by reading chivalric romances, that he determines to become a knight-errant himself. In the company of his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, his exploits blossom in all sorts of wonderful ways. While Quixote’s fancy often leads him astray — he tilts at windmills, imagining them to be giants — Sancho acquires cunning and a certain sagacity. Sane madman and wise fool, they roam the world together, and together they have haunted readers’ imaginations for nearly four hundred years.With its experimental form and literary playfulness, Don Quixote generally has been recognized as the first modern novel. The book has had enormous influence on a host of writers, from Fielding and Sterne to Flaubert, Dickens, Melville, and Faulkner, who reread it once a year, “just as some people read the Bible.”Only Shakespeare comes close to Cervantes’ genius. —Harold BloomThe highest creation of genius has been achieved by Shakespeare and Cervantes, almost alone. —Samuel Taylor ColeridgeWhat a monument is this book! How its creative genius, critical, free, and human, soars above its age! —Thomas Mann‘Don Quixote’ looms so wonderfully above the skyline of literature, a gaunt giant on a lean nag, that the book lives and will live through his sheer vitality...The parody has become a paragon. —Vladimir NabokovA more profound and powerful work than this is not to be met with...The final and greatest utterance of the human mind. —Fyodor DostoyevskyCervantes is the founder of the Modern Era. The novelist need answer to no one but Cervantes. ‘Don Quixote’ is practically unthinkable as a living being, and yet, in our memory, what character is more alive? —Milan Kundera

Alfred Hitchcock & Charles Bennett: The Rise of the Modern Thriller: Volume 2: Hero's Journey & Story Closeups (Alfred Hitchcock and Charles Bennett: The Rise of the Modern Thriller)

Screenwriter Charles Bennett was Alfred Hitchcock’s inspiration and mentor. Between 1929-1940 Bennett wrote seven scripts establishing Hitchcock's reputation as "Master of Suspense." The first was Bennett’s 1928 play "Blackmail" (1929) adapted as Britain's first "full length all-talkie super-film." This was followed by Hitch's adaptation of "Bulldog Drummond's Baby" (1931) as "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1934). Then came "The 39 Steps," "Secret Agent," "Sabotage," "Young and Innocent," and "Foreign Correspondent." But because Hitchcock did not want his reliance known, he crafted a "Lie of Omission" to misdirect attention away from Bennett's influence, successfully misleading journalists, critics, and historians to consider the director as the "auteur" (author), while Bennett became critically maligned, insulted, and disregarded. In a separate Volume One of this study, "The Rise of the Modern Thriller: The Partnership," the film history is corrected by walking the reader through Hitchcock's obfuscations to reveal how Bennett created the technically "Modern" mystery thriller and "hero's Journey" construction. It explains that Bennett's “one story” derived from his love of Jules Verne's novels, coupled with theatrical knowledge accumulated through twenty years experience as a stage actor. After a successful start as an innovative London playwright (five plays produced before 1930), Bennett brought his Modern thriller into film by a set of experimental "quota quickies." In 1931 John Maxwell, Chairman of British International Pictures, contracted Bennett to write the "Bulldog Drummond" screenplay under Hitchcock's supervision. There now came a chapter unknown to film history when Hitchcock was fired from B.I.P. owing to his too whimsical camera direction applied to a Bennett screenplay. And in a stroke of deception, Hitchcock denied Bennett a screenplay credit for its adaptation, "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1934). When Bennett's “wrong man” scenario became acclaimed in "The 39 Steps," Hitchcock countered that he adapted the Buchan-inspired film. And though after "Secret Agent," Bennett was designated as England's top scenarist, film history mischaracterized him as Hitch’s stenographer. In two 1938 interviews Hitchcock undermined Bennett's reputation, claiming responsibility for 99.44% of his films’ content, misappropriating Bennett's journey construction as his own, and explaining how he preferred to work with inexperienced writers amenable to his instruction. In 1940, the director misattributed Bennett’s Oscar-nominated screenplay "Foreign Correspondent" to wife Alma and Secretary Joan Harrison. Where Part One challenges scholars to correct the history, this Volume Two--"Hero’s Journey and Story Closeups"--drills deeply into Bennett's narrative constructions. The volume explains how Bennett's influential hero's journey construction predated Joseph Campbell's scholarship by twenty years. Analyses are made of Bennett’s stories, themes, and dramatic ideas, his contributions to the thriller subgenres (mystery, crime, terror, romance, comedy), and his character types and thriller motifs including: false accusation, forewarning, MacGuffin, time limit, double jeopardy and double chase, theme of the couple, joint quest, partners-on-the-run, doubt, and suspense. The study concludes on a study of the partners' dialectic, and reveals the director's terror that his reliance on Bennett would be found out. In 1995 the Writer's Guild of America-West honored Bennett with its Screen Laurel Award for lifetime achievement, particularly for the Hitchcock films. But his historic role as the author of the technically Modern mystery thriller and hero's journey construction remained undisclosed. "The Rise of the Modern Thriller" reveals the breadth of Bennett's achievements, and answers a great many questions that have confounded Hitchcock studies. The study is also available in a single volume edition.