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Old 22-07-2006, 15:44   #21
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I'm very fond of Siegel's chatty and affectionate book.

Incidentally, another director worked with your three favourite actors - John Sturges ("McQ", "Never So Few", "Joe Kidd").

Currently reading William Goldman's "Which Lie Did I Tell" which is hilarious and rather touching.

I also can't let a book thread go by without mentioning Pauline Kael's collection "For Keeps" or, preferably, all the individual volumes of her work.
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Old 22-07-2006, 16:52   #22
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Thanks for pointing out my error Mike. Can't believe I didn't think of John Sturges, he's one of my favourite directors.
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My film book collection.

The following is my collection of film books, hopefully this list will be useful for anyone looking to read about movies. The links below mostly go to Amazon, purely because Amazon is a great information resource, for reviews, opinions, and of course book sleeves, contents, indexes etc. My original plan was to write a few notes on each book, but the list is rather long, so I’m letting the links do the footwork. Film books tend to go in and out of print quite a lot so a 2nd hand bookstore or a charity shop might contain all sorts of treasure, they’re well worth a visit. Most out of print books can be bought in online stores like Amazon market place dealers or eBay…. The list is divided into sections to make it easier. Because I’m doing this list as fast as I can, I’ve left out some stuff which might be less than useful (like a book about New German Cinema, published before Fassbinder’s death) and out of date review books…

Silent Cinema
Hollywood and American Cinema
Director Biographies Part 1 (Hollywood, Classic cinema)
Directors Biogs Part 2 (World Cinema, Classic Cinema continued)
Directors Biogs Part 3 (Cult Cinema)
Actors, Producers Biogs
Japanese Cinema
Cult Film Writing (Horror, Exploitation, Sci-fi)
Books About Individual Films



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Silent Cinema (see also Directors, Actors section)
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THE PARADE’S GONE BY- Kevin Browlow

ADVENTURES WITH D.W. GRIFFITH – Karl Brown

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Hollywood and American Cinema
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THE GENIUS OF THE SYSTEM : Hollywood Filmmaking in the Studio Era - Thomas Shatz

CITY OF NETS - A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940's - Otto Friedrich

INSIDE WARNER BROS. (1935 – 1951) - Rudy Behlmer

TENDER COMRADES : A Backstory of the Hollywood Blacklist - Patrick McGilligan and Paul Buhle

"YOU AIN'T HEARD NOTHIN' YET" : The American Talking Film History and Memory 1927-1949 – Andrew Sarris

THE WHOLE EQUATION : A History of Hollywood - David Thomson

THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE – Robert Evans

EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood – Peter Biskind

DOWN AND DIRTY PICTURES : Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film - Peter Biskind

THE EGOS HAVE LANDED: Rise and Fall of Palace Pictures - Angus Finney
Not a Hollywood book, but a great read about UK indie Palace...remember the great Palace VHS cases ?

HOLLYWOOD BABYLON : The Legendary Underground Classic of Hollywood's Darkest and Best Kept Secrets – Kenneth Anger

HOLLYWOOD BABYLON 2 – Kenneth Anger

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Directors Biographies Part 1 (Hollywood, Classic cinema)
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D.W. GRIFFITH : An American Life - Richard Schickel

CHAPLIN: His Life and Art - David Robinson

CHARLES CHAPLIN: My Autobiography - Charlie Chaplin

SEARCHING FOR JOHN FORD: A LIFE - Joseph McBride

ABOUT JOHN FORD – Lindsay Anderson

THE DARK SIDE OF GENIUS: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock - Donald Spoto

ALFRED HITCHCOCK : A Life in Darkness and Light - Patrick McGilligan

HITCHCOCK'S NOTEBOOKS: An Authorized And Illustrated Look Inside The Creative Mind Of Alfred Hitchcock - Dan Auiler

THE HITCHCOCK MURDERS - Peter Conrad

GEORGE CUKOR: A DOUBLE LIFE : A Biography of the Gentleman Director - Patrick McGilligan

FRANK CAPRA: The Castastrophe of Success - Joseph McBride

FRITZ LANG: The Nature of the Beast - Patrick McGilligan

DESPITE THE SYSTEM : Orson Welles Versus the Hollywood Studios - Clinton Heylin

THIS IS ORSON WELLES - Orson Welles, Peter Bogdanovich

SIRK ON SIRK: Interviews with Jon Halliday

ON SUNSET BOULEVARD : The Life and Times of Billy Wilder - Ed Sikov

KAZAN ON KAZAN - Elia Kazan, Jeff Young

ELIA KAZAN: A Life - Elia Kazan

NICHOLAS RAY : An American Life - Bernard Eisenschitz, Tom Milne

A THIRD FACE : My Tale of Writing, Fighting and Filmmaking - Sam Fuller

A SIEGEL FILM: An Autobiography - Don Siegel

CASSAVETES ON CASSAVETES - John Cassavetes, Ray Carney

STANLEY KUBRICK: A Biography - Vincent Lobrutto

JOESPH LOSEY: A Revenge on Life - David Caute

SAM PECKINPAH: If They Move...Kill 'em! - David Weddle

SCORSESE ON SCORSESE – Martin Scorsese

SCRADER ON SCRADER – Paul Scrader

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA: A Filmmaker's Life - Michael Schumacher

COPPOLA: A Biography - Peter Cowie

GEORGE LUCAS – John Baxter

STEVEN SPIELBERG – Joseph McBride

STONE: A Biography of Oliver Stone - James Riordan

WOODY ALLEN ON WOODY ALLEN - Woody Allen

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Directors Biographies Part 2 (World Cinema, Classic Cinema continued)
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THE EMPEROR AND THE WOLF: The Lives and Films of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune - Stuart Galbraith

INGMAR BERGMAN: A Critical Biography - Peter Cowie

PASOLINI REQUIEM - Barth David Schwartz

COCTEAU: A Biography - Francis Steegmuller

GODARD ON GODARD: Critical Writings by Jean-Luc Godard - Jean-Luc Godard

LETTERS – Jean Renoir
Not a very useful link I’m afraid, but my copy is a Faber hardback from 1994

LETTERS – Francois Truffaut

TIME WITHIN TIME: DIARIES, 1970-86 - Andrei Tarkovsky

SCULPTING IN TIME: Reflections on the Cinema - Andrei Tarkovsky

DAVID LEAN: A Biography - Kevin Brownlow

A LIFE IN MOVIES - Michael Powell

EMERIC PRESSBURGER: The Life and Death of a Screenwriter - Kevin Macdonald

ADVENTURES OF A SUBURBAN BOY - John Boorman

MALLE ON MALLE - Louis Malle, Philip French (Editor)

KIESLOWSKI ON KIESLOWSKI - Krzysztof Kieslowski

ROMAN BY POLANSKI - Roman Polanski

SERGIO LEONE - Something to Do With Death - Christopher Frayling

HERZOG ON HERZOG – Wener Herzog

PAUL VERHOEVEN - Rob Van Scheers

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Directors Biographies Part 3 (Cult Cinema)
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ALTERED STATES: The Autobiography of Ken Russell - Ken Russell

CRONENBERG ON CRONENBERG – David Cronenberg

LYNCH ON LYNCH – David Lynch

THE ZOMBIES THAT ATE PITTSBURGH: The Films of George A. Romero - Paul R. Gagne

BROKEN MIRRORS/BROKEN MINDS: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento - Maitland McDonagh

ART OF DARKNESS: The Cinema of Dario Argento - Chris John Gallant

PROFONDO ARGENTO - Alan Jones

FANTASY FILM MEMORY: Directed By Dario Argento – John Martin
No link for this I’m afraid, it’s a 1991 English language French publication, (there’s a Jess Franco one too).

BEYOND TERROR: Films of Lucio Fulci - Stephen Thrower

CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST: And the Savage Cinema of Ruggero Deodato - Fenton, Grainger, Castoldi

BIG BOSOMS AND SQUARE JAWS: The Biography of Russ Meyer - Jimmy McDonough

A TASTE OF BLOOD: The Films of Herschell Gordon Lewis - Christopher Curry

AGITATOR: The Cinema of Takashi Miike - Tom Mes

DEREK JARMAN - Tony Peake

DESPERATE VISIONS: The Films of John Waters & the Kuchar Brothers - Jack Stevenson

SEX MURDER ART: Films of Jorg Buttgereit - David Kerekes

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Actors, Producers Biographies
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SHOWMAN: The Life of David O. Selznick - David Thomson

MEMO FROM DAVID O. SELZNICK : The Creation of "Gone with the Wind" and Other Motion Picture Classics, as Revealed in the Producer's Private Letters, Telegrams, Memorandums, and Autobiographical Remarks - David O. Selznick, Rudy Behlmer

LION OF HOLLYWOOD: The Life and Legend of Louis B. Mayer - Scott Eyman

SAM SPIEGEL - Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni

HOW I MADE A HUNDRED MOVIES IN HOLLYWOOD AND NEVER LOST A DIME - Roger Corman

MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE: The Life and Times of W. C. Fields - Simon Louvish

THE LAST HERO: a Biography of Gary Cooper - Larry Swindell

CHARLES LAUGHTON: A Difficult Actor - Simon Callow

FATAL CHARM: The Life of Rex Harrison - Alexander Walker

IN THE ARENA: An Autobiography - Charlton Heston

WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT - Michael Caine

JOHN WAYNE : The Politics of Celebrity - Garry Wills

BRANDO - Peter Manso

STEVE MCQUEEN: Portrait of an American Rebel - Marshall Terrill

KINSKI UNCUT: The Autobiography of Klaus Kinski - Klaus Kinski

BRUCE LEE: Fighting Spirit - Bruce Thomas

IF CHINS COULD KILL: Confessions of a B Movie Actor - Bruce Campbell

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Japanese Cinema
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A HUNDRED YEARS OF JAPANESE FILM: A Concise History, with a Selective Guide to DVDs and Videos - Donald Richie

THE MIDNIGHT EYE GUIDE TO NEW JAPANESE FILM - Tom Mes

OUTLAW MASTERS OF JAPANESE FILM - Chris D.

EROS IN HELL: Sex, Blood and Madness in Japanese Cinema - Jack Hunter

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Cult Film Writing (Horror, Exploitation, Sci-fi)
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THE OVERLOOK FILM ENCYCLOPEDIA: HORROR (The Overlook Film Encyclopedia Series) - Phil Hardy

THE OVERLOOK FILM ENCYCLOPEDIA: SCIENCE FICTION (The Overlook Film Encyclopedia Series) - Phil Hardy

THE PSYCHOTRONIC VIDEO GUIDE TO FILM - Michael J. Weldon

SLEAZOID EXPRESS: A Mind-Twisting Tour Through the Grindhouse Cinema of Times Square - Bill Landis

SLIMETIME: A Guide to Sleazy, Mindless Movies - Steven Puchalski

NIGHTMARE MOVIES: A Critical Guide To Horror Films - Kim Newman

KILLING FOR CULTURE: An Illustrated History of Death Film from Mondo to Snuff - David Kerekes

LOST HIGHWAYS: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF ROAD MOVIES - Jack Sargeant

THE MONSTER SHOW: A Cultural History of Horror - David J. Skal

FLESH AND BLOOD COMPENDIUM: Cinema and Video for Adults - Harvey Fenton

BOOK OF THE DEAD: The Complete History of Zombie Cinema - Jamie Russell

DVD DELIRIUM VOLUMES 1 / 2 / 3 : The International Guide to Weird and Wonderful Films on DVD - Nathaniel Thompson

EYEBALL COMPENDIUM: Sex & Horror, Art & Exploitation - Stephen Thrower

SEE NO EVIL: Banned Films and Video Controversy - David Kerekes

SHOCK! HORROR!: Astounding Artwork from the Video Nasty Era - Marc Morris

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Books about Individual films
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PICTURE - Lillian Ross

THE DEVIL'S CANDY: The Bonfire of the Vanities Goes to Hollywood - Julie Salamon

FINAL CUT : Art, Money, and Ego in the Making of Heaven's Gate, the Film That Sank United Artists - Steven Bach

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE COMPANION - Stefan Jaworzyn

CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: The Complete History of Friday the 13th - Peter M. Bracke

WES CRAVEN'S LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT - David A. Szulkin

WILLIAM PETER BLATTY ON THE EXORCIST: From Novel To Film - William Peter Blatty

THE APOCALYPSE NOW BOOK - Peter Cowie

NOTES ON THE MAKING OF APOCALYPSE NOW - Eleanor Coppola

MONEY INTO LIGHT: A Diary - John Boorman
This is John Boorman's journet of making THE EMERALD FOREST

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There you go, I hope the list comes in handy.....exhausted after all that If anyone needs info about a book PM me...

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Old 23-07-2006, 22:07   #24
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exhausted after all that
Not as exhausted as we are going to be after affiliating all those links and stripping out the non-forum affiliates.

Please use the provided tool in future. It's dead simple to use.
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Oh no ! Sorry Guys, delete the whole thing, that's really too much trouble...deeply embarrassed
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Don't be embarrassed Wes; you'll know next time. A really fine list - many thanks!
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Can I put a word in for "Fun In A Chinese Laundry", Josef Von Sternberg's quirky, irritating - and ultimately - fascinating autobiography. Not sure if it's still in print, but well worth searching for!
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Worth mentioning also, the incredible booklets that come with Eureka's Masters Of Cinema DVD series. Its almost unfair to call them booklets, they're so classy.
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I'm currently wading through David Thompson's The Whole Equation which I got from Fopp for £3.00

Finding it a little heavy going as it's less of a 'just the facts, ma'am' tome and more of an extended muse on the nature and reality of the Hollywood system. The reader's review on Amazon gives a good flavour.

Chaplin, eh? A hound!

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Wading through is right. I agree with Douglas, its a difficult read, I almost gave up after the opening chapter about Chinatown, but I stuck it out. The Genius Of The System was a much better read I think
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If anyone's interested, my thoughts on Simon Callow's majestic second volume on Orson Welles, Hello Americans and Maureen O'Hara's autobiography 'Tis Herself are here.
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Recently finished Terry Coleman's authorised biography of Laurence Olivier. Very good on personal matters, particularly the harrowing falling-apart of his second marriage, but terribly weak on stage and film work. Now embarked upon Piers Paul Read's excellent work Alec Guinness which is very promising, although a little too reliant on some of Sir Alec's fanciful anecdotes.

One to avoid like the plague - John Baxter's book on Robert De Niro is so littered with factual errors that you can hardly believe it got to the publishing stage. A shame because some of Baxter's work has been interesting.
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Finding it a little heavy going as it's less of a 'just the facts, ma'am' tome and more of an extended muse on the nature and reality of the Hollywood system.

That's just what I liked about it you see. Horses for courses and all that.
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Now embarked upon Piers Paul Read's excellent work Alec Guinness which is very promising, although a little too reliant on some of Sir Alec's fanciful anecdotes.
I have that; quite worthy, but I came away from it a little dissatisfied somehow (for much the same reasons you give on the Olivier book).

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From John's post:
"If anyone's interested, my thoughts on Simon Callow's majestic second volume on Orson Welles, Hello Americans and Maureen O'Hara's autobiography 'Tis Herself are here."

With all the good natured banter flying about "The Naked Spur" and "The Searchers", John, I thought you'd forgotten to answer the burning question of what you read on holidays!

Sorry it had to be that shameless hussy O'Hara. If ever anyone deserved a good spanking across the Duke's knee...!
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I don’t believe these have been mentioned yet so here are a few more recommendations - Withnail & I collaborators Richard E. Grant and Bruce Robinson discussed their film careers in a couple of entertaining and illuminating books, ‘With Nails’ and ‘Smoking In Bed: Conversations with Bruce Robinson’ respectively. Particularly tasty are their individual experiences of the ups and (more prevalently) downs of working in the Hollywood system.

Faber’s Directors On Themselves series continues to impress – the recently revised edition on Tim Burton (which I picked up in HMV in Dublin for only €4.99) is an excellent read, including all his work up to Corpse Bride. Also, although the director’s filmography is so extensive that his films aren’t nearly covered in as much detail as I would have liked, ‘Altman on Altman’ is another fine addition to the roster of filmmakers included in the series.

Finally, a recent gift of Philip French’s smart and insightful ‘Westerns’ is proving to be costly since it encouraged me to go on a rather reckless spending spree – more than a dozen oaters added to the DVD collection and I haven’t even finished the book yet. Considering my bank balance these days, I guess there can be no better recommendation.
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For anyone who loves musicals and/or is fascinated by the mystery of dubbed singing voices, I recommend Marni Nixon's autobiography (I Could Have Sung All Night) published just a few days ago. Excellent read, with great first-hand insight into a very secret field. Very reasonable price too.

This is my favorite topic. I have been researching it diligently for more than half of my life. Voice-overs are often linked to major musicals, like those Marni Nixon sang in, but even more of them can be found in hundreds of B-westerns and B musicals, not to mention film noirs.

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Can anyone recommend any books on Westerns, Film Noir and Sci-Fi?
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A couple I can heartily recommend on Sergio Leone: Sergio Leone: Once Upon a Time in Italy and Sergio Leone: Something To Do With Death .

Plus, this Taschen book is filled with amazing images: Film Noir.
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Thanks John. DVDBeaver have a list of books attached to their reviews does anyone have any of the following:

Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style

The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir

Somewhere in the Night: Film Noir and the American City

This ones a little outside my price range but I might get it at christmas if it's worth it:

Film Noir Guide: 745 Films of the Classic Era, 1940-1959

Finally this sounds interesting:

100 Westerns (BFI Screen Guides S.)
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