The Ridley Scott Encyclopedia


Author: Laurence Raw
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810869523
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 336
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From his first feature film, The Duellists, to his international successes Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma and Louise, Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, and American Gangster, Ridley Scott has directed some of the most compelling films of the last 30 years. Apart from his work as a film director, Scott has engaged in a vast range of activities, including that as a designer, producer, film mogul, and advertising executive. The Ridley Scott Encyclopedia is the first book that focuses on all aspects of his work in a wide-ranging career that spans nearly 50 years. The entries in this encyclopedia focus on all aspects of his work and are divided into four categories. The first focuses on Ridley Scott's work as a director, encompassing his feature films from The Duellists to Body of Lies, as well as his work in television, including commercials. The second category focuses on the people who have been involved in Scott's projects, including actors, directors, producers, designers, writers and other creative personnel. The third focuses on general thematic issues raised in Scott's work, such as gender construction, political issues, and geographical locations. Finally the encyclopedia incorporates entries on films by other directors who have influenced Scott's approach to his work as a director or producer. Each entry is followed by a bibliography of published sources, both in print and online, making this the most comprehensive reference on Scott's body of work.

Movies in American History: An Encyclopedia [3 volumes]

An Encyclopedia
Author: Philip C. DiMare
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1598842978
Category: Social Science
Page: 1232
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This provocative three-volume encyclopedia is a valuable resource for readers seeking an understanding of how movies have both reflected and helped engender America's political, economic, and social history. • Provides 450 A–Z entries that comprehensively cover the historical significance of subjects, people, and films of the American cinema • Contains contributions from 150 distinguished interdisciplinary scholars offering their analysis on the role of movies in American history • Includes reference materials and suggestions for further reading with every entry

The Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia


Author: James M. Welsh,Gene D. Phillips,Rodney F. Hill
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810876514
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 346
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Francis Ford Coppola's career has spanned five decades, from low budget films he produced in the early 1960s to more personal films of recent years. Because of the tremendous popular success of The Godfather and the tremendous critical success of its sequel, Coppola is considered to be one of the best directors of all time. The entries in this encyclopedia focus on all aspects of Coppola's work—from his early days with producer Roger Corman to his films as the director of the 1970s. This extensive reference contains material on all of the films Coppola has played a role in, from screenwriter to producer to director, including such classics as Patton, The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather Part II, and Apocalypse Now. Each entry is followed by a bibliography of published sources, both in print and online, making The Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia the most comprehensive reference on this director's body of work.

The Culture and Philosophy of Ridley Scott


Author: Adam Barkman,Ashley Barkman,Nancy Kang
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0739178725
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 300
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While recognizing Scott's undeniable contributions to contemporary popular cinema, the volume does not shy away from honest and well-evidenced critique. Each chapter's approach correlates with philosophical, literary, or cultural studies perspectives. Using both combined and single-film discussions, the contributors examine such topics as gender roles and feminist theory; philosophical abstractions like ethics, honor, and personal responsibility; historical memory and the challenges of accurately rendering historical events on screen; literary archetypes and generic conventions; race relations and the effect of class difference on character construction; how religion shapes personal and collective values; the role of a constantly changing technological universe; and the schism between individual and group-based power structures.

Ridley Scott

A Critical Filmography
Author: William B. Parrill
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786485930
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 189
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Ridley Scott, the director of such seminal films as Blade Runner, Alien and Thelma & Louise, is one of the most important directors of the last fifty years. Unlike many directors, Scott has been remarkably transparent about his craft, offering the audience glimpses into his creative process. This book explores Scott’s oeuvre in depth, devoting a chapter to his 22 primary works, from his first effort, Boy and Bicycle (1962), through Robin Hood (2010). Topics discussed include the critical reception of the films, and the ways in which Scott’s works function as cinematic mediators of issues such as religion, women’s rights and history.

The Encyclopedia of Epic Films


Author: Constantine Santas,James M. Wilson,Maria Colavito,Djoymi Baker
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0810882485
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 712
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This resource contains reviews of every major production considered to be an epic film. Entries consider the characteristics of what makes an epic, including length, structure, spectacular special effects, and themes involving heroic figures and storylines relating episodes essential to the history of a race or nation. Major Hollywood and European productions from the silent era to the present day are covered. Arranged alphabetically by title, each main entry contains a synopsis of the film, principal production information, and a critical analysis.

Modern Sci-Fi Films FAQ

All That's Left to Know About Time-Travel, Alien, Robot, and Out-of-This-World Movies Since 1970
Author: Tom DeMichael
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 1495009572
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 400
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(FAQ). Many science fiction movies from the last 40 years have blazed new vistas for viewers. They've reached further into the future, traveled longer into the past, soared deeper into the vastness of the cosmos, and probed more intently inside man's consciousness than any other period of film before. And audiences ate them up, taking four of the top ten spots in all-time ticket sales in America while earning more than $2 billion at the box office. Modern Sci-Fi Films FAQ takes a look at the genre's movies from the last 40 years, where the dreams of yesterday and today may become tomorrow's realities. This FAQ travels to a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... visits a theme park where DNA-created dinosaurs roam... watches as aliens come to Earth, hunting humans for sport... and much, much more. Filled with biographies, synopses, production stories, and images and illustrations many seldom seen in print the book focuses on films that give audiences two hours where they can forget about their troubles, sit back, crunch some popcorn, and visit worlds never before seen... worlds of robots, time travel, aliens, space exploration, and other far-out ideas.

Encyclopedia of Television Pilots, 1937Ð2012


Author: Vincent Terrace
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786474459
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 380
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This reference work, the most complete guide to aired and unaired television pilot films ever published (or made available in any way), contains 5,190 alphabetically arranged programs, each with storyline information, performer and character cast listings, producers, air dates (where applicable), genre, and network or cable association. Also included are the unaired versions of pilots that became a series (like 90 Bristol Court, Hazel, The Middle and Perfect Strangers) and the updates of aired series that were never telecast (e.g., The Robinsons: Lost in Space, the 1997 version of Hawaii Five-0, the 2011 Wonder Woman and the 2001 Electra Woman and Dyna Girl).

The Coen Brothers Encyclopedia


Author: Lynnea Chapman King
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0810885778
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 228
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This encyclopedia focuses on all aspects of the Coen Brothers’ work—from writing and directing Blood Simple (1983) to their involvement in the forthcoming television series, Fargo. This extensive reference contains material on all of the films the brothers have written, produced, and directed, as well as their sideline ventures.

The Oliver Stone Encyclopedia


Author: James Michael Welsh,Donald M. Whaley
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 081088352X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 345
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The 'Oliver Stone encyclopedia' provides an overarching evaluation of Stone's work as a screenwriter, producer, and director. Each entry is followed by a bibliography of published sources, both in print and online.

A Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists and Inventors in American Film and TV Si


Author: A. Bowdoin Van Riper
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0810881284
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 323
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In this first in-depth study of how historic scientists and inventors have been portrayed on screen, A Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists and Inventors in American Film and TV since 1930 catalogs nearly 300 separate performances and includes essays on the screen images of more than 80 historic scientists, inventors, engineers, and medical researchers.

Merchant-Ivory

Interviews
Author: Ismail Merchant,Laurence Raw
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 1617032379
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 174
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Merchant-Ivory: Interviews gathers together for the first time interviews made over the past five decades with director James Ivory (b. 1928), producer Ismail Merchant (1936-2005), and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (b. 1927). Beginning with their earliest work in India, and ending with James Ivory's last film, The City of Your Final Destination (2009), the book traces their career, while offering valuable insights into their creative filmmaking process. The volume serves as a corrective to the prevailing critical orthodoxy attached to Merchant-Ivory's work, which tends to regard them as being solely concerned with historically accurate costumes and settings. As independent filmmakers, they have developed an idiosyncratic approach that resists facile classification. Merchant-Ivory have insisted on maintaining their independence. More importantly, this book shows how Merchant-Ivory have always taken considerable care in casting their films, as well as treating actors with respect. This is a deliberate policy, designed to bring out one of the triumvirate's principal thematic concerns, running throughout their work--the impact of the "clash of cultures" on individuals. Partly this has been inspired by their collective experiences of living and working in different cultures. They do not offer any answers to this issue; rather they believe that their task is simply to raise awareness; to make filmgoers conscious of the importance of cultural sensitivities that assume paramount significance in any exchange, whether verbal or nonverbal.

The encyclopedia of British film


Author: Brian McFarlane,British Film Institute
Publisher: Methuen Pub Ltd
ISBN: N.A
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 811
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Fully updated edition of a comprehensive history of the British film industry from its inception to the present day, with minute listings of the producers, directors, actors and studios behind a century or so of great British cinema. An invaluable addition to the reference shelf of anyone with an interest in British cinema. Brian McFarlane is professor of film history at Monash University in Australia.

The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz


Author: the late Leonard Feather,Ira Gitler
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199886407
Category: Reference
Page: 744
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Do you want to know when Duke Ellington was king of The Cotton Club? Have you ever wondered how old Miles Davis was when he got his first trumpet? From birth dates to gig dates and from recordings to television specials, Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler have left no stone unturned in their quest for accurate, detailed information on the careers of 3.300 jazz musicians from around the world. We learn that Duke Ellington worked his magic at The Cotton Club from 1927 to 1931, and that on Miles Davis's thirteenth birthday, his father gave him his first trumpet. Jazz is fast moving, and this edition clearly and concisely maps out an often dizzying web of professional associations. We find, for instance, that when Miles Davis was a St. Louis teenager he encountered Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie for the first time. This meeting proved fateful, and by 1945 a nineteen-year-old Davis had left Juilliard to play with Parker on 52nd Street. Knowledge of these professional alliances, along with the countless others chronicled in this book, are central to tracing the development of significant jazz movements, such as the "cool jazz" that became one of Miles Davis's hallmarks. Arranged alphabetically according to last name, each entry of this book chronologically lists the highlights of every jazz musician's career. Highly accessible and vigorously researched, The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz is, quite simply, the most comprehensive jazz encyclopedia available.

The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Modern Crime Fiction


Author: N.A
Publisher: Robinson Publishing
ISBN: N.A
Category: Crime in literature
Page: 780
View: 6806

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A reference and overview of the genre of crime fiction, primarily covering the 1950s onwards, although major earlier writers, such as Agatha Christie and Raymond Chandler, also have entries.

The Actor's Encyclopedia of Casting Directors

Conversations with Over 100 Casting Directors on how to Get the Job
Author: Karen Kondazian,Eddie Shapiro
Publisher: Lone Eagle Publishing Company
ISBN: 9781580650137
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 462
View: 7326

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Characters are the life force of any novel or movie. They drive the plot. They generate the conflict. They are the story. Ten Steps to Creating Memorable Characters is a one-of-a-kind step-by-step guide to developing truly great characters for any kind of fiction writing. This practical workbook is packed with suggestions, ideas, exercises, and lists to help plan every imaginable area in a character's "life." Writers, screenwriters, playwrights--everyone who writes fiction will be able to create their own dynamic, memorable characters with this exciting yet practical book.

Continuum encyclopedia of popular music of the world


Author: John Shepherd
Publisher: Continuum Intl Pub Group
ISBN: 9780826463210
Category: Music
Page: 832
View: 4737

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Edited by distinguished scholars in the field of popular music studies, this encyclopedia set is THE authoritative reference guide to popular music from all corners of the globe, the ultimate reference work to do justice to this vibrant subject.