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 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.

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.

Ridley Scott

A Critical Filmography
Author: William B. Parrill
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786485930
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 189
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"Ridley Scott, is one of the most important directors of the last fifty years. This book explores Scott's oeuvre in depth, devoting a chapter to his 22 primary works. Topics discussed include the critical reception of the films, and the ways in which Scott's works function as cinematic mediators on issues such as religion, women's rights and history"--Provided by publisher.

The Films of Ridley Scott

Author: Richard Alan Schwartz
Publisher: Praeger Publishers
ISBN: 9780275969769
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 177
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A consideration of Ridley Scott's visual style, thematic concerns, and his reinvigoration of such cinematic genres as science fiction, film noir, the road film, and historical epics.

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.


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.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Author: Philip K. Dick
Publisher: Del Rey Books
ISBN: 0345404475
Category: Fiction
Page: 244
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Captures the strange world of twenty-first-century Earth, a devastated planet in which sophisticated androids, banned from the planet, fight back against their potential destroyers

Encyclopedia of Television Pilots, 1937-2012

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.

Ridley Scott

Author: Paul M. Sammon
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780752818498
Category: Motion picture producers and directors
Page: 144
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Ridley Scott cut his cinematic teeth directing advertisements for TV - his most famous are the 'Hovis' adverts - quickly creating a distinctive visual style which he developed in his first full length movie The Duelists in 1977. It was two years later in 1979 that Scott made the big time with the stunning sci-fi realisation Alien which created a whole genre of sci-fi movies. There followed a list of successful and characteristically idiosyncratic movies from Blade Runner to Thelma and Louise.


Author: Ron Miller
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
ISBN: 9781780289687
Page: 240
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Aliens: Past, Present and Future covers the subject of extraterrestrial life from every angle, from the earliest speculations more than 400 years ago about the possibility of life on other worlds, to today's ongoing search for Earth 2.0. In between are lessons learned about how life originated on our own planet, as well as the story behind the vast cult that has grown up around "flying saucers" and strange visitors from other planets, including popular culture renditions of them. The book is organised into three Parts. Part 1 reviews humankind's changing thinking about extraterrestrial beings and life through history, from Ancient times through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, to today; Part 2 discusses the science of extraterrestrial life - in a way that every reader, non-scientist and scientist alike, will understand; and Part 3 explores the deep impact the idea of extraterrestrial life has had, not only on science and space exploration but on popular culture as well - and the potential impact it may have on philosophy and religion. The very concept of extraterrestrial life has been a driving force behind our exploration of the universe and a pervasive presence in movies, books, comics, and advertising throughout the past century. Written by bestselling author Ron Miller and with forewords by acclaimed sci-fi novelist David Brin and Professor Andrew Fraknoi, the book features more than 200 illustrations - from centuries-old engravings, book, comic and magazine art, movie posters, purported UFO photographs, to colour illustrations showing what today's cutting-edge scientists think extraterrestrial life could be like.

The Encyclopedia of Racism in American Films

Author: Salvador Jimenez Murguía
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442269065
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 824
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From D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation in 1915 to the recent Get Out, audiences and critics alike have responded to racism in motion pictures for more than a century. Whether subtle or blatant, racially biased images and narratives erase minorities, perpetuate stereotypes, and keep alive practices of discrimination and marginalization. Even in the 21st century, the American film industry is not “color blind,” evidenced by films such as Babel (2006), A Better Life, (2011), and 12 Years a Slave (2013). The Encyclopedia of Racism in American Film documents one facet of racism in the film industry, wherein historically underrepresented peoples are misrepresented—through a lack of roles for actors of color, stereotyping, negative associations, and an absence of rich, nuanced characters. Offering insights and analysis from over seventy scholars, critics, and activists, the volume highlights issues such as: Hollywood’s diversity crisis White Savior films Magic Negro tropes The disconnect between screen images and lived realities of African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asians A companion to the ever-growing field of race studies, this volume opens up a critical dialogue on an always timely issue. The Encyclopedia of Racism in American Film will appeal to scholars of cinema, race and ethnicity studies, and cultural history.

The Encyclopedia of Musicians and Bands on Film

Author: Melissa U. D. Goldsmith,Paige A. Willson,Anthony J. Fonseca
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442269871
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 486
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Musicians, both fictional and real, have long been subjects of cinema. From biopics of composers Beethoven and Mozart to the rise (and often fall) of imaginary bands in The Commitments and Almost Famous, music of all types has inspired hundreds of films. The Encyclopedia of Musicians and Bands on Film features the most significant productions from around the world, including straightforward biographies, rockumentaries, and even the occasional mockumentary. The wide-ranging scope of this volume allows for the inclusion of films about fictional singers and bands, with emphasis on a variety of themes: songwriter–band relationships, the rise and fall of a career, music saving the day, the promoter’s point of view, band competitions, the traveling band, and rock-based absurdity. Among the films discussed in this book are Amadeus, The Blues Brothers, The Buddy Holly Story, The Commitments, Dreamgirls, The Glenn Miller Story, A Hard Day’s Night, I’m Not There, Jailhouse Rock, A Mighty Wind, Ray, ’Round Midnight, The Runaways, School of Rock, That Thing You Do!, and Walk the Line. With entries that span the decades and highlight a variety of music genres, The Encyclopedia of Musicians and Bands on Film is a valuable resource for moviegoers and music lovers alike, as well as scholars of both film and music.

Kingdom of Heaven

The Ridley Scott Film and the History Behind The Story
Author: Ridley Scott,Diana Landau,Nancy Friedman
Publisher: Newmarket Press
ISBN: 9781557046628
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 176
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With films like Gladiator, Blade Runner, and Black Hawk Down, director Ridley Scott has shown his mastery of cinematic storytelling that is epic in dimension but with a deeply personal core. In Kingdom of Heaven, he turns to the Crusades—that world-shaping 200-year collision between Europe and the East—to frame the tale of a young Frenchman who defies all odds to become a knight, then lives out what that glorious title really means. "I'd always wanted to make a movie about knights and medieval times, the Crusades especially," says Scott. "Historically, the knight—like the cowboy or the policeman—has given us great opportunities to tell stories about a hero." With the cry "God wills it!" Pope Urban II in 1095 urged Christian Europe into a frenzy to reclaim the holy city of Jerusalem, conquered by Muslim armies that swept through the Middle East in the 7th century. Thousands answered the call, from kings to peasants, and in the ensuing waves of war ancient cities fell to bloody sieges, Christian kingdoms were founded in the Holy Land, and unspeakable atrocities were committed on both sides. Between the Second and Third Crusades, however, two visionary leaders—King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem and the Saracen general Saladin—forged a short-lived peace amid the carnage. Drawn into this immense drama is the young blacksmith Balian (Orlando Bloom). Fleeing his village under a death sentence, and fleeing his own demons as well, Balian joins forces with a great knight, Godfrey of Ibelin (Liam Neeson), who swears him to serve King Baldwin and up-hold the truce—that fragile "kingdom of heaven." On reaching the Holy Land, Balian falls under the spell of the king's sister, Sibylla (Eva Green), and becomes embroiled in a struggle for the kingdom's soul, as the dying king is assailed by extremists bent on war. Ultimately, Balian must choose between his love and his sense of knightly honor. And when Jerusalem faces its greatest peril, he must use all his wits and courage to defend it against staggering odds. Scott and his production team scale new heights in creating worlds on film: building vast sets on locations in Morocco and Spain, peopling them with international stars and thousands of extras, enhancing filmed action with state-of-the-art effects. Scenes of medieval warfare, breathtaking in scale and realism, feature weapons and machines that were carefully researched and built for real. This splendid companion book, illustrated with more than 200 photos, drawings, and Scott's own storyboards, documents this landmark production behind the scenes and before the cameras. But it also delves into the details of storycrafting that give Kingdom of Heaven its solid historical grounding, and includes a lively primer on the Crusades that will expand readers' appreciation of both the film and the history behind it. With more than 200 photographs and illustrations.