This book analyses the success and adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel War Horse to stage, radio, live events, and feature film, in different cultures, on tours, and in translation. In under a decade, War Horse has gone from obscure children’s novel to arguably one of the world’s most recognisable theatrical brands, thanks to innovative puppet designs from South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company in an acclaimed stage production from the National Theatre of Great Britain. With emphasis on embodied spectatorship, collaborative meaning-making, and imaginative ‘play,’ this book generates fresh insights into the enduring popularity of the franchise’s eponymous protagonist, Joey, offering the most in-depth study of War Horse to date.
*** THE OFFICIAL NOVELIZATION AND TIE-IN TO THE UK'S NO 1 MOVIE *** Go beyond the film in the novelization of the first Assassin's Creed movie, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. We work in the dark to serve the light. We are assassins. Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.
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This exhaustive reference provides a comprehensive accounting, covering more than nine decades, of Western and frontier movies and television shows, and the creative talents who brought them to life. Part I is a full listing of Western and frontier credits for actors and actresses, with year of production and role played, and a listing of television credits in the genre, giving the series title, episode title, original air date, and role played. Birth dates (and death dates when appropriate) are given for each performer. Part II gives directors, producers, screenwriters, and original authors, along with the Western films they were involved in. Part III is an alphabetical listing of films, including silents, serials, and made-for-television features, with date and country of release, alternate titles, and the cast and production credits. The final section is a television listing, providing series title, original air date and cast and credits. This film book is published as a set of two volumes. Replacement volumes can be obtained individually under ISBN 0-7864-0217-2 (for Volume 1) and ISBN 0-7864-0218-0 (for Volume 2).
A gripping historical adventure by a much-loved and award winning author. Soon to be a major motion picture, starring Stranger Things' Noah Schnapp. It is World War II and Jo stumbles on a dangerous secret: Jewish children are being smuggled away from the Nazis, close to his mountain village in Spain. Now, German soldiers have been stationed at the border. Jo must get word to his friends that the children are trapped. The slightest mistake could cost them their lives.
Recent crime films such as Scarface, the Dirty Harry series, and The Godfather have captured the American imagination, but they owe a large debt to the early crime talkies such as The Public Enemy, Paul Muni's Scarface, and Little Caesar. More than 1,000 entries are featured in this volume, complete with the names of directors, screen writers, and major players offering a wealth of data supported by plot evaluations. For the serious student of crime films, this work provides a comprehensive treatment of the genre. It is the only one-volume work that includes all crime sub-genres (detective, mystery, cops and robbers, and courtroom dramas) in addition to gangster films. The period between the end of the silent film (1927) and the general acceptance of the sound film (1929) is often referred to as a transition period. The majority of theaters were not wired for sound, so many films were released in both silent and sound versions. Some added only sound effects or music to the sound track, while others offered only brief segments of sound. The early 1930s marked the end of this transition period and firmly established the sound era. This volume pays homage to these early, often crude melodramas. The authors aim to preserve the memories of these films for their own generation and to introduce these works to a new generation thirsty for entertainment and knowledge.
The American Frontier in Film, Television, & History
Author: Peter C. Rollins
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Category: Social Science
Hollywood's West examines popular perceptions of the frontier as a defining feature of American identity and history. Seventeen essays by prominent film scholars illuminate the allure of life on the edge of civilization and analyze how this region has been represented on big and small screens. Differing characterizations of the frontier in modern popular culture reveal numerous truths about American consciousness and provide insights into many classic Western films and television programs, from RKO's 1931 classic Cimarron to Turner Network Television's recent made-for-TV movies. Covering topics such as the portrayal of race, women, myth, and nostalgia, Hollywood's West makes a significant contribution to the understanding of how Westerns have shaped our nation's opinions and beliefs -- often using the frontier as metaphor for contemporary issues.
Braun traces the cinema's gay and lesbian heritage from the uncensored extremes of the Roaring Twenties, through the repressive regime of Hollywood's Production Code, to the camp extravagence of the sixties and seventies, and beyond into the modern era. Along the way, he offers fascinating and often hilarious profiles of the stars idolised by gay audiences worldwide, from Mae West to Madonna.--Jacket flap.
From the earliest silent films to the Hollywood classics, the 1996 edition of Halliwell's Film Guide is the most comprehensive movie reference book available. More than 20,000 entries provide plot synopsis, commentary on the film, as well as cast, writers, directors, and awards. Also includes list of Academy Award winners for all the years the award has been given.
In the 1830s, The United States underwent a second revolution. The opening of the Baltimore & Ohio line, the first American railroad, set in motion a process which, by the end of the century, would enmesh the vast country in a latticework of railroad lines, small-town stations and magisterial termini, built and controlled the biggest corporations in America. By the middle of the twentieth century, however, as the automobile and the aeroplane came to dominate American journey-making, the historic importance of the railroads began to be erased from America's hearts and minds. In The Great Railway Revolution, Christian Wolmar tells us the extraordinary one-hundred-and-eighty-year story of the rise, fall and ultimate shattering of the greatest of all American endeavours, of technological triumph and human tragedy, of visionary pioneers and venal and rapacious railway barons. He also argues that while America has largely disowned this heritage, now is the time to celebrate, reclaim and reinstate it. The growth of the US railroads was much more than just a revolution in mode, speed and convenience. They united the far-flung components of a vast and disparate country and supercharged the economic development that fuelled its rise to world-power status. America was created by its railroads and the massive expansion of trade, industry and freedom of communication that they engendered came to be an integral part of the American dream itself.