Ridley Scott

Author: William B. Parrill
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9780786485932
Release Date: 2011-07-15
Genre: Performing Arts

"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 Culture and Philosophy of Ridley Scott

Author: Adam Barkman
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9780739178737
Release Date: 2013-03-08
Genre: Philosophy

The Culture and Philosophy of Ridley Scott, edited by Adam Barkman, Ashley Barkman, and Nancy Kang, brings together eighteen critical essays that illuminate a nearly comprehensive selection of the director’s feature films from cutting-edge multidisciplinary and comparative perspectives. Each chapter’s approach correlates with philosophical, literary, or cultural studies perspectives. Using both combined and single-film discussions, the contributors examine a wide variety of topics including gender roles and feminist theory, philosophical abstractions like ethics, honor, and personal responsibility, and historical memory and the challenges of accurately rendering historical events on screen. Chapters examine such signature works as Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Thelma and Louise (1991), Gladiator (2000), Hannibal (2001), Black Hawk Down (2001), and American Gangster (2007).

Ridley Scott

Author: Ridley Scott
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 157806726X
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Artisan, entrepreneur, and impresario, British filmmaker Ridley Scott accepts the profit motive as the only way to thrive in an industry where there is little patience for artistic flourishes or overblown expenses. Yet, while he may pay lip service to the free enterprise system, he is an unapologetic auteur, committed to using every element of film-from evocative lighting to digital composition-to overwhelm our senses and redefine how we perceive the future (Alien, Blade Runner), the past (1492: The Conquest of Paradise, Gladiator), and the present (Thelma & Louise, Black Hawk Down). This collection of interviews follows Scott over twenty-five years as he perfects the Ridley Scott look, builds his media empire, and reacts to the twenty-year cult status of Blade Runner. Throughout, he discusses the triumphs and challenges involved in working with A-list actors-particularly such women as Susan Sarandon, Sigourney Weaver, and Demi Moore-and big-budget special effects. Scott emerges as a consummate English gentleman who acknowledges the legacy of the futuristic Blade Runner and Alien but who also is adept at taking the pulse of contemporary American culture. Unlike many of his colleagues in the U.S., Scott did not attend film school. Instead, he developed his visual sensibility at London's Royal College of Art. Years in television production gave Scott the clout and confidence to revitalize feature filmmaking. He hit the jackpot with Alien but ran into financial and logistical difficulties with Blade Runner and Legend. In response he shifted his attention to more contemporary genres, offering a continental perspective on America in Black Rain and Thelma & Louise. By the late 1990s Scott had achieved both critical and commercial success with Oscar-winning films Gladiator and Black Hawk Down. Laurence F. Knapp, Highland Park, Illinois, is an instructor and lecturer on film studies at Northwestern University and is the editor of Brian De Palma: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi). Andrea F. Kulas, Park Ridge, Illinois, is an independent media consultant and a contributor to 1001 Films You Must See Before You Die.

Anne Bancroft

Author: Peter Shelley
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9781476628585
Release Date: 2017-07-14
Genre: Performing Arts

Anne Bancroft (1931-2005) was an American film, television and stage actress, stage producer and film director. Respected for her acting prowess and versatility, she won the "Triple Crown"--an Oscar, a Tony and an Emmy. Her stage portrayal of Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker won the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in 1959. She reprised the role for the 1962 film of the same name, winning the Oscar for Best Actress, but was perhaps best known as Mrs. Robinson in The Graduate (1967). Her extensive television work included numerous roles in movies and series, including Deep in My Heart (1999), for which she won an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress. A filmography/videography and information about DVD availability are included.

Pop Culture in Europe

Author: Juliana Tzvetkova
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9781440844669
Release Date: 2017-10-12
Genre: Social Science

A fascinating survey of popular culture in Europe, from Celtic punk and British TV shows to Spanish fashion and Italian sports. • Makes connections between pop culture in Europe to that of the United States • Provides further readings and a bibliography at the end of the work • Includes sidebars throughout the text with additional anecdotal information • Features appendices with top-ten lists of songs, movies, and books

Ridley Scott

Author: Paul M. Sammon
Publisher:
ISBN: 075281849X
Release Date: 2000-02-17
Genre: Motion picture producers and directors

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.

Horror in Space

Author: Michele Brittany
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9781476630625
Release Date: 2017-10-13
Genre: Performing Arts

In sharp contrast to many 1960s science fiction films, with idealized views of space exploration, Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) terrified audiences, depicting a harrowing and doomed deep-space mission. The Alien films launched a new generation of horror set in the great unknown, inspiring filmmakers to take Earth-bound franchises like Leprechaun and Friday the 13th into space. This collection of new essays examines the space horror subgenre, with a focus on such films as Paul W.S. Anderson’s Event Horizon, Duncan Jones’ Moon, Mario Bava’s Planet of the Vampires and John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars. Contributors discuss how filmmakers explored the concepts of the final girl/survivor, the uncanny valley, the isolationism of space travel, religion and supernatural phenomena.

David Fincher

Author: Laurence F. Knapp
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9781626741928
Release Date: 2014-09-09
Genre: Performing Arts

David Fincher (b. 1962) did not go to film school and hates being defined as an auteur. He prefers to see himself as a craftsman, dutifully going about the art and business of making film. Trouble is, it’s hard to be self-effacing when you are the director responsible for Se7en, Fight Club, and The Social Network. Along with Quentin Tarantino, Fincher is the most accomplished of the Generation X filmmakers to emerge in the early 1990s. This collection of interviews highlights Fincher’s unwavering commitment to his craft as he evolved from an entrepreneurial music video director (Fincher helped Madonna become the undisputed queen of MTV) into an enterprising feature filmmaker. Fincher landed his first Hollywood blockbuster at twenty-seven with Alien3, but that film, handicapped by cost overruns and corporate mismanagement, taught Fincher that he needed absolute control over his work. Once he had it, with Se7en, he achieved instant box-office success and critical acclaim, as well as a close partnership with Brad Pitt that led to the cult favorite Fight Club. Fincher became circumspect in the 2000s after Panic Room, shooting ads and biding his time until Zodiac, when he returned to his mantra that “entertainment has to come hand in hand with a little bit of medicine. Some people go to the movies to be reminded that everything’s okay. I don’t make those kinds of movies. That, to me, is a lie. Everything’s not okay.” Zodiac reinvigorated Fincher, inspiring a string of films—The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo—that enthralled audiences and garnered his films dozens of Oscar nominations.

Keep Watching the Skies

Author: Bill Warren
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9781476625058
Release Date: 2009-11-16
Genre: Performing Arts

Booklist Editors' Choice. Honorable Mention, Rondo Hatton Award. Booklist Starred Review. "Handsomely produced new edition is the premier reference for this subject...all of the essays are newly revised...highly recommended."--Booklist "Impressive work...highly recommended."--Library Journal "One-of-a-kind"--Midwest Book Review Bill Warren's Keep Watching the Skies! was originally published in two volumes, in 1982 and 1986. It was then greatly expanded in what we called the 21st Century Edition, with new entries on several films and revisions and expansions of the commentary on every film. In addition to a detailed plot synopsis, full cast and credit listings, and an overview of the critical reception of each film, Warren delivers richly informative assessments of the films and a wealth of insights and anecdotes about their making. The book contains more than 270 photographs (many rare, some in color), has seven useful appendices, and concludes with an enormous index.

Critical Cinema

Author: Clive Myer
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231504560
Release Date: 2012-04-10
Genre: Performing Arts

Critical Cinema: Beyond the Theory of Practice purges the obstructive line between the making of and the theorising on film, uniting theory and practice in order to move beyond the commercial confines of Hollywood. Opening with an introduction by Bill Nichols, one of the world's leading writers on nonfiction film, this volume features contributions by such prominent authors as Noel Burch, Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen, Brian Winston and Patrick Fuery. Seminal filmmakers such as Peter Greenaway and Mike Figgis also contribute to the debate, making this book a critical text for students, academics, and independent filmmakers as well as for any reader interested in new perspectives on culture and film.

Retrofitting Blade Runner

Author: Judith Kerman
Publisher: Popular Press
ISBN: 0879725109
Release Date: 1991
Genre: Literary Criticism

This book of essays looks at the multitude of texts and influences which converge in Ridley Scott's film Blade Runner, especially the film's relationship to its source novel, Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The film's implications as a thought experiment provide a starting point for important thinking about the moral issues implicit in a hypertechnological society. Yet its importance in the history of science fiction and science fiction film rests equally on it mythically and psychologically resonant creation of compelling characters and an exciting story within a credible science fiction setting. These essays consider political, moral and technological issues raised by the film, as well as literary, filmic, technical and aesthetic questions. Contributors discuss the film's psychological and mythic patterns, important political issues and the roots of the film in Paradise Lost, Frankenstein, detective fiction, and previous science fiction cinema.

European Silent Films on Video

Author: William B. Parrill
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 9781476610214
Release Date: 2006-12-18
Genre: Performing Arts

This book is a critical encyclopedia of silent European films currently available on DVD, laser disc, and VHS. It provides concise and accurate summaries of the films, evaluates the quality of the prints, discusses the changing reputations of both films and filmmakers, and considers how the techniques developed during the silent period continue to influence filmmaking today. The book cites contemporary and recent criticism of the films and includes an extensive bibliography as well as a list of films by director. Numerous photos are also included.

Alien Covenant

Author: Dane Hallett
Publisher: Titan Books
ISBN: 1785659243
Release Date: 2018-09
Genre:

Delve into this exclusive Alien Covenant collection, containing two books, to gain an insight into David's descent into madness. Packed over two hundred illustrations and an interview with Dane Hallett and Matt Hatton, the artists from the set. Before Alien Covenant, David was stranded alone on the Engineers' planet and--left to his own dark devices--he began to push the boundaries of creation. Delve into this exclusive collection, containing two books, to gain an insight into the android's descent into madness. The in-universe sketchbook contains over two hundred illustrations from the set and will take you inside the mind of David. It features the complete arc of his journey from the studies of flora and fauna, to his more sinister experiments on creatures, and the disturbing demise of Dr. Elizabeth Shaw. The companion book, Developing the Art of an Android, holds an interview with Dane Hallett and Matt Hatton--the artists behind all of the beautifully grotesque sketches. Alien Covenant: David's Drawings will satisfy every serious fan's hunger for details of the most intriguing character from the Alien prequels.

True Romance

Author: Quentin Tarantino
Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: 0802136869
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Drama

True Romance, directed by Tony Scott, is a hilarious, twisted road movie about which Interview raved, "A pop-crazy, instant B classic with A clout." Alabama, a hooker, and Clarence, a comic-book store clerk, fall in love and hit the road in a purple Cadillac. They are going to Los Angeles to start a new life -- with a suitcase full of cocaine accidentally stolen from Alabama's defunct ex-pimp. Guided by the spirit of Elvis, Clarence attempts to sell the coke to a top Hollywood director, putting the young lovers in the middle of a standoff between the narcs and the Sicilian gangsters who rightfully own the cocaine. This publication of Tarantino's first screenplay, written when he was still a video-store clerk, contains the original ending and Tarantino's "answers first, questions later" structure, both of which were altered by Scott.