The Man Who Invented Motion Pictures, by Paul Fischer

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Calling all film geeks, Gilded Age historians, photography nerds, true-crime addicts, and patent lawyers: this book has something for all of you.  Plus, it will make you think about Thomas Edison in a whole new light (spoiler alert: he wasn't such a nice guy).


The Man Who Invented Motion Pictures: A True Tale of Obsession, Murder, and the Movies By Paul Fischer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982114824
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 19th, 2022

Future Noir, by Paul M. Sammon

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If you would like to understand the process of how a film gets made, from humble beginning to bitter end, look no further—Future Noir is comprehensive in its scope and attention to detail, leaving no stone unturned. In exploring the history of Blade Runner, Sammon interviews every conceivable person involved with the film and chronicles each step of the creative process with care. It makes for a fascinating read because the production has everything: conflict between the director and crew, ornery actors, elaborate visual effects, a diverse roster of artists with their own dueling motivations, a lengthy battle with the studio, and a tumultuous release. Sammon excels at tangling with the film's enormous legacy, analyzing the synthesis of ideas and techniques which makes it such a classic of science-fiction.
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ISBN: 9780062699466
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 12th, 2017

Shooting Midnight Cowboy, Glenn Frankel

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Glenn Frankel, building on his success writing fascinating books about great American movies, does it again in this penetrating look at Midnight Cowboy, the 1969 film directed by John Schlesinger and starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. The first and only X-rated movie to win the Oscar for best picture, the film was raw and taboo-breaking and told the story of a Texas hustler trying to survive on the streets of New York. It pushed boundaries, addressing homosexuality, prostitution, and sexual assault, and Frankel not only goes behind-the-scenes into how the movie got made, but places it in the context of its times—the social upheaval of the 1960s, New York City’s grittiness, and Hollywood in transition.

Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation, and the Making of a Dark Classic By Glenn Frankel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374209018
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 16th, 2021