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Future Imperfect

Philip K. Dick at the Movies

By Jason P. Vest, University of Guam

Foreword by Philip Lopate, Hofstra University

 

"Among the films adapted from novels and stories by Philip K. Dick are Blade Runner, Confessions d'un Barjo, Minority Report, and most recently Richard Linklatter's A Scanner Darkly. Vest discusses these interpretations of Dick's sci-fi ruminations on the paths of human nature in an increasingly technological world; more often than not, he points out, those paths lead to paranoia and other dark states of mind. Eight substantial criticisms illustrate how and how well each film expands, extrapolates and departs from Dick's singular vision."—Reference and Research Book News

 

UNIVERSITY  OF NEBRASKA PRESS

May 2009 248pp 11.99 PB: 9780803218604

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Atom Egoyan

By Emma Wilson, University of Cambridge

 

“Wilson brings a fresh perspective to Egoyan's work, particularly insofar as gender and sexuality are concerned. Her analysis is elegant, and her writing is beautiful. Required reading for anyone interested in Atom Egoyan.” Judith Mayne, author of Claire Denis

 

The films of Canadian-Armenian director Atom Egoyan immerse the viewer in a world of lush sensuality, melancholia, and brooding obsession. From his earliest films Next of Kin and Family Viewing, to his coruscating Exotica and recent projects such as Where the Truth Lies, Egoyan has paid infinite attention to narrative intricacy and psychological complexity. Traumatic loss and its management through ritual return as themes in his films, in particular in relation to his own Armenian heritage. In this study, Emma Wilson closely analyzes the range of Egoyan's films and their visual textures, emotional control, and perverse beauty. Egoyan's own comments on his films thread throughout Wilson's analyses, and the book features a recent interview with the director.

 

UNIVERSITY  OF ILLINOIS PRESS

May 2009 200pp 13.99 PB: 9780252076206

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Albert Maysles

By Joe McElhaney, City University of New York

 

"In many ways, McElhaney's stance towards his subject echoes Maysles's towards his subject: sympathetic, inspired by love, unrelenting in its interrogation and analysis. This smart and articulate book is a pleasure to read." Charles Musser, Yale University

 

Albert Maysles has created some of the most influential documentaries of the post-war period. Such films as Salesman, Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens continue to generate intense debate about the ethics and aesthetics of the documentary form. In this in-depth study, Joe McElhaney offers a novel understanding of the historical relevance of Maysles. By closely focusing on Maysles's expressive use of his camera, particularly in relation to the filming of the human figure, this book situates Maysles's films within not only documentary film history but film history in general, arguing for their broad-ranging importance to both narrative film and documentary cinema. Complete with an engaging interview with Maysles and a detailed comparison of the variant releases of his documentary on the Beatles (What's Happening: The Beatles in the U.S.A. and The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit), this work is a pivotal study of a significant filmmaker.

 

UNIVERSITY  OF ILLINOIS PRESS

Jul 2009 200pp 13.99 PB: 9780252076213

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