Over the next 13 months, I'm going to be forced to spend much more time behind a book than in front of the TV (full time job and three comprehensive exams to prepare for). Anyone care to join me?
The idea is pretty simple (as is the challenge). The AFI and S&S challenges have motivated many of us to see some wonderful films that we might not have seen otherwise, and I think the level of discussion around here has benefited greatly from it. I believe reading about film would serve the same purpose.
So here's the challenge: Read 10 in 2001.
All that's required of you is a brief summary/response/review when you're finished. I'm going to begin the reading list with the eight books on my "to read" shelf. I've read bits and pieces of each, but haven't finished or taken notes on any. Post your suggestions here (or send me an e-mail) and I'll add them to the list. Your suggestions should include both the film books that you've read and admire and those you have been meaning to read. You don't get credit for having already read a book on the suggested list. We all start with 10 in this challenge.
So, any takers? If it helps, I'll gladly turn this into a personal challenge, making fun of your mother and "taunting you a second time" if need be.
- [*]INTRODUCTIONS[*]Roger Ebert's Book of Film ed. by Roger Ebert[*]An Introduction to Film Studies ed. by Jill Nelmes[*]Understanding Movies by Louis D. Giannetti[*]Film Art: An Introduction by David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson* (a great starting point)[*]Film History: An Introduction by Kristin Thompson, David Bordwell [*]Theory of Film by Siegfried Kracauer[*]Writers At The Movies[*]Understanding Movies by Louis Gianetti[*]The Art Of the Moving Picture by Vachel Lindsay[*]Screening History by Gore Vidal[*]Transcendental Style in Film: Ozu, Bresson, Dreyer by Paul Schrader[/list]
- [*]DIRECTOR STUDIES[*]Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski by Annette Insdorf[*]Tarkovsky: Cinema as Poetry by Maya Turovskaya[*]The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky: A Visual Fugue by Vida T. Johnson and Graham Petrie[*]Truffaut: A Biography by Antoine do Baecque and Serge Toubiana[*]Orson Welles: The Road to Xanada by Simon Callow[*]Chaplin and America Culture by Charles Maland[*]Kubrick: Inside A Film Artist's Maze by Thomas Allen Nelson[*]Stanley Kubrick, Director: A Visual Analysis by Alexander Walker[*]Stanley Kubrick Companion by James Howard[*]Stanley Kubrick: A Narrative And Stylistic Analysis by Mario Falsetto[*]The Complete Kubrick by David Hughes[*]Narrative And Stylistic Patterns In The Films Of Stanley Kubrick by Luis Garcia Mainar[*]The Making Of 2001: A Space Odyssey[*]The Films of Akira Kurosawa by Donald Ritchie[*]Patterns of Time: Mizoguchi and the 1930s by Donald Kirihara[*]Ozu by Donald Ritchie[*]Robert Bresson by James Quandt[*]The Films of John Cassavetes: The Adventure of Insecurity by John Cassavetes and Ray Carney[*]Ingmar Bergman: A Critical Biography by by Peter Cowie[*]Films of Luis Bunuel: Subjectivity and Desire by Peter William Evans[*]Desire Unlimited: The Cinema of Pedro Almodovar by Paul Julian Smith[*]The Films of Paul Morrissey by Maruice Yacowar[*]Agnes Varda by Alison Smith[*]My Only Great Passion: The Life and Films of Carl Th. Dreyer by Jean Drum and Dale Drum[*]Hitchcock's Notebooks by Dan Aulier[/list]
- [*]BOOKS BY DIRECTORS (including memoirs and collected interviews)[*]Sculpting in Time: Reflections on Cinema by Andrei Tarkovsky[*]Kieslowski on Kieslowski ed. by Danusia Stok[*]Hitchcock by Francois Truffaut* (a great starting point)[*]Conversations with Wilder by Cameron Crowe[*]Getting Away With It: Or: The Further Adventures of the Luckiest Bastard You Ever Saw by Steven Soderbergh[*]Godard on Godard : Critical Writings by Jean-Luc Godard[*]Turnaroud: A Memoir by Milos Forman[*]The Name Above the Title by Frank Capra[*]On Directing Film by David Mamet[*]Notes on the Cinematographer by Robert Bresson[*]Something Like an Autobiography by Akira Kurosawa[*]The Magic Lantern by Ingmar Bergman[*]Images: My Life in Film by Ingmar Bergman[*]My Last Sigh by Luis Bunuel[*]Schrader on Schrader by Paul Schrader and Kevin Jackson[*]Scorsese on Scorsese by David Thompson[*]Shock Value: A Tasteful Book about Bad Taste by John Waters[*]Novels, 1955-1962: Lolita, Pnin, Pale Fire, Lolita: A Screenplay by Vladimir Nabokov[*]The Art of Cinema by Jean Cocteau[*]Beauty and the Beast: Diary of a Film by Jean Cocteau[*]I, Fellini by Federico Fellini[*]Childhood Days: A Memoir by Satyajit Ray[*]Dreyer in Double Reflection : Translation of Carl Th. Dreyer's Writings About the Film ed. by Donald Skoller[*]Double Vision: My Life in Film by Andrzej Wajda[*]This is Orson Welles by Peter Bogdanovich[*]Who the Devil Made It by Peter Bogdanovich[*]Pieces of Time by Peter Bogdanovich[/list]
- [*]FILM INDUSTRY[*]Movie Wars: How Hollywood and the Media Conspire to Limit What Films We Can See Right Now by Jonathon Rosenbaum[*]Making Movies by Sidney Lumet[*]Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner by Paul M. Sammon[*]Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality by Neal Gabler[*]Memo From David O. Selznick ed. by Rudy Behlmer[*]Hollywood (a novel) by Charles Bukowski[*]Movies and Money by David Puttman[*]Digital Filmmaking Handbook by Long & Schenk[*]Confessions of a Cineplex Heckler by Joe Queenan[*]Eros In Hell by Jack Hunter[*]Sundancing by John Anderson[*]Rebel Withouth A Crew by Robert Rodriguez[*]Round Up the Usual Suspects: The Making of Casablanca[*]Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman[*]Monster: Living Off the Big Screen by John Gregory Dunne[*]Killer Instinct by Jane Hamsher[*]Story by Robert McKee[*]The Art Of Dramatic Writing by Lajos Egri[/list]
- [*]GENRE STUDY[*]Spike, Mike, Slackers, and Dykes by John Pierson[*]Cinema of Outsiders by Emanual Levy[*]Asian Pop Cinema by Lee Server[*]Easy Riders, Raging Bulls by Peter Biskind[*]Mondo Macabro by Pete Tombs[*]The Samurai Film by Alain Silver[*]Shooting To Kill by Christine Vachon[*]Myth and the Movies by Stuart Voytilla[*]Reframing Japanese Cinema: Authorship, Genre, History ed. by Arthur Nolletti and David Desser[*]The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir by Foster Hirsch [*]Somewhere in the Night: Film Noir and the American City [*]DEFA : East German Cinema, 1946-1992 by Sean Allan and John Sandford [/list]Participants[list=1][*]Darren H -
[Edited last by Darren H on July 20, 2001 at 07:55 AM]