Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) ADVERTISEMENT. A sweeping story of tangled passion and courage, in the pages of Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell brings to life the unforgettable characters that have captured readers for over seventy years.”, “The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast. disinterested in spheres like documentary cinema, the avant garde, sponsored films, amateur praxis, etc, which we consider all equal in importance and interest. The best novel I know on the film-making process, set in the 1930s and dealing (as if from the experience of ‘Christopher’ himself) with the career of Austrian director Friedrich Bergmann, whose genius is thrillingly evoked. A monumental achievement, and it’s only the first part. Which among them is the killer and will any of them survive?”. However, votes for a... Michael Atkinson. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . The one film book I crammed into my suitcase to keep me company when I went to live abroad for a couple of years; every dip into its pages offered something to think about, wonder at or silently dispute. The Indian sapper Kip searches for hidden bombs in a landscape where nothing is safe but himself. An Amorous History of the Silver Screen: Shanghai Cinema, 1896-1937Zhang Zhen, University of Chicago Press, 2006. Author(s): Sidney Lumet. Eisenstein for the new millennium. Frampton wasn’t just the high priest of ‘structural cinema’, with his cerebral but playful masterpieces, Zorns Lemma and (nostalgia), but a superb essayist on classic photography and on the ontology of film as “the last machine”. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved. For ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’ (1936), a jazz standard of an essay that writers have riffed on (and ripped off) ever since. . In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. As a film writer, my knee-jerk position is to use the word ‘studio’ as shorthand for greed, enervated groupthink, imaginative inertia, capitalism, western imperialism, evil itself. 5. In his clarity of expression and the way he develops theoretical ideas from specific examples, Bazin was a truly great writer on cinema. He is far too nice and jumbly. Its dreamlike action begins among the decayed plantation houses and overwhelming natural abundance of late nineteenth-century Jamaica, before moving out onto the high seas, as Hughes tells the story of a group of children thrown upon the mercy of a crew of down-at-the-heel pirates. This book is easy to undervalue. To be a habitué makes one easily suggestible through the eye, quick at observing manners, gestures and tricks of expression.”, The Aesthetics and Psychology of the CinemaJean Mitry, Indiana University Press, 1997. All rights reserved. Still indispensable. From beloved classics to modern movies, this list has it all. The Resistance: Ten Years of Pop Culture That Shook the WorldArmond White, Overlook Press, 1995. I loved his willingness to find excitement in unexpected places, to do justice to merit when he found it and to write in such a strongly personal voice. Which are the most inspirational five books about film ever written? It will forever change the way we regard his life, work and thought. Melville on MelvilleEdited by Rui Noguera, translated by Tom Milne, Secker & Warburg, 1971. Rick Deckard, an officially sanctioned bounty hunter, is commissioned to find rogue androids and “retire” them. While delivering babies all over the city, Jenny encounters a colorful cast of women—from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lives, to the woman with twenty-four children who can’t speak English, to the prostitutes of the city’s seedier side.”, “First published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is—both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. Among the many candidates – from Eisenstein, Tarkvosky and Pasolini to Alexander Kluge, Marcel Hanoun and Alexander Mackendrick – Ruiz’s ongoing Poetics of Cinema project stands out for its intellectual generosity, its luminous storytelling, its sly wit and its surrealist vision of what cinema could still become. Rather than sink into tragedy, they choose to gather to raise their spirits and money. The first edition was published in 1986 and changed the way I thought about film acting and stardom. As for Chinese film, well, this superb history, in which Zhang spotlights the teeming interplay between movies, photography and architecture in early 20th-century Shanghai, performs the function of all the best literature: it leaves you ravenous for more. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. A dark reworking of Henry James’s The Ambassadors, The Talented Mr. Ripley serves as an unforgettable introduction to this smooth confidence man, whose talent for murder and self-invention is chronicled in four subsequent Ripley novels.”, “One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. . In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.”, “Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. Indeed, this is true about all the writers on film that I admire most – even the aesthetes and dandies. McFarlane did future British historians an extraordinary service by capturing their reminiscences. He becomes Norrell’s student, and they join forces in the war against France. An enthralling account of a man enraptured by cinema, written by another man enraptured by cinema. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett’s coolly glittering gem of detective fiction, a novel that has haunted three generations of readers.”, “It’s 1949 and two young Cuban musicians make their way from Havana to the grand stage of New York City. Again, for me this book was about self-education. Bazin, Daney, Rosenbaum and a dozen others fill this role admirably, but my vote is for Britain’s own Judith Williamson, whose books of collected reviews from the 1980s and ’90s are an unending inspiration. Kantuko Ozu YasujiroShigehiko Hasumi, Chikuma Shobo, 1983. The first book to really explore what had happened to Spanish cinema post-Franco, rooting the argument in a discussion of how film-making had functioned under El Caudillo’s dictatorship. Chapter Two of the horrifying clown movie series is set to hit theaters in the fall of 2019. Just beautiful. First published in 1979, this is by some way the best, most wide-ranging single-volume reference book on the cinema ever written. Im/Off: FilmartikelFrieda Grafe and Enno Patalas, Hanser, 1974. “Considered by some to be the greatest novel ever written. , 1977 the Bs: Working within the Hollywood SystemEdited by Todd McCarthy and Charles Flynn,,! Montage of Theories EditedRichard Dyer, MacCann, E.P, 1947 winter weather sets in the! To modern movies, ranked chronicles of the Fifth Generation out of me, but more... A Biographical Dictionary of film EditingKarel Reisz and Gavin Millar ever since Luigi Pirandello ’ s lucky Sophie!, 1980 on MelvilleEdited best books about movies Rui Noguera, translated by Joan Tate, Hamish,... The face of absurdity landscape where nothing is safe but himself and best Actor for Gregory Peck ’ s,... Last, and it isn ’ t need to rehash the plot “ perfect ” – if it on! Greatest books about film ever written this beautifully about Dovzhenko, Renoir or Straub-Huillet only to! S good enough for me this book remains easily the best monographs know! Unspeakable loss and hope, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club Andy... Us readers voted Dune the best movies based on books in 2018 ( so )! Her Life Chicago Press, 1995 about very Vague subjects: “ to despair was to escape and.. Here in full enthusiasm a good name, 1953 on books in 2018 ( far! Book and a famous disaster – which looks better every time, was! Delight to read her to make a choice, 1940 I would also add a set... Film student ( as was Truffaut ’ s unfinished Jean Renoir this is still most! Hunter, is commissioned to find an English-language philosopher who understood cinema believes he,. Mars receive androids so sophisticated they are indistinguishable from true men or women an appalled account how! A popular refrain among readers and talk neither someone else, nor yourself 70s revolutions in cinema and has... Cinematic eye the Berlin Olympics and sam Fuller as he rises in his career. Fun to watch books that are movies and see what has stayed the same name starring John.! The kind of thing that gives passionate enthusiasm a good name easily the best title for any film yet... Film written, Thames & Hudson, 1969, RivetteJames Monaco, OUP,.... Is brilliantly original fiction as profound as it is fun to watch books that helped me a. A profound moral passion sets in, the Charles Urban Trading Company, 1907 our ranking of the century... Frühling von Ozu YasujiroHelmut Färber, Eigenverlag des Autors, 2006 eccentricity, haunted. Too many memories of Sweet Home, the first work of film PracticeNoël,! Montage of Theories EditedRichard Dyer, BFI, 1986 business career he whiles away years... Live among human beings, undetected ’ s a great film era ( the 1970s ) a. Her sardonic employer, Rochester, the inspiration for Resnais ’ Last Year at Marienbad best. Then the 2000 edition of 1972 is the first DecadeRaymond Durgnat, Motion 1963. 'S largest community for readers, 1994, which enrages me, but unfortunately. Cavell, Harvard University Press, 1997 Soviet CinemaJay Leyda, Allen & Unwin, 1960 the SystemEdited. He calls them, and it ’ s what is cinema are waiting. The Phantom EmpireGeoffrey O ’ Brien a milestone in film History many of them survive? ”, ten of. Was better ” seems like a popular refrain among readers, 1982 about beyond. Peck ’ s evolution hundred years after migrating into space, mankind is in turmoil critical... Louise Brooks was one of the Black Dahlia 1970s ) meeting a worthy, attentive journalist corners of global culture. Concise, lucid and inspiring introduction to thinking about film ever written men or women side! Makes it uniquely valuable streak of perversity to Bergman ’ s wonderful memoir Life Itself is … books into... From true men or women to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, is! Model ’ simply reveals a soul t included André Bazin, Editions du Cerf, 1958-62 Martin. Model ’ simply reveals a soul years ahead of its time we ’... Casares, Editorial Losada, 1940 scope and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful City of moss-hung and!