Sound of Music, a kidnapped film director, QI and more! Recent books on Film and Television

Did you know the Sound of Music was released in 1965? Well, we have two books to commemorate that it has been showing for over 50 years!

Speaking of classic films, we have the book Audrey and Bill that tells of the love story between Audrey Hepburn and William Holden, who filmed the movie Sabrina together.

On to more modern topics, we have A Kim Jong-Il production : the extraordinary true story of a kidnapped filmmaker, his star actress, and a young dictator’s rise to power . What an informative title! And yet we can’t help wanting to read on.

Keep reading to find out what else we have, including books on actor Chloë Sevigny, Patton Oswalt’s film addiction, film director Werner Herzog and QI quotations.

Syndetics book coverAudrey and Bill : a romantic biography of Audrey Hepburn and William Holden / Edward Z. Epstein.
“Here for the first time is the complete, captivating story of an on-set romance that turned into a lifelong love story between silver screen legends Audrey Hepburn and William Holden. Both won Oscars in 1954 and together they filmed Sabrina, a now-iconic film that continues to inspire the worlds of film and fashion. Audrey & Bill tells the stories of both stars, from before they met to their electrifying first encounter when they began making Sabrina. Through in-depth research and interviews with former friends, co-stars, and studio workers, Edward Z. Epstein sheds new light on the stars and the fascinating times in which they lived.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverA Kim Jong-Il production : the extraordinary true story of a kidnapped filmmaker, his star actress, and a young dictator’s rise to power / Paul Fischer.
“Before becoming the world’s most notorious dictator, Kim Jong-Il ran North Korea’s Ministry for Propaganda and its film studios. Conceiving every movie made, he acted as producer and screenwriter. Despite this control, he was underwhelmed by the available talent and took drastic steps, ordering the kidnapping of Choi Eun-Hee (Madam Choi)–South Korea’s most famous actress–and her ex-husband Shin Sang-Ok, the country’s most famous filmmaker. Madam Choi vanished first. When Shin went to Hong Kong to investigate, he was attacked and woke up wrapped in plastic sheeting aboard a ship bound for North Korea. Madam Choi lived in isolated luxury, allowed only to attend the Dear Leader’s dinner parties. Shin, meanwhile, tried to escape, was sent to prison camp, and “re-educated.” After four years he cracked, pledging loyalty. Reunited with Choi at the first party he attends, it is announced that the couple will remarry and act as the Dear Leader’s film advisors. Together they made seven films, in the process gaining Kim Jong-Il’s trust. While pretending to research a film in Vienna, they flee to the U.S. embassy and are swept to safety. A nonfiction thriller packed with tension, passion, and politics, author Paul Fischer’s A Kim Jong-Il Production offers a rare glimpse into a secretive world, illuminating a fascinating chapter of North Korea’s history that helps explain how it became the hermetically sealed, intensely stage-managed country it remains today.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe sound of music story : how a beguiling young novice, a handsome Austrian captain, and ten singing Von Trapp children inspired the most beloved film of all time / Tom Santopietro.
“On March 2, 1965, “The Sound of Music” was released in the United States and the love affair between moviegoers and the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical was on. Santopietro looks back at the real life story of Maria von Trapp, goes on to chronicle the sensational success of the Broadway musical, and recounts the story of the near cancellation of the film when the “Cleopatra” bankrupted 20th Century Fox. Tom Santopietro’s The Story of The Sound of Music is book for everyone who cherishes this American classic.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Sound of music companion / Laurence Maslon ; foreword by Julie Andrews.
“The definitive book on the world’s most beloved musical, The Sound of Music Companion charts the incredible and enduring story of Maria von Trapp and her story over the last hundred years – from Maria’s birth in Vienna in 1905 to the 50th anniversary of the film’s release in 2015. The book details every step in the evolution of this masterwork from real-life to page to stage to film to international phenomenon. It profiles every creative artist who has helped to shape the musical version of the von Trapp Family story …and includes landmark international stage productions, the movie in pop culture and the 2012 TV movie. Included are more than 170 pictures plus complete lyrics to a dozen songs, a map of Salzburg and the film’s locations and unseen storyboards from the film.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSilver screen fiend : learning about life from an addiction to film / Patton Oswalt.
“Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakeable addiction. It wasn’t drugs, alcohol, or sex. It was film. After moving to L.A., Oswalt became a huge film buff, absorbing classics and new releases at least three nights a week at the New Beverly Cinema. Silver screen celluloid became Patton’s life schoolbook, informing his notions of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships. Set in the nascent days of the alternative comedy scene, Oswalt’s memoir chronicles his journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective supporting him all along the way. Already a beloved fixture on the comedy stage, on television, and in film-not to mention his 1.87 million Twitter followers-Oswalt announces, with his second book, that he’s also here to stay on the page.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWerner Herzog : a guide for the perplexed / conversations with Paul Cronin.
“Most of what we’ve heard about Werner Herzog is untrue. Yet Herzog’s body of work is one of the most important in postwar European cinema. His international breakthrough came in 1973 with Aguirre, the Wrath of God, in which Klaus Kinski played a crazed Conquistador. For The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser , Herzog cast in the lead a man who had spent most of his life institutionalized, and two years later he hypnotized his entire cast to make Heart of Glass. More recently, Herzog has made extraordinary “documentary” films, such as Little Dieter Needs to Fly . His place in cinema history is assured, and Paul Cronin’s volume of dialogues provides a forum for Herzog’s fascinating views on the things, ideas, and people that have preoccupied him for so many years.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAdvanced banter : the QI book of quotations / [compiled by] John Lloyd and John Mitchinson.
“Have you ever wondered why most books of quotations are stuffed full of rather pedestrian quotes by people you’ve never heard of? It’s a shame because a really good quotation book, one which gathered the truest and funniest insights of the best minds, and organised them into 250 subjects, from artichokes to woodpeckers, a book which offered you a useful take on almost every situation life throws at you (from the death of your child’s hamster to the unified theory of everything), a practical handbook of interestingness, well, that would be worth having. And, guess what? Those thoughtful gentlemen at QI have come up with one. Five years of learning how to avoid the dull stuff have left the QI team in a uniquely good position to deliver this elusive holy grail: the big, useful, funny and really very good book of quotations.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe authentic actor : the art and business of being yourself / Michael Laskin ; edited by Jana Branch.
“Every year, thousands of actors struggle to navigate today’s film and TV business while also wanting to grow as performers, as artists. These actors tend to be risk-takers, mold-breakers, and are interested in defining who they are. They are looking for advice and guidance about art and about commerce. The Authentic Actor is for them. The actor’s path today begins with two questions: Who are you? What do you know? Beginning with personal authenticity, The Authentic Actor reveals a holistic approach that fuses discovery of the “actor’s fingerprint” with skills for managing performance, career, and life — as artist, businessperson, and citizen.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverChloe Sevigny / editor, Martynka Wawrzyniak.
“A celebration of the eclectic and daring personal style of the actress and contemporary fashion icon Chloë Sevigny–famous for looking cool without looking like she’s trying. Chloë Sevigny has been a muse in the downtown creative scene for over three decades. Her quirky and avant-garde fashion sense was quickly noticed by indie magazines and the world’s top photographers. This volume is a deeply personal illustrated chronicle of the evolution of Sevigny’s unique style throughout her career: from a teenage skater girl to award-winning film actress and fashion designer. This volume will appeal to the legions of global Chloë fans and fashion industry followers, as well as a mainstream audience who will find this book an inspirational style bible.” (Syndetics summary)

New books on Film and Television for March

Fans of Batman will enjoy Batmobile : the complete history. We have three new books on popular tv shows: Wait for it, an unofficial guide to How I Met Your Mother, Sons of Anarchy: the official collectors edition and Downton Abbey: the complete scripts: season three. For some of the cutest stars in Hollywood, take a look at Animal Stars, plus many more books on Film and Television!

Syndetics book coverAyoade on Ayoade : a cinematic odyssey / Richard Ayoade.
“In this book Richard Ayoade – actor, writer, director, and amateur dentist – reflects on his cinematic legacy as only he can: in conversation with himself. Over ten brilliantly insightful and often erotic interviews, Ayoade examines himself fully and without mercy, leading a breathless investigation into this once-in-a-generation visionary. Only Ayoade can appreciate Ayoade’s unique methodology. Only Ayoade can recognise Ayoade’s talent. Only Ayoade can withstand Ayoade’s peculiar scent. Only Ayoade can truly get inside Ayoade. They have called their book Ayoade on Ayoade: A Cinematic Odyssey. Take the journey, and your life will never be the same again. Ayoade on Ayoade captures the director in his own words: pompous, vain, angry and very, very funny.” (Syndetics summary)

Cover imageBatmobile : the complete history : engineering, aesthetics & function through the decades / written by Mark Cotta Vaz ; Batman created by Bob Kane ; foreword: Q & A with Paul Levitz & Nathan Crowley.
“Here for the first time is the complete history of the sleek, sophisticated, incomparable Batmobile. From its humble beginnings in the pages of Detective Comics, to its reimaginings every decade in the pages of DC Comics, to its unforgettable appearances on the big screen, this book explores each incarnation of the Batmobile in incredible detail and scope.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAnimal stars : behind the scenes with your favorite animal actors / Robin Ganzert, PhD, Allen & Linda Anderson ; foreword by Marty Becker, DVM.
“When cameras roll and directors call, “Action,” some of the most dependable, funniest, and most enthusiastic actors stand poised on four legs, with ears alert. From Joey in War Horse to the wolves in Game of Thrones, what we see on screen is the result of meticulous preparation and professional teamwork. These eye-popping, heartwarming stories reveal the trainers, actors, directors, and animals in behind-the-scenes glory.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Academy Awards : the complete unofficial history / Gail Kinn and Jim Piazza.
“Written by film experts who are sought out every year for their insider knowledge of movies and Hollywood, this book is both a comprehensive reference and a detailed history of the Academy Awards, complete with each year’s facts, highlights, and controversies–all told with authority and attitude. Packed with more than 500 photographs from the Oscar ceremonies and red carpet as well as the movies themselves, it outdoes any other book on the market in both information and illustrations.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWait for it : the legendary story of How I met your mother : an unofficial guide / Jesse McLean.
“As the record-breaking run of the CBS hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother draws to an end, new fans of the epic romantic comedy are still appearing in droves, thanks to the joy of binge-watching on demand. What better way for old fans and new to reminisce about all the friendships and fun than by looking at the series as a whole in Jesse McLean’s Wait For It . With an entertaining examination of each of the nine seasons of the show, McLean not only looks at the characters and stories, but the making-of stories, the running gags, the lead actors, and the lasting impact of How I Met Your Mother on pop culture thanks to a cult fandom that’s grown to a national obsession.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSons of Anarchy : the official collectors edition / by Tara Bennett.
“Go inside the clubhouse and behind the scenes of the #1 smash hit FX television show Sons of Anarchy with this official book, the only one officially sanctioned by the show’s creator and FX, which offers the definitive insider’s guide to all seven seasons, including the series’ memorable final episode. Sons of Anarchy: The Official Collector’s Edition is an awesome tribute to the Teller-Morrow family. Inside you’ll find an introduction by and interviews with Kurt Sutter, series creator on how the show came to be, revealing interviews with the cast, the actors’ most memorable scenes and moments, in their own words and much more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDownton Abbey : the complete scripts : season three / Julian Fellowes.
“The full scripts of series three, including previously unseen dialogue and drama. They give readers the opportunity to read the work in more detail and study the characters, pace and themes in depth. With an introduction and commentary from Julian Fellowes, this is an insight into how he researched and crafted the world of Downton Abbey.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe sci-fi movie guide : the universe of film from Alien to Zardoz / Chris Barsanti.
“Once upon a time, science fiction was only in the future. It was the stuff of drive-ins and cheap double-bills. Then, with the ever-increasing rush of new, society-altering technologies, science fiction pushed its way to the present, and it busted out of the genre ghetto of science fiction and barged its way into the mainstream. Whether nostalgic for the future or fast-forwarding to the present, The Sci-Fi Movie Guide: The Universe of Film from Alien to Zardoz covers the broad and widening range of science-fiction movies. From the trashy to the epic, from the classics to today’s blockbusters, this cinefile’s guidebook reviews nearly 1,000 of the biggest, baddest, and brightest from every age and genre of cinematic and TV science fiction.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDressing for the dark : from the silver screen to the red carpet / by Kate Young.
“In her first-ever book, celebrity stylist Kate Young draws inspiration from iconic fashion moments in film to choose the most influential eveningwear styles of all time, and offers her expert insight as to why these looks are so definitive and are worth revisiting today for that special night out. Spanning classic moments such as Elizabeth Taylor’s timeless white silk chiffon dress in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Julia Roberts in that iconic red gown in Pretty Woman, this book, complete with a directory of go-tos, is an accessory no woman will want to dress for the dark without.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverFifty Hollywood directors / edited by Yvonne Tasker and Suzanne Leonard.
“Fifty Hollywood Directors introduces the most important, iconic and influential filmmakers who worked in Hollywood between the end of the silent period and the birth of the blockbuster. By exploring the historical, cultural and technological contexts in which each director was working, this book traces the formative period in commercial cinema when directors went from pioneers to industry heavyweights. Each entry discusses a director’s practices and body of work and features a brief biography and suggestions for further reading.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHollywood love stories : true love stories from the golden days of the silver screen / Gill Paul.
“From the earliest days of Hollywood, the pressures of fame led to a febrile atmosphere among its stars. The magic of the movies made audiences pulses quicken, but what was really happening in the lives of the actors up on the silver screen? Hollywood Love Stories looks at 14 real-life love affairs across the golden age of the movies, from the 1920s to the 1970s. From the swashbuckling romance between Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, and the poignant lifelong affair between Spencer Tracey and Katherine Hepburn, to the scandalous liaison between Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini, each account offers insights and surprises, accompanied by wonderful images and ephemera that bring every love affair vividly alive.” (Syndetics summary)

Win tickets to National Theatre Live’s War Horse

War Horse

In anticipation for National Theatre’s War Horse we have TWO seats to Wellington’s preview screening on Monday 17th March, 6:00pm at Penthouse Cinema. This includes a meal break at the intermission.

For your chance to win just share this post on Facebook or retweet it on Twitter! The winner will be announced on the morning of Friday March 14th.

War Horse is in New Zealand cinemas from Wednesday March 26th.

Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international smash hit. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. At its heart are astonishing lifesized puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

Click here for more information on the National Theatre film or here to view Wellington City Libraries holdings of Michael Morpurgo’s book.

Clark Spaggeerg’s Truth Hunt – A Webseries

A local webseries was recently shot by brothers Callum and Oli Devlin. First episode ‘The Call Of The Hunt’ caught our attention with the Kilbirnie Library playing a dystopian supervillain. We wanted to know more so got in touch with the creators for the lowdown.

Here’s the first episode, a link to their youtube channel, and the Q&A is below:


How did you get into making films?

Callum: We started making films on our parents home video camera when we were kids. Mostly they were morality tales or Monty Python rip-offs or fight scenes and what not. Just making them to amuse ourselves and get out of the house. It’s just a great way to tell stories.

Oli: Also, the Lord of the Rings, and the Matrix were pretty big childhood influences. We were exactly the right age for the Star Wars prequels too, so we’d be making little movies and animations with our action figures in the garden.

Can you give us a short bio about yourselves?

Callum: I’m studying Fine Arts at Massey in Wellington, and am a member of the theatre group PlayShop who performs at Paramount Cinemas every Friday night.

Oli: I’m at the NZSM doing Sonic Arts, which is pretty much musical composition – with computers.

We have watched the first episode and loved it. In your words could you please explain to us why you decided to make it?

Callum: We had this character of Clark kicking around from a film we’d made for our brothers 21st a few years ago. The original was an exposé about our brother that was really more about us. It was hands down the best thing we’d ever made, and we just couldn’t leave such dynamite comedy potential just sitting around like an idle duck. So we brought him back.

Oli: We wanted to do something huge, a vast web of conspiracy and intrigue, but seen through the eyes of hyper imaginative man-child. Like what happens when you take that crazy paranoid world Clark lives in, and make it real.

Once it was out there, did you get any unexpected reactions?

Callum: No kooky stories, just a lot of genuine surprise from people, even the cast. This series raises more questions than it answers, and Clark is just such a unique character that I think can be initially pretty baffling.

Oli: I expected people to be a bit baffled, yeah, but it seems there are some people who like it a lot, which is so great. It’s rather strong flavored.

Can you tell us a bit more about why you chose to film in a library; what’s your relationship with libraries?

Callum: Part of our show is set five years into the future, where Libraries are controlled and locked away from the public. Libraries are so often taken for granted as a public resource for information, so what was interesting for us is what happens when that gets taken away. They can hold secrets, and become as valuable and precious as a bank vault.

Oli: I love the idea of Librarians in the future being supervillains.

What’s the future for your webseries and film-making?

Callum: We have two more episodes of Clark Spaggeerg for this season (episode #2 comes out on Thursday [7/11], #3 the week after) which is the focus for now. We’ve planned a full kind of series arc, with plenty more story to tell, so hopefully this season is intriguing enough for people to want to see more. Otherwise, we’re always writing and developing new projects that excite us.

Oli: Our next film is a psychological horror-short we made with a small crew of guys from this film, and we’ll be letting that one out in December.

Do you have any music/films/blogs recommendations?

Callum: I just rewatched Billy Wilder’s Sabrina which is just a lock as my favourite film ever. Also, if you’re looking for honest, entertaining and critical discussions about film and television check out baddassdigest.com.

Oli: Definitely Baddass Digest and Film Critic Hulk, also openculture.com which is really consistently good – all the great free stuff on the web. I also listen to a lot of podcasts, Nerdist Writers Panel, WTF with Marc Maron, and Harmontown.

Anything else to add?

Callum: Making films is a lot easier than you think it is and just completely the most fun ever. I don’t understand why everybody isn’t doing it. It doesn’t have to be a big deal, and you don’t need permission, just go do it.

Tim Winton’s The Turning: A must see film adaptation

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Now showing in Wellington for a limited time is the new film, The Turning based on the collection of short stories by award winning Australian writer and environmentalist Tim Winton. Centered on issues described by the main character Gail and set in a small Australian seaside community, with a wonderful array of diverse characters that populate these stories, so typical of Tim Winton’s work, this film used 17 different directors for each overlapping and linking story.
His first novel, An Open Swimmer won the Australian/Vogel Literary Award in 1981.
Tim Winton has won the Australian Miles Franklin Award four times, for Shallows in 1984, Cloudstreet in 1992, Dirt Music in 2002 and Breath in 2009.

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage: 27 October

Film ReelIt’s World Audiovisual Heritage day today, so we thought we’d spotlight a few pages over on The New Zealand Film Archive‘s website, and on a few other sites that are helping preserve and popularise our own history of the moving image:

  • The First Picture Show: New Zealand Film History Gets Moving

    This is a quick documentary snippet of soldiers departing Wellington for the Boer War in 1900, and these pages are the story of its discovery, identification, and restoration and preservation. You can also watch the film online – there’s a (slightly obscured) link in the right-hand sidebar. Here’s how the Film Archive describe this film:

    The Departure of the Second Contingent for the Boer War is the oldest New Zealand film in the Film Archive’s collection. It depicts a parade of young New Zealand soldiers on the eve of their departure to fight alongside their British countrymen in the South African Boer War. The fact that such an event was recorded at the time is remarkable enough, but the story of how the fragile footage survived, was identified and lovingly restored by the Film Archive’s team of conservators and historians is testament to the important role that film plays in defining our culture and heritage.

  • New Zealand’s Missing Film History

    This page on the Film Archive website describes some (known) missing titles and what they were about – e.g. Hinemoa from 1914 was “The first big dramatic work filmed and acted in the land of the Moa”! (The page also has contact details if you know anything about what happened to the reels of these films after they were shown)

  • AV Heritage : Tips for storing your film collection at home

    This page is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: tips for storing your film collection at home. Protip: *always* hang on the original, even if you’ve made a DVD copy for backup.

  • NZ On Screen

    This is a NZ On Air project launched in 2007 which has all kinds of amazing New Zealand film and TV snippets available to view online — it’s really amazing what you can access.

    Look! It’s Kimbra before she was famous on What Now?:

    What Now? - Kimbra excerpt

    Or watch an episode of 1981’s Under the Mountain:

    Under the Mountain - The Alien World Below

New film & TV books: MTV, animation, Harry Potter and more!

For our last round-up of the film & television books before 2012, we’ve chosen some excellent reads for you – including a history of animation, a look at the filming and development of the Harry Potter film series (Ron! Hermione! Harry!!), and a look at how MTV changed television. Plus, ever wondered exactly how well movies and politics mix? We’ve got you covered with a look at how celebrities in America on the Left and Right have fared in politics. Plus, a film history of the goriest genre: horror. Have a browse!

Syndetics book coverThe world history of animation / Stephen Cavalier.
“Focusing on the 100-plus-year history of the genre, animator and director Cavalier’s coffee-table volume offers a comprehensive chronological look at film, television, and web-based animations. He does a great job of never overwhelming readers with information. The narrative, which nicely ties together the history and reproduced images, is almost epic as it showcases the evolution of animation techniques that are the core of the genre. Cavalier also includes a list of essential films with synopses and relevant biographies. Photographs are well placed throughout the book and add interest.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverHarry Potter : page to screen : the complete filmmaking journey / [Bob McCabe].
“From the acquisition of the film rights to the casting of Harry, Ron, and Hermione and the assembly of the creative team, Harry Potter: Page to Screen is a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the making of one of the most popular film series in cinema history, as told by the people who made the magic real. Harry Potter: Page to Screen traces the cinematic process of bringing J.K. Rowling’s beloved books to big-screen life.”  (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverI want my MTV : the uncensored story of the music video revolution / Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum.
“MTV’s influence went beyond music–it soon changed network and cable television, radio, sports, film, fashion, teen sexuality, and even politics. Highly respected music journalists Marks and Tannenbaum have assembled an unprecedented collection of stories from the early days of MTV, straight from the mouths of those who were part of the video revolution. 50,000 print.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverShock value : how a few eccentric outsiders gave us nightmares, conquered Hollywood, and invented modern horror / Jason Zinoman.
“Based on unprecedented access to the genre’s major players, “New York Times” film critic Zinoman delivers the first definitive account of horror’s golden age–the 1970s, when such directors as Wes Craven, Roman Polanski, John Carpenter, and Brian De Palma redefined the genre.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHollywood left and right : how movie stars shaped American politics / Steven J. Ross.
“Ross (history, Univ. of Southern California; Working-Class Hollywood) reveals the wide-ranging and lasting influence of Hollywood stars and producers on American politics. He profiles ten celebrities – five on the left (Charlie Chaplin, Edward G. Robinson, Harry Belafonte, Jane Fonda, and Warren Beatty) and five on the right (Louis B. Mayer, George Murphy, Ronald Reagan, Charlton Heston, and Arnold Schwarzenegger) – who devoted themselves to political activism, sometimes at great risk to their careers. Ross situates the personal stories of his subjects within the greater cultural and political landscape, exploring the motivations that drove each of them and measuring the effectiveness of their efforts.” (Library Journal)

Syndetics book coverCinema : the whole story / general editor, Philip Kemp ; foreword by Sir Christopher Frayling.
“”Cinema: The Whole Story” takes a close look at the key time periods, genres and key works in world cinema. It places the burgeoning world of cinema in the context of social and cultural developments that have taken place since its beginnings. Organized chronologically, the book traces the evolution of cinematic development, from the earliest days of film projection to the multiscreen cinemas and super-technology of today. Illustrated, in-depth text charts every genre of cinema, from the first silent films to epic blockbusters, CGI graphics and groundbreaking effects of the 21st century. “Cinema: The Whole Story” is an indispensable book for all those who love watching and reading about films and who want to understand more about the world of cinema.” (Syndetics summary)