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The entertainment industry's executives are always looking for a great story, but, because they don't have time to read every screenplay that crosses their desk, they rely on story analysts, or readers, who read and pass judgment on submissions. Here is how to…

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This discography provides a comprehensive listing of the songs from motion picture musicals, and the singers who performed them on commercially available albums. Covering the period from The Jazz Singer in 1927 to Three Amigos in 1987, and including 666 albums…

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Examining 40 cycles or themes and more than 1,000 silent films, the author attempts to discern how the screen reflected contemporary social, political, and national trends during the silent years. The period has been divided into the early silent years…

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For decades, Latin American independent and national film and video makers have been creating innovative and authentic works about their own realities. Yet most of this work is never seen in the U.S. This unique directory helps educators, media users, and…

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Return to Paradise explores those films whose plots revolve chiefly around the South Seas and shows how American culture has influenced both the thematic portrayal and content of each film. Similarly, the author presents the ways in which these films have…

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No matter what continent you are on, the distinct professional language of radio and television broadcasters and film and video makers remains the same. Still the only reference that is international in scope, The International Dictionary of Broadcasting and…

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For more than three decades the Catholic Church through its Legion of Decency controlled the content of Hollywood films. Studios submitted their films to the Legion for a rating, which varied from general approval to condemnation. Documenting the inner workings…

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The Annual Index to Motion Picture Credits covers films eligible for the Academy Awards, as well as other films, released in the Los Angeles area, which do not meet the Academy's requirements. Each film entry includes title, production and releasing companies,…

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The story of the fallen woman was a staple of film melodrama in the late 1920s and 1930s. In traditional plots, a woman commits a sexual transgression, usually adultery. She becomes an outcast, often a prostitute, suffering humiliations that culminate in her…

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An annotated bibliography of more than 1,200 film audience research studies. Includes an essay entitled 'The Motion Picture Audience: A Neglected Aspect of Film Research' that introduces the reader to the subject of film audience research.

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"Parish and Pitts score again with this thorough and well-written catalog of some 400 feature-length detective films, dating from 1905 to 1988." -CHOICE

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Malcolm St. Clair was a master director of sophisticated silent comedy. This book traces his career, from his start as a Mack Sennett Keystone Kop, through the action-adventures of the early 1920s, his work with Buster Keaton, the grand and elegant sophisticated…