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Hollywood film directors are some of the world's most powerful storytellers, shaping the fantasies and aspirations of people around the globe. Since the 1960s, African Americans have increasingly joined their ranks, bringing fresh insights to movie characterizations, plots, and themes and depicting areas of African American culture that were previously absent from mainstream films. Today, black directors are making films in all popular genres, while inventing new ones to speak directly from and to the black experience.
This book offers a first comprehensive look at the work of black directors in Hollywood, from pioneers such as Gordon Parks, Melvin Van Peebles, and Ossie Davis to current talents including Spike Lee, John Singleton, Kasi Lemmons, and Carl Franklin. Discussing 67 individuals and over 135 films, Melvin Donalson thoroughly explores how black directors' storytelling skills and film techniques have widened both the thematic focus and visual style of American cinema. Assessing the meanings and messages in their films, he convincingly demonstrates that black directors are balancing Hollywood's demand for box office success with artistic achievement and responsibility to ethnic, cultural, and gender issues.
She was born Virginia Stephen, the daughter of Sir Leslie Stephen
by his second wife, Julia Duckworth. The family lived at Hyde Park
Gate, London, and she was educated at home. After her father's death in
1904, she moved to 46 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, with her sister Vanessa
(later the wife of Clive Bell) and her brothers Thoby and Adrian. The house was to be the original meeting-place of the Bloomsbury Group.
When Thoby died of typhoid fever in 1906, she suffered a prolonged
mental breakdown; throughout her life she was subject to nervous
illness. (From Credo Reference)
Are you a fan of "Downton Abbey"? We have the season 1 & 2 available at Alcuin Library, plus the book "The World of Downton Abbey" available at Clemens Library (PN1992.77.D695 F45 2011). This book is a companion to the popular British series about the aristocratic
Crawley family and their servants. It offers insights into the story and
characters and background information on British society in the early
years of the twentieth century. Want to learn more? Then look here.
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"Shocking Miss Pilgrim: A Writer in Early Hollywood"
Freddie Maas's revealing memoir offers a unique perspective on the film industry and Hollywood culture in their early days and illuminates the plight of Hollywood writers working within the studio system. An ambitious twenty-three-year-old, Maas moved to Hollywood and launched her own writing career by drafting a screenplay of the bestselling novel The Plastic Age for ""It"" girl Clara Bow. On the basis of that script, she landed a staff position at powerhouse MGM studios. In the years to come, she worked with and befriended numerous actors and directors, including Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, and Eric von Stroheim, as well as such writers and producers as Thomas Mann and Louis B. Mayer. As a professional screenwriter, Fredderica quickly learned that scripts and story ideas were frequently rewritten and that screen credit was regularly given to the wrong person. Studio executives wanted well-worn plots, but it was the writer's job to develop the innovative situations and scintillating dialogue that would bring to picture to life. For over twenty years, Freddie and her friends struggled to survive in this incredibly competitive environment. Through it all, Freddie remained a passionate, outspoken woman in an industry run by powerful men, and her provocative, nonconformist ways brought her success, failure, wisdom, and a wealth of stories, opinions, and insight into a fascinating period in screen history.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Clemens Library PR9619.4.Z87 B66 2006)
Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates
the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and
story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they
are hiding, as well as their neighbors.