Shooting Midnight Cowboy, by Glenn Frankel

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Midnight Cowboy--the first (and only) X-rated film to win the Best Picture Academy Award--is truly a movie that you couldn’t make now, and Frankel’s wonderful book demonstrates that you almost couldn’t make it back in the 1960s.This account explores how a taboo-busting novel about an unlikely friendship attracted an equally unlikely group of people--including a gay British director, a blacklisted screenwriter, the star of The Graduate, an unknown blonde, a  Fifth Beatle and a cohort of Warhol superstars—for a drama in a Manhattan on the verge of total collapse. Their stories and insight provide a fascinating glimpse of a time when art and sex and success and creativity were being redefined in ways that still reverberate today.


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ISBN: 9781250829498
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Published: Picador - March 15th, 2022

The Man Who Invented Motion Pictures, by Paul Fischer

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Calling all film geeks, Gilded Age historians, photography nerds, true-crime addicts, and patent lawyers: this book has something for all of you.  Plus, it will make you think about Thomas Edison in a whole new light (spoiler alert: he wasn't such a nice guy).


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ISBN: 9781982114824
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 19th, 2022

Future Noir, by Paul M. Sammon

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If you would like to understand the process of how a film gets made, from humble beginning to bitter end, look no further—Future Noir is comprehensive in its scope and attention to detail, leaving no stone unturned. In exploring the history of Blade Runner, Sammon interviews every conceivable person involved with the film and chronicles each step of the creative process with care. It makes for a fascinating read because the production has everything: conflict between the director and crew, ornery actors, elaborate visual effects, a diverse roster of artists with their own dueling motivations, a lengthy battle with the studio, and a tumultuous release. Sammon excels at tangling with the film's enormous legacy, analyzing the synthesis of ideas and techniques which makes it such a classic of science-fiction.
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ISBN: 9780062699466
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Dey Street Books - September 12th, 2017