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Book Synopsis The Star Wars Phenomenon in Britain by : Craig Stevens
Download or read book The Star Wars Phenomenon in Britain written by Craig Stevens and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2018-03-08 with total page 360 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Among the top-grossing Hollywood blockbusters of all time, Star Wars launched one of the most successful movie and licensing franchises in history. Yet much of the film's backstory was set in Britain, where the original trilogy was made and where early efforts at tie-in merchandising were spearheaded. The author provides a detailed account of the saga's British connection, including personal recollections of fans in the UK, exclusive interviews with staff members of Palitoy who took on the challenge of producing millions of toys, and the story of how a group of writers from the underground press in London combined with Marvel comics to produce the first Star Wars expanded universe.
Book Synopsis The Star Wars Phenomenon in Britain by : Craig Stevens
Download or read book The Star Wars Phenomenon in Britain written by Craig Stevens and published by McFarland. This book was released on 2018-03-05 with total page 360 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Among the top-grossing Hollywood blockbusters of all time, Star Wars launched one of the most successful movie and licensing franchises in history. Yet much of the film's backstory was set in Britain, where the original trilogy was made and where early efforts at tie-in merchandising were spearheaded. The author provides a detailed account of the saga's British connection, including personal recollections of fans in the UK, exclusive interviews with staff members of Palitoy who took on the challenge of producing millions of toys, and the story of how a group of writers from the underground press in London combined with Marvel comics to produce the first Star Wars expanded universe.
Book Synopsis The Action and Adventure Cinema by : Yvonne Tasker
Download or read book The Action and Adventure Cinema written by Yvonne Tasker and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2004-08-19 with total page 432 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This exciting collection addresses action and adventure from the silent to the contemporary period exploring diverse questions of aesthetics, industry and ideology. Action has established itself as one of the leading commercial genres of the New Hollywood cinema, generating extensive debate in the process. Contributors consider how action might best be defined, how it has developed historically, and how it works formally. The critical reception and standing of action and adventure cinema is considered in relation to questions of national culture, violence and the 'art' of cinema. Themes explored include genre and definitions; early action, sensation and melodrama; authorship and action; national and transnational action-adventure traditions; action aesthetics; spectacle and narrative; stars and bodies; class; gender; race and ethnicity. Attempting to evaluate the significance of this type of filmmaking for both popular cinema and film studies, the book underlines the central place of action and adventure within film history.
Book Synopsis Stencil Wars - The Ultimate Book on Star Wars Inspired Street Art by : Martin Berdahl Aamundsen
Download or read book Stencil Wars - The Ultimate Book on Star Wars Inspired Street Art written by Martin Berdahl Aamundsen and published by SCB Distributors. This book was released on 2016-05-10 with total page 128 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Stencil Wars: The Ultimate Book on Star Wars Inspired Street Art collects fantastic Star Wars inspired Street Art from all over the world. Be inspired and fascinated by the combination of the ironic, political and sarcastic expression of the urban art form of Street Art with one of the most well known pop-cultural phenomenon of our time, the Star Wars Universe.
Book Synopsis The Secrets of Star Wars by : Mark Cotta Vaz
Download or read book The Secrets of Star Wars written by Mark Cotta Vaz and published by Lucas Books. This book was released on 1996 with total page 340 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the galaxy was plunged into the shadows . . . STAR WARS(c) : SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE v The minds behind the Star Wars galaxy have created a phenomenon of epic proportions, designed to unfold in nearly every medium at their disposal. This intensely researched volume guides you through this Star Wars event--as its creators reveal the secrets behind the multimedia release of the year. The tendrils of this dark drama will reach throughout the Star Wars galaxy: --The evil crimelord Xizor challenges the power of Darth Vader in an exciting new novel of Imperial intrigue. --Leia, Lando, and Dash Rendar launch an all-out attempt to rescue Han Solo in a state-of-the-art Nintendo video game. --Xizor's agents search the galaxy for Luke Skywalker in the taut comic book mini-series. Their mission: kill the son of Vader. --The secrets of the Imperial homeworld are revealed in brilliantly painted trading cards. --A fully orchestrated soundtrack and exciting new Star Wars action figures embellish the adventure. STAR WARS: THE SECRETS OF SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE provides the official guide to the heroes, the villains, and all the major combatants. When this war is over, only one will control the Empire's violent underworld. . . .
Download or read book Star Wars written by Will Brooker and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2017-10-07 with total page 96 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The release of Star Wars in 1977 marked the start of what would become a colossal global franchise. Star Wars remains the second highest-grossing film in the United States, and George Lucas's six-part narrative has grown into something more: a culture that goes far beyond the films themselves, with tie-in toys, novels, comics, games and DVDs as well as an enthusiastic fan community which creates its own Star Wars fictions. Critical studies of Star Wars have treated it as a cultural phenomenon, or in terms of its special effects, fans and merchandising, or as a film that marked the end of New Hollywood's innovation and the birth of the blockbuster. Will Brooker's illuminating study of the film takes issue with many of these commonly-held ideas about Star Wars. He provides a close analysis of Star Wars as a film, carefully examining its shots, editing, sound design, cinematography and performances. Placing the film in the context of George Lucas's previous work, from his student shorts to his 1970s features, and the diverse influences that shaped his approach, from John Ford to Jean-Luc Godard, Brooker argues that Star Wars is not, as Lucas himself has claimed, a departure from his earlier cinema, but a continuation of his experiments with sound and image. He reveals Lucas's contradictory desires for total order and control, embodied by the Empire, and for the raw energy and creative improvisation of the Rebels. What seemed a simple fairy-tale becomes far more complex when we realise that the director is rooting for both sides; and this tension unsettles the saga as a whole, blurring the boundaries between Empire and Republic, dark side and light side, father and son. In his foreword to this new edition, Will Brooker discusses is how subsequent films in the series, specifically Rogue One (2016) and The Last Jedi (2017), foregrounded and developed the themes of opposition that are at the heart of Star Wars. He shows how Derridean theories of opposites which become undermined and subverted, and which change places are made more clear with hindsight and provide us with a useful lens for looking back at the 1977 Star Wars.
Download or read book Using the Force written by Will Brooker and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2002-04-17 with total page 284 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this intelligent and entertaining study of fandom at its most intense, Will Brooker examines the Star Wars phenomenon from the audience's perspective and discovers that the saga exerts a powerful influence over the social, cultural, and spiritual lives of those drawn into its myth. From a Boba Fett-loving police officer in Indiana to the webmistress of www.starwarschicks.com; from an eleven-year-old boy in south London to a Baptist Church in South Carolina; Brooker unearths a seemingly endless array of fans who use and interpret the saga in a number of creative ways.
Book Synopsis Reading the Decades by : John Sutherland
Download or read book Reading the Decades written by John Sutherland and published by Bbc Publications. This book was released on 2002 with total page 222 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From literary classics to cookery books, blockbuster airport novels to self-help manuals, John Sutherland offers a portrait of Britain through the books that have inspired, excited and encouraged us to part with our cash. By exploring popular reading since 1945 Sutherland reveals a rich and compelling picture of the books themselves, the tremendous social changes and our responses to them. After the upheaval of World War II, Dr Eustace Chesser's ground-breaking sex manual Love without Fear reminded us how to make love not war; amid the austerity of food rationing, Elizabeth David wrote the first of her bestselling cookery books when most people could only dream of new foods and flavours. However, optimism soon turned to Cold War paranoia, which inspired John Wyndham to create his apocalyptic science fiction of the 1950s. Ian Fleming and John le Carr responded with their espionage thrillers of the 1960s and, in the 1980s, Peter Wright achieved notoriety with his all-too-factual Spycatcher. Occasionally, developments in publishing have themselves prompted social change. The acquittal of Lady Chatterley's Lover for obscenity in 1960 emancipated fiction in Britain, opening the way both for the 'bonkbuster'a novelists of the 1970s and 1980s and, in the 1990s, for the shocking realism of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting. With media globalization, Stephen King's Carrie and Bronowski's The Ascent of Man became forerunners in a franchise industry embracing print, film and merchandise, continuing today with the enormous success of Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. Lively, entertaining, and often humorous, Reading the Decades provides a unique view of the cultural and social history of the later twentieth century.
Book Synopsis The Wallflower Critical Guide to Contemporary North American Directors by : Yoram Allon
Download or read book The Wallflower Critical Guide to Contemporary North American Directors written by Yoram Allon and published by Wallflower Press. This book was released on 2000 with total page 556 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A guide to North American film directors arranged in alphabetical order.
Book Synopsis Religious Diversity in the UK by : Paul Weller
Download or read book Religious Diversity in the UK written by Paul Weller and published by Continuum. This book was released on 2008-06-08 with total page 228 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A fascinating new textbook providing an overview of the religious diversity of the UK
Book Synopsis A History and Critical Analysis of Blake's 7, the 1978-1981 British Television Space Adventure by : John Kenneth Muir
Download or read book A History and Critical Analysis of Blake's 7, the 1978-1981 British Television Space Adventure written by John Kenneth Muir and published by . This book was released on 2000 with total page 232 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Blake's 7, Terry Nation's science fiction tale of cosmic freedom fighters, became a hit series in Great Britain when it premiered in 1978. Eight years later, the show quickly became a cult program in America. A dramatization of futuristic outlaw heroes who defend the innocent from both alien and human conquering forces, the series might better be said to be equal parts Robin Hood and The Magnificent Seven. The series defied traditional genre elements of science fiction television, and developed the concept of the continual story arc years before such shows as Babylon 5 and Deep Space Nine.This book provides a critical history and episode guide for Blake's 7, including commentaries for all 52 episodes. Also included are analytical essays on the show, dealing with such topics as themes, imagery and story arc; a consideration of the series as a futuristic Robin Hood myth; cinematography and visual effects; and an overview of Blake's 7 in books, comics and videos. A detailed appendix lists the genre conventions found in the series. The author also includes information about Blake's 7 fan clubs and Internet sites.
Download or read book Entrepreneurs written by Bill Bolton and published by Butterworth-Heinemann. This book was released on 2000 with total page 392 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: We all know an entrepreneur when we see one. This ground-breaking book reviews more than a hundred entrepreneurs from all walks of life and backgrounds, and sets their stories within a rigorous analytical framework, in order to give a critical insight into: * What entrepreneurs do and achieve * How they go about it * How they could be better supported The key point though is whether there are more people "out there" with the potential to be successful entrepreneurs, and, if so, how they might be identified and fostered. This book opens up this subject using for the first time the themes of talent, temperament and technique, which, in the correct mix, produce outstanding entrepreneurs. Using the ideas presented, it should be possible to tap more effectively the well of entrepreneurial talent that the authors identify. The release of this entrepreneurial talent could transform the numerous programmes for promoting business start-up and growth. It is the missing ingredient in many of these initiatives. Entrepreneurs: Talent, Temperament, Technique is therefore ideal for both students and those with a non-academic background who have a keen interest in business start-up and growth. Case studies include: James Dyson, Charles Dunstone (CarPhone Warehouse), Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, Brian Souter (Stagecoach), Archie Norman (Asda), Paul Sykes, Steve Jobs (Apple), Warren Buffet, David Rhodes (Filtronic), Ricardo Semler, Elliott Tepper (Betel), Julian Richer, Walt Disney, Cameron Mackintosh, Jeff Bezos (Amazon.com), Herb Kelleher (SouthWest Air), Bernie Ecclestone, Mark McCormack, John de Lorean, Mozart and Al Capone. Identifies the range of intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship segments Gives a framework to running successful entrepreneurship programmes or accessing your own capabilities Contains a readable introduction with valuable case studies for specialist entrepreneurship and SME courses