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1.
The Blair Witch Project
by Dave Stern


Onyx Books
Paperback - 191 pages
(August 6, 1999)
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4 out of 5 stars
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In the fall of 1994, three student filmmakers, Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, and Michael Williams, ventured into the Black Hills of Maryland to investigate the legend of the Blair Witch. They never returned and to this day are still considered missing. However, one year after their disappearance,... Read more

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Conversations With Wilder
by Billy Wilder, Cameron Crowe


Knopf
Hardcover - 373 pages
1 Ed edition (October 1999)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Conversations with Wilder, an invaluable, photo-intensive volume, is a kind of remake of Truffaut's must-read interview book Hitchcock, with Cameron Crowe in the inquisitive Truffaut role and wily 93-year-old Billy Wilder as the crafty master director. Drawing on his experience interviewing the... Read more

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Which Lie Did I Tell : More Adventures in the Screen Trade
by William Goldman


Pantheon Books
Hardcover - 485 pages
(March 7, 2000)
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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Something odd, if predictable, became of screenwriter William Goldman after he wrote the touchstone tell-all book on filmmaking, Adventures in the Screen Trade (1983), he became a Hollywood leper. Goldman opens his long-awaited sequel by writing about his years of exile before he found... Read more

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The Art of Star Wars : Episode I : The Phantom Menace
by Jonathan Bresman


Del Rey
Hardcover - 224 pages
(August 31, 1999)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Star Wars owes a lot to its details. George Lucas made his world so believable and compelling by getting all the little things right, whether it was a chip in Vader's helmet or the sand on a Stormtrooper's boots. Of course, this feat was no accident--extensive conceptual planning and design went... Read more

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The New York Times Guide to the Best 1000 Movies Ever Made
by Vincent Canby, et al


Times Books
Paperback - 1002 pages
1 Ed edition (October 1999)
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3.5 out of 5 stars
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Everyone knows that a good canon debate doesn't get interesting until you reach the realm of the top 100. But by listing the top 1,000 movies, as the editors of The New York Times have done with this fat, readable collection of reviews, you get to skip all that huffing and puffing about quality and... Read more

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Forever Liesl: A Memoir of The Sound of Music
by Charmian Carr, Jean A. S. Strauss (Contributor)


Viking Pr
Hardcover - 245 pages
(February 7, 2000)
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5 out of 5 stars
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Charmian Carr played eldest von Trapp daughter Liesl in the mega-successful film version of The Sound of Music, and judging from her earnest memoir, the story's sentimental wholesomeness rubbed off on her permanently. It's a "great movie," she avers, acknowledging that the critics thought otherwise;... Read more

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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls : How the Sex-Drugs-And-Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood
by Peter Biskind


Simon & Schuster
Paperback - 506 pages
1 touchsto edition (April 1999)
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4 out of 5 stars
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Not only is Peter Biskind's Easy Riders, Raging Bulls the best book in recent memory on turn-of-the-'70s film, it is beyond question the best book we'll ever get on the subject. Why? Because once the big names who spilled the beans to Biskind find out that other people spilled an equally piquant... Read more

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All About 'All About Eve' : The Complete Behind-The-Scenes Story of the Bitchiest Film Ever Made
by Sam Staggs


St Martins Pr (Trade)
Hardcover - 320 pages
(March 2000)
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3 out of 5 stars
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Like the movie it celebrates, Sam Staggs's All About All About Eve is good, gossipy fun. The book is exhaustively researched, from behind-the-scenes anecdotes to a talk with the original, mysterious "Eve" who sparked the dinner party conversation that inspired the magazine story that eventually... Read more

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Mental Hygiene : Classroom Films 1945-1970
by Ken Smith


Blast Books
Paperback - 240 pages
(December 1999)
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5 out of 5 stars
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In Mental Hygiene, Ken Smith takes a look at the endearingly gooney safety and "social guidance" films produced for classroom use between World War II and the early 1970s. Everything from dating to drugs to auto safety is covered in this lovingly compiled book. Smith even takes the time to discuss... Read more

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Monty Python Speaks
by David Morgan(Editor)


Avon/Eos
Paperback - 335 pages
(June 8, 1999)
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4 out of 5 stars
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Sensibly eschewing any attempt to emulate the inspired lunacy of Monty Python's Flying Circus, this excellent oral history offers instead a straightforward but fascinating peek behind the scenes. Extensive interviews with the team of madmen who created the legendary British television series and... Read more

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The Three Stooges : An Illustrated History
by Michael Fleming, Mel Gibson


Doubleday
Hardcover - 299 pages
illustrate edition (November 9, 1999)
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4 out of 5 stars
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The Three Stooges are admittedly an acquired taste. To fully appreciate them, as with NASCAR racing, practical jokes, and Steely Dan, it helps to be a guy. But there's no denying the durability of the Stooges' fearless physical performances. Every eye poke, noggin crack, face slap, and... Read more

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Hitchcock's Notebooks : An Authorized and Illustrated Look Inside the Creative Mind of Alfred Hitchcock
by Dan Auiler


Spike
Hardcover
1 Ed edition (April 1999)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Dan Auiler is undoubtedly the luckiest Alfred Hitchcock devotee alive. With the permission of the director's family, he sifted through the Hitchcock archives at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to create a multifaceted portrait of the artist at work. If this book has a fault, it's... Read more

13.   The Tarzan Chronicles (Welcome Book)
by Howard E. Green


Hyperion
Hardcover - 192 pages
(June 1999)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
From Booklist June 1, 1999
For its latest animated feature, instead of adapting a fairy tale, legend, or myth, Disney has chosen the relatively modern story of Tarzan. As it did with the heroes of its other recent movies, the studio focuses on the alienation of adolescence in its Tarzan, who no longer belongs with the apes... Read more

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The Art of Sleepy Hollow
by Andrew Kevin Walker(Editor), Tim Burton (Introduction)


Pocket Books
Hardcover - 192 pages
(November 1999)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Tim Burton's hallmark as a filmmaker is his bizarre, inventive, and oddly beautiful visual style. It is fitting, then, that the companion book to his movie Sleepy Hollow is a big and beautiful hardback, full of images that range from quietly eerie to eye-popping. The book contains Burton's sketches,... Read more

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Sin In Soft Focus: Pre-Code Hollywood
by Mark A. Vieira


Harry N Abrams
Hardcover - 240 pages
(October 1999)
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5 out of 5 stars
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Prudes and the faint-of-heart shield your eyes! The stunning Sin in Soft Focus contains some of the most breathtaking black-and-white stills ever taken, all from the debaucherous decade before the Hollywood production code was established. With chapters devoted to "The Warners Grit," "The MGM... Read more

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Star Wars : The Action Figure Archive
by Stephen J. Sansweet(Editor), Josh Ling (Contributor)


Chronicle Books
Paperback - 184 pages
(March 1999)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Look no further for the ultimate Star Wars toy guide. Consummate collector Stephen J. Sansweet's Action Figure Archive is a completist's bible, with full-color photos and rich details about all the Hasbro/Kenner toys released from 1978 through 1997. Even if you can't afford (or find) all the action... Read more

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70 Years of the Oscar : The Official History of the Academy Awards
by Robert Osborne


Abbeville Press, Inc.
Hardcover - 384 pages
Rev&Updtd edition (January 1999)
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5 out of 5 stars
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The only book officially sanctioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, this hefty tome presents the history of the movies through the lens of the industry's central organizing body. On May 4, 1927, AMPAS came into formal existence, and since then it has served as the primary forum... Read more

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Hitchcock
by Francois Truffant, et al


Simon & Schuster (Paper)
Paperback - 367 pages
Revised edition (October 1985)
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5 out of 5 stars
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Any book-length interview with Alfred Hitchcock is valuable, but considering that this volume's interlocutor is François Truffaut, the conversation is remarkable indeed. Here is a rare opportunity to eavesdrop on two cinematic masters from very different backgrounds as they cover each of... Read more

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Eyes Wide Open : A Memoir of Stanley Kubrick
by Frederic Raphael


Ballantine Books (Trd Pap)
Paperback - 190 pages
1 Ed edition (June 23, 1999)
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2.5 out of 5 stars
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Hurriedly published to coincide with the July 1999 release of Stanley Kubrick's final film, Eyes Wide Shut, this slim, rather obviously titled volume by the film's distinguished screenwriter offers considerably less than its cover copy leads you to expect. But for avid followers of Kubrick's career,... Read more

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Beep! Beep! : Competing in the Age of the Road Runner
by Chip R. Bell, Oren Harari


Warner Books
Hardcover - 244 pages
(February 2000)
  Avg. Customer Review:
5 out of 5 stars
From Kirkus Reviews
Sensible and decent, albeit hyperventilated and not exactly original, behavioral advice for business managers in the new millennium, served up by consultants Bell and Harari. Wile E. Coyote is the foil and Road Runner the paragon in this management handbook. One is conniving, secretive, grim,... Read more

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The Spectator : Talk About Movies and Plays With Those Who Made Them
by Studs Terkel, Garry Wills


New Press
Hardcover - 364 pages
(September 1999)
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5 out of 5 stars
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In earlier oral histories such as Working, The Good War, and Hard Times, Studs Terkel showed a virtuoso talent for absorbing the small talk of regular Joes and Janes and turning it into a literary cross-hatch--Robert Browning and Herodotus, Margaret Mead and Steinbeck. It turns out all this was... Read more

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Pre-Code Hollywood (Film and Culture Series)
by Thomas Doherty


Columbia Univ Pr
Paperback - 400 pages
0 edition (August 15, 1999)
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5 out of 5 stars
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Who says the world of classic Hollywood moviemaking was never risqué? We tend to think of black-and-white movies as representing a sanitized world, where crime never paid, ladies of the evening had hearts of gold, and married couples slept in separate beds. But in fact, censorship in American... Read more

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Life the Movie : How Entertainment Conquered Reality
by Neal Gabler


Knopf
Hardcover - 303 pages
(November 1998)
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4 out of 5 stars
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In Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality, Neal Gabler traces the evolution of high and low culture in American society through the 19th and 20th centuries, and describes how low-brow entertainment became so influential in the United States. This is his central argument: "It is not any... Read more

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The Real Wild West : The 101 Ranch and the Creation of the American West
by Michael Wallis


St Martins Pr (Trade)
Hardcover - 640 pages
(April 1999)
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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Although not as renowned as Buffalo Bill Cody, Joseph Miller and his brothers were in many ways as impressive as impresarios. Their Wild West shows, which competed with Cody's show and the Ringling Brothers' circuses, featured talent like Will Rogers and Tom Mix and significantly influenced American... Read more

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Silent Echoes : Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Buster Keaton
by John Bengtson, et al


Santa Monica Pr
Paperback
(December 1999)
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5 out of 5 stars
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
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