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By Joseph McBride
Categories: Film Studies

John Ford's classic films—such as Stagecoach, The Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, The Quiet Man, and The Searchers—have earned him worldwide admiration as America's foremost filmmaker, a ...

Forever Mame

When it comes to living life to its fullest, Rosalind Russell's character Auntie Mame is still the silver screen's exemplar. And Mame, the role Russell (1907–1976) would always be remembered for, embodies ...

Working with Disney

By Don Peri
Categories: Popular Culture

In this volume Don Peri expands his extraordinary work conducting in-depth interviews with Disney employees and animators. These interviews include conversations with actors and performers rather than ...

Black Velvet Art

By Eric A. Eliason
Photographs by Scott Squire
Categories: Art And Architecture

Jesus, matadors, panthers, bandits, Native Americans, movie stars, waifs, and, of course, Elvis are recognized icons of the oft-despised, uber-kitsch art form of black velvet painting. In Black Velvet ...

Steven Spielberg

By Joseph McBride
Categories: Film Studies

Until the first edition of Steven Spielberg: A Biography was published in 1997, much about Spielberg's personality and the forces that shaped it had remained enigmatic, in large part because of his tendency ...

78 Blues

When record men first traveled from Chicago or invited musicians to studios in New York, these entrepreneurs had no conception how their technology would change the dynamics of what constituted a musical ...

Danny Boyle

A humble man from humble beginnings, Danny Boyle (b. 1956) became a popular cinema darling when Slumdog Millionaire won big at the 2009 Academy Awards. Prior to this achievement, this former theater and ...

The Rise of the American Comics Artist

Edited by Paul Williams & James Lyons
Categories: Comics Studies

Contributions by David M. Ball, Ian Gordon, Andrew Loman, Andrea A. Lunsford, James Lyons, Ana Merino, Graham J. Murphy, Chris Murray, Adam Rosenblatt, Julia Round, Joe Sutliff Sanders, Stephen Weiner, ...

Alice Faye

Alice Faye's sweet demeanor, sultry glances, and velvety voice were her signatures. Her haunting rendition of “You'll Never Know” has never been surpassed by any other singer. Fans adored her in such ...

Michael Winterbottom

Prolific British director Michael Winterbottom (b. 1961) might be hard to pin down and even harder to categorize. Over sixteen years, he has created feature films as disparate and stylistically diverse ...