Often times books, such as the ones listed below, will have chapters on a particular movie you are researching or a particular topic. Take a look at the book selected for a director to see if it has a useful chapter.
"Alfred Hitchcock remains the quintessential cinematic auteur - the director as hero. Fifty years of debate over his status as an obsessive and dictatorial artist has raised increasingly pressing questions about the relation between individual authorship, on the one hand, and contexts, influences, and collaborators, on the other. A Companion to Alfred Hitchcock authoritatively maps the body of work generated in response to the director and his films, compiling essays from some of the world’s most noted scholars in the emerging field of Hitchcock studies"--Jacket Description
Table of Contents: 1. The Early Joints -- 2. The Right Thing and the Love Supreme -- 3. Deeper into Politics -- 4. Brownstones in the Nabe, Projects in the Hood -- 5. Women and Men, Blacks and Whites -- 6. Crime, War, Miracles.
Introduction -- pt. 1. Turf, 1880-1959 -- 1. My voyage to little Italy -- 2. Corona : Paradiso -- 3. Corona : Purgatorio -- 4. Little Italy : Inferno -- 5. In my room -- 6. The church -- 7. The street -- pt. 2. A portrait of the artist as a young man, 1960-1971 -- 8. The home without books -- 9. The apprentice -- 10. The big Kahuna : Who’s that knocking at my door -- 11. The Sicilian butcher -- pt. 3. Break on through to the other side, 1972-1975 -- 12. The Roger Corman post-graduate university of sex, drugs, and rock and roll B movies : Boxcar Bertha -- 13. Neorealism American style : Mean streets -- 14. Hollywood! Alice doesn’t live here anymore -- 15. My voyage through hell : Taxi driver -- pt. 4. In excess, 1976-1978 -- 16. Disaster movies : New York, New York -- pt. 5. Redemption, 1979-1989 -- 17. "I’m not an animal" : Raging bull -- 18. The double : The king of comedy -- 19. K : After hours -- 20. Resurrection : The color of money -- 21. Passion play : The last temptation of Christ -- 22. New York, New York : New York stories --
pt. 6. The eternal flame, 1990-1998 -- 23. "We make street movies" : GoodFellas -- 24. The old and the new : Cape Fear -- 25. Emotional violence : The age of innocence -- 26. Trilogy : Casino -- 27. Zenned in : Kundun -- pt. 7. Out of touch/out of time, 1999-2007 -- 28. Five marriages -- 29. Taxi driver lite : Bringing out the dead -- 30. New York stories : Gangs of New York -- 31. My voyage to Spielberg/Lucasland : The aviator -- 32. Tribal rites of the Irish : The departed -- Epilogue -- Appendix A : Filmography as director : fictional works -- Appendix B : Filmography as director : nonfiction -- Appendix C : Filmography as actor -- Appendix D : Filmography as executive producer and producer -- Appendix E : Filmography as presenter -- Appendix F : Interview with Martin Scorsese -- Bibliography -- Index.
For over four decades, Martin Scorsese has been the chronicler of an obsessive society, where material possessions and physical comfort are valued, where the pursuit of individual improvement is rewarded and where male prerogative is respected and preserved. Scorsese has often described his films as sociology and he has a point: his storytelling condenses complex information into comprehensible narratives about society. In this sense, he has been a guide through a dark world of nineteenth century crypto-fascism to a fetishistic twentieth century in which goods, fame, money and power are held to have magical power. Author of Tyson: Nurture of the Beast and Beckham, Ellis Cashmore turns his attention to arguably the most influential living film- maker to explore how Scorsese envisions America. Greed, manhood, the city and romantic love feature on Scorsese's landscape of secular materialism. They are among the themes Cashmore argues have driven and inform Scorsese's work. This is America, as seen through the eyes of Martin Scorsese and it is a deeply unpleasant place. Cashmore's book discloses how, collectively, Scorsese's films present an image of America. It's an image assembled from the perspectives of obsessive people, whether burned-out paramedics, compulsive entrepreneurs, tortured lovers, or celebrity-fixated comedians. It's collected from pool halls, taxicabs, boxing rings and jazz clubs. It's an image that's specific, yet ubiquitous. It is Martin Scorsese's America.
Hollywood’s Italian American Filmmakers: Capra, Scorsese, Savoca, Coppola, and Tarantino
by Jonathan J. Cavallero
Call Number: Schaffner Library: 791.43089 C377h
Publication Date: 2011
Introduction -- Frank Capra : ethnic denial and its impossibility -- Martin Scorsese : confined and defined by ethnicity -- Nancy Savoca : ethnicity, class, and gender -- Francis Ford Coppola : ethnic nostalgia in The godfather trilogy -- Quentin Tarantino : ethnicity and the postmodern -- Conclusion : ancestral legacies and history’s lessons.
The national and the local: ballyhoo and the U.S. film audience -- Regulating national markets: Chinese censorship and The bitter tea of General Yen -- Film education and quality entertainment for children and adolescents -- The business of America: Mr. Smith, John Doe, and the politicized viewer -- Coercive viewings: soldiers and prisoners watch movies -- Politics and pedagogy near the end of a career: from feature films to television production.
Whether it's the hum drum existence of Marion Crane and her illicit love affair, the psychotic antics of Norman Bates, the sudden irrational migration of birds, a crop duster swooping down on Roger Thornhill in the middle of nowhere, or Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace's unforgettable dance at Jack Rabbit Slim's - they are all cinematic moments that forever changed the psyche and viewing experience of American audiences. Bigger Than Blockbusters: Movies That Defined America tells the stories behind the most significant and influential films in American culture, movies that have had a profound influence on the literary, cinematic and popular culture of our time. Arranged chronologically, the volume gives readers an opportunity to place the films within the context of the social and cultural historic dynamic of the time, making this an ideal source for student papers and reports. Each entry includes the filmmaker, actors, release information, a synopsis of the film, critics' reviews, awards, current availability, and then background on the making of the film in an artistic, economic, and technological context. Spanning all genres, including horror and drama, adventure, comedy, musicals, science fiction, and more, this volume is loaded with enough trivia and factoids to satisfy even the most die-hard movie buff. Also included are other Greatest Films compilations from the National Society of Film Critics and noteworthy sources for comparative purposes. Guaranteed to inspire forays into film favorites as well as some very lively debate, this resource is essential reading for film lovers and students alike.