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Film Genere Holywood And Beyond

by Barry Langford

The overall approach of Film Genre: Hollywood and Beyond situates genres in their historical - primarily, cultural and (film) industrial contexts; the overarching context of the book is the transition from the ‘classical’ Hollywood system to a ‘post-classical’ mode that extends to the present day. In making this separation, I neither explicitly challenge nor endorse arguments about the extent to which ‘post-classical’ Hollywood represents a qualita¬tively different set of visual stylistics in Hollywood film.

'Rommel?' 'Gunner Who?': A Confrontation in the Desert (Spike Milligan War Memoirs #2)

by Spike Milligan

Spike Milligan's legendary war memoirs are a hilarious and subversive first-hand account of the Second World War, as well as a fascinating portrait of the formative years of this towering comic genius, most famous as writer and star of The Goon Show. They have sold over 4.5 million copies since they first appeared.'The most irreverent, hilarious book about the war that I have ever read' Sunday Express'Brilliant verbal pyrotechnics, throwaway lines and marvelous anecdotes' Daily Mail'Desperately funny, vivid, vulgar' Sunday Times'Keep talking, Milligan. I think I can get you out on Mental Grounds.' 'That's how I got in, sir.' 'Didn't we all.'The second volume of Spike Milligan's legendary recollections of life as a gunner in World War Two sees our hero into battle in North Africa - eventually. First, there is important preparation to be done: extensive periods of loitering ('We had been standing by vehicles for an hour and nothing had happened, but it happened frequently'), psychological toughening ('If a man dies when you hang him, keep hanging him until he gets used to it') and living dangerously ('no underwear!'). At last the battle for Tunis is upon them...'That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently. A great man' Stephen Fry'Milligan is the Great God to all of us' John Cleese'The Godfather of Alternative Comedy' Eddie Izzard'Manifestly a genius, a comic surrealist genius and had no equal' Terry Wogan'A totally original comedy writer' Michael Palin'Close in stature to Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear in his command of the profound art of nonsense' GuardianSpike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century. Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy. At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary Goon Show. Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.

Semi-Detached

by Griff Rhys Jones

Semi-detached Griff relives freezing bus journeys to school and the impulsive stealing of that half-a-crown from Charlie Hume’s money box; sitting outside Butlins at Clacton (longing to be inside and on the Waltzer instead of stranded on the pebbles with his dad); hazy summer afternoons spent with feral gangs in the woods, or storming the mud flats singing extracts from the Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band. The memories are like Mivvis, frozen and fuzzy at the edges, but a sweet jam of pure recollected goo at the centre.From birth to the BBC, this is a story of a confident middle child. Griff’s devoted parents Gwynneth and Elwyn gave him love, security and plenty of asparagus soup from a fake wicker vacuum flask with a plastic top. Griff’s father Elwyn, a retiring hospital doctor with a penchant for sweeties and ice-cream, loathed the tedium of English social ritual and hid behind his family and woodwork. From tree houses to boats, puppets to tables, he sawed and hammered his way into his family’s affections.Griff left the bosom of his loving, irascible, eccentric, solid, all engulfing family for the firm embrace of real life; via the Upminster Fun Gang, the Direct Grant System and Party Sevens, losing his virginity down the back of a bunk in a twenty nine foot yacht, discovering the romantic advantages of shared babysitting engagements and the drawbacks of infatuation with identical twins. If he hadn’t moved around so much as a child, would Griff have felt less like a voyeur, looking in on the lighted window across the square, the Georgian house glowing in the sun, the clink of glasses and the bray of public school certainties? Would he be able to tuck in his own shirt? Would he be fully detached? A laugh-aloud buffet of baby boomer Britain, Griff’s self-deprecating, elegant, affectionate prose reveals a little bit better how on earth you got from there to here.

Kicking the Bar: The life and legacy of broadcaster Huw Wheldon

by Wynn Wheldon

Written by his son, Kicking the Bar is the comprehensive biography of Huw Wheldon, one of the most well-respected and influential media figures in British history – with a foreword by Sir David Attenborough. As a former BBC broadcaster and executive, Huw Wheldon ran the network in the 60s and 70s during a tumultuous period many describe as the 'Golden Age of Television', with programmes such as Civilization, Alistair Cooke's America, The Ascent of Man, Steptoe and Son, Till Death Us Do Part, and Dad's Army.Wynn Wheldon weaves the story of his father's life, tracing back to his forebears in nineteenth-century Wales and their strong protestant ethic that would influence his future endeavours, and culminating in a moving chapter describing the final months of his life. In between, he explores his father's childhood and education – revisiting his time at the London School of Economics; his service in the Second World War (including landing by glider in Normandy and passing through Belsen days after its liberation); and his eventual foray into the arts and media, leading iconic entertainers and broadcasters through the extraordinary new medium of television. Kicking the Bar is partly a fascinating history of the remarkable man who helped shape Britain's cultural landscape, and partly the tender reflections of a son on his relationship with his father.

The Rainbow Comes and Goes

by Lady Diana Cooper

Lady Diana Cooper was a star of the early twentieth stage, screen and social scene. This first instalment of her sparkling autobiography tells of her upbringing, her beautiful artistic mother and aristocratic father, her debut into high society and the glittering parties - 'dancing and extravagance and lashing of wine, and charades and moonlit balconies and kisses' - which were interrupted with the outbreak of the First World War. This volume ends with Diana's marriage to the 'love of her life', diplomat and politician Duff Cooper.

Christopher Isherwood Diaries Volume 1

by Christopher Isherwood

In 1939 Christopher Isherwood and W. H. Auden emigrated together to the United States. In spare, luminous prose these diaries describe Isherwood's search for a new life in California; his work as a screenwriter in Hollywood, his pacifism during World War II and his friendships with such gifted artists and intellectuals as Garbo, Chaplin, Thomas Mann, Charles Laughton, Gielgud, Olivier, Richard Burton and Aldous Huxley.Throughout this period, Isherwood continued to write novels and sustain his literary friendships - with E. M. Forster, Somerset Maugham, Tennessee Williams and others. He turned to his diaries several times a week to record jokes and gossip, observations about his adopted country, philosophy and mystical insights. His devotion to his diary was a way of accounting for himself; he used it as both a discipline and a release.

Waging Heavy Peace Deluxe: A Hippie Dream

by Neil Young

The deluxe eBook edition of Waging Heavy Peace includes excerpts of more than fifteen Neil Young songs (personally selected by Young himself) such as "After the Gold Rush," "Like a Hurricane," and "The Needle and the Damage Done," providing a soundtrack to his stories. Interspersed throughout the text are ten rare Young videos from his own archives, offering an uncommon behind the scenes glimpse of the man behind this memoir. In addition, a complete discography guarantees that diehard devotees and new fans alike enjoy the ultimate Neil Young experience. For the first time, legendary singer, songwriter, and guitarist Neil Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical creativity. He tells of his childhood in Ontario, where his father instilled in him a love for the written word; his first brush with mortality when he contracted polio at the age of five; struggling to pay rent during his early days with the Squires; traveling the Canadian prairies in Mort, his 1948 Buick hearse; performing in a remote town as a polar bear prowled beneath the floorboards; leaving Canada on a whim in 1966 to pursue his musical dreams in the pot-filled boulevards and communal canyons of Los Angeles; the brief but influential life of Buffalo Springfield, which formed almost immediately after his arrival in California. He recounts their rapid rise to fame and ultimate break-up; going solo and overcoming his fear of singing alone; forming Crazy Horse and writing "Cinnamon Girl," "Cowgirl in the Sand," and "Down by the River" in one day while sick with the flu; joining Crosby, Stills & Nash, recording the landmark CSNY album, Déjà vu, and writing the song, "Ohio;" life at his secluded ranch in the redwoods of Northern California and the pot-filled jam sessions there; falling in love with his wife, Pegi, and the birth of his three children; and finally, finding the contemplative paradise of Hawaii. Astoundingly candid, witty, and as uncompromising and true as his music, Waging Heavy Peace is Neil Young's journey as only he can tell it.

The Book of Tangrams: 700 Puzzles

by Sam Loyd

The challenge of the tangram, the original "Chinese puzzle," lies in your ability to arrange seven geometrical pieces — a square, a rhomboid, and five triangles — into a variety of different shapes. Collected by Sam Loyd, America's great puzzle expert, these 700 endlessly absorbing tangrams offer hours of mind-expanding amusement. Sam Loyd's The Book of Tangrams is also a tribute to this tricky and intriguing puzzle. In a famous and delightful spoof of the tangram's history, Loyd includes running commentary on the popular puzzle's origins in ancient China, its religious significance, and its relation to the Pythagorean theorem. But don't let the amusing dialogue fool you! The puzzles are genuine challenges. If you've ever tried your hand at tangrams before, you're probably already addicted to their limitless possibilities. If you haven't, this classic puzzle potpourri will have you hooked in no time! Solutions are included.

Circus balancing act (Large Print)


This page shows two circus acrobats. The first acrobat stands facing forward at the bottom of the page, while the second one balances upside down, on one hand, on the first acrobat's head. There is a locator dot shown, which will be at the top left of the page when the image is the right way up. At the bottom of the page are the feet of the first acrobat, who is supporting the second acrobat. Above these are his legs wearing tights, and his bare chest. Up again are his strong shoulders with his arms held out wide to the left and right, to make his stance more stable. He wears bands on his wrists to reduce the risk of injury. His head is bearing the weight of the second acrobat further up the page who is balancing on one hand. The second acrobat wears a band on his wrist, and his arm continues vertically up the page. To the right of this his upside-down head can be found, and to the right again is his other arm wearing a wristband. Up the page from his head are his bare chest and his two legs stretched out to the left and right to help him balance.

Circus balancing act (UEB Contracted)


This page shows two circus acrobats. The first acrobat stands facing forward at the bottom of the page, while the second one balances upside down, on one hand, on the first acrobat's head. There is a locator dot shown, which will be at the top left of the page when the image is the right way up. At the bottom of the page are the feet of the first acrobat, who is supporting the second acrobat. Above these are his legs wearing tights, and his bare chest. Up again are his strong shoulders with his arms held out wide to the left and right, to make his stance more stable. He wears bands on his wrists to reduce the risk of injury. His head is bearing the weight of the second acrobat further up the page who is balancing on one hand. The second acrobat wears a band on his wrist, and his arm continues vertically up the page. To the right of this his upside-down head can be found, and to the right again is his other arm wearing a wristband. Up the page from his head are his bare chest and his two legs stretched out to the left and right to help him balance.

Circus balancing act (UEB uncontracted)


This page shows two circus acrobats. The first acrobat stands facing forward at the bottom of the page, while the second one balances upside down, on one hand, on the first acrobat's head. There is a locator dot shown, which will be at the top left of the page when the image is the right way up. At the bottom of the page are the feet of the first acrobat, who is supporting the second acrobat. Above these are his legs wearing tights, and his bare chest. Up again are his strong shoulders with his arms held out wide to the left and right, to make his stance more stable. He wears bands on his wrists to reduce the risk of injury. His head is bearing the weight of the second acrobat further up the page who is balancing on one hand. The second acrobat wears a band on his wrist, and his arm continues vertically up the page. To the right of this his upside-down head can be found, and to the right again is his other arm wearing a wristband. Up the page from his head are his bare chest and his two legs stretched out to the left and right to help him balance.

Circus Ringmaster (Large Print)


This is a picture of the circus ringmaster in his traditional costume holding a whip. He is standing facing forward in the middle of the page so all his limbs and facial features can be seen. There is a locator dot shown, which will be at the top left of the page when the image is the right way up. At the top of the page is the ringmaster's tall top hat with some wisps of hair sticking out. Just down the page is his face with two eyes, nose and mouth visible. Down again are his bow tie, shirt and three-buttoned waistcoat. To either side are the lapels of his long frock coat, which comes down to his waist at the front and to his knees at the back. It has two buttons to the left of the waistcoat buttons. His arms are held out wide, the one to the right is holding the whip. Further down the page the ringmaster wears long trousers tucked into his long leather riding boots.

Circus Ringmaster (UEB Contracted)


This is a picture of the circus ringmaster in his traditional costume holding a whip. He is standing facing forward in the middle of the page so all his limbs and facial features can be seen. There is a locator dot shown, which will be at the top left of the page when the image is the right way up. At the top of the page is the ringmaster's tall top hat with some wisps of hair sticking out. Just down the page is his face with two eyes, nose and mouth visible. Down again are his bow tie, shirt and three-buttoned waistcoat. To either side are the lapels of his long frock coat, which comes down to his waist at the front and to his knees at the back. It has two buttons to the left of the waistcoat buttons. His arms are held out wide, the one to the right is holding the whip. Further down the page the ringmaster wears long trousers tucked into his long leather riding boots.

Circus Ringmaster (UEB uncontracted)


This is a picture of the circus ringmaster in his traditional costume holding a whip. He is standing facing forward in the middle of the page so all his limbs and facial features can be seen. There is a locator dot shown, which will be at the top left of the page when the image is the right way up. At the top of the page is the ringmaster's tall top hat with some wisps of hair sticking out. Just down the page is his face with two eyes, nose and mouth visible. Down again are his bow tie, shirt and three-buttoned waistcoat. To either side are the lapels of his long frock coat, which comes down to his waist at the front and to his knees at the back. It has two buttons to the left of the waistcoat buttons. His arms are held out wide, the one to the right is holding the whip. Further down the page the ringmaster wears long trousers tucked into his long leather riding boots.

Clown riding a 'Giraffe' unicycle (Large Print)


This is an image of a circus clown riding a one-wheeled cycle in the middle of the page. He is facing to the right with only one eye visible. There is a locator dot shown, which will be at the top left of the page when the image is the right way up. At the top centre of the page is the clown's little bowler hat sitting on his long hair. Just to the right of this is his face seen from the side with one eye, his comedy red nose and his big wide mouth. His arms are thrown out wide to the left and right from his right-facing body and down the page from this is his bottom sitting on the seat of the unicycle. Down the page again is the frame of the cycle with the clown's legs to the left and right and his feet in enormous clown boots on the pedals of the machine. His foot to the left is behind the arm of the pedal. At the bottom of the page is the cycle's wheel, connected to the pedals by a chain.

Clown riding a 'Giraffe' unicycle (UEB Contracted)


This is an image of a circus clown riding a one-wheeled cycle in the middle of the page. He is facing to the right with only one eye visible. There is a locator dot shown, which will be at the top left of the page when the image is the right way up. At the top centre of the page is the clown's little bowler hat sitting on his long hair. Just to the right of this is his face seen from the side with one eye, his comedy red nose and his big wide mouth. His arms are thrown out wide to the left and right from his right-facing body and down the page from this is his bottom sitting on the seat of the unicycle. Down the page again is the frame of the cycle with the clown's legs to the left and right and his feet in enormous clown boots on the pedals of the machine. His foot to the left is behind the arm of the pedal. At the bottom of the page is the cycle's wheel, connected to the pedals by a chain.

Clown riding a 'Giraffe' unicycle (UEB uncontracted)


This is an image of a circus clown riding a one-wheeled cycle in the middle of the page. He is facing to the right with only one eye visible. There is a locator dot shown, which will be at the top left of the page when the image is the right way up. At the top centre of the page is the clown's little bowler hat sitting on his long hair. Just to the right of this is his face seen from the side with one eye, his comedy red nose and his big wide mouth. His arms are thrown out wide to the left and right from his right-facing body and down the page from this is his bottom sitting on the seat of the unicycle. Down the page again is the frame of the cycle with the clown's legs to the left and right and his feet in enormous clown boots on the pedals of the machine. His foot to the left is behind the arm of the pedal. At the bottom of the page is the cycle's wheel, connected to the pedals by a chain.

Cousin Betty

by Honoré De Balzac

La Cousine Bette (French pronunciation: ​[la kuzin bɛt], Cousin Bette) is an 1846 novel by French author Honoré de Balzac. Set in mid-19th century Paris, it tells the story of an unmarried middle-aged woman who plots the destruction of her extended family. Bette works with Valérie Marneffe, an unhappily married young lady, to seduce and torment a series of men. One of these is Baron Hector Hulot, husband to Bette's cousin Adeline. He sacrifices his family's fortune and good name to please Valérie, who leaves him for a tradesman named Crevel. The book is part of the Scènes de la vie parisienne section of Balzac's novel sequence La Comédie humaine ("The Human Comedy").

Cousin Pons

by Honoré De Balzac

Mild, harmless and ugly to behold, the impoverished Pons is an ageing musician whose brief fame has fallen to nothing. Living a placid Parisian life as a bachelor in a shared apartment with his friend Schmucke, he maintains only two passions: a devotion to fine dining in the company of wealthy but disdainful relatives, and a dedication to the collection of antiques. When these relatives become aware of the true value of his art collection, however, their sneering contempt for the parasitic Pons rapidly falls away as they struggle to obtain a piece of the weakening man's inheritance. Taking its place in the Human Comedy as a companion to Cousin Bette, the darkly humorous Cousin Pons is among of the last and greatest of Balzac's novels concerning French urban society: a cynical, pessimistic but never despairing consideration of human nature.

Hamlet

by William Shakespeare

One of the greatest plays of all time, the compelling tragedy of the tormented young prince of Denmark continues to capture the imaginations of modern audiences worldwide. Confronted with evidence that his uncle murdered his father, and with his mother’s infidelity, Hamlet must find a means of reconciling his longing for oblivion with his duty as avenger. The ghost, Hamlet’s feigned madness, Ophelia’s death and burial, the play within a play, the “closet scene” in which Hamlet accuses his mother of complicity in murder, and breathtaking swordplay are just some of the elements that make Hamlet an enduring masterpiece of the theater.

Polly of the Circus

by Margaret Mayo

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

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