When the fog rolls in, it is hard to resist its impact upon civilization. In John Carpenter´s The Fog, the fog of nature is so irresistible that it might just crush those who think that they can control or predict it. It´s a classic tale of man and enlightenment ´´reason´´ attempting to overcome or subvert the deleterious forces of nature. In part, that is why the cinematic tale is so compelling. Humans need to find a way to overcome the raw power and implied alienation of Nature (from humankind), while appearing civilized in the process. The Fog deftly handles these universal themes, as it unfolds a tale about a local D.J. who warns a nearby ship about the impending fog, which may cause the crew to lose their bearings! In this trivia quiz, you´ll test yourself and your memory about this great cinematic work from horror film creator/legend, John Carpenter. Sample question: The old book uncovered by the priest is a journal written by whom? His brother who had emigrated from America The woman whom he was to marry had he not taken the vows of celibacy An old pioneer who starved in the mountains Another priest, Father Malone None of the above 1. Language: English. Narrator: James D Callaway. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/092381de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Why does the cinema have the power to move the heart, stimulate the mind, and dazzle the imagination? How did the art of film develop from its origins to the present day? This course covers the history and aesthetics of the movies. It traces the experiments and innovations that gave rise to the modern cinema, developing a vocabulary that helps explain the variety of choices filmmakers make when they construct shots and edit them together. In each lecture, Professor Raphael Shargel introduces a period of film history, talks about its importance, covers aspects of cinematic technique, and illustrates his points by analyzing specific movies from the era under discussion. The course thus has both breadth and depth, covering the major movements in film history while at the same time focusing on key pictures worthy of study and enjoyment. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Professor Raphael Shargel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/002716de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mike Medavoy is a Hollywood rarity: a studio executive who, though never far from controversy, remained loved and respected through four decades of moviemaking. He helped bring to the screen some of the most acclaimed Oscar-winning films of our time, including Apocalypse Now, One Flew over the Cuckoo´s Nest, Amadeus, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, and Sleepless in Seattle. Of course, there are the box-office disasters, which also have a place in his fascinating memoir, a pull-no-punches account of financial and political maneuvering, of creativity stymied, and of working with the industry´s brightest star power. An eyewitness to Hollywood history in the making, Medavoy gives a powerful and poignant view of the past and future of a world he knows intimately. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robertson Dean. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/003141de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Film critic John Powers talks with host Terry Gross about the holiday movies coming out and about his favorite films from the last year. (Broadcast Date: December 21, 2001) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/011221de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Power is a science fiction classic from the 1950s. After the book´s initial publication, it was produced as a TV special starring Theodore Bikel and later as a George Pal film starring George Hamilton and Suzanne Pleshette. It is the tale of a mutant superman in hiding and the terrifying search to find him. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bronson Pinchot. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015172de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Arianna loves film, which is why she actually quite likes her job at the local movie theatre. She´s fascinated by the power that movies have to transport you to another world, but when a mysterious film canister arrives, Arianna quickly learns that this power of transportation can work in both directions. Determined to uncover the mystery of this mysterious porno, titled The Phantom Film, Arianna and her boss have a private screening. Soon enough, Arianna becomes the star of her own supernatural gangbang! This is a filthy short story containing highly explicit words. It includes rough sex, gangbangs, double penetration, bukkake, monster sex, and horny phantoms. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hannah Wilde. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/052529de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Is theater really dead? Does the theater, as its champions insist, really provide a more intimate experience than film? If so, how have changes in cinematic techniques and technologies altered the relationship between stage and film? What are the inherent limitations of representing three-dimensional spaces in a two-dimensional one, and vice versa? American Drama in the Age of Film examines the strengths and weaknesses of both the dramatic and cinematic arts to confront the standard arguments in the film-versus-theater debate. Using widely known adaptations of ten major plays, Brietzke seeks to highlight the inherent powers of each medium and draw conclusions not just about how they differ, but how they ought to differ as well. He contrasts both stage and film productions of, among other works, David Mamet´s Glengarry Glen Ross, Sam Shepard´s True West, Edward Albee´s Who´s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Margaret Edson´s Wit, Tony Kushner´s Angels in America, Tennessee Williams´ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Arthur Miller´s Death of a Salesman, and August Wilson´s The Piano Lesson. In reading the dual productions of these works, Brietzke finds that cinema has indeed stolen much of theater´s former thunder, by making drama more intimate, and visceral than most live events. But theater is still vital and matters greatly, Brietzke argues, though for reasons that run counter to many of the virtues traditionally attributed to it as an art form, such as intimacy and spontaneity. Brietzke seeks to revitalize perceptions of theater by challenging those common pieties and offering a new critical paradigm, one that champions spectacle and simultaneity as the most, not least, important elements of drama. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian E. Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/001526de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On the centenary of the death of Rasputin comes a definitive biography that will dramatically change our understanding of this fascinating figure. A hundred years after his murder, Rasputin continues to excite the popular imagination as the personification of evil. Numerous biographies, novels, and films recount his mysterious rise to power as Nicholas and Alexandra´s confidant and the guardian of the sickly heir to the Russian throne. His debauchery and sinister political influence are the stuff of legend, and the downfall of the Romanov dynasty was laid at his feet. But as the prizewinning historian Douglas Smith shows, the true story of Rasputin´s life and death has remained shrouded in myth. A major new work that combines probing scholarship and powerful storytelling, Rasputin separates fact from fiction to reveal the real life of one of history´s most alluring figures. Drawing on a wealth of forgotten documents from archives in seven countries, Smith presents Rasputin in all his complexity - man of God, voice of peace, loyal subject, adulterer, drunkard. Rasputin is not just a definitive biography of an extraordinary and legendary man, but a fascinating portrait of the twilight of imperial Russia as it lurched toward catastrophe. 1. Language: English. Narrator: PJ Ochlan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/002392de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mel Brooks´ own words telling all about the players, the filming, and studio antics during the production of this great comedy classic. The book is alive and teeming with original interviews and hilarious commentary. Young Frankenstein was made with deep respect for the craft and history of cinema - and for the power of a good schwanzstucker joke. This book, written by one of the greatest comedy geniuses of all time, takes listeners inside the classic film´s marvelous creation story via contemporary interviews with the cast and crew, most notably legendary writer-director Mel Brooks. This book also relies on interviews with gifted director of photography Gerald Hirschfeld, Academy Award-winning actress Cloris Leachman, and veteran producer Michael Gruskoff. Mel Brooks is an American film director, screenwriter, comedian, actor, producer, composer, and songwriter. Brooks is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies including The Producers, The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World, Part I, Spaceballs, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. More recently he had a smash hit on Broadway with the musical adaptation of his first film, The Producers. An EGOT winner, he received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2009, the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award in June 2013, and a British Film Institute Fellowship in March 2015. Three of Brooks´ classics have appeared on AFI´s 100 Years...100 Laughs list: Blazing Saddles at number six, The Producers at number 11, and Young Frankenstein at number 13. Judd Apatow is one of the most important comic minds of his generation. He wrote and directed the films The 40-Year-Old Virgin (cowritten with Steve Carell), Knocked Up, Funny People, and This Is 40, and his producing credits include Superbad, Br... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mel Brooks, Michael Gruskoff, Robert Petkoff, Ellen Archer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/002778de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Why is pop culture obsessed with blondes? From Marilyn Monroe to Rihanna, we look at the seductive power of golden locks. And on Hollywood’s biggest weekend, we ask, do the Oscars matter anymore? Plus Kurt Andersen gets a tour of the dozens of birds, plants, antiques, and oh yeah, paintings, in artist Hunt Slonem’s Manhattan studio. [Broadcast date: February 25, 2012] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/120225de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.