The Final Film of Laurel and Hardy

A Study of the Chaotic Making and Marketing of Atoll K

Author: Norbert Aping

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786451742

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 280

View: 9203

The remarkable story behind the planning, development and marketing of Laurel and Hardy's ill-received final film, Atoll K, has been little explored. Details on the script development, cast, crew, locations, and even basic information on running times and release dates have been sketchy at best since the film's 1951 release. This work reconstructs the circumstances surrounding this unusual international co-production (Atoll K was a French-Italian film with English-speaking stars). Through lost documents detailing the film's production and funding, previously unreleased behind-the-scenes photos, and a rare interview with French movie star Suzy Delair, the author explores the continuous changes to the film's script during its chaotic production and the final marketing of the film's many different versions (Atoll K was also released as Robinson Crusoeland in the United Kingdom and as Utopia in the United States). Several appendices detail alternative sequences and cut scenes in various versions of the film and include French box-office reports from 1951 to 1952 as well as a complete filmography.

The American Marshall Plan Film Campaign and the Europeans

A Captivated Audience?

Author: Maria Fritsche

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350009350

Category: History

Page: 360

View: 7658

The US government launched the European Recovery Programme, otherwise known as the 'Marshall Plan', in order to save war-torn Europe from collapse in 1948. Yet while much is known about the economic side of the Marshall Plan, the extensive film campaign that accompanied it has been largely overlooked until now. The American Marshall Plan Film Campaign and the Europeans is the first book to explore the use of the Marshall Plan films and, importantly, their distribution and reception across Europe. The study examines every available film – the 170 that remain from the 200 estimated to have been made – and looks at how they were designed to instil hope, argue the case for economic restructuring and persuade the Europeans of the superiority of the liberal-capitalist system. The book goes on to reason that the films served as a powerful weapon in the cultural Cold War, but that the European audiences were by no means passive victims of the US propaganda effort. Maria Fritsche discusses the Marshall Plan films in the context of countries across Western, Northern and Southern Europe, covering the majority of the 17 European countries that participated in the Plan in the process. The book incorporates 70 images and utilises a vast number of archival sources to explore the strategies the US adopted to sway the minds of the Europeans, the problems they encountered in the process and, not least, the varied responses of the European audiences. It is a vital study for any scholar or student keen to know more about postwar recovery in Europe, the legacy of the Second World War or America's relationship with Europe in the 20th century.


Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Academic libraries

Page: N.A

View: 6441


Our Gang

The Life and Times of the Little Rascals

Author: Leonard Maltin,Richard W. Bann

Publisher: Random House Value Pub


Category: Our Gang films.

Page: 288

View: 8159

More than three hundred production stills and publicity photographs illustrate an anecdotal account of the gang's years at Hal Roach Studios and MGM and career profiles of its star ragamuffins

Ownership and Appropriation

Author: Veronica Strang,Mark Busse

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 1847888402

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 1623

Through detailed case studies covering a wide range of related issues, Ownership and Appropriation provides a new approach to this key anthropological topic.

The Complete Films of Laurel and Hardy

Author: William K. Everson

Publisher: Citadel Press

ISBN: 9780806501468

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 223

View: 7543

Traces the careers and film roles of Stan and Ollie through a photographic essay of their ninety-nine comedies

Hollywood's Blacklists: A Political and Cultural History

A Political and Cultural History

Author: Reynold Humphries

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 074863052X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

View: 2309

'Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?' That question was to be repeated endlessly during the anti-Communist investigations carried out by the House Committee on un-American Activities (HUAC) in the early 1950s. The refusal of ten members of the film industry to answer the question in 1947 led to the decision by studio bosses to fire them and never to hire known Communists in the future. The Hearings led to scores of actors, writers and directors being named as Communists or sympathisers. All were blacklisted and fired. Hollywood's Blacklists is a history of the political and cultural factors relevant to understanding the why and the how of the various investigations of the alleged Communist infiltration of Hollywood. What was HUAC? What propaganda role did films play during World War II and the Cold War? What values were at stake in the confrontation between Left and Right that saw the former so resoundingly defeated and expelled from Hollywood? Answers to these and other questions are offered via analyses of the motives of the various players and of the tactics deployed by HUAC to reward collaboration and punish dissent.

Landscape-scale Conservation Planning

Author: Stephen C. Trombulak,Robert Baldwin

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789048195756

Category: Science

Page: 427

View: 3962

Hugh P. Possingham Landscape-scale conservation planning is coming of age. In the last couple of decades, conservation practitioners, working at all levels of governance and all spatial scales, have embraced the CARE principles of conservation planning – Comprehensiveness, Adequacy, Representativeness, and Efficiency. Hundreds of papers have been written on this theme, and several different kinds of software program have been developed and used around the world, making conservation planning based on these principles global in its reach and influence. Does this mean that all the science of conservation planning is over – that the discovery phase has been replaced by an engineering phase as we move from defining the rules to implementing them in the landscape? This book and the continuing growth in the literature suggest that the answer to this question is most definitely ‘no. ’ All of applied conservation can be wrapped up into a single sentence: what should be done (the action), in what place, at what time, using what mechanism, and for what outcome (the objective). It all seems pretty simple – what, where, when, how and why. However stating a problem does not mean it is easy to solve.


A Place Called Home

Author: Daryl Tarte

Publisher: ANU Press

ISBN: 1925022056

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

View: 8013

Few people have been in the unique position of being able to observe and record the dramatic changes that have taken place in the islands of Fiji over the past 80 years than fourth-generation citizen, Daryl Tarte. He writes emotively, in great detail, about his personal experience of growing up on a remote island during the colonial era, when races were segregated, and white people lived an elite existence. Following independence, he has been personally involved with many of the key economic, political and social activities that have evolved and enabled the nation to progress during the 20th century. These include the sugar industry, tourism, commerce and industry, religion, the media, women and of course, the coups. His observations into the complexities of leadership in these areas of national development are fascinating and perceptive. Much of the story is told through the eyes of the many people of all races with whom he has interacted. Fiji is made up of over 300 unique islands. Tarte has been to many of them, and in a final chapter he gives an insightful commentary of how different they all are.

Made to Break

Technology and Obsolescence in America

Author: Giles Slade

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674043758

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 336

View: 3621

Made to Break is a history of twentieth-century technology as seen through the prism of obsolescence. Giles Slade explains how disposability was a necessary condition for America's rejection of tradition and our acceptance of change and impermanence. This book gives us a detailed and harrowing picture of how, by choosing to support ever-shorter product lives, we may well be shortening the future of our way of life as well.

Encyclopedia of Caves and Karst Science

Author: John Gunn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135455082

Category: Reference

Page: 960

View: 9774

The Encyclopedia of Caves and Karst Science contains 350 alphabetically arranged entries. The topics include cave and karst geoscience, cave archaeology and human use of caves, art in caves, hydrology and groundwater, cave and karst history, and conservation and management. The Encyclopedia is extensively illustrated with photographs, maps, diagrams, and tables, and has thematic content lists and a comprehensive index to facilitate searching and browsing.

Environmental Histories of the Cold War

Author: J. R. McNeill,Corinna R. Unger

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521762448

Category: History

Page: 362

View: 2944

Explores the links between the Cold War and the global environment, ranging from the environmental impacts of nuclear weapons to the political repercussions of environmentalism.

Creative Clowning, Fourth Edition

Author: Bruce Fife,Tony Blanco,Steve Kissell,Bruce Johnson,Ralph Dewey,Hal Diamond,Jack Wiley,Gene Lee

Publisher: Piccadilly Books, Ltd.

ISBN: 1515005240

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 220

View: 8254

The Fourth Edition has full-color photos and drawings throughout. Known as the "Bible of Clowning" by professional clowns, this fun-filled book goes beyond merely explaining how to perform the physical skills, it teaches the reader how to use these skills creatively to become funny and entertaining. Drawing from the combined experience and talents of eight professional entertainers and respected authors, this book provides step-by-step instructions on everything from juggling to makeup, and being funny, to setting up and operating a home-based entertainment business.Includes information on comedy magic, stiltwalking and unicycling, balloon sculpting, funny juggling, fun with puppets, silly music, balancing buffoonery, mine and physical comedy, makeup and wardrobe, developing a lovable character, controlling an audience, creative use of props, how to create funny routines and gags, how to be a good comedian, and how to make a successful living as a children's entertainer."More than balloon tying and makeup tips, this tutorial teaches the practical and business aspects of the clowning profession...The eight authors, all experts in the field, explain the how-to's of juggling, puppetry, slapstick, magic, joke telling and stiltwalking. Even for those not aspiring to clown stardom or planning to set up their own entertainment business, this volume can be useful as a source for planning a party or special school event."-Booklist, American Library Association"The strengths of the book lie in the detailed, comprehensive coverage of the topic, the inclusion of many ideas and examples, and the emphasis on in-depth understanding of the process involved in creation of character and comic routine."-School Library Journal"It's an excellent book, for both beginner and advanced clown. I have recommended it to my local clown groups and my beginning class at Purdue."-Janet Tucker, President, World Clown Association"An excellent reference...outstanding book and I would rate it as a five red clown nose book."-Lee Mullally, Education Director, World Clown Association"Creative Clowning-the name says it! And the book shows the creativeness of its authors, and the ability to insert that same creativeness in its readers. Sit back, enjoy, learn, and truly become a creative clown."-Aye Jaye, world famous clown and magician"I would recommend the 223 page book to any clown, beginner or professional. It is the most complete book on clowning to is factual, informative and will become the reference book on clowning for the foreseeable future...the best on the market." -Jim Russell, Clowning Around magazine"An excellent book...If you're not funnier after reading this book, you're hopeless."-The Book Reader "Magicians have the Tarbell Course of Magic and now, at last, clowns have a source in the same caliber. It doesn't matter if you have been a clown for an hour or for years, you can learn and benefit from this book. I cannot say enough about this book but "Thanks" and my future audiences would definitely say "Thanks" for your contribution to the future development of laughter!"-Charles G. Martin, professional clown and magician"Provides oodles of information on everything from funny juggling and performing miracles to handling troublemakers and putting on clown makeup...It could definitely be used as a textbook in clown school, but it could just as well be read by anyone who is interested in comedy in general...the writing in this book is clear and simple and hence, very entertaining...For those who are considering a career in clowndom, this book is a must For those who just want to have a good time reading about this most happy of careers, this book is also a must."-Nashua Telegraph

Critical Mass

Happenings, Fluxus, Performance, Intermedia, and Rutgers University, 1958-1972

Author: Geoffrey Hendricks,Mead Art Museum (Amherst College)

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813533032

Category: Art

Page: 211

View: 3470

Critical Mass chronicles ephemeral work on the Rutgers campus and in New York City, and the innovations that grew from Robert Watts, Allan Kaprow, and George Brecht's "Project in Multiple Dimensions." With texts and performance scores by artists - together with numerous photographs of the events and essays by art historians and critics Hannah Higgins, Jill Johnston, Susan Ryan, and Kristine Stiles - Critical Mass presents a vivid picture of a dynamic movement.

Microbial Forensics

Author: Bruce Budowle,Steven E. Schutzer,Roger G. Breeze,Paul S. Keim,Stephen A. Morse

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 9780123820075

Category: Law

Page: 744

View: 9354

Microbial Forensics is a rapidly evolving scientific discipline. In the last decade, and particularly due to the anthrax letter attacks in the United States, microbial forensics has become more formalized and has played an increasingly greater role in crime investigations. This has brought renewed interest, development and application of new technologies, and new rules of forensic and policy engagement. It has many applications ranging from biodefense, criminal investigations, providing intelligence information, making society more secure, and helping protect precious resources, particularly human life. A combination of diverse areas is investigated, including the major disciplines of biology, microbiology, medicine, chemistry, physics, statistics, population genetics, and computer science. Microbial Forensics, Second Edition is fully revised and updated and serves as a complete reference of the discipline. It describes the advances, as well as the challenges and opportunities ahead, and will be integral in applying science to help solve future biocrimes. A collection of microbiology, virology, toxicology and mycology as it relates to forensics, in one reference New and expanded content to include statistical analysis of forensic data and legal admissibility and the standards of evidence, to name a few Includes research information and application of that research to crime scene analysis, which will allow practitioners to understand and apply the knowledge to their practice with ease

Pathways to the Present

U.s. Development and Its Consequences in the Pacific

Author: Mansel G. Blackford

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824830733

Category: History

Page: 267

View: 1980

Ranging from the Hawaiian Archipelago to the Aleutian Islands, from Silicon Valley to Guam, Pathways to the Present is a thoroughly researched and concisely argued account of economic and environmental change in the postwar American Pacific. Following a brief survey of the history of the Pacific, the author takes the Hawaiian Islands as the center of American activities in the region and looks at interactions among native Hawaiian, developmental, military, and environmental issues in the archipelago after World War II. He then turns to land- and water-use problems that have intersected with more nebulous quality-of-life concerns to generate policy controversies in the Seattle region and the San Francisco Bay area, especially Silicon Valley. Economic expansion and environmentalism in Alaska are examined through the lens of changes occurring along the Aleutians. From there the study considers Hiroshima after its destruction by the atomic bomb in 1945, looking at residents desire to combine urban-planning concepts. The author investigates the effort to remake Hiroshima as a high-tech city in the 1990s, an attempt inspired by the perceived success of Silicon Valley, and postwar planning on Okinawa, where American influences were particularly strong. The final chapter takes into account issues raised on Guam regarding the growth of tourism and the use of the island for military purposes and links these to developments in the Philippines to the west and American Samoa to the south. "

New Media, Old Media

A History and Theory Reader

Author: Wendy Hui Kyong Chun,Thomas Keenan

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415942249

Category: Computers

Page: 418

View: 4045

In this history of new media technologies, leading media and cultural theorists examine new media against the background of traditional media such as film, photography, and print in order to evaluate the multiple claims made about the benefits and freedom of digital media.

Laurel and Hardy

The Magic Behind the Movies

Author: Randy Skretvedt

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781937878047


Page: 632

View: 2339

The Ultimate Edition of the premier behind-the-scenes look at the world's favorite comedy team, this completely revised, greatly expanded Limited Collectors Edition recounts the making of all of Stan and Ollie's classic movies.

The Social Construction of Climate Change

Power, Knowledge, Norms, Discourses

Author: Mary E. Pettenger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317015851

Category: Science

Page: 280

View: 2839

Individuals, international organizations and states are calling for the world to confront climate change. Efforts such as the Kyoto Protocol have produced intractable disputes and are deemed inadequate. This volume adopts two constructivist perspectives - norm-centred and discourse - to explore the social construction of climate change from a broad, theoretical level to particular cases. The contributors contend that climate change must be understood from the context of social settings, and that we ignore at our peril how power and knowledge structures are generated. They offer a greater understanding of why current efforts to mitigate climate change have failed and provide academics and policy makers with a new understanding of this important topic.