Visual Literature

Article by keaton

Cinema can quite rightly be considered visual literature. The sheer emotional power behind the performance of a gifted actor or an expertly composed scene is undeniable. Film and literature enjoy an almost symbiotic relationship that is unique among the arts. Think of how many great movies started off as great books! Or how aspects of cinematography have influenced narrative structure! Needless to say, the Brazos film section is a perennial favorite among the staff. We're excited to host two great events this week that are all about the movies!  

Stella!: Mother of Modern Acting (Applause Books) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781480355538
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Applause Books - April 1st, 2014

Stella Adler is an unquestioned legend of the acting profession. She was the first great Stanislavski disciple to introduce the Russian master’s method to American dramatists, and a mentor to a veritable who’s who of Hollywood royalty--Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, and Judy Garland just to name a few. In Sheana Ochoa’s new biography, STELLA! MOTHER OF MODERN ACTING, the incredible story behind this fascinating figure comes to light! Ochoa charts Adler’s life from her appearance as a toddler in the Yiddish Theatre of New York, to her battles against McCarthyism, and her ultimate triumph as one of the most influential acting coaches of all time. Sheana Ochoa presents STELLA! at Brazos Wednesday, November 5.

The newest offering from Austin publisher A Strange Object, OUR SECRET LIFE IN THE MOVIES blends fiction, memoir and film criticism into a highly entertaining collection of stories. After viewing several classic and cult films, co-authors Michael McGriff and JM Tyree each wrote short stories inspired by what they watched. By turns funny, cathartic and heartbreaking, OUR SECRET LIFE IN THE MOVIES illuminates just how much of a cultural impact cinema has on us. Join Brazos and A Strange Object at Grand Prize Bar this Thursday, November 6 at 6PM for a night of readings, screenings and cocktails!

Here are some other fantastic titles from our film section to check out next time you stop by: 

Martin Scorsese: A Retrospective Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419710629
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 7th, 2014

Martin Scorsese is hands down the greatest filmmaker of his era. Now, finally, there’s a complete overview of his iconic oeuvre. In MARTIN SCORSESE: A RETROSPECTIVE, more than 300 film stills, candid behind-the-scenes photographs, insightful interviews with the director, and expert essays provide unprecedented access into the process and philosophy of this cinematic genius. An indispensable volume for any film buff!

What I Love about Movies Cover Image
By David Jenkins (Editor), Adam Woodward (Editor)
ISBN: 9781623160623
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Opus Books - September 1st, 2014

This terrific book will leave any tapehead drooling! Brought to you by ubercool British film magazine Little White Lies, WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE MOVIES presents fifty profiles of the biggest filmmakers and actors in which they answer the titular question. Wes Anderson, Park Chan-wook, Helen Mirren, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman all make appearances. Accompanied by sumptuous illustrations, the brief biographies and quotes in WHAT I LOVE ABOUT MOVIES are peepholes into the minds of those artists responsible for some of the most vibrant cinema being made today.

Film in Five Seconds Cover Image
By H-57
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9781623658335
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Quercus - October 7th, 2014

FILM IN FIVE SECONDS is quite possibly the most fun time-waster you’ll come across this year! Hilarious infographic-style summaries of famous movies will leave you scratching your head in confusion and busting your gut laughing. This is such a visual book, it’s hard to describe exactly how awesome it is. But take our word for it--if you love movies and pop culture, FILM IN FIVE SECONDS is for you.

What do Ultraman, Godzilla, and all his enemies have in common? Eiji Tsuburaya created them all! More than any other filmmaker, Tsuburaya is single-handedly responsible for the aesthetic and content of mid-century Japanese science fiction films. EIJI TSUBURAYA: MASTER OF MONSTERS covers all of this cult icon's creations, and explores why in a post-atomic age his monsters resonated so much with moviegoers all around the world. Look out! There goes Tokyo!!!

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