• This indispensable guide provides a thorough chronological examination of Ridley Scott's directorial career. All of Scott's films are included, along with information on his frequent collaborators, his thoughts on his own films, and a section on his unrealised projects. This is the essential reference guide to one of mainstream cinema's most diverse directors.

  • Animation has never been so popular. The best animated films have combined the latest technology with creativity and a flair for storytelling and are adored by both children and adults. With films such as Monsters, Inc., Shrek and Toy Story capturing the imagination of moviegoers and critics, animated film is enjoying a resurgence unseen since its golden age in the 30s and 40s. From the earliest full-length feature animation, Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, through stop-motion animation and Japanese anime to the advent of CGI, this book takes a critical look at animation through the ages and explores its infinite cinematic possibilities.

  • War films have existed since the birth of cinema, typically gung-ho tales of macho derring-do. But war films are not always about bravado and bravery, they also detail the horrors of war, the sadness, the brotherhood of soldiers and comedy that can be found in the bleakest of situations, as well as the excitement of the battlefield. War Films explores defining movies of the genre in sections covering different wars as well as wars with other worlds.
    The book also offers links between the different films, historical and cinematic worth and profiles of key actors and directors. Among the films included are Saving Private Ryan, Dr Strangelove,Welcome
    to Sarajevo, The Dam Busters, Gallipoli, The Deer Hunter and Ran.

  • Un voyage magique sur les rives du Zambèze.Habitant sur les rives du fleuve Zambèze, Siku est une jeune fille comme les autres, à ceci près qu'elle semble dotée d'étranges pouvoirs qui la lie aux animaux de la région. Elle est sans nouvelle de son père, depuis que celui-ci est parti travailler au grand barrage de Kariba, un chantier colossal qui recrute de la main-d'oeuvre dans toute la région. Pour le retrouver, Siku décide de remonter les flots périlleux du Zambèze avec l'aide d'Amedeo, le fils de l'ingénieur en chef de Kariba. Leur voyage aux sources de ce fleuve légendaire la confrontera à des pirates, des capitalistes, des affabulateurs ou de sombres magiciens. Mais il va également mener Siku au plus près du secret enfoui de ses origines...Découvert sur Kickstarter, Kariba a été pensé par le collectif « Blue Forest » pour sensibiliser les jeunes populations sur la construction du barrage éponyme et les conséquences du productivisme sur l'environnement et les cultures locales. Une grande aventure teintée de magie, inspirée de la mythologie sud-africaine, pour un cri du coeur en faveur de l'harmonie avec la nature.

  • Dans la famille Lumière, il y a les enfants : Max, huit ans, qui adore la physique, Zoé, sa jumelle, amoureuse des petites bêtes ; le chien : Einstein, qui n'a rien d'un génie, et la mère, qui a perdu son sourire depuis la mort de son mari. Max décide de construire une machine à remonter le temps. Mais impossible de trouver le bon matériau pour la coque de la machine ! Zoé pense alors à la coquille d'oeuf. Les jumeaux débutent une série d'expériences pour tester la résistance des coquilles d'oeufs... au grand dam de leur mère et surtout de leur voisine Mme Toutbon, qui voit les oeufs pleuvoir dans son jardin !
    Peut se lire indépendamment des autres tomes.

  • Max et Zoé, huit ans, ont décidé de construire une machine à remonter le temps. Après avoir cherché le matériau idéal, puis fait des tests sur l'atterrissage, Max et Zoé veulent désormais trouver un moyen de faire décoller leur machine. Ils ont très vite une idée géniale : construire une catapulte. Aidés de leurs amis Paul et Mia, les deux inventeurs en herbe commencent de nouvelles expériences... qui ne sont pas du goût de la voisine, Mme Toutbon : elle reçoit des chamallows dans sa cheminée et sa coiffure est menacée par l'explosion d'une fontaine de soda aux mentos !
    Peut se lire indépendamment des autres tomes.

  • Max et Zoé Lumière, huit ans, sont fans de sciences. Max a décidé de construire une machine à remonter le temps pour revoir son père, mort il y a quelques années. Cette fois, Max se pose la question de l'atterrissage de sa machine : comment être sûr que, s'ils arrivent dans l'eau, sa machine ne coulera pas ?
    Max et Zoé débutent leurs expériences : ils veulent montrer qu'on peut faire tourner un seau d'eau sans en verser une seule goutte ou découvrir comment se forme la pluie. Malheureusement, certaines expériences tournent à la catastrophe... pour Mme Toutbon, la voisine qui essayait de faire sécher son linge dans son jardin !
    Peut se lire indépendamment des autres tomes.

  • Max et Zoé ont décidé de construire une machine à remonter le temps. Mais pour voyager dans l'espace et les années, encore faut-il savoir comment le corps peut réagir ! Pourquoi Max a-t-il le tournis quand il fait la toupie ? Et comment vérifier que les céréales de Zoé ont le fer nécessaire à la survie dans l'espace ? Aidés de leurs amis Paul et Mia, les jumeaux organisent des expériences... qui virent bientôt à la catastrophe.

  • Movie Movements: Films That Changed the World of Cinema is a one-stop guide to the major movements that have shaped our sense of what cinema is and can be. It introduces the reader to definitions of the founding concepts in Film Studies such as authorship and genre, technological impacts and the rise of digital cinema, social influences and notions of the avant-garde, and cinema's emergence as a major art form that reflects and shapes the world.It explores, in concise and clear sections, how major works from the classic French realist La Regle de Jeu to the dazzling animation of Norman McLaren and the memorial documentary of Shoah, were conceived, developed and produced, and eventually received by the public, critics and film history.Offering a concise overview of a vast and compelling subject, it's a book for both the film enthusiast and the Film Studies student.

  • A major icon of cinema and pop-culture more widely, Pixar Animation Studios has played a vital part in reminding audiences of animation's capacity as a major artform. Hugely popular, and recognised as a real force in the imaginative lives of its audience, Pixar's movies have attained critical mass. The Films of Pixar Animation Studio offers the reader and animation enthusiast a one-stop handbook to the studio's work, discussing each film in great detail. Each Pixar feature film is explored in terms of creative choices made by the films' producers, writers, directors and animators from the first bright idea through to final realisation. The book also makes connections between the studio's aesthetic and the wider realm of animation history, the blockbuster movie and the enduring examples of folk tales.

  • As the party that championed trade union rights, the creation of the NHS and the establishment of a national minimum wage, Labour has played an undoubtedly crucial role in the shaping of contemporary British society. And yet, the leaders who have stood at its helm - from Keir Hardie to Ed Miliband, via Ramsay MacDonald, Clement Attlee and Tony Blair - have steered the party vessel with enormously varying degrees of success. With the widening of the franchise, revolutionary changes to social values and the growing ubiquity of the media, the requirements, techniques and goals of Labour leadership since the party's turn-of-the twentieth- century inception have been forced to evolve almost beyond recognition - and not all its leaders have managed to keep up. This comprehensive and enlightening book considers the attributes and achievements of each leader in the context of their respective time and diplomatic landscape, offering a compelling analytical framework by which they may be judged, detailed personal biographies from some of the country's foremost political critics, and exclusive interviews with former leaders themselves. An indispensable contribution to the study of party leadership, British Labour Leaders is the essential guide to understanding British political history and governance through the prism of those who created it.

  • An inspiring introduction to French wine with a unique travel angle, tied in to a primetime 6-part BBC2 series, Oz and James's Big Wine Adventure brings us French wine made simple. Oz Clarke - award-winning writer, critic and committed Francophile - is one of the world's leading authorities on French wine. James May - overgrown boy racer , Top Gear presenter and journalist - knows nothing about wine and loathes what he calls 'wine ponces'. In Sideways style, they travel through the regions of France for 6 weeks. Oz teaches James about wine with the aim of turning him into a top sommelier, while the pair eat together, get drunk together and sometimes have to sleep together for a few nights under canvas. Divided by region, Oz and James's Big Wine Adventure cuts through the fear and snobbery that surround French wine, providing an informative, entertaining and accessible guide to the French regions and their wines.
    Beautifully illustrated with over 80 landscape photographs and location shots, it is full of useful information on wine-making, wine culture, regions and tips on how to seek out the best the French vineyards have to offer.

  • This book takes the head-scratching out of human sexuality. Personal construct theory provides the foundation for a psychosocial explanation of sexuality that views everyday social interaction as key to the development of sexual identity and desires. The theory developed here accounts for stability and change in sexual identity through an understanding of the importance of experience and the importance of meaning in everyday life. The potential impact of erotica and pornography on sexual desire is discussed, as is the role of social power on sexual behaviour. The variation of sexual expression among individuals-everything from asexuality and sado-masochism to sexual assault-is examined and explained. Formal techniques for changing sexual desires are also presented. 

  • This book deals with the History and Philosophy of the Buddhism.
    "On first becoming acquainted with the mighty and ancient religion of Buddhism, one may be tempted to deny the correctness of this title "The Protestantism of the East." One might say, "Why not rather the Romanism of the East?" For so numerous are the resemblances between the customs of this system and those of the Romish Church, that the first Catholic missionaries who encountered the priests of Buddha were confounded, and thought that Satan had been mocking their sacred rites.Not so many years ago, at the time when Buddhism first became known in Europe through philosophic writings of about six centuries after Buddha, then newly translated, it caused amazement that a religion which had brought three hundred millions of people under its sway should acknowledge no god. But the religion of Buddha, during a thousand years of practice by the Hindus, is entirely different from the representations given us in these translations. As shown by the bas-reliefs covering the ancient monuments of India, this religion, changed by modern scientists into a belief in atheism, is, in fact, of all religions the most polytheistic.In the first Buddhist monuments, dating back eighteen to twenty centuries, the reformer simply figures as an emblem. The imprint of his feet, the figure of the "Bo tree" under which he entered the state of supreme wisdom, are worshipped; and though he disdained all gods, and only sought to teach a new code of morals, we shortly see Buddha himself depicted as a god. In the early stages he is generally represented as alone, but gradually appears in the company of the Brahman gods. He is finally lost in a crowd of gods, and becomes nothing more than an incarnation of one of the Brahman deities. From that time Buddhism has been practically extinct in India.This transformation took a thousand years to bring about. During part of this great interval Buddha was being worshipped as an all-powerful god. Legends are told of his appearance to his disciples, and of favors he granted them..."

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