Film Books for Christmas

  • The List
  • 27 November 2006

The Films of Tod Browning Bernd Herzogenrath (Black Dog Publishing) Stimulating and fascinating collection of essays about, and stills from, the films of the ‘Edgar Allan Poe of cinema’. Browning’s films, from Freaks, Dracula, The Unholy Three to Devil Doll are discussed and dissected with rare intellectual rigour by an international list of great film scholars. Highly recommended.

The Winston Effect Jody Duncan (Titan) An exhaustive look at the life and work of Stan Winston, perhaps the most influential special FX guru in modern cinema. Packed with gorgeous full colour pictures of his bizarre and wonderful iconic creations from the Terminator to the T-Rex in Jurassic Park and beyond.

The Cinema of Roman Polanski John Orr and Elzbieta Ostrowska (Wallflower Press) Excellent if fairly academic re-evaluation of the oeuvre of the great Polish director by several distinguished film lecturers, scholars and writers. Part of this publisher’s Director’s Cuts series which focus in on the work of the most significant contemporary filmmakers.

Almodóvar on Almodóvar Frederic Strauss (Faber) The King of Spanish cinema talks about his brilliant career. Be warned, however, this revised edition makes no mention of Volver.

What I Really Want to Do is Produce Helen De Winter (Faber) Collection of interviews with top film producers. One for control freaks.

Subjects and Sequences: A Margaret Tait Reader Peter Todd and Benjamin Cook (Lux) Lovely, arty selection of poems and thoughts about, and by, Margaret Tait, the great, shamefully overlooked avant-garde filmmaker from the Highlands. To order a copy visit

Camp Crystal Lake Memories Peter M Bracke (Titan) The complete history of Friday the 13th, taking in all 11 films with interviews with all the key players.

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