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Five Cinema-related Holiday Gifts!

With the holidays fast approaching, the Film Department has put together some suggestions of cinema-related books and DVDs to put at the foot of the Christmas tree this season! 

Eric Rohmer by Antoine de Baecque

The director of twenty-five films, including My Night at Maud's (1969), which was nominated for a Best Picture Academy Award, and the editor in chief of Cahiers du cinéma from 1957 to 1963, Éric Rohmer set the terms by which people watched, made, and thought about cinema for decades. Such brilliance does not develop in a vacuum, and Rohmer cultivated a fascinating network of friends, colleagues, and industry contacts that kept his outlook sharp and propelled his work forward. Despite his privacy, he cared deeply about politics, religion, culture, and fostering a public appreciation of the medium he loved.

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Jacques Tourneur's Cat People on DVD

The first of the horror films producer Val Lewton made for RKO Pictures redefined the genre by leaving its most frightening terrors to its audience’s imagination. Simone Simon stars as a Serbian émigré in Manhattan who believes that, because of an ancient curse, any physical intimacy with the man she loves (Kent Smith) will turn her into a feline predator.

Available on Criterion Collection

About the filmmaker James Gray

After only four feature-length movies – Little Odessa (Silver Lion at the 1994 Venice Film Festival), The Yards (2000 Cannes Film Festival), We Own the Night (2007 Cannes Film Festival) and Two Lovers (2008 Cannes Film Festival) – James Gray has imposed himself as one of the most important filmmakers of his generation and has forged a unique path between independent cinema and the Hollywood studio system. Throughout these interviews, which are accompanied by a series of exceptional documents (screenplays, storyboards, set photographs, musical compositions, personal archives from the director), James Gray offers up a lesson in moviemaking that will delight both cinéphiles and film students alike. A film book with a radically innovative design, edited and distributed by Synecdoche.

Available at Albertine Bookstore

New Edition of Kenneth Anger's Best Seller

Originally published in Paris, this is a collection of Hollywood's darkest and best kept secrets from the pen of Kenneth Anger, a former child movie actor who grew up to become one of America's leading underground film-makers.

Available at Albertine Bookstore in French

Written by Robert Bresson

The French film director Robert Bresson was one of the great artists of the twentieth century and among the most radical, original, and radiant stylists of any time. He worked with nonprofessional actors—models, as he called them—and deployed a starkly limited but hypnotic array of sounds and images to produce such classic works as A Man Escaped, Pickpocket, Diary of a Country Priest, and Lancelot of the Lake. From the beginning to the end of his career, Bresson dedicated himself to making movies in which nothing is superfluous and everything is always at stake.

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Available at Albertine Bookstore