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Mellen, Joan

Works: 52 works in 242 publications in 3 languages and 11,649 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  History  Biographies  Interviews  Drama  Horror films  Ghost films  Samurai films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor
Classifications: PN1993.5.J3, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Joan Mellen
Most widely held works by Joan Mellen
Big bad wolves : masculinity in the American film by Joan Mellen( Book )

13 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 879 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hellman and Hammett : the legendary passion of Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett by Joan Mellen( Book )

10 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the first dual biography of Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett, New York Times bestselling author Joan Mellen sheds new light on two of the twentieth century's most intriguing characters. The first biographer to draw from the Hellman-Hammett archives at the University of Texas, and with unprecedented access to their circle of friends, Mellen taps mines of fresh material to produce a groundbreaking look at these extraordinary American nonconformists, separately and together. Cutting against the social and political grain of their day, Hellman and Hammett as proud American radicals were persecuted during McCarthyism. They also turned out some of the most compelling prose of our country: Hammett's classic Red Harvest, The Maltese Falcon, and The Thin Man, and Hellman's plays The Little Foxes, Watch on the Rhine, and her memoirs An Unfinished Woman and Pentimento. Meanwhile, Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett defied every accepted formula of how a man and woman should love each other: intimate as a couple, they lived together infrequently, drank to excess, participated in orgies, and engaged in flagrant infidelities. For the first time, members of Hellman and Hammett's circle, including Peter Feibleman, Norman Mailer, and Rose Styron, have agreed to speak openly about this enigmatic relationship which defined an era
The waves at Genji's door : Japan through its cinema by Joan Mellen( Book )

11 editions published between 1975 and 1976 in English and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Women and their sexuality in the new film by Joan Mellen( Book )

24 editions published between 1973 and 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 698 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voices from the Japanese cinema by Joan Mellen( Book )

8 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1972 Joan Mellen won an international award from the Mainichi Shimbun newspapers for her essays on Akira Kurosawa. The present book brings together for the first time the views of the most acclaimed directors of one of the world's great cinemas. Mellen's introduction points out the special relationship between modern Japanese film and the nation's feudal past. She explores Japan's quest for national identity, which is a special concern of the country's major film artists. Among the great directors presented here are Kon Ichikawa, Masaki Kobayashi, and the great master, Akira Kurosawa. The author also spent considerable time in discussion with the brilliant but less well known younger generation of directors, writers, and performers, such as Sachiko Hidari, Shuji Terayama, Masahiro Shinoda, and Nagisa Oshima. What emerges from the book is the first inside view of Japanese films, directors, and artists published in English. Kurosawa speaks of his motives and the evolution of such films as Seven Samurai and High and Low. Shinoda discusses his sense of the need for a Japanese Ingmar Bergman. Ichikawa explores the impact of Walt Disney on his work. Oshima, often called Japan's Godard, stresses the differences and conflict between his generation and that of Kurosawa. Sachiko Hidari, the acclaimed actress and wife of Susumu Hani, gives a compelling description of the plight of the Japanese woman, and Susumu Hani offers a frank account of his experiments in filmmaking, which make the French New Wave appear stodgy. Mellen sees Japan as "an irrepressibly intense and vital culture." Its artists are wary of the direction which post-war Japan has taken, and they are attempting to move away from an authoritarian tradition. Voices from the Japanese Cinema provides new insights into the inner concerns of Japan's great film directors and performers. The author stresses the continuing feudal response to women in Japan and to women in general. This part of her dialogue with Japan's film artists adds a further dimension to a remarkable book.--From dust jacket
The World of Luis Buñuel : essays in criticism by Joan Mellen( Book )

12 editions published in 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The films of Akira Kurosawa by Donald Richie( Book )

34 editions published between 1981 and 2006 in English and Japanese and held by 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Om den japanske filminstruktør Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998) og hans film
Kay Boyle : author of herself by Joan Mellen( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Joan Mellen's groundbreaking and provocative biography of Kay Boyle - the first ever - the full sweep of her remarkable life is revealed. As the golden girl of expatriate Paris, Kay Boyle included among her friends James Joyce, Hart Crane, Marcel Duchamp, Picabia, Brancusi, and Archibald MacLeish
Bob Knight : his own man by Joan Mellen( Book )

2 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Author Joan Mellen recounts her first encounter with the "infamous" Indiana coach-during a phone call he made to her after he read her review of A Season on The Brink. Her book works its way through that catalogue of alleged crimes for which he has been castigated by an often hostile press
A farewell to justice : Jim Garrison, JFK's assassination, and the case that should have changed history by Joan Mellen( Book )

15 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Garrison's suspects included CIA-sponsored soldiers of fortune enlisted in assassination attempts against Fidel Castro, an anti-Castro Cuban asset, and a young runner for the conspirators, who comes forward fully here for the first time." "Building upon Garrison's formidable effort, Joan Mellen uncovers decisive new evidence and clearly establishes the intelligence agencies' roles in a president's assassination and its cover-up, set in motion well before the murder."--Jacket
Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Book )

20 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in English and French and held by 452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A classic account of a masterpiece by an author who knew Kurosawa
Filmguide to the Battle of Algiers by Joan Mellen( Book )

7 editions published in 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gabriel Garcı́a Márquez by Joan Mellen( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Magic realism by Joan Mellen( Book )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yabu no naka no kuroneko by Kaneto Shindō( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in Japanese and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In medieval Japan, a woman and her daughter are raped and murdered by soldiers during a time of civil war. Afterwards, a series of samurai returning from the war through that area are found mysteriously dead with their throats torn out. The governor calls in a wild and fierce young hero, to quell what is evidently a ghost. He encounters the two beautiful women, in an eery, beautiful scene. After spiritual purification, he meets the demon in a thrilling fight
Privilege : the enigma of Sasha Bruce by Joan Mellen( Book )

2 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern times by Joan Mellen( Book )

8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Modern Times (1936) was Charlie Chaplin's last full-length silent film, and also his last appearance as the Tramp, probably the most recognisable figure in film history. Social and political concerns had often featured in Chaplin's films, but in Modern Times they culminate in a protest against conditions during the Great Depression." "Joan Mellen situates Modern Times within the context of Chaplin's life and his work, exploring its history and influences as well as its ongoing appeal. She explores how the film's themes of oppression, industrialisation and dehumanisation are embodied in the little tramp's struggle to survive in the modern world." "The final chapter of the book is dedicated to the details of the FBI's file on Chaplin, which was opened in 1922 and maintained until long after his death."--Jacket
One hundred years of solitude by Joan Mellen( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great game in Cuba : how the CIA sabotaged its own plot to unseat Fidel Castro by Joan Mellen( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reveals the CIA's efforts to halt opposition to Fidel Castro after the Cuban Revolution and install a CIA-friendly figurehead in his position, documenting the contributions of Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and the disappearance of Camilo Cienfuegos
Faustian bargains : Lyndon Johnson and Mac Wallace in the robber baron culture of Texas by Joan Mellen( Book )

5 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Perhaps no president has a more ambiguous reputation than LBJ. A brilliant tactician, he maneuvered colleagues and turned bills into law better than anyone. But he was trailed by a legacy of underhanded dealings, from his 'stolen' Senate election in 1948 to kickbacks he artfully concealed from deals engineered with Texas wheeler-dealer Billie Sol Estes and defense contractors like his longtime supporter Brown & Root. On the verge of investigation, Johnson was reprieved when he became president upon JFK's assassination. Among the remaining mysteries has been LBJ's relationship to Mac Wallace who, in 1951, shot a Texas man having an affair with LBJ's loose-cannon sister Josefa, also Wallace's lover. When arrested, Wallace cooly said 'I work for Johnson ... I need to get back to Washington.' Charged with murder, he was overnight defended by LBJ's powerful lawyer John Cofer, and though convicted, amazingly received a suspended sentence. He then got high-security clearance from LBJ friend and defense contractor D.H. Byrd, which the Office of Naval Intelligence tried to revoke for 11 years without success. Using crucial Life magazine and Naval Intelligence files and the unredacted FBI files on Mac Wallace, never before utilized by others, investigative writer Joan Mellen skillfully connects these two disparate Texas lives and lends stark credence to the dark side of Lyndon Johnson that has largely gone unsubstantiated"--
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Hellman and Hammett : the legendary passion of Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett
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Japanese (2)

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The films of Akira KurosawaKay Boyle : author of herselfA farewell to justice : Jim Garrison, JFK's assassination, and the case that should have changed historySeven samuraiGabriel Garcı́a MárquezMagic realismModern timesOne hundred years of solitude