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Mellen, Joan

Works: 61 works in 312 publications in 6 languages and 12,010 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  History  Interviews  Biographies  Drama  Horror films  Silent films  Ghost films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other
Classifications: PN1993.5.J3, 791.4302330924
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Most widely held works about Joan Mellen
Most widely held works by Joan Mellen
A farewell to justice : Jim Garrison, JFK's assassination, and the case that should have changed history by Joan Mellen( )

18 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in English and held by 1,690 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Garrison began by exposing the contradictions in the Warren Commission Report, which concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald was an unstable pro-Castro Marxist who acted alone in killing President Kennedy. A Farewell to Justice reveals that Oswald, no Marxist, was in fact working with both the FBI and the CIA, as well as with U.S. Customs, and that attempts to sabotage Garrison's investigation reached the highest levels of the U.S. government. Garrison interviewed individuals involved in the assassination ranging from CIA operative Clay Shaw and CIA contract employee David Ferrie to a Marine cohort of Oswald named Kerry Thornley, who turned out also to have had ties to the CIA
Big bad wolves : masculinity in the American film by Joan Mellen( Book )

14 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 872 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

11 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 791 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 )

12 editions published between 1975 and 1976 in English and held by 753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

26 editions published between 1973 and 1975 in English and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Voices from the Japanese cinema by Joan Mellen( Book )

8 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 669 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( Book )

12 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 635 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The films of Akira Kurosawa by Donald Richie( Book )

33 editions published between 1983 and 2006 in English and held by 574 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

6 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 562 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 )

3 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 539 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
Seven samurai by Joan Mellen( Book )

19 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the film "Seven Samurai" (1954) a whole society is on the verge of irrevocable change. Many people consider this film a major achievemnet in Japanese cinema, an epic that evokes the cultural upheaval brought on by the collapse of Japanese militarism in the 16th century, echoing the sweeping changes occuring in the aftermath of the American occupation. The plot is deceptively simple. A village of farmers is beset by a horde of bandits, and in desperation the village hire itinerant samurai to protect their crops and their village. In the end the samurai see off the bandits. Together the samurai reflect the ideals and values of a noble class near the point of extinction. The film may be a technical masterpiece, and despite its movement and violence it appears to be a lament for a lost nobility. In this book Mellen contextualizes "Seven Samurai", marking its place in Japanese cinema, and in director, Akira Kurosawa's career. Mellen explores the film's roots in mediaeval history and the film's visual language."--! From
Filmguide to the Battle of Algiers by Joan Mellen( Book )

7 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gabriel Garcı́a Márquez by Joan Mellen( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yabu no naka no kuroneko( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in Japanese and held by 349 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
Magic realism by Joan Mellen( Book )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern times by Joan Mellen( Book )

8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 328 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
Privilege : the enigma of Sasha Bruce by Joan Mellen( Book )

3 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One hundred years of solitude by Joan Mellen( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the realm of the senses = [Ai no corrida] by Joan Mellen( Book )

11 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Declared obscene in Japan, where it has never been shown in its entirety, Oshima Nagisa's In the Realm of the Senses was shown uncut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1976: thirteen screenings were required to satisfy audience demand. The unprecedented explicitness with which the film presented sexual acts inevitably caused widespread controversy. But this is not a film which sets out simply to shock. Oshima's account of a couple whose sexual obsession finds its ultimate expression in murder (based on a notorious true-life incident in 1936 Tokyo) was animated by deep political convictions." "As Joan Mellen explains, Oshima wished to break with social conventions as well as the film-making culture of the past. He took a revolutionary position. Refusing to follow the lead of the masters who had gone before him (Mizoguchi, Ozu, Naruse, and Kurosawa), disdaining costume drama and poignant family portraits, Oshima attacked the sense of victimhood he saw everywhere in his country's psychic makeup. In the Realm of the Senses is the fullest expression of this political intent. Oshima's lovers seek to combat social repression through sexual transgression - but they fail. "In what may be the most brilliant dystopic vision ever to appear on film,' Mellen writes, In the Realm of the Senses shows 'the tragic consequences of individual resistance to a culture that denies freedom and thwarts human fulfilment.'"--BOOK JACKET
Marilyn Monroe by Joan Mellen( Book )

29 editions published between 1973 and 1997 in 6 languages and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Hellman and Hammett : the legendary passion of Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett
Hellman and Hammett : the legendary passion of Lillian Hellman and Dashiell HammettThe films of Akira KurosawaKay Boyle : author of herselfSeven samuraiGabriel Garcı́a MárquezMagic realismModern timesOne hundred years of solitudeIn the realm of the senses = [Ai no corrida]