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Horak, Jan-Christopher

Works: 54 works in 180 publications in 5 languages and 4,162 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Silent films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Film adaptations  History  Historical films  Action and adventure films  Crime films  Short films  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Author, Editor, Performer, Contributor, Writer of accompanying material, Other, Commentator
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Jan-Christopher Horak
Lovers of cinema : the first American film avant-garde, 1919-1945( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lovers of Cinema will become an essential point of reference for the future study of cinema's early years. Horak's extensive introduction surveys the milieu and aspirations of these pioneering filmmakers and traces their relation to amateur and documentary film traditions. Also included in the book is a listing of all American avant-garde films produced in the years before World War II and a bibliography of the most relevant criticism, literature, and news accounts. Many of the early avant-garde films discussed here, such as Tell-Tale Heart, Mr. Motorboat's Last Stand, and Poem 8, were lost until their rediscovery and restoration by Horak
Making images move : photographers and avant-garde cinema by Jan-Christopher Horak( Book )

7 editions published in 1997 in English and German and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Making Images Move, Jan-Christopher Horak looks at the work of eight European and American photographers whose films illustrate the gradual fragmentation of realistic narratives during the last eighty years. In close analyses of specific works, he shows how the visions of early practitioners such as Paul Strand and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, who tried to create meaningful political statements using modernist techniques, gave way to the more personal - though no less socially conscious - creations of 1960s and 1970s filmmakers such as Chris Marker, Robert Frank, and Danny Lyon. Even documentary became more subjective, with Helen Levitt pioneering the use of the handheld camera and intuitive editing in her 1946 film, In the Street. Horak argues that photographers who have ventured into filmmaking, while fruitfully exploiting the differences between the two genres, often have been able to retain both their technical styles and complex thematic concerns. Including a filmography of more than 130 photographer-filmmakers, Making Images Move illuminates the instrumental role of these artists in the evolution of experimental cinema
Faust : eine deutsche Volkssage by F. W Murnau( Visual )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Newly restored. Inspired by the German legend and by Goethe's classic tale, Murnau's Faust tells the story of an alchemist (played by Gösta Ekman) who, struggling with his faith amidst a devastating plague, is offered the power to cure and the gift of youth ... in exchange for his soul. As the diabolical Mephisto, Emil Jannings (The Last Laugh) delivers a performance of operatic scale and intensity, by turns charming, comical, and horrific
Bibliographie der Filmbibliographien by Hans Jürgen Wulff( Book )

14 editions published in 1987 in German and English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saul Bass : anatomy of film design by Jan-Christopher Horak( Book )

13 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Iconic graphic designer and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Saul Bass (1920-1996) defined an innovative era in cinema. His title sequences for films such as Otto Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) and Anatomy of a Murder (1959), Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958) and North by Northwest (1959), and Billy Wilder's The Seven Year Itch (1955) introduced the idea that opening credits could tell a story, setting the mood for the movie to follow. Bass's stylistic influence can be seen in popular Hollywood franchises from the Pink Panther to James Bond, as well as in more contemporary works such as Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can (2002) and television's Mad Men. The first book to examine the life and work of this fascinating figure, Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design explores the designer's revolutionary career and his lasting impact on the entertainment and advertising industries. Jan-Christopher Horak traces Bass from his humble beginnings as a self-taught artist to his professional peak, when auteur directors like Stanley Kubrick, Robert Aldrich, and Martin Scorsese sought him as a collaborator. He also discusses how Bass incorporated aesthetic concepts borrowed from modern art in his work, presenting them in a new way that made them easily recognizable to the public. This long-overdue book sheds light on the creative process of the undisputed master of film title design--a man whose multidimensional talents and unique ability to blend high art and commercial imperatives profoundly influenced generations of filmmakers, designers, and advertisers
L.A. Rebellion : creating a new black cinema by Allyson Nadia Field( Book )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema is the first book dedicated to the films and filmmakers of the L.A. Rebellion, a group of African and African American independent film and video artists that formed at the University of California, Los Angeles, in the 1970s and 1980s. The group--including Charles Burnett, Julie Dash, Haile Gerima, Billy Woodberry, Jamaa Fanaka, and Zeinabu irene Davis--shared a desire to create alternatives to the dominant modes of narrative, style, and practice in American cinema, works that reflected the full complexity of Black experiences. This landmark collection of essays and oral histories examines the creative output of the L.A. Rebellion, contextualizing the group's film practices and offering sustained analyses of the wide range of works, with particular attention to newly discovered films and lesser-known filmmakers. Based on extensive archival work and preservation, this collection includes a complete filmography of the movement, over 100 illustrations (most of which are previously unpublished), and a bibliography of primary and secondary materials. This is an indispensible sourcebook for scholars and enthusiasts, establishing the key role played by the L.A. Rebellion within the histories of cinema, Black visual culture, and postwar art in Los Angeles"--Provided by publisher
Judex by Georges Franju( Visual )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of cinema's first 'superheroes, ' the mysterious Judex is torn between an oath of justice against the wealthy banker Favraux, who had earlier wronged his family, and his secret love of Favraux's daughter, Jacqueline. This framework is the basis of a series of extraordinary and engaging incidents involving Judex's brother, the evil Diana Monti and her accomplices, the detective Cocatin, and the charming Licorice Kid."--Container
Prima di Caligari : cinema tedesco, 1895-1920 by Giornate del cinema muto( Book )

13 editions published in 1990 in 3 languages and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Film und Foto der zwanziger Jahre : eine Betrachtung der Internationalen Werkbundausstellung "Film und Foto" 1929 : [Ausstellung] Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, 17. Mai bis 8. Juli 1979 [and others] by Württembergischer Kunstverein( Book )

16 editions published in 1979 in 3 languages and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fluchtpunkt Hollywood : eine Dokumentation zur Filmemigration nach 1933 by Jan-Christopher Horak( Book )

11 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in German and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anti-Nazi-Filme der deutschsprachigen Emigration von Hollywood 1939-1945 by Jan-Christopher Horak( Book )

8 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in German and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Helmar Lerski, Lichtbildner : Fotografien und Filme, 1910-1947 by Helmar Lerski( Book )

5 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in German and Germanic and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The last of the Mohicans by Maurice Tourneur( Visual )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Au Canada, au temps des guerres franco-anglaises, les tribulations de deux Anglaises convoyées par deux Mohicans, les derniers de leur race que veulent exterminer les féroces Hurons
Dream merchants : making and selling films in Hollywood's golden age by Jan-Christopher Horak( Book )

5 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celan wiederlesen( Book )

3 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in German and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hooray for Hollywood and the rise of motion pictures : starring Yoda, King Kong, Mickey Mouse, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Film und Foto der zwanziger : eine Betrachtung der Internationalen Werkbundausstellung "Film und Foto" 1929( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in German and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Open spaces : openings, closings, and thresholds of international public media by Patricia Rodden Zimmermann( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The joyless street by G. W Pabst( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in German and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A drama about the hunger and passion of the people living under the distorted conditions of inflation-ridden, postwar Vienna
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Lovers of cinema : the first American film avant-garde, 1919-1945
Alternative Names
Horak, Chris.

Horak, Chris 1951-

Jan-Christopher Horak deutscher Filmhistoriker und Filmrestaurator

Jan-Christopher Horak Duits restaurateur

Jan-Christopher Horak German restorer

Making images move : photographers and avant-garde cinema