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O'Brien, Geoffrey 1948-

Works: 75 works in 183 publications in 4 languages and 10,562 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  Western films  Quotations  Reference works  Detective and mystery films  Comedy films  War films  Crime films 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Most widely held works about Geoffrey O'Brien
Most widely held works by Geoffrey O'Brien
Ernest Hemingway's The killers by Robert Siodmak( Visual )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Melodramatic thrillers based on the Hemingway story about two hit men and their target, who accepts his fate as though he were already dead
Bartlett's familiar quotations : a collection of passages, phrases, and proverbs traced to their sources in ancient and modern literature by John Bartlett( Book )

9 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 863 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new edition of the classic reference, first published in 1855, features more than twenty thousand quotations, representing some 2,500 authors, including new selections from Bill Clinton, Margaret Atwood, and Mother Teresa
Bartlett's poems for occasions( Book )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of poems for every occasion, arranged into five parts related to life, nature, holidays, and public moments
The fall of the house of Walworth : a tale of madness and murder in gilded age America by Geoffrey O'Brien( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the 1873 case in which eighteen-year-old Frank Walworth shot and killed his father in the Sturtevant House hotel, tracing how the Walworth family rose to prominence in the New York aristocracy before succumbing to decades of corruption and mental illness
Dream time : chapters from the sixties by Geoffrey O'Brien( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dream Time portrays the ways in which the psychedelic and countercultural currents of the era played themselves out in younger and more marginal lives during the 1960s. If you lived it, but never really came to grips with it; if you missed it but wish you hadn't--this is the book that tells it, at last, like it really was
The phantom empire by Geoffrey O'Brien( Book )

8 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The invention of moving pictures is almost certainly the most powerful shaper of the unique consciousness of the modern age. For almost a century now we have all been at the movies, and our brains are overcrowded with the ghostly traces of all we have seen and "experienced." By now the movies are our mental wallpaper and, perhaps, even the medium through which we perceive the world." "The Phantom Empire is the first book that truly captures and explains this peculiar and now universal state of thought and feeling. It focuses on the global proliferation of film, a worldless, irrational lingua franca, infinitely rich in images but conveying a knowledge radically different from the culture of the word. What, finally, do we internalize from the endlessly multiplying scenes from already ancient silent films, "real" documentary footage of massacres and bombardments, classic movies whose unerasable performers (Keaton, Astaire, Shirley Temple) never age, such mutating genres as Italian spy movies, German westerns, Chinese gangster flicks, Japanese vampire movies, porn films and splatter films of every national origin ...? Their grammar bypasses poetry, history, and philosophy to create a parallel universe, an invented landscape of the supernatural whose ghosts haunt the denatured landscape of our postindustrial civilization." "Still, we love movies. The Phantom Empire measures the degree and nature of that love by mixing the modes of fiction and criticism and by blurring the distinctions between objective and subjective in a completely original way. It is not so much concerned with what happens on the screen as with what happens inside the person watching it. Geoffrey O'Brien's brilliant book communicates, as no other prose work has done, the visceral power of film, rooted as it is in terror, longing, and obsessive devotion. In doing so it erases the artificial distinction between spectator and commentator and virtually reinvents film writing in our time."--Jacket
The Reader's catalog : an annotated selection of more than 40,000 of the best books in print in 208 categories( Book )

6 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hardboiled America : the lurid years of paperbacks by Geoffrey O'Brien( Book )

9 editions published in 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tengoku to jigoku by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in Japanese and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Toshiro Mifune stars as a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a ruthless kidnapper in Akira Kurosawa's exemplary film noir. Based on Ed McBain's detective novel King's Ransom, High and Low is both a riveting thriller and a brilliant commentary on contemporary Japanese society. Criterion is proud to present High and Low in a luminous new Tohoscope transfer with new electronic subtitles."--Website
To be or not to be by Ernst Lubitsch( Visual )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy
Sonata for jukebox : pop music, memory, and the imagined life by Geoffrey O'Brien( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How does music infiltrate your life and shape the way you remember it? What do you really hear when you listen, for perhaps the thousandth time, to a well-loved song, a song inextricably tied to who you are and where you've been?"
H.G. Wells' things to come( Visual )

4 editions published between 1936 and 2013 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Skipping through time, Things to come bears witness to world war, disease, dictatorship and finally utopia. Conceived, written and overseen by Wells himself as an adaptation of his own work."
The browser's ecstasy : a meditation on reading by Geoffrey O'Brien( Book )

2 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Castaways of the image planet : movies, show business, public spectacle by Geoffrey O'Brien( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cultural critic presents sixteen years' worth of film criticism and writings on popular culture, covering such topics as Seinfeld, 1930s screwball comedies, Hong Kong martial-arts movies, and sexploitation pictures
Red River by Howard Hawks( Visual )

4 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With no market for his herd, the master of a vast cattle ranch and his son decide to head the first cattle drive over the now famous Chisholm Trail, past the Red River, into Missouri. The path is filled with hardship and the drive looks hopeless as the men struggle to prevail
Hardboiled America : lurid paperbacks and the masters of noir by Geoffrey O'Brien( Book )

10 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The reader's catalog : an annotated selection of more than 40,000 of the best books in print in over 300 categories( Book )

3 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Divided into such groups as: world history and current affairs; history of the Americas; religion and philosophy; social studies; science; literature of the Americas; literature of the British Isles; literature of Europe, Africa and Asia; popular reading; art; architecture and design; performing arts and media; lifestyles and practical advice; business and reference; food, travel and leisure; and books for young readers
Le silence de la mer = The silence of the sea by Jean-Pierre Melville( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in French and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

1941. An idealistic, naive German officer in Nazi occupied France is assigned to the home of a middle-aged man and his grown niece. Their response to his presence - their only form of resistance - is complete silence
Stolen glimpses, captive shadows : writing on film, 2002-2012 by Geoffrey O'Brien( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects top-selected essays written throughout the past decade, including essays on contemporary blockbusters, innovative triumphs, films inspired by myth, and unique filmmaker visions
Bardic deadlines : reviewing poetry, 1984-95 by Geoffrey O'Brien( Book )

5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Bartlett's poems for occasions
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Bartlett's poems for occasionsThe fall of the house of Walworth : a tale of madness and murder in gilded age AmericaDream time : chapters from the sixtiesThe phantom empireSonata for jukebox : pop music, memory, and the imagined lifeThe browser's ecstasy : a meditation on readingCastaways of the image planet : movies, show business, public spectacleHardboiled America : lurid paperbacks and the masters of noirBardic deadlines : reviewing poetry, 1984-95