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O'Brien, Geoffrey 1948-

Works: 88 works in 225 publications in 3 languages and 11,132 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Quotations  History  Film adaptations  Reference works  Detective and mystery films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Film noir  Comedy films  Crime films 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Author of introduction, wat
Classifications: PN1997, 808.882
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Most widely held works about Geoffrey O'Brien
Most widely held works by Geoffrey O'Brien
Bartlett's familiar quotations : a collection of passages, phrases, and proverbs traced to their sources in ancient and modern literature by John Bartlett( Book )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 934 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A completely revised and updated edition provides a sweeping overview of the cultural influence of inspirational language and includes new contributions by such authors as the Dalai Lama, Steve Jobs and Desmond Tutu
Ernest Hemingway's The killers by Robert Siodmak( Visual )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 856 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 poems for occasions( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of poems for every occasion, arranged into five parts related to life, nature, holidays, and public moments Bartlett's Poems for Occasions, an entertaining, thought-provoking companion to the bestselling Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, is the book to turn to for any circumstance-from birth to death and everything in between. Under the direction of esteemed poet and writer Geoffrey O'Brien, Bartlett's Poems for Occasions will inspire you to turn to poetry to celebrate a new baby or marriage, toast a colleague, cheer a graduate, honor a birthday, deliver a eulogy, or add zest to a holiday party. It is the perfect solution to the age-old question, What should I say?
The fall of the house of Walworth : a tale of madness and murder in gilded age America by Geoffrey O'Brien( Book )

7 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 754 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 )

12 editions published between 1988 and 2002 in English 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 )

10 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in English and held by 527 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 )

9 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 498 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 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tengoku to jigoku by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

3 editions published in 2008 in Japanese and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A complex crime thriller in which a wealthy Japanese shoe manufacturer's chauffeur's son is kidnapped in mistake for his own, and he faces a moral dilemma
To be or not to be by Ernst Lubitsch( Visual )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As nervy as it is hilarious, a masterpiece from Ernst Lubitsch, To Be Or Not To Be; is a Hollywood film of the boldest black humor, which went into production soon after the U.S. entered World War II. Lubitsch manages to brilliantly balance political satire, romance, slapstick, and urgent wartime suspense in a comic high-wire act that has never been equaled."--Container
H.G. Wells' Things to come by H. G Wells( Visual )

5 editions published between 1936 and 2013 in English and held by 337 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."
Sonata for jukebox : pop music, memory, and the imagined life by Geoffrey O'Brien( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 333 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?" "Geoffrey O'Brien - whom Luc Sante has called "a school unto himself"--Has written a history of pop music from the listener's side. Part memoir, part meditation on how music can be part of a personal mythology, this wide-ranging book is as diverse, eclectic, and satisfying as the music itself. Sonata for Jukebox is a mix tape including Tin Pan Alley and Western Swing, ska and soca, surf music, movie themes and radio jingles, Burt Bacharach and Smokey Robinson, Dock Boggs, the Shirelles, and the Beach Boys: a free-floating archive of shared sounds that has become, in the age of recording, almost physically part of us. Drawing on memories of a family steeped in music - a grandfather's Depression-era dance band, a father's radio career as a Top 40 DJ, a brother's early forays as a rock drummer - O'Brien interweaves his personal story with this public soundtrack, tracing the many ways in which music becomes a gateway to private worlds." "From one of our most original essayists and critics, Sonata for Jukebox, with its dizzying array of musical references, its heartrending personal stories, and its vivid evocation of half a century of pop music's evolution, is a remarkable exploration of how people use music to understand and give cadence to their lives."--Jacket
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 333 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
The browser's ecstasy : a meditation on reading by Geoffrey O'Brien( Book )

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

Hardboiled America : lurid paperbacks and the masters of noir by Geoffrey O'Brien( Book )

12 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dashiell Hammett, Mickey Spillane, James M. Cain, Raymond Chandler, Jim Thompson, David Goodis ... these are a few of the masters of noir responsible for the great lurid paperbacks of the thirties, forties, and fifties. With titles like The Big Sleep, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, and Street of the Lost, with racy cover lines like "My gun-butt smashed his skull!" and "Ruthless terror ripped away the mask that hid cold fear", and with some of the most extraordinary cover illustrations ever to grace American literature, these paperbacks held the ingredients of American nightmares. In Hardboiled America -- lavishly illustrated with 135 paperback covers, and expanded with new material on Thompson, Goodis, and others -- Geoffrey O'Brien masterfully explores the art, history, and ideas of the American paperback
Stolen glimpses, captive shadows : writing on film, 2002-2012 by Geoffrey O'Brien( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 263 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
Othello( Visual )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dramatization of William Shakespeare's play in which the evil Iago plants the seeds of doubt in Othello's mind about Desdemona's fidelity
Le silence de la mer = The silence of the sea( Visual )

4 editions published in 2015 in French and held by 245 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
The reader's catalog : an annotated selection of more than 40,000 of the best books in print in over 300 categories( Book )

4 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 237 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
Bardic deadlines : reviewing poetry, 1984-95 by Geoffrey O'Brien( Book )

5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Bartlett's poems for occasions
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 lifeCastaways of the image planet : movies, show business, public spectacleThe browser's ecstasy : a meditation on readingHardboiled America : lurid paperbacks and the masters of noirBardic deadlines : reviewing poetry, 1984-95
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