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O'Brien, Geoffrey 1948-

Works: 66 works in 165 publications in 4 languages and 10,306 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  Reference works  History  Quotations  Western films  Comedy films  War films  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Film noir 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator
Classifications: PN6081, 808.882
Publication Timeline
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 )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 904 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 )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of poems for every occasion, arranged into five parts related to life, nature, holidays, and public moments
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 831 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
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 788 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
Hardboiled America : the lurid years of paperbacks by Geoffrey O'Brien( Book )

19 editions published between 1981 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 779 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 629 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 535 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 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To be or not to be by Ernst Lubitsch( Visual )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 365 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 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
The browser's ecstasy : a meditation on reading by Geoffrey O'Brien( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

6 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 310 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
H.G. Wells' Things to come by H. G Wells( Visual )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 293 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 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 267 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
Red River by Coleen Gray( Visual )

3 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An embittered, tyrannical Texas rancher['s] tensions with his independent-minded adopted son ... reach epic proportions during a cattle drive to Missouri"--Container
Stolen glimpses, captive shadows : writing on film, 2002-2012 by Geoffrey O'Brien( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 217 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
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 213 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
Bardic deadlines : reviewing poetry, 1984-95 by Geoffrey O'Brien( Book )

5 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kwaidan by Hideo Nakata( Visual )

2 editions published in 2015 in Japanese and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After more than a decade of sober political dramas and social-minded periodpieces, the great Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi shifted gears dramatically for this rapturously stylized quartet of ghost stories. Featuring colorfully surreal sets and luminous cinematography, these haunting tales of demonic comeuppance and spiritual trials, adapted from writer Lafcadio Hearn's collections of Japanese folklore, are existentially frightening and meticulously crafted. In The black hair, a poor young samurai leaves his first wife to marry a rich woman. When he is unhappy in his second marriage, he returns to his first wife, who at first appears unchanged from when he last saw her. In The woman of the snow, a woodcutter is spared by a mysterious ghost-like woman in the snow, but must promise never to tell anyone what he has seen. In Hoichi, the earless, a blind musician-monk named Hoichi is commanded by a gathering of ghosts to sing the saga of their ancient deeds. The head monk paints Hoichi's body with prayer verses to protect him, but unfortunately overlooks Hoichi's ears. In In a cup of tea, a writer wonders what would happen to a person who drinks another's soul and finds out
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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 AmericaHardboiled America : the lurid years of paperbacksDream 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 spectacleBardic deadlines : reviewing poetry, 1984-95