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Frayling, Christopher

Works: 251 works in 749 publications in 5 languages and 13,475 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Drama  Film adaptations  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Horror films  Exhibition catalogs  Biography  Science fiction films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Commentator, Narrator, Creator, wpr, Contributor, Other, Interviewee, Director, Interviewer, Performer
Classifications: PR4622, 823.8
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Christopher Frayling
Spaghetti westerns : cowboys and Europeans from Karl May to Sergio Leone by Christopher Frayling( Book )

52 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spaghetti Westerns is the major critical exploration of the European Western. Christopher Frayling approaches the Westerns produced at Cinecitta Studios in Rome from a variety of perspectives, placing them in the Italian, social, political, industrial and cinematic contexts from which they evolved. Over 400 Spaghetti Westerns were produced during their 1960s peak period; Frayling deals with the most interesting examples, giving special attention to the films of Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood
On craftsmanship : towards a new Bauhaus by Christopher Frayling( )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in English and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Craftsmanship has again become fashionable in high places, just as it did in the last few recessions. The concept of craftsmanship has never been as relevant and timely as it is today. Assailed on all sides by among many other tendencies - flexible working, short-termism, portfolio careers, quick-fix training and the cult of celebrity, it has recently re-entered public debate with a new sense of urgency. Why? This series of linked essays by the man who ran the Royal College of Art for many years explores the crafts in education, in history and literature, in the contemporary arts landscape, in the language, in the digital age, and takes an unsentimental, hard-headed look at craftsmanship today. Only when the romantic cobwebs have been blown away, it argues, can the key importance of the crafts be fully understood
Mad, bad and dangerous? : the scientist and the cinema by Christopher Frayling( Book )

22 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Since its origin, cinema has had an uneasy relationship with science and technology: scientists are almost always impossibly mad or impossibly saintly, and technology is usually very bad for you. In Mad, Bad and Dangerous? Christopher Frayling explores the genealogy of the cinematic scientist in films made in western Europe and, especially, in Hollywood, showing how the fictional scientist has often been used to represent the prevailing phobias of the time: in the 1920s it was poison gas, in the 1950s it was botched atomic research, and today it is genetic engineering; in the meantime, the traditional 'mad scientist' has made way for the nameless lab genius controlled by global corporations. But there are surprising consistencies too." "In parallel, Christopher Frayling also examines the portrayal of real-life scientists in movies, noting how they are in the main depicted as misfits, immersed in their work, sacrificing any normal life to the interests of science, yet distrusted by the scientific establishment. Interestingly, the cinematic portrayal of fictional and real-life scientists follow very similar dramatic conventions: the mad scientist and the saintly one may be the two sides of the same Hollywood coin. Mad, Bad and Dangerous? concludes with timely thoughts about how all these cinematic images have an impact on everyday life."--Jacket
Sergio Leone : something to do with death by Christopher Frayling( Book )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and Italian and held by 582 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life and passions of the director of the "Dollars" trilogy and Once Upon a Time in the West
The hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle( Book )

14 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tells the story of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound. Sir Charles Baskerville, a baronet, is found lying dead among yew trees in the grounds of his seat, Baskerville Hall. The cause of death is ascribed to a heart attack. Fearing for the safety of Sir Charles' nephew and only known heir, Sir Henry Baskerville-who was coming to London from Canada to collect his inheritance-Dr. James Mortimer travels from Devon to London, and appeals for help to Sherlock Holmes."--Amazon
Gothic nightmares : Fuseli, Blake and the Romantic imagination by Martin Myrone( Book )

10 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 472 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gothic nightmares explorers the taste for weird, supernatural and fantastic themes in British art between 1770 and 1830
Once upon a time in Italy : the westerns of Sergio Leone by Christopher Frayling( Book )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and French and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the mid-1960s an unknown Italian film director named Sergio Leone was given $200,000 and some leftover film stock, and he went to make a Western. With an American TV actor named Clint Eastwood and a script based on a samurai epic, Leone wound up creating A Fistful of Dollars, the first in a trilogy of films (with For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly) that was violent, cynical, and visually stunning. Along with his later masterpiece, Once Upon a Time in the West, these films came to define the "Spaghetti Western," a genre that has influenced such contemporary filmmakers as Martin Scorsese, John Woo, and Quentin Tarantino. Written by the preeminent Leone scholar, this is the first illustrated book to focus on his Westerns, illuminating his visual style, offbeat sense of humor, and sophisticated, elliptical way of telling stories. Augmenting the text are a wealth of visual materials, as well as interviews with Leone, Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef, Bernardo Bertolucci, composer Ennio Morricone, designer Carlo Simi, and others. The book accompanies an exhibition opening in July 2005 in Los Angeles. Author Bio: Sir Christopher Frayling has been rector at London's Royal College of Art since 1996 and a professor of cultural history for more than 20 years. He is the author of more than a dozen books on arts and culture, including Spaghetti Westerns and Sergio Leone: Something to Do with Death. He is currently chairman of the Arts Council of England
The Yellow Peril : Dr. Fu Manchu & the Rise of Chinaphobia by Christopher Frayling( Book )

8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 422 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A hundred years ago, a character made his first appearance in the world of literature who was to enter the bloodstream of 20th-century popular culture: the evil genius called Dr Fu Manchu, described at the beginning of the first story in which he appeared as the yellow peril incarnate in one man. Why did the idea that the Chinese were a threat to Western civilization develop at precisely the time when that country was in chaos, divided against itself, victim of successive famines and utterly incapable of being a peril to anyone even if it had wanted to be? Here, Sir Christopher Frayling assembles an astonishing diversity of evidence to show how deeply ingrained Chinaphobia became in the West so acutely relevant again in the new era of Chinese superpower. Along the way he talks to Edward Said, to the last Governor of Hong Kong, to Sax Rohmer's widow, to movie stars and a host of others; he journeys through the opium dens of the 19th century with Charles Dickens; takes us to the heart of popular culture in the music hall, pulp literature and the mass-market press; and shows how film amplifies our assumptions, demonstrating throughout how we neglect the history of popular culture at our own peril if we want to understand our deepest desires and fears
Eduardo Paolozzi--recurring themes by Robin Spencer( Book )

24 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and German and held by 386 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The art pack : a unique, three-dimensional tour through the creation of art over the centuries--what artists do, how they do it, and the masterpieces they have given us by Christopher Frayling( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consists of pop-ups, pull-outs, wheels, transparency flaps and press-out sections on folded pages; back cover has pockets containing 1 analog sound cassette, 1 pull-out (40 p. : col. ill. ; 15 x 11 cm.), and 1 booklet titled: Art words : key definitions, key styles (52 p. ; 14 x 8 cm.)
The innocents by Jack Clayton( Visual )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in nineteenth-century England, this gothic ghost story centers around a governess taking care of two orphans in a foreboding Victorian mansion. As eerie apparitions appear and the children's behavior becomes strange, the governess begins to wonder about the fate of the previous governess and her sadistic lover. Could it be that their restless spirits are trying to corrupt the innocence of the children, or is this 'haunting' a product of her own fears and imagination?"--Container
Frankenstein : the first two hundred years by Christopher Frayling( Book )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 337 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On New Year's Day 1818, Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein was first published in an anonymous three-volume edition of 500 copies. Some thought the book was too radical in implication. A few found the central theme intriguing ... no-one predicted its success. This book, celebrating the two hundredth birthday of Frankenstein, traces, in colorful and engaging ways, the journey of Shelley's Frankenstein from limited edition literature to the bloodstream of contemporary culture. It includes new research on the novel's origins, and a facsimile reprint of the earliest-known manuscript version of the creation scene. Frankenstein's legacy is to be seen all over the world--on small and large screens, in print and online, on stage and on hoardings, in graphic novels, comics and even on cereal packets. From a Regency nightmare, Frankenstein's creature has even become a cuddly childhood companion--thoroughly munstered, so to speak. The real creation myth of modern times--the era of genetic engineering, three-parent babies, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, robotics and singularity, human/animal interfaces and secularism--is no longer Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The real creation myth is Frankenstein. -- Inside jacket flap
H.G. Wells' Things to come by H. G Wells( Visual )

5 editions published between 1936 and 2013 in English and held by 336 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."
Things to come by Christopher Frayling( Book )

11 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Distributed by Indiana University Press, Making of 1936 film based on H.G. Wells' science fiction ideas
David Bowie is the subject by David Bowie( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"David Bowie is a pioneering artist and performer whose career has spanned nearly 50 years and brought him international acclaim. He has sold over 140 million albums, and been cited as a major influence on contemporary artists and designers working across the creative arts. This is the first book to be granted access to Bowie's personal archive of performance costume, ephemera and original design artwork by Bowie, and brings it together to present a completely new perspective on his creative work and collaborations. The book traces his career from its beginnings in London, through the breakthroughs of Space Oddity and Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and on to his impact on the larger international tradition of twentieth-century avant-garde art. Essays by V & A curators on Bowie's London, image and influence on the fashion world are complemented by Christopher Frayling on film; Howard Goodall on musicology; Camille Paglia on gender and decadence; and Jon Savage on Bowie's relationship with William Burroughs and his fans."--Publisher's description
Art and design : 100 years at the Royal College of Art by Christopher Frayling( Book )

11 editions published in 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book tells the story of 100 years at the Royal College of Art - and of some of the best-known figures in the art and design worlds - through the artefacts and objects produced by its staff and graduates. It traces the development of every aspect of visual culture in Fine Art, Communications and Design, from the Arts and Crafts Movement to the Postmodernism of the 1990s. The sheer visual variety, and the number of influential and important names associated with the Royal College of Art, make this an exciting and invaluable sourcebook." "This is not just a story of style changes: it is an absorbing account of changing philosophies and practices, relationships with the mainstream, and the changing impact of visual culture on society at large."--Jacket
Napoleon wrote fiction by Napoleon( Book )

6 editions published between 1972 and 1973 in English and Undetermined and held by 304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The face of Tutankhamun by Christopher Frayling( Book )

7 editions published between 1992 and 1996 in English and Dutch and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Achtergronden, werkwijzen en bevindingen tijdens de ontdekking van het graf van de Egyptische farao
The Royal College of Art : one hundred & fifty years of art & design by Christopher Frayling( Book )

18 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vampyres : Lord Byron to Count Dracula by Christopher Frayling( Book )

19 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vampire literature provides elements of everything from the penny dreadful horrors to powerful doses of myth and eroticism. This anthology includes Bram Stoker's detailed research notes for "Dracula" and an exploration of the historical implications of vampire mythology to the arts
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Sergio Leone : something to do with death
Alternative Names
Christopher Frayling Academic, educationist, writer, television presenter

Christopher Frayling britischer Geschichtswissenschaftler und Autor

Christopher Frayling Brits filmcriticus

Christopher Frayling écrivain, critique de cinéma et présentateur de télévision britannique

Frayling, Christoper

Frayling, Christopher

프레일링, 크리스토퍼

프렐링, 크리스토퍼

フレイリング, クリストファー


English (236)

German (9)

Italian (3)

French (2)

Dutch (2)

On craftsmanship : towards a new BauhausMad, bad and dangerous? : the scientist and the cinemaSergio Leone : something to do with deathThe hound of the BaskervillesGothic nightmares : Fuseli, Blake and the Romantic imaginationOnce upon a time in Italy : the westerns of Sergio LeoneThe art pack : a unique, three-dimensional tour through the creation of art over the centuries--what artists do, how they do it, and the masterpieces they have given usThings to come