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Bliss, Michael 1947-

Overview
Works: 16 works in 87 publications in 1 language and 10,560 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Periodicals 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PN1998.A3, 791.430233092
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Michael Bliss
Martin Scorsese and Michael Cimino by Michael Bliss( Book )

7 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brian De Palma by Michael Bliss( Book )

7 editions published in 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The word made flesh : Catholicism and conflict in the films of Martin Scorsese by Michael Bliss( Book )

10 editions published between 1995 and 1999 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Generally acknowledged as one of the most important and influential directors of his generation, Martin Scorsese has directed a wide range of films, from documentaries to musicals to comedies to dramas. More than just a genre director, then, Scorsese is a man of many talents. Although his penchant for violence is well known, as is evidenced by such films as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Cape Fear, it is perhaps less well known that Scorsese is also a master of the character study, as is clear from films such as The King of Comedy, After Hours, and the segment "Life Lessons" from the compilation New York Stories. In this book, an expanded and updated study of Scorsese's work, Michael Bliss probes and discusses the underlying humanism and morality in Scorsese's films while at the same time focusing on the director's characteristic thematic concerns, most of which seem to derive from the conflict between conventional morality and individual desires
Dreams within a dream : the films of Peter Weir by Michael Bliss( Book )

8 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Justified lives : morality & narrative in the films of Sam Peckinpah by Michael Bliss( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What goes around comes around : the films of Jonathan Demme by Michael Bliss( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This superb study by Michael Bliss and Christina Banks is the first book-length work to critically address the films of Jonathan Demme, from his first major work in 1974, Caged Heat, to his most recent, Philadelphia. In tracing the themes and techniques that Demme has developed and perfected through two decades, Bliss and Banks point out the distinctive qualities of a Demme film: his sensitive and sympathetic treatment of characters; his use of wry humor, which aids his audience in appreciating human shortcomings; and his sense of joy in the filmmaking process
Between the bullets : the spiritual cinema of John Woo by Michael Bliss( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"John Woo is widely regarded as a master action director, but scant attention has been paid to the manner in which Woo's films reflect the director's religious and ethical concerns. Between the Bullets examines respresentative films from the director's Hong Kong and American periods and proposes that Woo be regarded as a predominantly religious director whose action films explore the nature and quality of spirituality."--Jacket
Doing it right : the best criticism on Sam Peckinpah's The wild bunch by Michael Bliss( Book )

7 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In addition to Bliss, essayists include Robert Culp, Paul Schrader, Stephen Farber, Paul Seydor, Jim Kitses, Cordell Strug, John L. Simons, Aljean Harmetz, and Michael Sragow. The book concludes with an appendix and an extensive bibliography
Peckinpah today : new essays on the films of Sam Peckinpah by Michael Bliss( Book )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written exclusively for this collection by today's leading Peckinpah critics, the nine essays in Peckinpah Today explore the body of work of one of America's most important filmmakers, revealing new insights into his artistic process and the development of his lasting themes. Edited by Michael Bliss, this book provides groundbreaking criticism of Peckinpah's work by illuminating new sources, from modified screenplay documents to interviews with screenplay writers and editors. Included is a rare interview with A.S. Fleischman, author of the screenplay for The Deadly Companions
Invasions USA : the essential science fiction films of the 1950s by Michael Bliss( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of the twenty or so science fiction films produced in America during the 1950s, there is a fascinating subset of nine films that do more than portray an invasion. These films use the invasions as metaphors for assaults against the integrity of various things, such as the self, marriage, and notions involving the supremacy of the human race
Laurel and Hardy's comic catastrophes : laughter and darkness in the features and short films by Michael Bliss( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A discussion of Laurel and Hardy films in a way that is both critical and appreciative, Bliss explores how complex the comedic duo's films are in terms of acting, structure, and storyline, also pointing out how the films qualify as comedies in the classic sense even though they subvert the genre's traditional tendency for stories to end well
One( )

in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The death of a nation by Michael Bliss( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Laurel and Hardy's comic catastrophes : laughter and darkness in the feature films and two-reelers by Michael Bliss( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The films of Sam Peckinpah by Michael Bliss( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Cambridge Film Handbooks by Paul Seydor( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Dreams within a dream : the films of Peter Weir
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Dreams within a dream : the films of Peter WeirJustified lives : morality & narrative in the films of Sam PeckinpahWhat goes around comes around : the films of Jonathan DemmeBetween the bullets : the spiritual cinema of John WooDoing it right : the best criticism on Sam Peckinpah's The wild bunchThe films of Sam Peckinpah