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Dixon, Wheeler W. 1950-

Works: 80 works in 457 publications in 1 language and 40,752 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Motion pictures  Interviews  Reviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Director, Other, Commentator, Author of screenplay, Publishing director
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Most widely held works about Wheeler W Dixon
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Most widely held works by Wheeler W Dixon
A short history of film by Wheeler W Dixon( )

45 editions published between 2008 and 2018 in English and held by 3,583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The history of international cinema is now available in a concise, conviently sized, and affordable volume. Succinct yet comprehensive, A Short History of Film provides an accessible overview of the major movements, directors, studios, and genres from the 1880s to the present. More than 250 rare stills and illustrations accompany the text, bringing readers face to face with many of the key players and films that have marked the industry."--Page 4 of cover
A history of horror by Wheeler W Dixon( )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 2,308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Arranged by decades, this one-stop sourcebook unearths the historical origins of characters such as Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman and their various incarnations in film from the silent era to comedic sequels. A History of Horror explores how the horror film fits into the Hollywood studio system and how its enormous success in American and European culture expanded globally. Dixon examines key periods in the horror film--in which basic precepts of the genre were established, then burnished into conveniently reliable and maleable forms, and then, after collapsing into parody, rose again to create new levels of intensity and menace. Supported by rare stills from classic films, this book brings more than fifty timeless horror films into clear focus, zooms in on todays top horror web sites, and champions the stars, directors, and subgenres that make horror films so exciting and popular
The second century of cinema : the past and future of the moving image by Wheeler W Dixon( )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 2,228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author "explores the possible effects of the digital age on the production and exhibition of films."--Cover
Film genre 2000 : new critical essays( )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 2,182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Film and television after 9/11( )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 2,130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In [this book], editor Wheeler Winston Dixon and eleven other distinguished film scholars discuss the production, reception, and distribution of Hollywood and foreign films after the terorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and examine how moviemaking has changed to reflect the new world climate. While some contemporary films offer escapism, much of mainstream American cinema since 9/11 is centered on the desire for a 'just war' in which military reprisals and escalation of warfare appear to be both inevitable and justified. Films of 2002 such as Black Hawk Down, Collateral Damage, and We Were Soldiers, demonstrate a renewed audience appetite for narratives of conflict, reminiscent of the wave of filmmaking that surrounded American involvement in World War II. The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon galvanized the American public initially, yet film critics wonder how this will play out over time. [This] is the first book to provide original insights into topics ranging from the international reception of post-9/11 American cinema, re-viewing films of our shared cinematic past in light of the attacks, and exploring parallels between post-9/11 cinema and World War II-era productions"--Back cover
Film noir and the cinema of paranoia by Wheeler W Dixon( )

24 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 2,088 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wheeler Winston Dixon's comprehensive work engages readers in an overview of noir and fatalist film from the mid-twentieth century to the present, ending with a discussion of television, the Internet, and dominant commercial cinema. Beginning with the 1940s classics, Film Noir and the Cinema of Paranoia moves to the "Red Scare" and other ominous expressions of the 1950s that contradicted an American split-level dream of safety and security. The dark cinema of the 1960s hosted films that reflected the tensions of a society facing a new and, to some, menacing era of social expression. From smaller studio work to the vibrating pulse of today's "click and kill" video games, Dixon addresses the noir artistry that keeps audiences in an ever-consumptive stupor
The transparency of spectacle : meditations on the moving image by Wheeler W Dixon( )

10 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,984 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While agreeing that the "digitization" of the cinema is inevitable, and even a necessary adjustment to the economic realities of end-of-the-millennium cinema production, Dixon argues that it represents a fundamental representational shift in the relationship between the spectator and the image-production apparatus of the cinematograph. More than ever all visual input is merely raw material which is then subjected to digital "polishing" and "tweaking" until it attains a sheen of artificial splendor that is utterly removed from the photographic reproduction of the object and/or person originally photographed
Straight : constructions of heterosexuality in the cinema by Wheeler W Dixon( )

9 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The exploding eye : a re-visionary history of 1960s American experimental cinema by Wheeler W Dixon( )

8 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,945 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Featuring more than seventy rare stills and complete information on the films and filmmakers covered, The Exploding Eye offers a fresh vision of American experimental film for critics, scholars, and the general reader
21st century Hollywood : movies in the era of transformation by Wheeler W Dixon( )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 1,876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

They are shot on high-definition digital cameras with computer-generated effects added in postproduction and transmitted to theaters, websites, and video-on-demand networks worldwide. They are viewed on laptops, iPod, and cell phone screens. They are movies in the 21st century, the product of digital technologies that have revolutionized media production, content distribution, and the experience of moviegoing itself. Dixon and Foster introduce readers to these global transformations and describes the decisive roles that Hollywood is playing in determining the digital future for world cinema. From publisher description
The early film criticism of François Truffaut by François Truffaut( )

5 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1,836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It looks at you : the returned gaze of cinema by Wheeler W Dixon( )

6 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 1,725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a study of one of the most insidious and pervasive phenomena in the study and reception of cinema: the "returned gaze" from the screen in which the audience is actually surveilled by the film being projected on the screen. Rather than the usual process of watching a film, in those films which return the gaze of the viewer, the film looks at us, confronting our voyeur's embrace of the spectacle it presents. The book cites examples as diverse as Andy Warhol's Vinyl, Laurel and Hardy two-reel comedies, the films of Jean-Marie Straub, Jean-Luc Godard, Roberto Rossellini, and Wesley E. Barry's Creation of The Humanoids. It also discusses the history of the returned gaze in video, pornography, surveillance systems, and the related plastic arts
Visions of paradise : images of Eden in the cinema by Wheeler W Dixon( )

11 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 1,629 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Depictions of sex, violence, and crime abound in many of today's movies, sometimes making it seem that the idyllic life has vanished-even from our imaginations. But as shown in this unique book, paradise has not always been lost. For many years, depictions of heaven, earthly paradises, and utopias were common in popular films. Illustrated throughout with intriguing, rare stills and organized to provide historical context, Visions of Paradise surveys a huge array of films that have offered us glimpses of life free from strife, devoid of pain and privation, and full of harmony. In films
Streaming : movies, media, and instant access by Wheeler W Dixon( )

12 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Film stocks are vanishing, but the iconic images of the silver screen remain--albeit in new, sleeker formats. Today, viewers can instantly stream movies on televisions, computers, and smartphones. Gone are the days when films could only be seen in theaters or rented at video stores: movies are now accessible at the click of a button, and there are no reels, tapes, or discs to store. Any film or show worth keeping may be collected in the virtual cloud and accessed at will through services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant. The movies have changed, and we are changing with them. The ways we communicate, receive information, travel, and socialize have all been revolutionized. In Streaming, Wheeler Winston Dixon reveals the positive and negative consequences of the transition to digital formatting and distribution, exploring the ways in which digital cinema has altered contemporary filmmaking and our culture. Many industry professionals and audience members feel that the new format fundamentally alters the art, while others laud the liberation of the moving image from the "imperfect" medium of film, asserting that it is both inevitable and desirable. Dixon argues that the change is neither good nor bad; it's simply a fact. Hollywood has embraced digital production and distribution because it is easier, faster, and cheaper, but the displacement of older technology will not come without controversy. This groundbreaking book illuminates the challenges of preserving media in the digital age and explores what stands to be lost, from the rich hues of traditional film stocks to the classic movies that are not profitable enough to offer in streaming formats. Dixon also investigates the financial challenges of the new distribution model, the incorporation of new content such as webisodes, and the issue of ownership in an age when companies have the power to pull purchased items from consumer devices at their own discretion. Streaming touches on every aspect of the shift to digital production and distribution. It explains not only how the new technology is affecting movies, music, books, and games, but also how instant access is permanently changing the habits of viewers and influencing our culture."--Publisher information
Film talk : directors at work by Wheeler W Dixon( )

9 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What 1970s Hollywood filmmaker influenced Quentin Tarantino? How have the films of Steven Spielberg inspired Takashi Shimizu, director of the huge box office hit The Grudge? How does one document the Rolling Stones and the Beatles at the peaks of their careers? What is it like to be an African American director in the twenty-first century? The answers to these questions, along with many more little-known facts and insights, can be found in Film Talk, an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at filmmaking from the 1940s to the present. In eleven intimate and revealing interviews, contemporary film directors speak frankly about their work. Illustrated with more than fifty rare photographs, this is essential reading for aspiring moviemakers, film scholars, and everyone interested in how movies are made and the fascinating individuals who make them." -- rear cover
Death of the moguls : the end of classical Hollywood by Wheeler W Dixon( )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Death of the Moguls is a detailed assessment of the last days of the "rulers of film" from Hollywood's classical era, covering 20th Century-Fox, Selznick International Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Paramount Pictures, RKO Radio Pictures, Warner Brothers, Universal Pictures, Republic Pictures, Monogram Pictures and Columbia Pictures. Using rare, behind-the-scenes stills, Wheeler Winston Dixon details such game-changing factors as the de Havilland decision, the Consent Decree, how the moguls dealt with their collapsing empires in the era of television, and the end of the conventional studio ass
Black & white cinema : a short history by Wheeler W Dixon( )

10 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 1,064 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the glossy monochrome of the classic Hollywood romance, to the gritty greyscale of the gangster picture, to film noir's moody interplay of light and shadow, black-and-white cinematography has been used to create a remarkably wide array of tones. Yet today, with black-and-white film stock nearly impossible to find, these cinematographic techniques are virtually extinct, and filmgoers' appreciation of them is similarly waning. Black and White Cinema is the first study to consider the use of black-and-white as an art form in its own right, providing a comprehensive and global overview of the era when it flourished, from the 1900s to the 1960s. Acclaimed film scholar Wheeler Winston Dixon introduces us to the masters of this art, discussing the signature styles and technical innovations of award-winning cinematographers like James Wong Howe, Gregg Toland, Freddie Francis, and Sven Nykvist. Giving us a unique glimpse behind the scenes, Dixon also reveals the creative teams--from lighting technicians to matte painters--whose work profoundly shaped the look of black-and-white cinema. More than just a study of film history, this book is a rallying cry, meant to inspire a love for the artistry of black-and-white film, so that we might work to preserve this important part of our cinematic heritage. Lavishly illustrated with more than forty on-the-set stills, Black and White Cinema provides a vivid and illuminating look at a creatively vital era."--Publisher's web site
Collected interviews : voices from twentieth-century cinema by Wheeler W Dixon( )

10 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 992 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cinema at the margins by Wheeler W Dixon( )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 904 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More and more, just a few canonical classics, such as Michael Curtiz's "Casablanca" (1942) or Victor Fleming's "Gone With The Wind" (1939), are representing the entire film output of an era, to a new generation that knows little of the past, and is encouraged by popular media to live only in the eternal present. What will happen to the rest of the films that enchanted, informed and transported audiences in the 1930s, 1940s, and even as recently as the 1960s? This collection of essays aims to highlight some of the lesser-known treasures of the past--those titles that have been pushed aside by today's wave of cinema amnesia
Visions of the Apocalypse : spectacles of destruction in American cinema by Wheeler W Dixon( )

10 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Visions of the Apocalypse examines the cinema's fascination with the prospect of nuclear and/or natural annihilation, as seen in such films as Saving Private Ryan, Bowling for Columbine, We Were Soldiers, Invasion U.S.A., The Last War, Tidal Wave, The Bed Sitting Room, The Last Days of Man on Earth and numerous others. It also considers the ways in which contemporary cinema has become increasingly hyper-conglomerised, leading to films with ever-higher budgets and fewer creative risks. Along the way, the author discusses such topics as the death of film itself, to be replaced by digital video
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Straight : constructions of heterosexuality in the cinema
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Dixon, Wheeler W.

Dixon, Wheeler W. 1950-

Dixon, Wheeler Winston.

Dixon, Wheeler Winston 1950-

Wheeler Winston Dixon American filmmaker and scholar

Wheeler Winston Dixon Amerikaans historicus

Winston-Dixon, Wheeler 1950-

Уилер Уинстон Диксон американский киновед

ویلر وینستون دیکسون

English (249)

A history of horrorThe second century of cinema : the past and future of the moving imageFilm genre 2000 : new critical essaysFilm and television after 9/11Film noir and the cinema of paranoiaThe transparency of spectacle : meditations on the moving imageStraight : constructions of heterosexuality in the cinemaThe exploding eye : a re-visionary history of 1960s American experimental cinema