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The Best Men’s Stage Monologues

Harbison, Lawrence, ed.
Smith & Kraus

Annual volumes from 2000 to 2016 (not all).

The Best Women’s Stage Monologues

Harbison, Lawrence, ed.
Smith & Kraus

Annual volumes from 1990 to 2014.

The Ultimate Audition Book: 222 Monologues 2 Minutes & Under (Vol 1)

(Vol 2)

Beard, Jocelyn A. (ed.)
Smith & Kraus 1997 & 2002

These two volumes are from different editions; 1997 and 2002.

The Ultimate Audition Book for Teens 2: 111 One-Minute Monologues

McCullough, L.E.
Smith & Kraus 2000

The Best Stage Scenes

Beard, Jocelyn A. (ed.)
Smith & Kraus

Annual volumes from 1992 to 2006 (not all).

Stella Adler: The Art of Acting

Adler, Stella
Applause 2000

The Actor’s Wheel of Connection: How to Integrate Your Skills and Refine Your Performance

Brestoff, Richard
Smith & Kraus 2005

Auditioning and Acting for the Camera

Shepard, John W.
Smith & Kraus 2004

They Fight: Classical to Contemporary Stage Fight Scenes

Hamill, Kyna
Smith & Kraus 2003

The Great Acting Teachers and Their Methods

Brestoff, Richard
Smith & Kraus 1995

104 Scenes for 4 Actors

Chandler, Wilma Marcus, ed.
Smith & Kraus 2001

Toward Mastery: An Acting Class with Nikos Psacharopoulos

Psacharopoulos, Nikos
Smith & Kraus 1998

An Actor’s Work

Stanislavsky, Konstantin
Routledge 2008

Training an Actor: The Stanislavski System in Class

Moore, Sonia
Penguin 1979

To the Actor: On the Technique of Acting – Acting PDF

Chekhov, Michael
Barnes & Noble 1985 Dewey Dec. 792

This handbook for professional and amateur actors and directors provides simple and practical methods to train actors to quickly and effectively call up emotion, develop characters, and strengthen awareness.

BOOK COLLECTIONS – Acting and Actors

Books on Acting PDF – Collection – Acting PDF

About 1,400 books on acting pdf. Some books: Ten Minutes to the Audition, The Student Actor’s Handbook, 35 Original Comedy Scenes for Two, The Working Actor: a guide to the profession, Actor’s Workshop, Techniques of Acting, Stanislavsky on the Art of the Stage,How to Be a Working Actor, Breaking into Acting for Dummies, Film Scenes for Actors, 57 Original Auditions for Actors, Classical Audition Speeches for Women, The Young Actor’s Book of Improvisation, many more. Acting books for beginners pdf, acting books pdf.

Books on Actors PDF – Collection – Acting PDF

About 4,700 free online books on Actors. Some books: Merely Players, Vanessa Williams, Today’s Young stars of Stage and Screen, Marlon Brando biography, Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor Richard Burton and the Marriage of the Century, Hilary Duff biography, George Clooney illustrated biography, The Paradox of Acting, Who’s Who in the Theater, Denzel Washington biography online, Rob Lowe autobiography, Tom Hanks, Alan Alda biography, Jennifer Aniston, TV Super Stars 1980 book, Adam Sandler book, Henry Fonda biography, Martin Clunes biography, Angelina Jolie free biography, Humphrey Bogart biography free, Jack Black biography. Acting books pdf.

Method Acting PDF – Collection – Acting PDF

About 65 books on Method Acting at Open Library / Internet Archive, sorted by relevance. Some titles: Stanislavski, Stanislavski Method, On Method Acting, Beyond Stanislavsky, The Sanford Meisner Approach, An Actor Prepares, Stanislavski and the Actor, Method Actors, Strasberg at the Actors Studio, Working on the Play and the Role. Method acting pdf.

Improvisation Acting PDF – Collection – Acting PDF

About 80 books on improvisation acting at Open Library / Internet Archive, sorted to show the titles of most relevance to the subject at the top. Some titles: Impro, Commedia dell’arte, Improvisation, The Actor’s Scenebook, Let’s Improvise, The Young Actor’s Book of Improvisation, Creative Dramatics for Children, Theatre Games for Rehearsal, Improvisations in Creative Drama. Performing arts books, improvisation acting pdf.

Acting and Auditioning Books – Collection – Acting PDF

About 300 Acting and Auditioning Books PDF at Open Library / Internet Archive, sorted to show the most recently published titles at the top. Some titles: Auditioning for Film and Television: Secrets from a Casting Director, Th Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2014, The Excellent Audition Guidebook, Mastering the Audition: How to Perform Under Pressure, The Ultimate Audition Guide, Exceptional Monologues 2, Mastering Monologues and Acting Sides. Auditioning acting books pdf.

Motion Picture Actors – Collection – Acting PDF

About 3,500 free online books about motion picture actors and actresses at the Internet Archive. Some books: Sex Lives of the Hollywood Idols, Films of Robert Redford, Great Lovers of the Movies, 40 Years of Screen Credits 1929-1969, Burt Lancaster, Great Movie Heroes, Love Goddesses of the Movies, Leonard Maltin’s Movie Encyclopedia, Hollywood’s Great Love Teams, Jackie Chan, A Look at the Women Who Made Hollywood, The Hollywood Beauties, Sean Connery, Johnny Depp, The Image Makers: 60 years of Hollywood, many more. Books for film lovers, acting books pdf.

Television Actors – Collection – Acting PDF

About 750 books from the Internet Archive free online on Television Actors and Actresses. Some books: Performers’ Television Credits, Jerry Seinfeld, Betty White, The Best in Television: 50 years of Emmys, Drew Carey, Actors’ Television Credits 1950-1972, Guide to Character Actors, Soap Stars: America’s 31 favorite daytime actors, 100 Greatest TV Stars of All Time, James Corden, Kiefer Sutherland, Amy Poehler, many more. Books on acting pdf, acting books for beginners, actors on acting pdf, acting books pdf, performing arts books.

Theater Books – Dance – Performing Arts Books

CORE BOOKS – Theater

The Cambridge Guide to Theatre – Acting PDF

Banham, Martin, ed.
Cambridge Univ. 1995

“Substantially revised and updated, this is the most comprehensive guide to the history and current practice of worldwide theatre available today. It covers all major playwrights, works, traditions, theories, companies, venues and events; details the origins of popular theatre tradition; discusses the work of actors, directors and designers; and explains theatre architecture and design. The book is written by over 100 expert contributors and is illustrated throughout.” theater books, acting pdf.

A Pictorial History of the American Theatre 1860-1980 – Acting PDF

Blum, Daniel C.
Crown 1981

An authoritative history of the American theatre documents the plays, awards, musicals, dramatic scenes, actors, and actresses, in over six thousand black-and-white photographs. Theater books, books on musical theatre, acting pdf, performing arts books.

The Oxford Companion to American Theatre – Acting PDF

Bordman, Gerald M.
Oxford Univ. 1984

Playwrights, plays, actors, directors, producers, songwriters, famous playhouses, regional groups, dramatic movements – all are here in nearly 3,000 alphabetically arranged entries. This book covers not only the “greats” of our theatre but its more ephemeral figures and productions as well. Here too are entries on foreign figures and productions that have been influential in our dramatic development … The book pays considerable attention to the often neglected achievements of the nineteenth century and gives full coverage to the American musical theatre and the diverse figures associated with it. It is thorough and meticulous. Theater–United States–Dictionaries. PDF books on theater history, acting pdf.

History of the Theatre – Acting PDF

Brockett, Oscar G.
Allyn and Bacon 1991

Revised and updated edition of a standard textbook describes and traces the major developments in the theatre from its beginnings until early 1990. The primary emphasis is on the European tradition, with a secondary emphasis on the Oriental tradition. Thoroughly illustrated. PDF theatre books, acting pdf, performing arts books.

Theatrical Design and Production: An Introduction to Scene Design and Construction, Lighting, Sound, Costume, and Makeup – Filmmaking Books PDF

Gillette, J. Michael
Mayfield 1992

This is a comprehensive survey of the technical and design aspects of play production, including scene design and construction, lighting, sound, costume, and makeup. Health and safety precautions for the backstage crew appear throughout in boxes labeled ” Safety Tips, ” and ” Design Inspiration” boxes show how professional designers create the desired look. Theaters Stage-setting and scenery, Stage management. Filmmaking books pdf, acting pdf, performing arts books.

The Grey House Performing Arts Directory – Acting PDF

Gottlieb, Richard, ed.
Millerton, NY: Grey House 2007

This Directory, with 9,601 listings, provides access to this community of performers. In addition to performing organizations – Dance, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music & Series & Festivals, the Directory contains comprehensive chapters on the business of performing arts: Facilities and Industry resources including associations, periodicals, directories & databases, trade shows & conferences, and web sites. Acting pdf, acting for dummies pdf, performing arts books.

Broadway Musicals, Show by Show – Acting PDF

Green, Stanley
Hal Leonard 1996

The most comprehensive and widely used Broadway reference book has been expanded and updated to include more than 300 of the most important and memorable productions of the American musical theatre. Chronologically arranged beginning with The Black Crook in 1866, this edition includes show entries up through the latest hits (Rent, Sunset Boulevard, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Victor/Victoria, Passion) and all the latest big revivals (Show Boat, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The King and I). Features a wealth of statistics, inside information, critical reception, cast lists, and pithy commentary about each show. Books about Broadway musicals, Broadway history, books about theater pdf, acting pdf.

Broadway: The American Musical – Acting PDF

Kantor, Michael and Maslon, Laurence
Bulfinch 2004

A companion to the six-part PBS documentary series, BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL is the first comprehensive history of the musical, from its roots at the turn of the 20th century through the smashing successes of the new millennium. The compelling, in-depth text is lavishly illustrated with a treasure trove of photographs, sheet-music covers, posters, scenic renderings, production stills, rehearsal shots, and caricatures, many previously unpublished. Complementing the narrative are lively sidebars that highlight the stars, the shows, and the songs–the key ingredients that make the musical great. Books about musical theater, acting pdf.

Theatrical Worlds – Acting PDF

Mitchell, Charles
University Press of Florida

An introductory text for theatre and theoretical production. This book seeks to give insight into the people and processes that create theater. Acting books for beginners, acting pdf.

Cambridge Guide to American Theatre – Acting PDF

Wilmeth, Don B.
Cambridge Univ. 1996

Covers American theatre from its earliest history to the present, with special attention given to contemporary theatre throughout the United States. In addition to some 2,300 compact entries on people, venues, plays, and other theatrical phenomena, almost 100 topical entries are provided, covering theatre in several major U.S. cities and such disparate subjects as Asian-American theatre, theatre architecture, female and male impersonation, magic, costume, Shakespeare on the American stage, unions, Hispanic theatre, stage lighting, and dramatic theory. Book about American theater, acting books for beginners pdf, performing arts books.


Books on the Performing Arts – Collection – Performing Arts Books

About 2,400 free books on Performing Arts. Some books: Variety History of Show Business, Performing Arts, Whatever Became Of?, Analyzing Performance: a critical reader, Entertainment Awards: a music, cinema, theatre and broadcasting reference 1928-1993, Opportunities in Performing Arts Careers, 100 Acting Jobs for Actors, How to Be Your Own Booking Agent, Roger Ebert’s Movie Yearbook 2011, Choreography and the Specific Image, Trouping: how the show came to town, many more. Books on theatre pdf, acting pdf, performing arts books.

Theatre History – Collection – Acting PDF

About 300 free Theater History books pdf. Some books: History of the Theater free online, History of World Theater, Modern Drama and the Rhetoric of Theater, African American Performance and Theater, Shakespeare’s Globe theater, Shakespeare and the Theater, The Radio City Music Hall, Stages of Drama: classical to contemporary theater, Shaw’s Theater, Short History of Opera, Greater Boston Community Theater, Life in the Elizabethan Theater, Latin American Women Dramatists, Pictorial History of Vaudeville, Complete Book of the American Musical Theater, many more. Theater books pdf, acting pdf, performing arts books.

20th Century American Drama – History & Criticism Collection – Acting PDF

About 150 books on 20th Century American Drama – History & Criticism. Some books: American Realism and American Drama, Modern American Drama, Contemporary American Playwrights, Latin American Women on/in Stages, American Women Playwrights 1900-1950, Interviews with Contemporary American Playwrights, Left-Wing Dramatic Theory in the American Theater, Broadway Theatre, The Back Stage Book of Longest-Running Broadway Shows 1884 to the Present, many more. Theater books, acting books pdf.

Books about Musicals – Books on Broadway Musicals – Collection – Acting PDF

About 750 books about Musical Theatre free from the Internet Archive. Some books: Broadway’s Greatest Musicals, How to Choose the Right Show for your School or Community, Encyclopedia of the Musical Theatre, George Gershwin’s Song book, My Fair Lady: a musical play in two acts, Song and Dance: the complete story of stage, Fiddler on the Roof, Broadway Stories: a backstage journey, The Broadway Musical: a complete LP discography, The Producers: the new Mel Brooks musical, many more. Theater books, acting pdf, performing arts books.

Books about Operas – Opera History – Collection – Acting PDF

About 850 books about Opera from the Internet Archive. Some books: The Book of European Light Opera, The Opera Libretto Library, Penguin Guide to Opera on Compact Disc, Opera Guide, Great Operas in Synopsis, Crowell’s Handbook of World Opera, Opera Themes and Plots, Stories of Gilbert and Sullivan Operas, Opera: the rough guide, Fifty Favorite Operas, The Ring of the Nibelung, The Mikado, Opera: a pictorial guide, Beginner’s Guide to Opera, Opera Companion to 20th Century Opera, many more. Books on musical theatre, theatre books.

Books on Dance History – Collection – Performing Arts Books

About 2,400 books on Dance and books on Dance History. Some books: The Dance Experience: readings in dance, Preparing for Dance, Enjoying the Arts: dance, African and Asian Dance, Group Instruction in Social Dancing, Modern Dance for the Youth of America, Step-by-Step Instruction for Ballroom Latin Country & more, Jazz Dance, The Black Tradition in American Dance, Oxford Dictionary of Dance, many more. Books on dance pdf, acting pdf, performing arts books.

Books on Ballet Collection – Performing Arts Books

About 1,400 books on Ballet from the Internet Archive. Some books: Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet, Ballet Annual, Ballet: how it all began, I am a Dancer, The Magic of Ballet, Concise Encyclopedia of Ballet, Introduction to Classical Ballet, Ballet for Boys and Girls, First Steps in Ballet: basic barre exercises for home, Young Person’s Guide to Ballet, World of Ballet, Ballet is a Contact Sport, many more. Books on Ballet, books on dance, theatre books, performing arts books.

VINTAGE BOOKS – Performing Arts

American Country-Dances (Vol 1); Twenty-eight Contra-dances, Largely from the New England States – Performing Arts Books

Burchenal, Elizabeth, ed.
Schirmer 1918

A collection of some of the old country dances which are essentially American, including both music and directions. It is intended as a first book in a new series of dances. The dances included are mainly variations of British originals. – A.L.A. Catalog 1926. Folk dancing — United States, Country-dances (Music), dance books, theatre books, performing arts books.

Ways of the Circus – Performing Arts Books

Conklin, George
Harper 1921

The memories and adventures of George Conklin, tamer of lions, as set down by H. W. Root, Don C. Seitz says in the introduction, “He was a circus man through and through, accomplished not only in his own particular line, but able to turn a facile hand to any part of the game. His story is the epic of the circus; its ways and wanderings, its great leaders, its freaks, its followers, and fakers. I believe it to be the only history of the kind ever written—certainly no other ever told so much or so well.” – A.L.A. Catalog 1926. Circus books pdf, free acting books, performing arts books.

Romance of the American Theatre – Theater Books

Crawford, Mary Caroline
Little 1913

A series of impressions and records of some of the great personalities of the American stage, compiled by the author or supplied by her own memories, which reproduce the atmosphere of the theater of the older days. Distinguished by enthusiasm and a light charming touch.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926. Books about theater, acting books pdf.

American Stage of Today – Acting PDF

Eaton, Walter Pilchard
Small 1908

“Largely descriptions or criticisms of present-day plays and actors, indicating the trend of the theater and its success in satisfying the American public.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911. Vintage books about Theatre, acting pdf, performing arts books.

Problems of the Playwright

Hamilton, Clayton Meeker
Holt 1917

A discussion of contemporary drama from the point of view of the critic, the dramatist, the stage director, the scenic artist, the manager, and the theater-going public.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926. Theater, Drama — History and criticism. Performing arts books.

The Dance, its Place in Art and Life – Performing Arts Books

Kinney, Troy, and Kinney, Margaret West
Stokes 1914

One of the most complete books on the subject, covering historical development, folk dancing, and present-day artistic and social dancing. The authors are recognized authorities who know present conditions in New York, London, Paris and Seville.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926.
Author: Troy Sylvanus Kinney was an American artist, etcher, and author. Troy Kinney was most notable for his works portraying dance performers, fanciful subjects, and classically styled nudes. He worked with dancers, including Ruth St. Denis, Anna Pavlova, and Sophie Pflanz among others. Margaret Kinney was an illustrator. -Wikipedia. Books on dance, performing arts books.

Other Days; Being Chronicles and Memories of the Stage – Acting PDF

Winter, William
Moffat 1908

“Pleasant, discursive reminiscences by the dean of dramatic critics, covering the history of the stage for two generations.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911. Books about Theater, acting pdf.

Filmmaking Books PDF – Acting PDF

CORE BOOKS – Filmmaking

Movies in American History: An Encyclopedia (Volume 1) – Filmmaking Books PDF

Volume 2 – Acting PDF

Volume 3 – Acting PDF

Dimare, Philip C., ed.

A reference text focused on the relationship between American society and movies and filmmaking in the United States from the late 19th century through the present. Beyond discussing many important American films ranging from Birth of a Nation to Star Wars to the Harry Potter film series, the essays included in the volumes explore sensitive issues in cinema related to race, class, and gender, authored by international scholars who provide unique perspectives on American cinema and history. Free acting books, books about movies, performing arts books.

Free Novels online here at Century Past.

Exploring Movie Construction & Production: What’s so exciting about movies? – Filmmaking Books PDF

Reich, John
Open SUNY 2017

This textbook contains eight chapters of the major areas of film construction and production. The discussion covers theme, genre, narrative structure, character portrayal, story, plot, directing style, cinematography, and editing. Important terminology is defined and types of analysis are discussed and demonstrated. An extended example of how a movie description reflects the setting, narrative structure, or directing style is used throughout the book to illustrate building blocks of each theme. Open Access, filmmaking textbooks pdf, acting pdf.

Moving Pictures: An Introduction to Cinema – Filmmaking Books PDF

Sharman, Russell Leigh
University of Arkansas 2020

“This is an extremely comprehensive book for an introductory to film class. The first half of the book is entitled “An Introduction to Cinema,” and it covers a short history and also discusses how one should watch a film, but also has chapters on Mise-en-scene, narrative, cinematography, editing, sound, and acting. The second half of the book covers representation of African Americans and women in film, each having its own chapter.” – Review. Open Access, filmmaking books, performing arts books.

CORE BOOKS – Motion Pictures

Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic

Auiler, Dan
St. Martin’s 1998

Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy

Austerlitz, Saul
Chicago Review 2010

Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams: The Story of Black Hollywood

Bogle, Donald
One World Ballantine 2005

A History of Narrative Film

Cook, David A.
Norton 2004

A Short History of Film

Dixon, Wheeler W. & Foster, Gwendolyn Audrey
Rutgers University 2008

French Cinema

Drazin, Charles
Faber and Faber 2011

America’s Film Legacy: The Authoritative Guide to the Landmark Movies in the National Film Registry

Eagan, Daniel
Continuum 2010

Collection of the five hundred films that have been selected, to date, for preservation by the National Film Preservation Board, and are thereby listed in the National Film Registry.

The Encyclopedia of Westerns

Fagen, Herb
Facts on File 2003

Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood

Harris, Mark
Penguin 2008

Nobody’s Perfect: Writings from the New Yorker

Lane, Anthony
Knopf 2002

Guide to British Cinema

Mayer, Geoff
Greenwood 2003

Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir

Muller, Eddie
Titan 1998

80 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards

Osborne, Robert
Abbeville Press 2008

The Big Picture: Filmmaking Lessons from a Life on the Set

Reilly, Tom
Thomas Dunne 2009

The Rough Guide to Film: An A-Z of Directors and Their Movies

Armstrong, Richard, et al
Rough Guides 2007

The Rough Guide to Film Musicals

Parkinson, David
Rough Guides 2007

The Rough Guide to Film Noir

Ballinger, Alexander & Graydon, Danny
Rough Guides 2007

The Rough Guide to American Independent Film

Winter, Jessica
Rough Guides 2006

The Encyclopedia of Hollywood: An A-to-Z of the Heroes, Heroines, and History of American Film

Siegel, Scott and Siegel, Barbara
Facts on File 1990

Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror

Zinoman, Jason
Penguin 2011

Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide

Plume 1993-2015

Annual editions from 1993 to 2015, not complete. Also special editions for some genres.

Magill’s Cinema Annual

Tallerico, Brian and others, eds.
Gale Group

Annual Editions from 1982 to 2016, not complete.

The Spectator: Talk about Movies and Plays with the People who Make Them – Acting PDF

Turkel, Studs
New Press 1999

“Telling portraits of a wide range of artists in conversation with a passionately involved, prodigiously well prepared interlocutor.” Booklist.

The New Historical Dictionary of the American Film Industry – Acting PDF

Slide, Anthony
Scarecrow 1998 Dewey Dec. 384

It is not a who’s who of the industry, but rather a what’s what: a dictionary of producing and releasing companies, technical innovations, industry terms, studios, genres, color systems, institutions and organizations, etc.


Books about Movies Free – Film History Books – Collection – Filmmaking Books PDF

Internet Archive

Collection of about 135 books related to Film and Cinema, free and online, at the Internet Archive, assembled by Folkscanomy. Some books: Encyclopedia of Film, Hollywood’s West: the American frontier in film, TV & history, New Guide to Italian Cinema, Crime Films, The International Movie Industry, Designing and Regulating Brutality in Hollywood Cinema 1930-1968, Australian Cinema after Mabo, The Films of Clint Eastwood, Three Philosophical Filmmakers: Hitchcock Welles Renoir, Documentary Filmmakers Speak, History of Film Music, Big Picture Magazine, many more. Film history books, filmmaking books pdf free download, acting pdf.

Films & Cinema Books – Collection – Filmmaking Books PDF

About 160 films & cinema books free from the Internet Archive. Some books: Encyclopedia of Movie Awards, the American Gangster/Crime Film, VideoHound’s DVD Guide, Hollywood Creative Directory, Comedy Movies: illustrated reviews of the classic films, Film Producers studios agents and casting directors guide, Film Review (annual volumes), Film Lighting: talks with Hollywood’s cinematographers and gaffers, Essential Guide to Bollywood, Film Composers Guide, Transamerica shooting script, many more. Film history books, filmmaking books pdf free download, performing arts books.

Film-Making Books – Collection – Filmmaking Books PDF

About 5,000 free books on Film Making. Be patient while the page loads. Some books: European Cinema: an introduction, the Language of Cinema, Encyclopedia of British Film, The Total Film-maker, A History of Film, Complete Guide to Film Scoring, The Producers, Film & Television in Education, Eastern Europe: an illustrated guide, Hong Kong Action Cinema, Australian Film: a bibliography, Survey of World Cinema, The Technique of Film Editing, The Film Experience: elements of motion picture art, The Movies as History, many more. Motion picture producers and directors. Film history books, filmmaking books pdf, free acting books pdf, performing arts books.

History of Motion Pictures Books – Collection

About 250 books on the history of motion pictures. Some books: History of Film, History of World Cinema, Short History of the Movies, A Pictorial History of the Movie Villain, Cinema Year by Year 1894-200, Interpreting Films, 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, The Birth of the Movies, Introduction to the Art of the Movies, The Filmviewer’s Handbook, The Rough Guide to 21st Century Cinema, Movies of Alfred Hitchcock, Thriller Movies, many more. Film history books.

Cinematography Books – Collection – Filmmaking Books PDF

About 630 free books on Cinematography. Some books: Photographic Theory for the Motion Picture, The Movie Maker’s Handbook, Home Movies Made Easy, How to Shoot a Movie Story, Shooting in the Wild, Creative Film-Making, Handbook of Basic Motion Picture Techniques, The Animation Handbook, Digital Cinematography, Special Effects in the Movies, Adobe After Effects, The Animation Bible, Film Production, American Cinematographer Manual, Basic Grip Book, A Technological History of Motion Pictures and TV, many more. Cinematography books pdf, filmmaking books pdf, performing arts books.

Motion Picture Producers and Directors – Collection – Acting Books PDF

About 1,600 books on Movie Producers and Directors. Some books: The Moviemakers, Illustrated Who’s Who of Hollywood Directors, The Directors in their own words, South American Cinema Dictionary of Film Makers, Women Filmmakers of the African and Asian Diaspora, The Films of Peter Weir, Independent Women Directors, Inner Views: ten Canadian film-makers, Fifty Contemporary Filmmakers, Growing up in Hollywood, many more. Film history books, books on acting pdf.

Books about Radio Broadcasting – Performing Arts Books


On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio

Dunning, John
Oxford University 1998

Something in the Air: Radio, Rock, and the Revolution that Shaped a Generation

Fisher, Marc
Random House 2007

Voice of America: A History

Heil, Alan L.
Columbia University 2003

Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960

Sies, Luther F.
McFarland 2000

The Encyclopedia of American Radio: An A-Z Guide to Radio from Jack Benny to Howard Stern

Lackmann, Ron
Facts on File 2000


Books about Radio Broadcasting – Collection

About 430 books on Radio Broadcasting.
Some books: License Manual for the Radio Amateur, Fundamentals of Radio Communications, ARRL Operating Manual (for the Ham), Who Really Invented Radio?, Directory of World Band Radio, Audels Radiomans Guide, Shortwave Listener’s Q and A Book, Radio Theory and Servicing, Old Radio Sets, Radios: the golden age, Lew McCoy on Antennas, Principles of Radio, Up and Down the Dial of British Radio, Writing for Radio, many more. Radio broadcasting books pdf, performing arts books.

Books on Radio Broadcasters – Collection

About 130 books on Radio Broadcasters. Some books: The Art of Talk, Golden Throats and Silver Tongues: the radio announcers, Americans Hail Rush Limbaugh, Imus: America’s cowboy, Larry King, Howard Stern, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Talked to Death: the murder of Alan Berg and the Rise of the Neo-Nazis, Life is Not a Rehearsal: a memoir, Talk Shows and Hosts on Radio, Laura Pulfer, Encyclopedia of American Radio, Johnny Holliday: from rock to jock, NPR and the Art of Radio, many more. Books about radio pdf, acting pdf.

VINTAGE BOOKS – Radio Broadcasting

Radio Amateur’s Hand Book

Collins, Frederick
Rowe 1922 Dewey Dec. 384

Outline of Radio – Performing Arts Books

Hogan, John Vincent Lawless
Little, Brown 1923 Dewey Dec. 384

Radio For Everybody

Lescarboura, Austin C.
Scientific American 1922 Dewey Dec. 384

Subtitle: “Being A Popular Guide To Practical Radio-Phone Reception And Transmission And To The Dot-And-Dash Reception And Transmission Of The Radio Telegraph, For The Layman Who Wants To Apply Radio For His Pleasure And Profit Without Going Into The Special Theories And The Intricacies Of The Art.”

Books about Television PDF – Acting PDF

CORE BOOKS – Television

American Television Directory: Official Yearbook of the American Television Society, Inc.

American Television Society
American Television Society 1946 Dewey Dec. 384

This is the first directory or yearbook by this organization, which had been recently created for this entirely new industry. The publication is made up of approximately 40 contributed articles, and also includes information about the American Television Society. Among the articles are: ‘Is Television Tomorrow’s Radio?’; ‘The Bell System’s Plan for Tele-networks’; ‘Sports for Millions by Television’; ‘The Economics of Television’; ‘Televised News for Theater-goers’; ‘Television and Fashion’; ‘Is Today’s Television Here to Stay?’; ‘Publications Reporting Television’. Bibliography included. Performing arts books.

TV Guide: The First 25 Years – Acting PDF

Harris, Jay S.
NY: Simon and Schuster 1978

“A brilliant, lavishly illustrated, rollicking, zany, tear-jerking, and definitive portrait of the great moments, issues, programs, and personalities that filled America’s airwaves, homes, hearts, and minds for a quarter of a century …” – Book cover.

Television Broadcasting: An Introduction

Hilliard, Robert L., ed.
Hastings House 1978 Dewey Dec. 384

Television broadcasting book. Books about television, performing arts books.

The Encyclopedia Of American Television: Broadcast Programming Post-World War II to 2000

Lackman, Ron
Checkmark 2003

An alphabetical reference to programs and personalities of network television over the last fifty years includes storylines, broadcast histories, air times, and awards. Book on television history, television books pdf.

One Nation under Television

MacDonald, J. Fred
Pantheon 1990 Dewey Dec. 384

Since commercial television emerged in the late 1940s, it has been on the cutting edge of social, political, economic, and cultural developments in the United States and the world. This book is a provocative history of how the major networks schemed to gain ratings and power, and to keep the FCC at bay. The result was the creation of limited and rigidly standardized television offerings. TV history, books about TV, performing arts books.

Understanding Society, Culture, and Television

Monaco, Paul
Praeger 2000 Dewey Dec. 384

What is the real nature of television, and what is its place in contemporary society and culture? In a provocative rethinking of the medium and its ensuing effects, this book argues that we have misunderstood television and have thus contributed to a distorted view of art and culture in the 20th century. During the final quarter of this century both in academic and popular circles, we have spread wildly exaggerated claims about television’s undermining of human consciousness and behavior. Television has become a scapegoat for all sorts of societal and cultural ills. The arguments presented by many researchers on behalf of the ill-effects of TV are fundamentally weak and flawed. Mass media and culture, Television broadcasting — Social aspects. Performing arts books.

Target: Prime Time: Advocacy Groups and the Struggle Over Entertainment Television – Performing Arts Books

Montgomery, Kathryn C.
Oxford University 1989 Dewey Dec. 384

Television is the most powerful and pervasive storyteller of our time. The stories it tells–and, equally important, the stories it fails to tell–have a marked impact on how viewers see the world around them. Is it any wonder then that television has become the focal point of bitter struggle, with numerous advocacy groups–from the NAACP to the National Gay Task Force to the Moral Majority–battling with network executives over the content of prime time shows? Target: Prime Time is the first book to explore network television’s dealings with political advocacy groups, offering a comprehensive picture of the impact of organized pressure on prime time TV. Performing arts books.

Television: The Critical View

Newcomb, Horace
Oxford University 1994 Dewey Dec. 384

The Critical View sheds light on everything from the latest prime-time television programs to news, talk shows, and commercials. This well established and critically acclaimed text remains the leading collection of critical essays about America’s most important medium of communication. Language Arts & Disciplines / Communication Studies, Television broadcasting — United States.


Television Personalities – Collection – Performing Arts Books

About 1,200 books on Television Personalities. Some personalities: Stephen Fry, Stephen Colbert, Khloe Kardashian, Joan Lunden, Graham Norton, Lisa Riley, Bruce Forsyth, Dermot O’Leary, David Attenborough, Jon Stewart, Johnny Carson, Paul Merton. Books about TV free online, performing arts books.

Books about the Social Aspects of Television Broadcasting – Collection

About 180 books on the Social Aspects of Television Broadcasing. Some titles: Branded Women in U.S. Television, Armchair Nation: an Intimate History of Britain, Viewing America: 21st Century Television, The BBC in Scotland, The Citizen Machine: Governing by Television in 1950s America, Television Shows that Changed our Lives. Books about television pdf free download, acting pdf.

Television Broadcasting Books – Collection – Performing Arts Books

About 1,500 books about Television Broadcasting. Some books: Is Television a Bad Influence?, Let’s Visit a Television Station, Winning the Global TV News Game, How Sweet it Was: Television – a pictorial commentary with photos, Television: a world view, Contemporary World Television, Television: the first 50 years, The TV Addict’s Handbook, Encyclopedia of Television, Breaking into Television: proven advice from veterans and interns, many more. Books about television, books about television industry, performing arts books.

Television Broadcasting of News Books – Collection

About 420 books about Television Broadcasting of News. Some books: Working in TV News: the insider’s guide, The Media War, Making Television News iin the Satellite Age, White News: why local news programs don’t cover people of color, Television News, News-watch: How TV Decides the News, Broadcast New Handbook: writing reporting and producing, The Evening Stars: the making of the network news anchor, In the Newsroom, The Process of Electronic News Gathering, A Guide for TV Producers and Reporters, many more. News broadcasting, history of TV news, performing arts books.

Television Programs Books – Collection

About 1,400 books on Television Programs. Some books: TV Guide Book of Lists, The Best TV Trivia and Quiz Book Ever, Fear Factor: the fright stuff, 30 Years of Television: a Quizbook, TV 70 (several annual vols), The West Wing, Cult TV: the Detectives, Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows 1946-Present, Super TV Stars, History of Television, The 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, Star Trek: Q’s Guide to the Continuum, The Wire: Truth be told, Complete Encyclopedia of Television, many more. Books on television history.

Television History Books – Collection

About 100 free books on Television History. Some books: A History of Television in 100 Programmes, The History of Television, 1880 to 1941, What Would Buffy Do? The Apprentice A-Z, Reading the Vampire Slayer, Writers on their Favorite TV Shows, TV Wonderland, Black Power TV, Something Completely Different: British Television, The Sitcoms of Norman Lear. Acting pdf, performing arts books.

Books about TV & Children – Collection – Performing Arts Books

About 170 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of TV & Children. Some books: The Smart Parent’s Guide to Kids’ TV, TV: friend or foe?, Viewing Children through Television, The Responsible Parent’s Guide to TV, Make Television Work for Your Kids, Kick the TV Habit, Children and the Entertainment Industry, A Study of Children around the TV set, The ACT Guide to Children’s Television, Glued to the Tube, Raising Media-savvy Kids in the Age of the Channel-Surfing Couch Potato, Saturday Morning Mind Control, many more. Books about Children’s TV, acting pdf.

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