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Art Book: The Pedro Almodóvar Archives

Art Book: The Pedro Almodóvar Archives – Sexy and subversive, colorful and controversial, passionate and provocative, the world of Pedro Almodóvar world is unlike any other. Thanks to his remarkably cohesive and consistent œuvre, the Manchegan maverick has become a cinematic brand, his name a byword for the visual opulence, experimentation, and eroticism of post-Franco Spanish cinema. A self-taught auteur, Almodóvar found fame with self-penned, gender-bending plots depicting the often comic misfortunes of junkies, nuns, housewives, whores, transvestites and transsexuals. Praised by critics, championed by fellow film-makers, adored by actors and adorned with international awards, he has become the most successful Spanish film-maker since Luis Buñuel.His films draws on influences as diverse as Douglas Sirk, Frank Tashlin, Andy Warhol and John Waters and simultaneoulsy borrow liberally from, and frequently invert, traditional genres of classic American cinema—including film noir, melodrama and screwball comedy. At the same time, his aesthetic remains unmistakably Iberian, rooted predominantly in the director’s beloved Madrid, exploring Spanish myths and modernity to the rhythms of bolero-laden soundtracks. For this unprecedented Art Edition monograph, Pedro Almodóvar has given TASCHEN complete access to his archives, including never-before-published images, including personal photos he took during filming. The director has personally written…

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Cinema Book: Taxi Driver Unseen Photographs

Cinema Book: Taxi Driver Unseen Photographs – The Art Edition (No. 101–200) is limited to just 100 signed and numbered copies, each with the original pigment print “Jodie Foster on the street,” Taxi Driver, New York, 1975. Signed by Steve Schapiro. Taxi Driver has long been regarded as a cinematic milestone, and Robert DeNiro’s portrait of a trigger-happy psychopath with a mohawk is widely believed to be one of the greatest performances ever filmed. Time magazine includes the film in its list of 100 Greatest Movies, saying: “The power of Scorsese’s filmmaking grows ever more punishing with the passage of time.”   Steve Schapiro—whose photographs were featured in TASCHEN’s Godfather Family Album—was the special photographer on the set of Taxi Driver, capturing the film’s most intense and violent moments from behind the scenes. This book—more than a film still book but a pure photo book on its own—features hundreds of unseen images selected from Schapiro’s archives, painting a chilling portrait of a deranged gunman in the angry climate of the post-Vietnam era. See also: Free eBook: Get Inspired by 100 Dining Room Lighting Ideas Steve Schapiro is a distinguished photographer whose pictures have graced the covers of Vanity Fair, Time, Sports…

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Cinema Books: 100 Must-See Movies You Will Love to Discover

Cinema Books: 100 Must-See Movies You Will Love to Discover – Take a journey through the makers and shapers of celluloid history. From horror to romance, noir to slapstick, adventure to tragedy, Western to new wave, this selection gathers the greats of 20th-century cinema into one indispensable guide to movie gold. The collection is arranged chronologically and in an extra-handy format. Film entries include a synopsis, cast/crew listings, technical information, actor/director bios, trivia, and lists of awards, as well as film stills, production photos, and the original poster for each film. From Metropolis to Modern Times, A Clockwork Orange to Buñuel’s The Young and the Damned, from the blockbusters to lesser-known masterpieces, thumb through and transform a quiet evening into an unforgettable screen encounter. See also: Free eBook: Get Inspired by 100 Dining Room Lighting Ideas Since Tachen started to work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, the name TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible, open-minded publishing. Bibliotheca Universalis brings together nearly 100 of our all-time favorite titles in a neat new format so you can curate your own affordable library of art, anthropology, and aphrodisia. Jürgen Müller has worked as an art critic, a curator, a visiting professor at various…

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Book Review A Cinematic Odyssey through the 2000’s (2)
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Book Review: A Cinematic Odyssey through the 2000’s

Book Review: A Cinematic Odyssey through the 2000’s – This Movies series enters the 21st century with this definitive lineup of the most important films made during the 2000s, an age of evergreen franchises, historical epics, and comic-book superheroes, as well as fast-evolving CGI aesthetics, low-key global indies gaining unprecedented audiences, and hard-hitting documentaries (and mockumentaries) becoming mainstream feature hits. Through the gripping stories, insightful dramas, and thrilling, mindless escapism Movies of the 2000s gathers the best of the best around the globe, from the blockbuster Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings installments to cult classics Lost in Translation, Inglourious Basterds, No Country for Old Men, The Lives of Others, and And Your Mother Too. Each movie masterpiece is profiled with stills and production photos, a synopsis, analysis, and movie-buff trivia, as well as cast, crew, and technical listings.   See also: Free eBook: Get Inspired by 100 Dining Room Lighting Ideas Since Taschen started their work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, the name TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible, open-minded publishing. Bibliotheca Universalis brings together nearly 100 of our all-time favorite titles in a neat new format so you can curate your own affordable library of art,…

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Book Review: 1000 Pin-Up Girls by Taschen

Book Review: 1000 Pin-Up Girls by Taschen – “Girls, Gags & Giggles,” ran publisher Robert Harrison’s recipe for dishing up pin-up to the American male. Men loved his tasty dishes, a mixture of strippers and starlets dressed in outfits so fetishistic no one noticed they were never nude. While other magazines delivered the girl next door, Harrison’s publications banked on bad girls in satin and leather, fishnet stockings, and six-inch heels performing slapstick stunts straight from the burlesque stage. Harrison lured his readers in with vibrantly painted covers by top pin-up artists Earl Moran, Billy DeVorss and, most famously, Peter Driben. This Bibliotheca Universalis edition celebrates this eye-catching candy with every single cover from Beauty Parade, Wink, Titter, Eyeful, Flirt, and Whisper, from 1942 to 1955, as well as interior spreads, featuring, among others, a budding Bettie Page. In an age when far more graphic material is the norm, 1000 Pin-Up Girls celebrates an era of pin-up and pulp style to fuel your erotic imagination. See also: Book Review: Inspirations Book, Room by Room About the series: Bibliotheca Universalis — Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe at an unbeatable, democratic price! The name TASCHEN has become synonymous with…

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Book Review Gala Dinner, Salvador Dalí’s Surrealist Cookbook (3)
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Book Review: Gala Dinner, Salvador Dalí’s Surrealist Cookbook

Book Review: Gala Dinner, Salvador Dalí’s Surrealist Cookbook – “Les diners de Gala is uniquely devoted to the pleasures of taste … If you are a disciple of one of those calorie-counters who turn the joys of eating into a form of punishment, close this book at once; it is too lively, too aggressive, and far too impertinent for you.”—Salvador Dalí. Food and surrealism make perfect bedfellows: sex and lobsters, collage and cannibalism, the meeting of a swan and a toothbrush on a pastry case. The opulent dinner parties thrown by Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) and his wife and muse, Gala (1894–1982) were the stuff of legend. Luckily for us, Dalí published a cookbook in 1973, Les diners de Gala, which reveals some of the sensual, imaginative, and exotic elements that made up their notorious gatherings.   See also: Book Review: Inspirations Book, Room by Room This reprint features all 136 recipes over 12 chapters, specially illustrated by Dalí, and organized by meal courses, including aphrodisiacs. The illustrations and recipes are accompanied by Dalí’s extravagant musings on subjects such as dinner conversation: “The jaw is our best tool to grasp philosophical knowledge.” All these rich recipes can be cooked at home, although…

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Book Review: New New York Interiors

Book Review: New New York Interiors:New New York Interiors is a new release by Tachen, after the great success of New York Interiors, released ten years ago. Much has changed in the Big Apple since then, the city is still bristling with an exciting and eclectic mix of cutting-edge movers, something that you can see in its interiors. New York lives an unprecedented influx of graphic designers, interior designers, artists, gallerists, and collectors. Since September 11, the city has become less money-driven and more creative. All the interiors that you find in this new book where hand-picked by editor and author Angelika Taschen. A spanking new collection of interiors that explores an array of homes as dizzying as the diversity of the New Yorkers themselves. Peek into the apartments of artist Terence Koh, artist and director Julian Schnabel, musician Rufus Wainwright, porn diva Vanessa del Rio, and actress Julianne Moore, among many others, to get an idea of the myriad and marvelous ways New Yorkers love to live. Angelika Taschen studied art history and German literature in Heidelberg, gaining her doctorate in 1986. Working for TASCHEN from 1987 to 2010, she has published numerous titles on art, architecture, photography, design,…

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Good Books to Read: Bahia Style

Best Design Books presents another example of a great interior design book that will inspire our projects.  The history of Brazil began in Bahia in 1500—and even today this vibrant state, still the heart of the country, combines the cultures of the Indios, Portugal and Africa. This book takes you to the breathtaking beauty of the Atlantic coast and inside houses designed with a Love of detail—nestling in this landscape as if they always belonged there. From a simple beach bungalow or a typical fazenda to a sophisticated residence: tudo bem in Bahia – everything is good in Bahia. The photographer – Tuca Reinés is a native and resident of Sao Paulo. For over 20 years, he has been a frequent contributor to magazines such as Vogue, Casa Vogue Brasil, and Wallpaper*, among others. He is the photographer of several architectural books and his work has also appeared in many publications, including TASCHEN’s Seaside Interiors and Great Escapes South America. The editor – Angelika Taschen studied art history and German literature in Heidelberg, gaining her doctorate in 1986. Working for TASCHEN from 1987 to 2010, she has published numerous titles on art, architecture, photography, design, travel, and lifestyle. About the series – More bang…

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Interior Design Books 100 Interiors Around the World
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Interior Design Books: 100 Interiors Around the World

Interior Design Books: 100 Interiors Around the World – Making stops in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, this edition rounds up some of today’s most exceptional and inspiring interiors across six continents. From rustic minimalism to urbane eclecticism, the selection celebrates a global spectrum of styles, united by authenticity, a Love of detail, and a zest for individual expression that will never go out of fashion. Includes interiors in Argentina, Brasil, China, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, the UK, the USA, and many more countries. See also: Interior Design Books: Kaleidoscope, Living in Color and Patterns With pictures by leading interior photographers including: Xavier Béjot, Pieter Estersohn, Marina Faust, Reto Guntli, François Halard, HieplerBrunier, Ditte Isager, Nikolas Koenig, Ricardo Labougle, Eric Laignel, Åke Lindman, Thomas Loof, Jason Schmidt, Mark Seelen, René Stoeltie, Tim Street-Porter, Vincent Thibert, Simon Upton, Paul Warchol. “A brilliant source of inspiration for your next refurb, this is a high-quality book at an affordable price.” — The Lady, London “A fantastically indulgent, immaculately shot feast of contemporary homes from all corners of the globe – traditional and avant-garde, rustic and glossy, weird and wonderful.”…

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