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Lolita Guevarra <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 16 Mar 2007 17:20:49 -0700
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The University of California Press  is pleased to announce the publication of:

The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney

Michael Barrier founded and edited _Funnyworld, _the first serious 
magazine devoted to animation and the comics. He is the author of 
_Hollywood Cartoons: American Animation in Its Golden Age_ (1999).

"Michael Barrier's biography of Walt Disney is impressive, with a 
remarkable range of interviews. I was fascinated to see this 
mysterious world laid out as an industrial process-somehow, this 
makes what we see on the screen even more miraculous."-Kevin 
Brownlow, Director, _Cecil B De Mille: American Epic and Garbo_

Walt Disney (1901-1966) was one of the most significant creative 
forces of the twentieth century, a man who made a lasting impact on 
the art of the animated film, the history of American business, and 
the evolution of twentieth-century American culture. He was both a 
creative visionary and a dynamic entrepreneur, roles whose demands he 
often could not reconcile.
In his compelling new biography, noted animation historian Michael 
Barrier avoids the well-traveled paths of previous biographers, who 
have tended to portray a blemish-free Disney or to indulge in lurid 
speculation. Instead, he takes the full measure of the man in his 
many aspects. A consummate storyteller, Barrier describes how Disney 
transformed himself from Midwestern farm boy to scrambling young 
businessman to pioneering artist and, finally, to entrepreneur on a 
grand scale.

Full information about the book, including the table of contents, is 
available online:

Electric Edwardians: The Films of Mitchell and Kenyon

Vanessa Toulmin is Research Director, National Fairground Archive at 
the University of Sheffield and a leading authority on Victorian 
entertainment and film.

_Electric Edwardians_ presents a stunning visual record of the films 
of Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon combined with an illuminating 
discussion of the films and the social context of their production by 
Vanessa Toulmin, a leading authority on the collection.
Advertised as "local films for local people," the films of Mitchell 
and Kenyon were commissioned by traveling exhibitors in the early 
twentieth century for screening in town halls, village fetes and 
local fairs. Audiences paid to see their neighbors, families, and 
themselves on the screen, glimpsed at work and at play. 

British Film Institute books are distributed in North America and 
Asia by the University of California Press.

Full information about the book, including the table of contents, is 
available online:

Lolita Guevarra
Electronic Marketing Coordinator
University of California Press
Tel. 510.643.4738 | Fax 510.643.7127
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