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Laurel and Hardy's Comic Catastrophes

by Michael Bliss Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 29, 2017)

One of America’s most beloved comic duos, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy have entertained generations of viewers with their unique, heartwarming brand of slapstick comedy. The pair’s teamwork and friendship...

Hollywood Enlists!

by Ralph Donald Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 08, 2017)

Frequently referred to as “the Greatest Generation,” Americans of the World War II era were influenced by Hollywood’s depictions of their nation, its role in world affairs, and the virtue of its involvement...

The Ambivalent Legacy of Elia Kazan: The Politics of the Post-HUAC Films

by Ron Briley Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 28, 2016)

The films covered in this volume include Viva Zapata (1952), On the Waterfront (1954), East of Eden (1954), Baby Doll (1956), A Face in the Crowd (1957), Splendor in the Grass (1961), America, America (1963),...

Critical Perspectives on the Western: From A Fistful of Dollars to Django Unchained

by Lee Broughton Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 19, 2016)

The Western film continues to be reexamined by scholars, and this collection offers engaging essays on a variety of films and television shows that represent the genre. Essays in this volume consider star/celebrity...

Adapting the Beat Poets: Burroughs, Ginsberg, and Kerouac on Screen

by Michael J. Prince Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 09, 2016)

William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac were three of the most significant figures of the Beat Generation, whose writings have been adapted and appropriated for graphic novels, feature-length...

From the Headlines to Hollywood: The Birth and Boom of Warner Bros.

by Chris Yogerst Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 02, 2016)

This book looks at how the Warner Bros. studio used edgy, stylistic, and brutally honest films to construct a view of America from 1927-1941. Author Chris Yogerst looks at how the Warner Bros. films during this...

The Hollywood Trust: Trade Associations and the Rise of the Studio System

by Kia Afra Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 15, 2016)

The Hollywood Trust: Trade Associations and the Rise of the Studio System offers a rare look at the Hollywood trade organizations that rose during the early years of cinema. This book offers a detailed account...

Buccaneer: James Stuart Blackton and the Birth of American Movies

by Donald Dewey Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 15, 2016)

This is an in-depth look at the life and career of James Stuart Blackton (1875-1941), the first great commercial vendor of cinema who grasped that motion pictures were not merely a technical innovation, but...

The Westerns and War Films of John Ford

by Sue Matheson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 18, 2016)

The only person to receive four Academy Awards for best director, John Ford is considered by some to be America’s greatest homegrown filmmaker. This book looks at the two genres of films for which Ford was...

French Cinema and the Great War: Remembrance and Representation

by Marcelline Block & Barry Nevin Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 04, 2016)

Even a century after its conclusion, the devastation of the Great War still echoes in the work of artists who try to make sense of the political, moral, ideological, and economic changes and challenges it spawned....

Hollywood and the Holocaust

by Henry Gonshak Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 16, 2015)

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the WWII’s end and the beginning of the general public’s awareness of Holocaust atrocities. This book offers an important look at Hollywood's ongoing representations of...

Talking about Pauline Kael: Critics, Filmmakers, and Scholars Remember an Icon

by Wayne Stengel Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 20, 2015)

For nearly 25 years, Pauline Kael (1919-2001) was one of America’s most respected, controversial, and talked-about film reviewer, yet her film criticism for The New Yorker has never been systematically discussed...

Real War vs. Reel War: Veterans, Hollywood, and WWII

by Suzanne Broderick Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 22, 2015)

In this book, World War II veterans compare their wartime experiences—as soldiers, pilots, “code talkers,” and prisoners of war—to on-screen portrayals of the war in Hollywood films. In addition, two...

Food on Film: Bringing Something New to the Table

by Tom Hertweck Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 30, 2014)

This collection addresses the relative scarcity of work relating to food-film studies, showcasing innovative viewpoints about a popular, yet understudied, subject in film. The volume asks provocative questions...

The JFK Image: Profiles in Docudrama

by Raluca Lucia Cimpean Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 16, 2014)

This volume examines various representation of John F. Kennedy on film, from fictionalized accounts of his wartime exploits—PT-109 (1963)—to his presidency, his assassination, and his legacy. With a focus...

Smart Chicks on Screen: Representing Women's Intellect in Film and Television

by Laura Mattoon D'Amore Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 08, 2014)

In Smart Chicks on Screen: Representing Women's Intellect in Film and Television, Laura Mattoon D’Amore brings together a collection of essays that examine the disparate portrayals of beauty and brains in...

Hollywood and the End of the Cold War

by Bryn Upton Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 26, 2014)

From the late 1940s until the early 1990s, the Cold War was perhaps the most critical and defining aspect of American culture, influencing television, music, and movies, among other forms of popular entertainment....

Native Americans on Network TV: Stereotypes, Myths, and the "Good Indian"

by Michael Ray FitzGerald Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 24, 2013)

This book argues that the US is a great colonial power and that this is clearly evident in network television’s treatment of minorities and colonized peoples. This book argues that televised representations...

Bringing History to Life through Film: The Art of Cinematic Storytelling

by Kathryn Anne Morey Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 12, 2013)

This collection of essays addresses important questions about the relationship between fact and fiction: When does history become myth, and when does myth become legend? Does a romanticized view of history distort...

European Cinema after the Wall: Screening East-West Mobility

by Leen Engelen & Kris Van Heuckelom Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 21, 2013)

The past three decades have seen the rise of a transnational European cinema, not only in terms of production, but also in terms of a growing focus on multi-ethnic themes within the European context. The collapse...