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Film Theory: Creating a Cinematic Grammar

by Felicity Colman WallFlower Press (June 14, 2014)

Film Theory addresses the core concepts and arguments created or used by academics, critical film theorists, and filmmakers, including the work of Dudley Andrew, Raymond Bellour, Mary Ann Doane, Miriam Hansen,...


The Star System: Hollywood's Production of Popular Identities

by Paul McDonald WallFlower Press (June 13, 2001)

Looks at the development and changing organization of the star system in the American film industry. Tracing the popularity of star performers from the early “cinema of attractions” to the Internet universe,...


Mise-en-scène: Film Style and Interpretation

by John Gibbs WallFlower Press (August 14, 2012)

Mise-en-scène: Film Style and Interpretation explores and elucidates constructions of this fundamental concept in thinking about film. In uncovering the history of mise-en-scène within film criticism, and...


The New Hollywood: From Bonnie and Clyde to Star Wars

by Peter Kramer WallFlower Press (March 17, 2006)

On December 8, 1967 Time magazine put Bonnie and Clyde on its cover and announced, "The New Cinema: Violence … Sex … Art." The following decade has long been celebrated as a golden age in American film history....


Queer Cinema: Schoolgirls, Vampires, and Gay Cowboys

by Barbara Mennel WallFlower Press (October 02, 2012)

Queer Cinema: Schoolgirls, Vampires, and Gay Cowboys illustrates queer cinematic aesthetics by highlighting key films that emerged at historical turning points throughout the twentieth century. The book traces...


Italian Neorealism: Rebuilding the Cinematic City

by Mark Shiel WallFlower Press (March 17, 2006)

Italian Neorealism: Rebuilding the Cinematic City is a valuable introduction to one of the most influential of film movements. Exploring the roots and causes of neorealism, particularly the effects of the Second...


International Politics and Film: Space, Vision, Power

by Klaus Dodds & Sean Carter WallFlower Press (May 14, 2014)

International Politics and Film introduces readers to the representational qualities of film but also draws attention to how the relationship between the visual and the spatial is constitutive of international...


The Heist Film: Stealing With Style

by Daryl Lee WallFlower Press (March 14, 2014)

A concise introduction to the genre about that one last big score, The Heist Film: Stealing With Style traces this crime thriller’s development as both a dramatic and comic vehicle growing out of film noir...


The Sports Film: Games People Play

by Bruce Babington WallFlower Press (March 14, 2014)

After covering the genre's early history and theorizing its general characteristics, this volume then focuses on specific instances of sports films, such as the biopic, the sports history film, the documentary,...


Bollywood: Gods, Glamour, and Gossip

by Kush Varia WallFlower Press (May 15, 2012)

While we have become familiar with the idea of "Bollywood" here in the West, we know little about the industry’s films beyond a certain celebration of kitsch. Bollywood, the latest in Wallflower Press’s...


Melodrama: Genre, Style and Sensibility

by John Mercer & Martin Shingler WallFlower Press (September 06, 2013)

Melodrama: Genre, Style and Sensibility is designed as an accessible overview of one of the most popular genres at undergraduate Film Studies. The book identifies three distinct but connected concepts through...


The Vampire Film: Undead Cinema

by Jeffrey Weinstock WallFlower Press (April 03, 2012)

This introductory volume offers an elegant analysis of the enduring appeal of the cinematic vampire. From Georges Méliès' early cinematic experiments to Twilight and Let the Right One In, the history of vampires...


Teen Movies: American Youth on Screen

by Rob McInnes & Timothy Shary WallFlower Press (December 07, 2005)

Teen Movies: American Youth on Screen is a detailed look at the depiction of teens on film and its impact throughout film’s history. Timothy Shary looks at the development of the teen movie – the rebellion,...


Disaster Movies: The Cinema of Catastrophe

by Stephen Keane WallFlower Press (September 18, 2006)

Stephen Keane's history of the disaster genre offers a detailed analysis of films such as The Towering Inferno, Independence Day, Titanic, and The Day After Tomorrow. He looks at the ways in which disaster movies...


Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre

by Tamar Jeffers McDonald WallFlower Press (April 10, 2007)

Romantic Comedy offers an introduction to the analysis of a popular but overlooked film genre. The book provides an overview of Hollywood's romantic comedy conventions, examining iconography, narrative patterns,...


Avant-Garde Film: Forms, Themes, and Passions

by Michael O'Pray WallFlower Press (September 17, 2003)

Avant-Garde Film: Forms, Themes and Passions examines the variety of concerns and practices that have comprised the long history of avant-garde film at a level appropriate for undergraduate study. It covers...


Film Noir: From Berlin to Sin City

by Mark Bould WallFlower Press (December 07, 2005)

Film Noir explores the murky world of a genre responsible for many of film’s most enduring images. Mark Bould discusses problems of definition and the often ambiguous nature of film noir and looks at modern...


Documentary: The Margins of Reality

by Paul Ward WallFlower Press (March 17, 2006)

In using case studies such as Touching the Void (2003) and the films of Nick Broomfield, this timely introduction to the growing field of documentary explores the definition and understanding of the form, as...


Feminist Film Studies: Writing the Woman into Cinema

by Janet McCabe WallFlower Press (January 19, 2005)

An introduction to feminist film theory as a discourse from the early seventies to the present. McCabe traces the broad ranging theories produced by feminist film scholarship, from formalist readings and psychoanalytical...


Heritage Film: Nation, Genre, and Representation

by Belen Vidal WallFlower Press (April 03, 2012)

This volume provides a comprehensive introduction to the critical debates around the heritage film, from its controversial status in British cinema of the 1980s to its expansion into a versatile international...


Trash Cinema

by Guy Barefoot WallFlower Press (November 21, 2017)

This volume explores the lower reaches of cinema and its paradoxical appeal. It looks at films from the B-movies of the 1930s to the mockbusters of today, and from the New York underground to the genre variations...


Children's Film

by Noel Brown WallFlower Press (May 16, 2017)

Films for children and young people are a constant in the history of cinema, from its beginnings to the present day. This book serves as a comprehensive introduction to the children's film, examining its recurrent...


Prison Movies

by Kevin Kehrwald WallFlower Press (December 06, 2016)

Prison Movies: Cinema Behind Bars traces the public fascination with incarceration from the silent era to the present. Often considered an offshoot of the gangster film, the prison film precedes the gangster...


The Road Movie: In Search of Meaning

by Neil Archer WallFlower Press (January 12, 2016)

Though often seen as one of America’s native cinematic genres, the road movie has lent itself to diverse international contexts and inspired a host of filmmakers. As analyzed in this study, from its most familiar...


Bio-pics: A Life in Pictures

by Ellen Cheshire WallFlower Press (December 16, 2014)

Bio-pics: A Life in Pictures offers a series of case studies which throw light on this most unique of genres. Is the bio-pic a genre in its own right? Or are such films merely footnotes in other more traditional...


The Gangster Film: Fatal Success in American Cinema

by Ron Wilson WallFlower Press (December 16, 2014)

This volume examines the gangster film in its historical context with an emphasis on the ways the image of the gangster has adapted and changed as a result of socio-cultural circumstances. From its origins in...