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They Live

by D. Harlan Wilson WallFlower Press (December 16, 2014)

Born out of the cultural flamboyance and anxiety of the 1980s, They Live (1988) is a hallmark of John Carpenter’s singular canon, combining the aesthetics of multiple genres and leveling an attack against...


The Cinema of Ang Lee: The Other Side of the Screen

by Whitney Crothers Dilley WallFlower Press (December 23, 2014)

Through suggestive readings of gender and identity, this book explores the international appeal of an acclaimed contemporary director. The author has revised the book’s introduction to reflect Ang Lee’s...


The Cinema of Clint Eastwood: Chronicles of America

by David Sterritt WallFlower Press (November 25, 2014)

He became a movie star playing The Man With No Name, and today his name is known around the world. Measured by longevity, productivity, and profits, Clint Eastwood is the most successful actor-director-producer...


Parallel Lines: Post-9/11 American Cinema

by Guy Westwell WallFlower Press (October 21, 2014)

Parallel Lines describes how post-9/11 cinema, from Spike Lee’s 25th Hour (2002) to Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty (2012), relates to different, and competing, versions of US national identity in the...


The Cinema of James Cameron: Bodies in Heroic Motion

by James Clarke WallFlower Press (May 14, 2014)

This timely volume explores the massively popular cinema of writer-director James Cameron. It couches Cameron's films within the evolving generic traditions of science fiction, melodrama, and the cinema of spectacle....


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 Cinema of István Szábo: Visions of Europe

by John Cunningham WallFlower Press (September 23, 2014)

István Szabó is one of Hungary’s most celebrated and best-known film directors, and the only Hungarian to have won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, for Mephisto (1981). In a career spanning...


Last Words: Considering Contemporary Cinema

by Jason Wood WallFlower Press (September 23, 2014)

Last Words features extensive interviews with Christopher Nolan, Harmony Korine, Charlie Kaufmann, Nicolas Winding Refn, Wim Wenders, Michael Winterbottom, Christian Petzhold, and many others. Each interview...


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,...


The Struggle for Form: Perspectives on Polish Avant-Garde Film 1916--1989

by Kamila Kuc & Michael O'Pray WallFlower Press (June 14, 2014)

This is the first comprehensive English-language account of the Polish avant-garde film, from its beginnings in the early decades of the last century to the collapse of communism in 1989. Taking a broad understanding...


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...


Storytelling in World Cinemas: Contexts

by Lina Khatib WallFlower Press (October 02, 2012)

Storytelling in World Cinemas, Vol. 2: Contexts addresses the questions of what and why particular stories are told in films around the world, both in terms of the forms of storytelling used, and of the political,...


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...


The Cinema of Agnès Varda: Resistance and Eclecticism

by Delphine Benezet WallFlower Press (April 14, 2014)

Agnès Varda, a pioneer of the French New Wave, has been making radical films for over half a century. Many of these are considered by scholars, filmmakers, and audiences alike, as audacious, seminal, and unforgettable....


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...


The Cinema of Terrence Malick: Poetic Visions of America, Second Edition

by Hannah Patterson WallFlower Press (November 19, 2007)

With 2005's acclaimed and controversial The New World, one of cinema's most enigmatic filmmakers returned to the screen with only his fourth feature film in a career spanning thirty years. While Terrence Malick's...


The Cinema of Werner Herzog: Aesthetic Ecstasy and Truth

by Brad Prager WallFlower Press (November 19, 2007)

Werner Herzog is renowned for pushing the boundaries of conventional cinema, especially those between the fictional and the factual, the fantastic and the real. The Cinema of Werner Herzog: Aesthetic Ecstasy...


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...


Slow Movies: Countering the Cinema of Action

by Ira Jaffe WallFlower Press (March 25, 2014)

“In all film there is the desire to capture the motion of life, to refuse immobility,” Agnes Varda has noted. But to capture the reality of human experience, cinema must fasten on stillness and inaction as...


The Ultimate Stallone Reader: Sylvester Stallone as Star, Icon, Auteur

by Chris Holmlund WallFlower Press (April 14, 2014)

Sylvester Stallone has been a defining part of American film for nearly four decades. He has made an impact on world entertainment in a surprisingly diverse range of capacities – as actor, writer, producer,...


Frankenstein

by Robert Horton WallFlower Press (January 07, 2014)

James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931) spawned a phenomenon that has been rooted in world culture for decades. This cinematic Prometheus has generated countless sequels, remakes, rip-offs, and parodies in every...


Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

by Dean DeFino WallFlower Press (February 18, 2014)

Russ Meyer's Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965) is an enigma. A box-office failure when initially released on the grindhouse circuit, it has since been embraced by art-house audiences, and referenced in countless...


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,...


Quadrophenia

by Stephen Glynn WallFlower Press (February 18, 2014)

1964: Mods clash with Rockers in Brighton, creating a moral panic. 1973: ex-Mod band The Who release Quadrophenia, a concept album following young Mod Jimmy Cooper to the Brighton riots and beyond. 1979: Franc...


The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov: Figures of Paradox

by Jeremi Szaniawski WallFlower Press (November 22, 2013)

One of the last representatives of a brand of serious, high-art cinema, Alexander Sokurov has produced a massive oeuvre exploring issues such as history, power, memory, kinship, death, the human soul, and the...


The Cinema of Michael Winterbottom: Borders, Intimacy, Terror

by Bruce Bennett WallFlower Press (November 26, 2013)

This comprehensive study of prolific British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom explores the thematic, stylistic, and intellectual consistencies running through his eclectic and controversial body of work. Within...


Love in Motion: Erotic Relationships in Film

by Reidar Due WallFlower Press (October 22, 2013)

This is a book about how film encountered love in the course of its history. It is also a book about the philosophy of love. Since Plato, erotic love has been praised for leading the soul to knowledge. The vast...


The Cinema of Raúl Ruiz: Impossible Cartographies

by Michael Goddard WallFlower Press (September 22, 2013)

Raúl Ruiz, while considered one of the world's most significant filmmakers by several film critics, is yet to be the subject of any thorough engagement with his work in English. This volume sets out on this...


Killer Images: Documentary Film, Memory and the Performance of Violence

by Joram ten Brink & Joshua Oppenheimer WallFlower Press (November 06, 2012)

Cinema has long shaped not only how mass violence is perceived but also how it is performed. Today, when media coverage is central to the execution of terror campaigns and news anchormen serve as embedded journalists,...


Contemporary Romanian Cinema: The History of an Unexpected Miracle

by Dominique Nasta WallFlower Press (October 29, 2013)

Over the last decade, audiences worldwide have become familiar with highly acclaimed films from the Romanian New Wave such as 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007), The Death of Mr. Lazarescu (2005), and 12:08...


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 Cinema of Me: Self and Subjectivity in First-Person Documentary Film

by Alisa Lebow WallFlower Press (May 29, 2012)

When a filmmaker makes a film with herself as a subject, she is already divided as both the subject matter of the film and the subject making the film. The two senses of the word are immediately in play – the...


Hard to Swallow: Hard-Core Pornography on Screen

by Claire Hines & Darren Kerr WallFlower Press (April 03, 2012)

Even in our increasingly sexualized culture hard-core pornography and the representation of explicit sex is still hard to swallow. This lively and provocative new collection of essays by leading scholars explores...


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,...


Film Dialogue

by Jeff Jaeckle WallFlower Press (May 28, 2013)

Film Dialogue is the first anthology in film studies devoted to the topic of language in cinema, bringing together leading and emerging scholars to discuss the aesthetic, narrative, and ideological dimensions...


Rising Sun, Divided Land: Japanese and South Korean Filmmakers

by Kate E. Taylor-Jones WallFlower Press (March 05, 2013)

With Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Clint Eastwood made a unique contribution to film history, being the first director to make two films about the same event. Eastwood's films...


New Korean Cinema: Breaking the Waves

by Darcy Paquet WallFlower Press (April 26, 2010)

New Korean Cinema charts the dramatic transformation of South Korea's film industry from the democratization movement of the late 1980s to the 2000s new generation of directors. The author considers such issues...


The Blade Runner Experience: The Legacy of a Science Fiction Classic

by Will Brooker WallFlower Press (February 21, 2006)

Since its release in 1982, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, based on Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, has remained a cult classic through its depiction of a futuristic Los Angeles;...


Eastwood's Iwo Jima: Critical Engagements With Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima

by Anne Gjelsvik & Rikke Schubart WallFlower Press (June 04, 2013)

With Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Clint Eastwood made a unique contribution to film history, being the first director to make two films about the same event. Eastwood's films...


The Cinema of Steven Spielberg: Empire of Light

by Nigel Morris WallFlower Press (February 13, 2007)

Cinema’s most successful director is a commercial and cultural force demanding serious consideration. Not just triumphant marketing, this international popularity is partly a function of the movies themselves....


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...


Filmosophy

by Daniel Frampton WallFlower Press (December 12, 2006)

Filmosophy is a provocative new manifesto for a radically philosophical way of understanding cinema. It coalesces twentieth-century ideas of film as thought (from Hugo Münsterberg to Gilles Deleuze) into a...


The Cinema of George A. Romero: Knight of the Living Dead

by Tony Williams WallFlower Press (November 12, 2003)

The Cinema of George A. Romero: Knight of the Living Dead is the first in-depth study in English of the career of this foremost auteur working at the margins of the Hollywood mainstream in the horror genre....


The Cinema of Michael Mann: Vice and Vindication

by Jonathan Rayner WallFlower Press (September 03, 2013)

Michael Mann is one of the most important American filmmakers of the past forty years. His films exhibit the existential concerns of art cinema, articulated through a conspicuous and recognizable visual style...


The Cinema of Steven Soderbergh: Indie Sex, Corporate Lies, and Digital Videotape

by R. Colin Tait, Andrew deWaard & Thomas Schatz WallFlower Press (April 30, 2013)

The industry's only director-cinematographer-screenwriter-producer-actor-editor, Steven Soderbergh is contemporary Hollywood's most innovative and prolific filmmaker. A Palme d'or and Academy Award-winner, Soderbergh...


The Cinema of Richard Linklater: Walk, Don't Run

by Rob Stone WallFlower Press (April 30, 2013)

From Slacker (1991) to The School of Rock (2003), from Before Sunrise (1995) to Before Sunset (2004), from the walking and talking of his no/low-budget American independent films to conversing with the philosophical...