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Film Worlds: A Philosophical Aesthetics of Cinema

by Daniel Yacavone Columbia University Press (December 02, 2014)

Film Worlds unpacks the significance of the “worlds” that narrative films create, offering an innovative perspective on cinema as art. Drawing on aesthetics and the philosophy of art in both the continental...


"It's the Pictures That Got Small": Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood's Golden Age

by Anthony Slide & Jim Moore Columbia University Press (November 25, 2014)

Golden Age Hollywood screenwriter Charles Brackett was an extremely observant and perceptive chronicler of the entertainment industry during its most exciting years. He is best remembered as the writing partner...


A History of American Movies: A Film-by-Film Look at the Art, Craft, and Business of Cinema

by Paul Monaco Scarecrow Press (May 05, 2010)

A History of American Movies provides a survey of the narrative feature film from the 1920s to the present. The book focuses on 170 of the most highly regarded and recognized feature films selected by the Hollywood...


On Directing

by Mary Luckhurst, Gabriella Giannachi & Peter Brook St. Martin's Press (December 16, 2014)

The profession of directing is barely a century old. On Directing considers the position of the director in theater and performance today. What is a director? How do they begin work on a play or performance?...


Maya Deren: Incomplete Control

by Sarah Keller Columbia University Press (December 09, 2014)

Maya Deren (1917–1961) was a Russian-born American filmmaker, theorist, poet, and photographer working at the forefront of the American avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s. Influenced by Jean Cocteau and Marcel...


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...


On Slowness: Toward an Aesthetic of the Contemporary

by Lutz Koepnick Columbia University Press (October 07, 2014)

Speed is an obvious facet of contemporary society, whereas slowness has often been dismissed as conservative and antimodern. Challenging a long tradition of thought, Lutz Koepnick instead proposes to understand...


How to Write a Movie in 21 Days

by Viki King Harper (March 03, 2015)

The ultimate survival guide, How to Write a Movie in 21 Days takes the aspiring screenwriter the shortest distance from blank page to complete script.

Viki King's Inner Movie Method is a specific step-by-step...


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 100 Greatest Silent Film Comedians

by James Roots Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 23, 2014)

This book ranks the top 100 silent film stars based on a scale that considers creativity, originality, chemistry with fellow performers, and other factors. The author also promotes some lesser-known performers,...


Marilyn Monroe Day by Day: A Timeline of People, Places, and Events

by Carl Rollyson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 16, 2014)

In Marilyn Monroe Day by Day: A Timeline of People, Places, and Events, Carl Rollyson provides a documentary approach to the life and legend of this singular personality. With details of her childhood, her young...


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...


The Hobbit and History: Companion to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

by Nancy R. Reagin & Janice Liedl Wiley (November 04, 2014)

What do Gandalf and Merlin have in common, besides robes and magical staffs? Where do hobbits get their recipes, riddles, and love of rambling? What other Rings of Power were circulating in medieval Europe?...


Projecting 9/11: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in Recent Hollywood Films

by Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo & Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 16, 2014)

Projecting 9/11 looks at how the themes of race, gender, and citizenship are treated in more than 20 recent movies. The book highlights racial and gender stereotypes and shows how characters are portrayed as...


Visions of Dystopia in China's New Historical Novels

by Jeffrey C. Kinkley Columbia University Press (November 04, 2014)

The depiction of personal and collective suffering in modern Chinese novels differs significantly from standard Communist accounts and most Eastern and Western historical narratives. Writers such as Yu Hua,...


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...


Redefining Adaptation Studies

by Dennis Cutchins, Laurence Raw & James M. Welsh Scarecrow Press (February 23, 2010)

Transcending the literature/film paradigm of typical film adaptation courses, these essays focus on the idea of 'adaptation' and what it means in different socio-political contexts. This volume not only suggests...


Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema

by Terri Ginsberg & Chris Lippard Scarecrow Press (March 11, 2010)

The Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema covers the production and exhibition of cinema in the Middle East and in other communities whose heritage is from the region and whose films commonly reflect...


For Your Eyes Only

by David Giammarco & Dr. Joe Schwarcz Ecw Press (October 01, 2002)

All-new stories told by the people who make Bond come to life. For Your Eyes Only: Behind the Scenes of the Bond Films is a rare tour of the world's most successful film series of all time. Explore the exciting...


Son of the 100 Best Movies You've Never Seen

by Richard Crouse, Doug Little & Jason Schneider Ecw Press (September 01, 2008)

Fans of offbeat cinema, discriminating renters and collectors, and movie buffs will drool over this checklist of the best overlooked and underappreciated films of the last 100 years. In Son of the 100 Best Movies...


Planet Of The Apes

by David Hofstede & R.D. Reynolds and Bryan Alvarez Ecw Press (June 01, 2001)

The unauthorized history of one of the most popular movies of all time. Released in 1967, Planet of the Apes was a top-ten box-office hit that captivated audiences with its provocative vision of the future....


Black and White and Blue

by Dave Thompson, Les Vandor & Richard Crouse Ecw Press (September 01, 2007)

The films that society has termed pornographic movies have been with us for over a century now, since the first flickering kinetoscopes stumbled into life in 1889. Yet beyond a handful of scholarly tracts, and...


100 Best Movies You've Never Seen, The

by Richard Crouse Ecw Press (August 26, 2003)

Richard Crouse, film critic and host of television's award-winning Reel to Real takes you on a journey through 70 years of cinema history, choosing his favorite overlooked films. From the sublime - Monsoon Wedding...


Lord of the Films, The

by J.W. Braun & Matt Robinson Ecw Press (September 01, 2009)

First popularized in Tolkien's classic and bestselling series, The Lord of The Rings has garnered millions of fans around the world. The stunning film trilogy by Peter Jackson was groundbreaking, beautiful,...


Making of the Potterverse, The

by Edward Gross, Scott Thomas, Harvey Sims & Brad Kelln Ecw Press (April 01, 2007)

Over the past decade, the magic of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series has spread across the globe, touching the imagination of hundreds of millions of people of all ages. From the 1997 U.K. publication of Harry...


Japan's Favourite Mon-Star

by Frank Davey Ecw Press (June 01, 1998)

The Unauthorized Biography of "The Big G". Bigger, badder, and more durable than Hollywood's greatest action heroes, Godzilla emerged from the mushroom cloud of an H-Bomb test in 1954 to trample Tokyo. More...


Into the Looking Glass

by Sarah Clarke Stuart & Gil Adamson Ecw Press (October 01, 2011)

Offering a holistic approach to television criticism, this analytical companion to the popular show Fringe examines the drama's mythology and unveils its mysteries while exposing significant cultural issues...


The Coen Brothers Encyclopedia

by Lynnea Chapman King Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 10, 2014)

This encyclopedia focuses on all aspects of the Coen Brothers’ work—from writing and directing Blood Simple (1983) to their involvement in the forthcoming television series, Fargo. This extensive reference...


James Cagney Films of the 1930s

by James L. Neibaur Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 03, 2014)

This book provides a film-by-film look at the thirty-two movies James Cagney made during the 1930s, from his supporting role in Sinner’s Holiday (1930) to the end of the decade as an established star of Angels...


Gangsters and G-Men on Screen: Crime Cinema Then and Now

by Gene D. Phillips Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 26, 2014)

In this book, noted film and literature scholar Gene D. Phillips looks at the crime film genre. In addition to the usual suspects like Little Caesar, and The Godfather Part II, which he examines with a fresh...


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...


After the Silents: Hollywood Film Music in the Early Sound Era, 1926-1934

by Michael Slowik Columbia University Press (October 07, 2014)

Many believe Max Steiner’s score for King Kong (1933) was the first important attempt at integrating background music into sound film, but a closer look at the industry’s early sound era (1926–1934) reveals...


As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

by Joe Layden, Cary Elwes & Rob Reiner Touchstone (October 14, 2014)

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes the New York Times bestselling account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with...


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,...


Hitchcock's Stars: Alfred Hitchcock and the Hollywood Studio System

by Lesley L. Coffin Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 11, 2014)

After making a name for himself in his native England, Alfred Hitchcock was drawn to the U.S. in 1939, where he had unprecedented access to all of the riches the Hollywood studios had to offer. From set designers...


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...


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...


Deathwatch: American Film, Technology, and the End of Life

by C. Scott Combs Columbia University Press (September 02, 2014)

While cinema is a medium with a unique ability to “watch life” and “write movement,” it is equally singular in its portrayal of death. The first study to unpack American cinema’s long history of representing...


The Encyclopedia of Epic Films

by Constantine Santas, James M. Wilson, Maria Colavito & Djoymi Baker Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 21, 2014)

This resource contains reviews of every major production considered to be an epic film. Entries consider the characteristics of what makes an epic, including length, structure, spectacular special effects, and...


Making a Winning Short

by Edmond Levy Henry Holt and Co. (September 09, 2014)

Making a Winning Short is the first book to give hands-on instruction on how to write, direct, edit, and produce a fictional short in film or video. Edmond Levy guides the beginning filmmaker step-by-step through...


The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

by James Rose Auteur (July 01, 2014)

No-one who has ever seen the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) is ever likely to forget the experience. An intense fever dream (or nightmare), it is remarkable for its sense of sustained threat and...


The Silence of the Lambs

by Barry Forshaw Auteur (July 01, 2014)

The 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs, based on Thomas Harris’s bestseller, was a game-changer in the fields of both horror and crime cinema. FBI trainee Clarice Starling was a new kind of heroine, vulnerable,...


Let the Right One In

by Anne Billson Columbia University Press (December 13, 2011)

Audiences can't get enough of fang fiction. Twilight, True Blood, Being Human, The Vampire Diaries, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Blade, Underworld, and the novels of Anne Rice and Darren Shan—against this glut...


The Descent

by James Marriott Auteur (August 20, 2013)

The story of an all-female caving expedition gone horribly wrong, The Descent (2005) is arguably the best of the mid-2000s horror entries to return verve and intensity to the genre. Unlike its peers (Saw [2004],...


Witchfinder General

by Ian Cooper Auteur (July 01, 2014)

Witchfinder General (1968), known as The Conqueror Worm in America, was directed by Michael Reeves and occupies a unique place in British cinema. Equally praised and vilified, the film fictionalizes the exploits...


SAW

by Ben Poole Auteur (September 18, 2011)

Like all game changers within the horror genre, SAW was an independent success, a low-budget champion that flourished without the patronage of a big studio. Not bad for the most successful horror franchise ever,...


The Thing

by Jez Conolly Auteur (August 05, 2014)

Consigned to the deep freeze of critical and commercial reception upon its release in 1982, The Thing has bounced back spectacularly to become one of the most highly regarded productions from the 1980s 'Body...