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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...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Halloween

by Murray Leeder Auteur (August 05, 2014)

The 1970s represented an unusually productive and innovative period for the horror film, and John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) is the film that capped that golden age – and some say ruined it, by ushering...


Studying Fight Club

by Mark Ramey Auteur (August 05, 2014)

Fight Club is, on one level, pop-culture phenomena and on another, a deeply philosophical and satirical exploration of modern life. David Fincher’s 1999 film (and Chuck Palahniuk’s source novel) has had...


Carrie

by Neil Mitchell Auteur (August 05, 2014)

Brian De Palma's adaptation of Stephen King's debut novel, Carrie (1976), is one of the defining films of 1970s "New Hollywood" style and a horror classic. The story of a teenage social outcast who discovers...


Disorders of Magnitude: A Survey of Dark Fantasy

by Jason V. Brock Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 17, 2014)

This book illuminates the impact, lasting influence, and personalities involved with the creation and development of dark fantasy works of the 20th and 21st century—classics of literature, cinema, and television....


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...


Electric Sounds: Technological Change and the Rise of Corporate Mass Media

by Steve J. Wurtzler Columbia University Press (January 23, 2007)

Electric Sounds brings to vivid life an era when innovations in the production, recording, and transmission of sound revolutionized a number of different media, especially the radio, the phonograph, and the...


Complicated Women

by Mick LaSalle St. Martin's Press (August 05, 2014)

Between 1929 and 1934, women in American cinema were modern! For five short years women in American cinema were modern! They took lovers, had babies out of wedlock, got rid of cheating husbands, enjoyed their...


American Classic Screen Features

by James M. Welsh, John C. Tibbetts & Gene D. Phillips Scarecrow Press (September 28, 2010)

In American Classic Screen Features, editors John C. Tibbetts and James M. Welsh have assembled some of the most significant and memorable essays and critical pieces written for the magazine over its ten-year...


American Classic Screen Profiles

by James M. Welsh, John C. Tibbetts & Ray Bradbury Scarecrow Press (August 12, 2010)

In American Classic Screen Profiles, editors John C. Tibbetts and James M. Welsh have assembled some of the most significant and memorable profiles written for the magazine over its ten-year history. This collection...


Watching Them Be

by James Harvey Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 08, 2014)

An intimate, thought-provoking exploration of the mysteries of "star presence" in cinema

"One does not go to see them act," James Baldwin wrote about the great iconic movie stars, "one goes to watch them be."...


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....


Reading Richard Matheson: A Critical Survey

by Cheyenne Mathews & Janet V. Haedicke Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 07, 2014)

Richard Matheson (1926-2013) was a prolific author and screenwriter whose career of more than 60 years has shaped the horror and fantasy genres in literature, film, and television. This volume examines seven...


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....


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...


Max Steiner: Composing, Casablanca, and the Golden Age of Film Music

by Peter Wegele Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 24, 2014)

This biography of Steiner provides insight into how the film music industry worked and functioned during the Golden era of film scores. The central part of this work is an analysis of Steiner’s score to Casablanca...


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...


Women in War Films: From Helpless Heroine to G.I. Jane

by Ralph Donald & Karen MacDonald Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 04, 2014)

This companion volume to Reel Men at War takes a look at how women have been portrayed in war films, from silents of the 1920s to films of the twenty-first century. The authors explore the full range of women...


The Elvis Movies

by James L. Neibaur Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 04, 2014)

In addition to his phenomenal career as a singer, Elvis Presley was also a box office star, from his first film, Love Me Tender, to his final feature, Change of Habit, playing opposite Mary Tyler Moore as a...


Heroines of Film and Television: Portrayals in Popular Culture

by Bob Batchelor, Maja Bajac-Carter, Norma Jones & Carolyn Cocca et al. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 04, 2014)

Despite the increasing variety of heroic women portrayed in film, television, and other popular culture channels, much of the understanding of heroines has been limited to females as versions of male heroes...


Pixar's Boy Stories: Masculinity in a Postmodern Age

by Shannon R. Wooden & Ken Gillam Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 27, 2014)

This volume examines films produced by Pixar Animation Studios between 1995 and 2013, exploring how boys become men and how men measure up in films from Toy Story to Monsters University. Offering counterintuitive...


Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice

by Sean Zwagerman, Diana Solomon, Paul Matthew St. Pierre & Anne Higgins et al. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (March 27, 2014)

Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice brings together leading researchers from Canada, the United States, and Europe in an interdisciplinary collection of essays to chart the future of critical inquiry...


Paris Is Burning: A Queer Film Classic

by Lucas Hilderbrand Arsenal Pulp Press (November 25, 2013)

A Queer Film Classic on the stunning 1991 documentary about New York's drag subculture in the 1980s.


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...