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Italian Style Fashion & Film from Early Cinema to the Digital Age by Eugenia (Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center, USA) Paulicelli Italian Style Fashion & Film from Early Cinema to the Digital Age
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This is the first in-depth, book-length study on fashion and Italian cinema from the silent film to the present. Italian cinema launched Italian fashion to the world. The book is the story of this launch. The creation of an Italian...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017

Invasion USA Anti-Communist Movies of the 1950s and 1960s by David J. Hogan Invasion USA Anti-Communist Movies of the 1950s and 1960s

In twenty-one essays, sixteen film historians scrutinize more than forty films from the anti-Red cycle of the 1950s and '60s, including many provocative examples that have fallen into undeserved obscurity. Concerned equally with the pictures' aesthetic, political, and social ramifications,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/09/2017

Film Censorship in America A State-by-State History by Jeremy Geltzer Film Censorship in America A State-by-State History

Digital media delivers movies, music, and archives of information to our fingertips but not long ago morality police controlled content. This book focuses on the flamboyant state censors who tried to tame media and the filmmaking mavericks as they challenged...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/09/2017

Mixed Race Cinemas Multiracial Dynamics in America and France by Zelie Asava Mixed Race Cinemas Multiracial Dynamics in America and France

Using critical race theory and film studies to explore the interconnectedness between cinema and society, Zelie Asava traces the history of mixed-race representations in American and French filmmaking from early and silent cinema to the present day. Mixed Race Cinemas...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017

Testing Coherence in Narrative Film by Katerina Virvidaki Testing Coherence in Narrative Film

This book examines the concept of coherence in film studies. It asks if there are ways to appreciate the achievement of coherence in narrative films that are characterised by an eccentric or difficult style, as well as by an apparently...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/09/2017

Comedies of Nihilism The Representation of Tragedy Onscreen by Amir Khan Comedies of Nihilism The Representation of Tragedy Onscreen

This book presents close-readings of seven post-millennial comedic films: Up in the Air, Tropic Thunder, JCVD, Winnebago Man, The Trotsky, Be Kind Rewind, and Hamlet 2. It is a sequel to Stanley Cavell's 1981 landmark study of the comedic genre,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/09/2017

Not Your Average Zombie Rehumanizing the Undead from Voodoo to Zombie Walks by Chera Kee Not Your Average Zombie Rehumanizing the Undead from Voodoo to Zombie Walks

The zombie apocalypse hasn't happened-yet-but zombies are all over popular culture. From movies and TV shows to video games and zombie walks, the undead stalk through our collective fantasies. What is it about zombies that exerts such a powerful fascination?...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/09/2017

Silent Films in St. Augustine by Thomas Graham Silent Films in St. Augustine

Before Hollywood, when America's rising motion picture industry was based on the East Coast, early film stars like Rudolph Valentino, Thomas Meighan, Ethel Barrymore, and Oliver Hardy made movies in St. Augustine, Florida. Silent Films in St. Augustine tells stories...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/09/2017

Film/Music Analysis A Film Studies Approach by Emilio Audissino Film/Music Analysis A Film Studies Approach

This book offers an approach to film music in which music and visuals are seen as equal players in the game. Meyer's musicology, this study treats music as a cinematic element and offers scholars and students of both music and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/09/2017

Intersections Writings on Cinema by Sam Rohdie Intersections Writings on Cinema

A penetrating and illuminating series of essays that looks at some of the most distinctive directors in world cinema. It moves from the very well known - Hitchcock, Truffaut, Visconti, Welles - to those in need of more attention -...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017

The Cinema of Jia Zhangke Realism and Memory in Chinese Film by Cecilia Mello The Cinema of Jia Zhangke Realism and Memory in Chinese Film

A new study of leading Chinese director Jia Zhangke's cinema, focussing on his often realist aesthetic and his representation of China past and present.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

Global Portuguese Cinema Industry, History and Culture by Mariana Liz Global Portuguese Cinema Industry, History and Culture

The first book to examine contemporary Portuguese cinema in a global context: its national identity, style, history and industrial constraints.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

Decentring France Multilingualism and Power in Contemporary French Cinema by Gemma King Decentring France Multilingualism and Power in Contemporary French Cinema

The first substantial study of multilingual film in France. Unpacking the power dynamics at play in the dialogue of eight emblematic films, this book argues that many contemporary French films take a new approach to language and power. -- .
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

From Steam to Screen Cinema, the Railways and Modernity by Rebecca Harrison From Steam to Screen Cinema, the Railways and Modernity

The first study to contextualise fully the changes brought about by railways and cinema, and demonstrate the resultant impact on everyday life.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

Contemporary Peruvian Cinema History, Identity and Violence on Screen by Sarah Barrow Contemporary Peruvian Cinema History, Identity and Violence on Screen


Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

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Disney and the Dialectic of Desire Fantasy as Social Practice by Joseph Zornado Disney and the Dialectic of Desire Fantasy as Social Practice

This book analyzes Walt Disney's impact on entertainment, new media, and consumer culture in terms of a materialist, psychoanalytic approach to fantasy. The study opens with a taxonomy of narrative fantasy along with a discussion of fantasy as a key...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/09/2017

Cinematic Nihilism Encounters, Confrontations, Overcomings by John Marmysz Cinematic Nihilism Encounters, Confrontations, Overcomings

Through case studies of popular films, including Prometheus, The Dark Knight Rises, Dawn of the Dead and The Human Centipede, this book re-emphasises the constructive potential of cinematic nihilism.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

Acinemas Lyotard'S Philosophy of Film by Graham Jones, Ashley Woodward Acinemas Lyotard'S Philosophy of Film
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This collection presents, for the first time in English, all of Lyotard s major essays on film, an introductory essay by the leading French scholar on Lyotard s film-philosophy, an overview of Lyotard s practical film projects written by his...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

Acinemas Lyotard'S Philosophy of Film by Graham Jones, Ashley Woodward Acinemas Lyotard'S Philosophy of Film
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This collection presents, for the first time in English, all of Lyotard s major essays on film, an introductory essay by the leading French scholar on Lyotard s film-philosophy, an overview of Lyotard s practical film projects written by his...
Format: Electronic book text - Released: 30/09/2017

Film Bodies Queer Feminist Encounters with Gender and Sexuality in Cinema by Katharina Lindner Film Bodies Queer Feminist Encounters with Gender and Sexuality in Cinema

The representation of gender and sexuality is well-explored territory in film studies.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

American Independent Cinema Second Edition by Yannis Author (University of Liverpool UK) Tzioumakis American Independent Cinema Second Edition

This introduction to American Independent Cinema offers both a comprehensive industrial and economic history of the sector from the early twentieth century to the present and a study of key individual films, filmmakers and film companies. Ordered chronologically, beginning with...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

Coming-Of-Age Cinema in New Zealand Genre, Gender and Adaptation by Author Alistair (University of Otago) Fox Coming-Of-Age Cinema in New Zealand Genre, Gender and Adaptation

This is the first book to investigate the coming-of-age genre as a significant phenomenon in New Zealand's national cinema, tracing its development and elucidating its role in cultural change. With chapters on landmark films like An Angel at My Table,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

American Independent Cinema Second Edition by Yannis Tzioumakis American Independent Cinema Second Edition

This introduction to American Independent Cinema offers both a comprehensive industrial and economic history of the sector from the early twentieth century to the present and a study of key individual films, filmmakers and film companies.
Format: Electronic book text - Released: 30/09/2017

Reinventing Hollywood How 1940s Filmmakers Changed Movie Storytelling by David Bordwell Reinventing Hollywood How 1940s Filmmakers Changed Movie Storytelling

In the 1940s, American movies changed. Flashbacks began to be used in outrageous, unpredictable ways. Soundtracks flaunted voice-over commentary, and characters might pivot from a scene to address the viewer. Incidents were replayed from different characters' viewpoints, and sometimes those...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

Serenity by Frederick Blichert Serenity

Joss Whedon's Serenity (2005) is at once a symbol of failure and a triumphant success of fan activism. The cult television icon's feature directorial debut functions as an extension of his canceled Fox series Firefly. Mourning their loss, fans of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017

Barry Hines <I>Kes</I>, <i>Threads</i> and Beyond by David Forrest, Sue Vice Barry Hines <I>Kes</I>, <i>Threads</i> and Beyond
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This is the first full-length critical study of the work of Barry Hines, best know as the author of A Kestrel for a Knave -- .
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

Movies That Mattered More Reviews from a Transformative Decade by Dave Kehr Movies That Mattered More Reviews from a Transformative Decade

Why is Dave Kehr one of the best writers on film the country has produced ? Jonathan Rosenbaum, his highly regarded successor as movie critic at the Chicago Reader from 1987 through 2008, has a good answer in his Foreword...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

Movies That Mattered More Reviews from a Transformative Decade by Dave Kehr Movies That Mattered More Reviews from a Transformative Decade

Why is Dave Kehr one of the best writers on film the country has produced ? Jonathan Rosenbaum, his highly regarded successor as movie critic at the Chicago Reader from 1987 through 2008, has a good answer in his Foreword...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017

Cinema, Avant-garde, and Urban Modernity The City Symphony Phenomenon (1920-1940) by Steven Jacobs Cinema, Avant-garde, and Urban Modernity The City Symphony Phenomenon (1920-1940)

The 1920s and 1930s saw the rise of the city symphony, an experimental film form that presented the city as protagonist instead of mere decor. Combining experimental, documentary, and narrative practices, these films were marked by a high level of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

A Search for Belonging The Mexican Cinema of Luis Bunuel by Mark Ripley A Search for Belonging The Mexican Cinema of Luis Bunuel

As one of the foremost Spanish directors of all time, Luis Bunuel's filmography has been the subject of innumerable studies. Despite the fact that the twenty films he made in Mexico between 1946 and 1965 represent the most prolific stage...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

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Reassessing the Hitchcock Touch Industry, Collaboration, and Filmmaking by Wieland Schwanebeck Reassessing the Hitchcock Touch Industry, Collaboration, and Filmmaking

This volume is dedicated to the elusive category of the Hitchcock Touch, the qualities and techniques which had manifested in Alfred Hitchcock's own films yet which cannot be limited to the realm of Hitchcockian cinema alone. While the first section...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/08/2017

Making Sense of Cinema Empirical Studies into Film Spectators and Spectatorship by CarrieLynn D. (Dominican University, USA) Reinhard Making Sense of Cinema Empirical Studies into Film Spectators and Spectatorship
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There are a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to researching how film spectators make sense of film texts, from the film text itself, the psychological traits and sociocultural group memberships of the viewer, or even the location and surroundings...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017

Film Music in 'Minor' National Cinemas by German (University College Cork, Republic of Ireland) Gil-Curiel Film Music in 'Minor' National Cinemas
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Taking its cue from Deleuze's definition of minor cinema as one which engages in a creative act of becoming, this collection explores the multifarious ways that music has been used in the cinemas of various countries in Australasia, Africa, Latin...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017

Horror in Space Critical Essays on a Film Subgenre by Michele Brittany Horror in Space Critical Essays on a Film Subgenre

In sharp contrast to 1960s cinema which created an idolized view of space exploration, Ridley Scott's Alien (1979) redefined filmic horror by terrifying audiences with the oppressive nature of space. The Alien films launched a new generation of horror films...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/08/2017

Not Your Average Zombie Rehumanizing the Undead from Voodoo to Zombie Walks by Chera Kee Not Your Average Zombie Rehumanizing the Undead from Voodoo to Zombie Walks

The zombie apocalypse hasn't happened-yet-but zombies are all over popular culture. From movies and TV shows to video games and zombie walks, the undead stalk through our collective fantasies. What is it about zombies that exerts such a powerful fascination?...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/08/2017

Film Light Meaning and Emotion by Lara Thompson Film Light Meaning and Emotion

A wide-ranging, informative, stimulating and inventive study of light - an essential element of cinema. -- .
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2017

Marvelous Bodies Italy's New Migrant Cinema by Vetri Nathan Marvelous Bodies Italy's New Migrant Cinema

Historically a source of emigrants to Northern Europe and the New World, Italy has rapidly become a preferred destination for immigrants from the global South. Marvelous Bodies by Vetri Nathan explores thirteen key full-length Italian films released between 1990 and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2017

Conversations with Christian Metz Selected Interviews on Film Theory (1970-1991) by Daniel Fairfax Conversations with Christian Metz Selected Interviews on Film Theory (1970-1991)

Film Theory, Semiotics, Psychoanalysis, Christian Metz
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2017

Anatomy of the Superhero Film by Larrie Dudenhoeffer Anatomy of the Superhero Film

This book addresses what a superhero body can do by developing several x-rays of the superbody's sensoria, anatomic structures, internal systems, cellular organizations, and orthotic, chemical, or technological enhancements. In short, these x-rays offer what we might describe as a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2017

Film and the Natural Environment Elements and Atmospheres by Adam O'Brien Film and the Natural Environment Elements and Atmospheres

Environmental themes are present in cinema more than ever before. But the relationship between film and the natural world is a long and complex one, not reducible to issues such as climate change and pollution. This volume demonstrates how an...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/08/2017

Stranger Than Paradise by Jamie Sexton Stranger Than Paradise

A low-budget breakout film that wowed critics and audiences on its initial release, Stranger than Paradise would prove to be a seminal film in the new American independent cinema movement and establish its director, Jim Jarmusch, as a hip, cult...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/08/2017

The World of James Bond The Lives and Times of 007 by Jeremy Black The World of James Bond The Lives and Times of 007

This book presents an insightful and thoroughly entertaining exploration of the politics of the Bond books and films. Class, gender, violence, sex, race-all are themes that Black scrutinizes through ongoing shifts in characterization and plot. His informed analysis provides a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/08/2017

The Cinematic Eighteenth Century History, Culture, and Adaptation by Srividhya Swaminathan The Cinematic Eighteenth Century History, Culture, and Adaptation

This collection explores how film and television depict the complex and diverse milieu of the eighteenth century as a literary, historical, and cultural space. Topics range from adaptations of Austen's Sense and Sensibility and Defoe's Robinson Crusoe (The Martian) to...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/08/2017

Backwards and in Heels The Past, Present and Future of Women Working in Film by Alicia Malone Backwards and in Heels The Past, Present and Future of Women Working in Film

It's almost 2018 yet Hollywood is still an old-boys club treating all women like second-class citizens. Screen Junkie's and Fandango Host and pundit, Alicia's Malone, pulls back the curtain in this calla-to-action truth teller Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, Mila Kunis,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2017

Indefinite Visions Cinema and the Attractions of Uncertainty by Martine Beugnet Indefinite Visions Cinema and the Attractions of Uncertainty

With a range of approaches, from aesthetics to phenomenology to production studies, the authors in this volume investigate techniques, themes and concepts that emerge from this wilful excavation of the moving image s material base.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/08/2017

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