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  • Life: The Movieby Neal Gabler

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 16.95

    "A thoughtful, in places chilling, account of the way entertainment values have hollowed out American life." -- The New York Times Book Review From one of America's most original cultural critics and the author of Winchell , the story of how our bottomless appetite for novelty, gossip, glamour, and melodrama has turned everything of importance-from... more...

  • Digital Baroqueby Timothy Murray

    University of Minnesota Press 2008; US$ 75.00

    In this intellectually groundbreaking work, Timothy Murray investigates a paradox embodied in the book’s title: What is the relationship between digital, in the form of new media art, and baroque, a highly developed early modern philosophy of art? Making an exquisite and unexpected connection between the old and the new, Digital Baroque analyzes... more...

  • Bad Womenby Janet Staiger

    University of Minnesota Press 1995; US$ 97.50

    Bad Women takes us back to this time of massive social, cultural, and economic change to show us how American cinema gave women and women?s sexuality images useful to the new consumer culture of the early 1900s and its exploitation of sexual pleasure. Rich in historical detail and theoretical insight, this book offers an original depiction of a culture... more...

  • Bela Balazs: Early Film Theoryby BA©la BalAˇzs; Erica Carter

    Berghahn Books 2010; US$ 29.95

    Béla Balázs?s two works, Visible Man (1924) and The Spirit of Film (1930), are published here for the first time in full English translation. The essays offer the reader an insight into the work of a film theorist whose German-language publications have been hitherto unavailable to the film studies audience in the English-speaking world. Balázs?s... more...

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacreby Stefan Jaworzyn

    Titan 2012; US$ 9.99

    In 1974, a low-budget, no-star horror movie was unleashed on the world, causing panic among the censors and provoking glee from its intended audience. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is still as powerful today as when it was first seen almost thirty years ago, and will return to the screens in a high profile remake this Halloween.  Now, in this... more...

  • A Short History of Cahiers du Cinemaby Emilie Bickerton

    Verso Books 2014; US$ 17.95

    Cahiers du Cinéma was the single most influential project in the history of film. Founded in 1951, it was responsible for establishing film as the ‘seventh art,’ equal to literature, painting or music, and it revolutionized film-making and writing. Its contributors would put their words into action: the likes of Godard, Truffaut, Rivette,... more...

  • It Doesn’t Suck: Showgirlsby Adam Nayman

    ECW Press 2014; US$ 9.99

    [tagline] The Worst. Movie. Ever. is a masterpiece. Seriously. Enough time has passed since Showgirls flopped spectacularly that it’s time for a good, hard look back at the sequined spectacle. A salvage operation on a very public, very expensive train wreck, It Doesn’t Suck argues that Showgirls is much smarter and deeper than it is given... more...

  • 10/40/70by Nicholas Rombes

    John Hunt Publishing 2014; US$ 9.99

    A bold experiment in film theory for the digital era. more...

  • The Power of Moviesby Colin Mcginn

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2008; US$ 15.00

    How is watching a movie similar to dreaming? What goes on in our minds when we become absorbed in a movie? How does looking ?into? a movie screen allow us to experience the thoughts and feelings of a movie?s characters? These and related questions are at the heart of The Power of Movies, a thoughtful, invigorating, and remarkably accessible book... more...

  • The Great Movies IIby Roger Ebert

    Crown Publishing Group 2008; US$ 19.00

    From America's most trusted and highly visible film critic, 100 more brilliant essays on the films that define cinematic greatness. Continuing the pitch-perfect critiques begun in The Great Movies , Roger Ebert's The Great Movies II collects 100 additional essays, each one of them a gem of critical appreciation and an amalgam of love, analysis,... more...