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  • A Short History of Filmby Wheeler Winston Dixon; Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

    Rutgers University Press 2008; US$ 26.95

    The history of international cinema is now available in a concise, conveniently sized, and affordable volume. Succinct yet comprehensive, A Short History of Film provides an accessible overview of the major movements, directors, studios, and genres from the 1880s to the present. More than 250 rare stills and illustrations accompany the text, ... more...

  • The Science of Avatarby Stephen Baxter

    Orion 2012; US$ 24.55

    James Cameron's Avatar is the biggest movie of all time. Now the movie's legendary director has leant his support to an exploration of the world of Pandora with bestselling science-fiction author Stephen Baxter. From journeys into deep space to anti-gravity unobtanium, from Pandora's extraordinary flora and fauna to transferring consciousness,... more...

  • Into The Woodsby John Yorke

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; US$ 15.98

    Into The Woods is a revelation of the fundamental structure and meaning of all stories, from the man responsible for more hours of drama on British television than anyone else, John Yorke. We all love stories. Many of us love to tell them, and even dream of making a living from it too. But what is a story? Hundreds of books about screenwriting... more...

  • The Genius of the Systemby Thomas Schatz

    Henry Holt and Co. 2015; US$ 30.99

    At a time when the studio is making a stunning comeback, film historian Thomas Schatz provides an indispensable account of Hollywood's tradional blend of business and art. This book lays to rest the persistent myth that businesspeople and producers stifle artistic talent and reveals instead the genius of a system of collaboration and conflict. Working... more...

  • Studio Ghibliby Colin Odell; Michelle Le Blanc

    Oldcastle Books 2015; US$ 11.99

    The first English language book about Studio Ghibli, now updated to include The Wind Rises The animations of Japan?s Studio Ghibli are among the highest regarded in the movie industry. Their delightful films rank alongside the most popular non-English language films ever made, with each new eagerly-anticipated release a guaranteed box-office smash.... more...

  • American Film Historyby Cynthia Lucia; Roy Grundmann; Art Simon

    Wiley 2015; US$ 49.95

    From the American underground film to the blockbuster superhero, this authoritative collection of introductory and specialized readings explores the core issues and developments in American cinematic history during the second half of the twentieth-century through the present day. Considers essential subjects that have shaped the American film industry?from... more...

  • Keepersby Richard Schickel

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2015; US$ 26.95

    From a legendary film critic and movie fan extraordinaire, the highlights reel of a life spent at the movies Richard Schickel has seen, by his own estimate, more than twenty thousand films. He has been a reviewer since 1965 (long for Time magazine), has written almost forty books on the subject, and has produced and directed thirty documentaries.... more...

  • We Don't Need Roadsby Caseen Gaines

    Penguin Publishing Group 2015; US$ 17.00

    A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the wildly successful and beloved Back to the Future trilogy, just in time for the 30th anniversary Long before Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled through time in a flying DeLorean, director Robert Zemeckis, and his friend and writing partner Bob Gale, worked tirelessly to break into the industry with a... more...

  • The Search for Meaning in Film and Televisionby Marcus Maloney

    Palgrave Macmillan 2015; US$ 95.00

    This book is concerned with the difficulties faced by modern Westerners in their search for a meaningful life. It sheds light on this enduring cultural dilemma through a close reading of four popular film and television narratives. more...

  • The Great Movies IIby Roger Ebert

    Crown/Archetype 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...