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  • Which Lie Did I Tell?by William Goldman

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 17.95

    From the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Princess Bride (he also wrote the novel), and the bestselling author of Adventures in the Screen Trade comes a garrulous new book that is as much a screenwriting how-to (and how-not-to) manual as it is a feast of insider information. If you want to know why a no-name... more...

  • Bringing History to Life through Filmby Kathryn Anne Morey

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2013; US$ 79.99

    This collection of essays addresses important questions about the relationship between fact and fiction: When does history become myth, and when does myth become legend? Does a romanticized view of history distort the reality it is trying to convey, or in capturing the ?spirit? of history, does it teach history in ways that mere fact cannot? What... more...

  • Lady in the Darkby Robert Sitton

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 44.99

    Iris Barry (18951969) was one of the first critics to recognize film as an art form. The mother of film preservation internationally, she founded the film department at New York City's Museum of Modern Art and became its first curator, cementing film?s critical legitimacy. Drawing on letters, memorabilia, and other documentary sources, Robert Sitton... 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...

  • Truman Capoteby Tison Pugh

    University of Georgia Press 2014; US$ 28.95

    Truman Capote once remarked, "My primary thing is that I’m a prose writer. I don’t think film is the greatest living thing"; nonetheless, his legacy is in many ways defined by his complex relationship with cinema, Hollywood, and celebrity itself. In Truman Capote: A Literary Life at the Movies , Tison Pugh explores the author and... more...

  • Watching Moviesby Rick Lyman

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 8.99

    An inside look at how some of the hottest figures in the film industry view their craft In this unique collection, New York Times film critic Rick Lyman sits down with notable directors, actors, screenwriters, cinematographers, and other film industry professionals to watch and discuss a movie that each person considers seminal or influential... more...

  • Chain Saw Confidentialby Gunnar Hansen

    Chronicle Books LLC 2013; US$ 10.99

    When The Texas Chain Saw Massacre first hit movie screens in 1974 it was both reviled and championed. To critics, it was either "a degrading, senseless misuse of film and time" or "an intelligent, absorbing and deeply disturbing horror film." However it was an immediate hit with audiences. Banned and celebrated, showcased at the Cannes film festival... more...

  • Incorporating Imagesby Brigitte Peucker

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 21.99

    Film, a latecomer to the realm of artistic media, alludes to, absorbs, and undermines the discourses of the other arts--literature and painting especially--in order to carve out a position for itself among them. Exposing the anxiety in film's relation to its rival arts, Brigitte Peucker analyzes central issues involved in generic boundary crossing... more...

  • The Body in the Mirrorby Angela Dalle Vacche

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 44.95

    This rich, wide-ranging book explores Italy's national film style by relating it closely to politics and to the historicist thought of Croce, Gentile, and Gramsci. Here is a new kind of film history--a nonlinear, intertextual approach that confronts the total story of the growth of a national cinema while challenging the traditional formats of general... more...

  • Dangerous Menby Mick LaSalle

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 8.99

    Using the same mix of accessibility and insider knowledge he used so successfully in Complicated Women , author and film critic Mick LaSalle now turns his attention to the men of the pre-Code Hollywood era. The five years between 1929 and mid-1934 was a period of loosened censorship that finally ended with the imposition of a harsh Production Code... more...