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  • Dangerous Menby Mick LaSalle

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 7.39

    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...

  • Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psychoby Stephen Rebello

    Open Road Media 2010; US$ 14.99

    Now a major motion picture! The  gripping behind-the-scenes look inside the classic suspense shocker?and the creative genius who revolutionized filmmaking. First released in June 1960, Psycho altered the landscape of horror films forever. But just as compelling as the movie itself is the story behind it, which has been adapted as a... more...

  • The Sound of Music Storyby Tom Santopietro

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 21.74

    On March 2, 1965, "The Sound of Music" was released in the United States and the love affair between moviegoers and the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical was on. Rarely has a film captured the love and imagination of the moviegoing public in the way that "The Sound of Music" did as it blended history, music, Austrian location filming, heartfelt... more...

  • Keepersby Richard Schickel

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2015; US$ 17.00

    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...

  • Political Felliniby Andrea Minuz

    Berghahn Books 2015; US$ 90.00

    Federico Fellini is often considered a disengaged filmmaker, interested in self-referential dreams and grotesquerie rather than contemporary politics. This book challenges that myth by examining the filmmaker's reception in Italy, and by exploring his films in the context of significant political debates. By conceiving Fellini's cinema as an individual... more...

  • Orson Welles's Citizen Kaneby James Naremore

    Oxford University Press 2010; US$ 32.99

    Citizen Kane is arguably the most admired and significant film since the advent of talking pictures. No other film is quite so interesting from both artistic and political points of view. To study it even briefly is to learn a great deal about American history, motion-picture style, and the literary aspects of motion-picture scripts. Rather than... more...

  • Boro, L'Īle d'Amourby Kamila Kuc; Kuba Mikurda

    Berghahn Books 2015; US$ 90.00

    There has been a recent revival of interest in the work of Polish film director Walerian Borowczyk, a label-defying auteur and "escape artist" if there ever was one. This collection serves as an introduction and a guide to Borowczyk's complex and ambiguous body of work, including panoramic views of the director's output, focused studies of particular... more...

  • Frightmaresby Ian Cooper

    Columbia University Press 2016; US$ 29.99

    The horror film reveals as much, if not more, about the British psyche as the heritage film or the social realist drama. But like a mad relative locked in the attic, British horror cinema has been ignored and maligned. Even when it has been celebrated, neglect is not far behind and what studies there have been have been have concentrated largely on... more...

  • Antichristby Amy Simmons

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 14.99

    Written and directed by Lars von Trier, one of the most influential and provocative filmmakers working today, Antichrist (2009), tells a story of parental loss, mourning and despair that result from the tragic death of a child. When the film screened at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, it split audiences down the middle. Some attacked von Trier for... more...

  • Pretty In Pinkby Jonathan Bernstein

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 7.39

    Jon Bernstein, film critic for Spin magazine critiques his favorite teen movies from the golden age of the'80s. The Brat Pack and their contemporaries have grown up, but celluloid has them flickering forever, angst-ridden, haunted, guileless, cocky, stripped to their briefs, and all dressed up "pretty in pink." more...