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  • Chain Saw Confidentialby Gunnar Hansen

    Chronicle Books LLC 2013; US$ 1.99

    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$ 32.95 US$ 29.98

    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 US$ 40.90

    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$ 6.79

    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$ 20.29

    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...