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  • Complicated Womenby Mick LaSalle

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 20.99

    Between 1929 and 1934, women in American cinema were modern! For five short years women in American cinema were modern! They took lovers, had babies out of wedlock, got rid of cheating husbands, enjoyed their sexuality, led unapologetic careers and, in general, acted the way many think women only acted after 1968. Before then, women on screen had... 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...

  • Desire Unlimitedby Paul Julian Smith

    Verso Books 2014; US$ 26.95

    In the last decade, Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar has grown from critical darling of the film circuit scene to mainstream success. Frequently comic, often deadly serious, always visually glorious, his recent films range from the Academy Award?winning drama Talk to Her to the 2011 horror film The Skin I Live In . Though they are ambitious and... 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...

  • Other Worldsby Gonzalo Aguilar

    Palgrave Macmillan 2008; US$ 115.00

    Respected film critic Gonzalo Aguilar offers a lucid and sophisticated analysis of Argentine films of the last decade. This is the most complete and up-to-date work in English to examine the 'new Argentine cinema' phenomenon. Aguilar looks at highly relevant films, including those by Lucrecia Martel and Sergio Rejtman. more...

  • Photography, Cinema, Memoryby Damian Sutton

    University of Minnesota Press 2009; US$ 75.00

    Cinema and photography are both intimately associated with time—cinema with time in passing, the photograph with the lost moment. In Photography, Cinema, Memory, Damian Peter Sutton explores time in both media to present a radical new understanding of the photographic image as always coming into being.Drawing on Gilles Deleuze’s concept of... more...

  • A Guide to Apocalyptic Cinemaby Charles P. Mitchell

    ABC-CLIO 2001; US$ 175.00

    This examination and comprehensive assessment of apocalyptic film studies fifty films that illustrate the variety, range and different categories of the genre. Apocalyptic films are those that depict, on screen as part of the story, an event threatening the extinction of mankind. A brief overview identifies seven major categories of apocalyptic films:... more...

  • Bigger Than Blockbustersby James Roman

    ABC-CLIO 2009; US$ 84.00

    Spanning all genres, including horror and drama, adventure, comedy, musicals, science fiction, and more, Bigger Than Blockbusters: Movies That Defined America tells the stories behind the most significant and influential films in American culture, movies that had a profound influence on the literary, cinematic, and popular culture of our time. more...

  • Insultingly Stupid Movie Physicsby Tom Rogers

    Sourcebooks, Inc. 2007; US$ 9.99

    In this fascinating and funny guide, author Tom Rogers examines 20 different topics and shows how, when it comes to filmmaking, the rules of physics are flexible. more...

  • The Cinema of Preston Sturgesby Alessandro Pirolini

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2010; US$ 38.00

    Most published works on writer-director Preston Sturges (1898-1959) have focused on the elements that made him a symbol of classic Hollywood comedy or his contributions to the genre via such 1940s classics as The Lady Eve, Sullivan's Travels and Miracle of Morgan's Creek. In contrast, this critical study asserts that there are enough unexplained... more...