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  • They Thought it was a Marvelby Tjitte Vries de; Ati Mul

    Amsterdam University Press 2009; US$ 55.00

    In a world obsessed with 'firsts', this fascinating book with its accompanying DVD analyses the stop-motion films made by the British pioneer filmmaker Arthur Melbourne-Cooper, arguably the maker of the first ever animation. more...

  • Mapping the Moving Imageby Pasi Všliaho

    Amsterdam University Press 2010; US$ 83.00

    A compelling study of how the medium of film came to shape our experience and thinking of the world and ourselves. 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...

  • A History of American Moviesby Paul Monaco

    Scarecrow Press 2010; US$ 57.99

    A History of American Movies provides a survey of the narrative feature film from the 1920s to the present. The book focuses on 170 of the most highly regarded and recognized feature films selected by the Hollywood establishment: each Oscar winner for Best Picture, as well as those voted the greatest by members of the American Film Institute.... more...

  • American Film in the Digital Ageby Robert Sickels

    ABC-CLIO 2010; US$ 64.00

    The American film industry has entered a new era. American Film in the Digital Age traces the industrial changes since 1990 that have brought us to this point, namely: the rise of media conglomerates, the proliferation of pornography through peripheral avenues of mainstream media, the role of star actors and directors in distributing and publicizing... more...

  • Photography and Cinemaby David Campany

    Reaktion Books 2008; US$ 29.95

    What did the arrival of cinema do for photography? How did the moving image change our relation to the still image? Why have cinema and photography been so drawn to each other? Close-ups, freeze frames and the countless portrayals of photographers on scre more...

  • Born to Be Hurtby Sam Staggs

    St. Martin's Press 2009; US$ 8.99

    In a passionate and witty behind-the-scenes expose, the author of All About "All About Eve" takes on the classic 1959 Douglas Sirk film starring Lana Turner Few films inspire the devotion of Imitation of Life , one of the most popular films of the '50s--a split personality drama that's both an irresistible women's picture and a dark commentary... more...

  • Slaves on Screenby Natalie Zemon Davis

    Random House of Canada 2011; US$ 18.00

    People have been experimenting with different ways to write history for 2,500 years, yet we have experimented with film in the same way for only a century. Noted professor and historian Natalie Zemon Davis, consultant for the film The Return of Martin Guerre , argues that movies can do much more than recreate exciting events and the external look... more...

  • Alphavilleby Chris Darke

    I.B.Tauris 2005; US$ 14.95

    A striking black-and-white hybrid of film noir and science fiction, Alphaville (1965) is now one of the most enduringly popular of Jean-Luc Godard's films of the 1960s. Working without sets, special effects, or even a script, Godard created a dystopian vision of a technocratic city of the future, which resonates with filmmakers today. Alphaville pits... more...

  • Les Diaboliquesby Hayward Susan

    I.B.Tauris 2005; US$ 14.95

    Les Diaboliques was a top grossing film in 1955. Clouzot shrouded his film in mystery and also radically changed the original story of the novel, heterosexualising the original lesbian plot. Les Diaboliques still intrigues perhaps due to its excessive ambiguities and numerous plot twists that make it a ?film noir? to end all ?films noir?, and not least... more...