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  • 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...

  • 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 Väliaho

    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...

  • A History of American Moviesby Paul Monaco

    Scarecrow Press 2010; US$ 49.99

    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...

  • 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...

  • Slaves on Screenby Natalie Zemon Davis

    Random House of Canada 2011; US$ 17.95

    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...

  • Ostrannenieby Annie van den Oever

    Amsterdam University Press 2010; US$ 29.95

    Leading international film scholars assess the impact and evolution of the concept of ostrannenie, or defamiliarisation, since its original appearance in literary debates in the 1920s. more...

  • My Beautiful Laundretteby Christine Geraghty

    I.B.Tauris 2004; US$ 25.00

    Described by Stuart Hall as ?one of the most riveting and important films produced by a black writer in recent years?, My Beautiful Laundrette was a significant production for its director Stephen Frears and its writer Hanif Kureshi. Omar, member of a Pakistani family ?getting ahead? in 1980s Thatcher?s Britain is charged to make over a rundown launderette,... more...

  • 39 Stepsby Mark Glancy

    I.B.Tauris 2002; US$ 25.00

    Combining humour and thrills in equal measure, The 39 Steps (1935) established Alfred Hitchcock?s name as the ?master of suspense? and is the best remembered and most acclaimed of his British films. Included in this original companion to the film are the intriguing story of the film?s production, an examination of its influences, including John Buchan?s... more...

  • Bed and Sofaby Julian Graffy

    I.B.Tauris 2000; US$ 27.00

    Abram Room?s daring 1927 film is the story of a ménage ā trois ? one woman, two men ? set in a 1920s Moscow flat. Remarkable for its frankness, humour and corrosive assessment of the new Soviet society, Bed and Sofa has found new and enthusiastic audiences in recent years. more...