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  • British Cinema in Documentsby Sarah Street

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 41.95

    British Cinema in Documents presents an introduction to the key concerns and debates in British cinema through documents, ranging from official papers to fan magazines. Sarah Street shows how such documentary material can enrich our understanding of cinema's place in national culture and shed new light on defining moments in British cinema history.... more...

  • Economy, Emotion, and Ethics in Chinese Cinemaby David Leiwei Li

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    The First and Second Comings of capitalism are conceptual shorthands used to capture the radical changes in global geopolitics from the Opium War to the end of the Cold War and beyond. Centring the role of capitalism in the Chinese everyday, the framework can be employed to comprehend contemporary Chinese culture in general and, as in this study,... more...

  • The Holy Fool in European Cinemaby Alina G. Birzache

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    This monograph explores the way that the profile and the critical functions of the holy fool have developed in European cinema, allowing this traditional figure to capture the imagination of new generations in an age of religious pluralism and secularization. Alina Birzache traces the cultural origins of the figure of the holy fool across a variety... more...

  • Straight Girls and Queer Guysby Christopher Pullen

    Edinburgh University Press Ltd 2016; Not Available

    Exploring the archetypal representation of the straight girl with the queer guy in film and television culture from 1948 to the present day, Straight Girls and Queer Guys considers the process of the ‘hetero media gaze’ and the way it contextualizes sexual diversity and gender identity. Offering both an historical foundation and a rigorous... more...

  • The Year's Work in the Oddball Archiveby Jonathan P. Eburne; Judith Roof

    Indiana University Press 2016; US$ 24.99

    The modern age is no stranger to the cabinet of curiosities, the freak show, or a drawer full of odds and ends. These collections of oddities engagingly work against the rationality and order of the conventional archive found in a university, a corporation, or a governmental holding. In form, methodology, and content, The Year?s Work in the Oddball... more...

  • 3-D Revolutionby Ray Zone

    The University Press of Kentucky 2012; US$ 40.00

    In 2009, Avatar, a 3-D movie directed by James Cameron, became the most successful motion picture of all time, a technological breakthrough that has grossed more than $2.5 billion worldwide. Its seamless computer-generated imagery and live action stereo photography effectively defined the importance of 3-D to the future of cinema, as well as all other... more...

  • 39 Stepsby Mark Glancy

    I.B.Tauris 2002; US$ 14.95

    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...

  • The 50 Movie Starter Kitby Ty Burr

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 2.99

    In this ebook exclusive, Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr introduces the fifty films every movie lover must know. This carefully curated list of great movies spans over a century of filmmaking, from the silent era to the last decade, from American favorites to international classics. Including recognized masterpieces such as "City Lights" and "Casablanca,"... more...

  • Alexander Medvedkinby Emma Widdis

    I.B.Tauris 2004; US$ 14.95

    This first introduction to Medvedkin?s film-making career traces his process of developing a unique brand of cinematic satire throughout the period of the Soviet revolutionary experiment. Using original archival material and Medvedkin?s writings towards his unfinished autobiography, Widdis explores his films from the 1936 The Miracle Worker, through... 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...