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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • American Film in the Digital Ageby Robert C. Sickels

    ABC-CLIO 2010; US$ 35.00

    Prior to being broken up by the Supreme Court in 1946, the movie industry was a vertical monopoly controlled primarily by eight studios. Ironically, today just six vertically and horizontally integrated companies have a world-wide monopoly on all forms of media. How did this vast power become so concentrated—and where do we go from here? 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...

  • 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$ 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...