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  • The Conversationsby Michael Ondaatje

    Knopf Canada 2011; US$ 29.95

    The Conversations is a treasure, essential for any lover or student of film, and a rare, intimate glimpse into the worlds of two accomplished artists who share a great passion for film and storytelling, and whose knowledge and love of the crafts of writing and film shine through. It was on the set of the movie adaptation of his Booker Prize-winning... more...

  • Cinema Beyond Filmby François Albera; Maria Tortajada

    Amsterdam University Press 2010; US$ 35.00

    A remarkable and wide-ranging examination of some of the crucial issues in film theory, drawing on the Foucauldian concepts of the dispositif and the episteme. 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...

  • Alphavilleby Chris Darke

    I.B.Tauris 2005; US$ 19.99

    2005 is the fortieth anniversary of Alphaville's release and there's also a major reassessment of Godard under way. So this is an ideal moment to publish this, the first ever full appraisal of Godard's highly influential classic of sci-fi noir. Chris Darke writes about how, working without sets, special effects, or even a script, Godard made a dystopian... more...

  • Les Diaboliquesby Hayward Susan

    I.B.Tauris 2005; US$ 20.95

    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...

  • Projecting Empireby James Chapman; Nicholas J. Cull

    I.B.Tauris 2009; US$ 30.00

    Projecting Empire, James Chapman and Nicholas J. Cull have written the first major study of imperialism and cinema for over thirty years. This welcome text maps the history of empire cinema in both Hollywood and Britain through a series of case studies of popular films, including adventures, biopics, literary adaptations, melodramas, comedies and documentaries.... more...

  • Zonaby Geoff Dyer

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 15.00

    From a writer whose mastery encompasses fiction, criticism, and the fertile realm between the two, comes a new book that confirms his reputation for the unexpected. In Zona, Geoff Dyer attempts to unlock the mysteries of a film that has haunted him ever since he first saw it thirty years ago: Andrei Tarkovsky?s Stalker, widely regarded as one... more...

  • Knockoutby Leger Grindon

    University Press of Mississippi 2011; US$ 55.00

    Knockout: The Boxer and Boxing in American Cinema is the first book-length study of the Hollywood boxing film, a popular movie entertainment since the 1930s, that includes such classics as Million Dollar Baby , Rocky , and Raging more...

  • Silent Cinemaby Brian J. Robb

    Oldcastle Books 2010; US$ 14.57

    Silent cinema was never truly silent. Performances were more often than not accompanied by live music -- whether from a solo pianist or a small orchestra -- and the noise of audiences more than made up for the lack of a soundtrack accompanying the film. It was from the origins of cinema onwards to the coming of sound in 1929 with The Jazz Singer that... more...

  • Horror Filmsby Colin Odell; Michelle LeBlanc

    Oldcastle Books 2010; US$ 14.57

    Horror is one of cinema's most disreputable genres. Frequently dismissed or reviled by critics, the horror film nevertheless provides a way of confronting our fears in a safe environment. Often subject to more cuts at the hands of the censor than a serial killer's razor, the horror film is also a benchmark, a sign of what's considered acceptable for... more...