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  • A History of American Moviesby Paul Monaco

    Scarecrow Press 2010; US$ 54.99

    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$ 21.00

    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$ 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...

  • New Hollywood Cinemaby Geoff King

    I.B.Tauris 2002; US$ 27.00

    What exactly is New Hollywood? - is the first question answered by Geoff King in his lively and accessible introduction to modern Hollywood cinema and its films. In the expanding literature on this area, New Hollywood Cinema fills a gap by offering a single, up-to-date volume covering the ground coherently and accessibly. From the radical gestures... more...

  • Hairsprayby Dana Heller

    Wiley 2011; US$ 78.95

    By reconsidering assumptions about mainstream popular culture and its revolutionary possibilities, author Dana Heller reveals that John Waters' popular 1988 film Hairspray is the director's most subversive movie. Represents the first scholarly work on any of film director John Waters' films Incorporates original interview material with the director... more...

  • Amélieby Isabelle Vanderschelden

    I.B.Tauris 2007; US$ 21.00

    Le Fabuleux destin d?Amélie Poulain was the surprise boxoffi ce success of 2001, with nine million spectators in France, and more than 30 million worldwide. The fi lm turned Audrey Tautou into an international star, in her iconic role as Amélie, a naïve French Parisian who devotes herself to mending the lives of the people around her. Shot on location... more...

  • Magnoliaby Christina Lane

    Wiley 2011; US$ 82.95

    There are certain films and shows that resonate with audiences everywhere?they generate discussion and debate about everything from gender, class, citizenship and race, to consumerism and social identity. This new 'teachable canon' of film and television introduces students to alternative classics that range from silent film to CSI. Magnolia is... more...

  • La Haineby Ginette Vincendeau

    I.B.Tauris 2005; US$ 24.00

    Released in 1995, La Haine is the black and white chronicle of 24 hours in the life of a mixed-race young male trio from a run-down Parisian suburb. The work of a then unknown young team (director and actors were all under 30), it became hugely and unexpectedly successful, launching director Mathieu Kassovitz and lead player Vincent Cassel to stardom.The... more...