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  • 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...

  • Hairsprayby Dana Heller

    Wiley 2011; US$ 75.95

    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...

  • Magnoliaby Christina Lane

    Wiley 2011; US$ 79.95

    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... more...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The Politics of Loss and Trauma in Contemporary Israeli Cinemaby Raz Yosef

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 135.00

    One of the most striking phenomena in contemporary Israeli cinema is the number and scope of films dealing with past traumatic events ? events that were repressed or insufficiently mourned, such as the memory of the Holocaust, traumas from wars and terrorist attacks, and the losses entailed by the experience of immigration.This book examines the complex... more...

  • Je T'Aime...Moi Non Plusby Lucy Mazdon; Catherine Wheatley

    Berghahn Books 2010; US$ 95.00

    A series of limiting definitions have tended to delineate the Franco-British cinematic relationship. As this collection of essays reveals, there is much more to it than simple oppositions between British critical esteem for the films of France and French dismissal of 'le cinema British', or the success of Ken Loach et al. at the French box office... more...