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  • Avant-garde to New Waveby Jonathan L. Owen

    Berghahn Books 2011; US$ 34.95

    The cultural liberalization of communist Czechoslovakia in the 1960s produced many artistic accomplishments, not least the celebrated films of the Czech New Wave. This movement saw filmmakers use their new freedom to engage with traditions of the avant-garde, especially Surrealism. This book explores the avant-garde's influence over the New Wave and... more...

  • Bed and Sofaby Julian Graffy

    I.B.Tauris 2000; US$ 14.95

    Abram Room?s daring 1927 film is the story of a ménage à trois ? one woman, two men ? set in a 1920s Moscow flat. Remarkable for its frankness, humour and corrosive assessment of the new Soviet society, Bed and Sofa has found new and enthusiastic audiences in recent years. more...

  • Black Narcissusby Sarah Street

    I.B.Tauris 2005; US$ 14.95

    Black Narcissus is a landmark film in the canon of Powell and Pressburger. With the centenary of Powell?s birth in 2005, this timely book - the first dedicated exclusively to the film - draws on archival documents, original set drawings and stills to explore its enduring images of both place and gender. Street also here examines Black Narcissus as... more...

  • The Body in the Mirrorby Angela Dalle Vacche

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 40.50

    This rich, wide-ranging book explores Italy's national film style by relating it closely to politics and to the historicist thought of Croce, Gentile, and Gramsci. Here is a new kind of film history--a nonlinear, intertextual approach that confronts the total story of the growth of a national cinema while challenging the traditional formats of general... 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...

  • Boro, L'Ile d'Amourby Kamila Kuc; Kuba Mikurda

    Berghahn Books 2015; US$ 90.00

    There has been a recent revival of interest in the work of Polish film director Walerian Borowczyk, a label-defying auteur and "escape artist" if there ever was one. This collection serves as an introduction and a guide to Borowczyk's complex and ambiguous body of work, including panoramic views of the director's output, focused studies of particular... more...

  • Brazil on Screenby Lucia Nagib

    I.B.Tauris 2007; US$ 14.95

    Two periods of Brazilian film history are particularly notable for their artistic momentum: the Cinema Novo movement of the 1960s and early ?70s, and the film revival from the mid 1990s onwards. What makes them especially strong, this book argues, is their utopian impulse. By adopting Utopia as a theme, as well as a method of film analysis, Lúcia Nagib... more...

  • Breaking the Fourth Wallby Tom Brown

    Edinburgh University Press Ltd 2013; Not Available

    What happens when fictional characters acknowledge our 'presence' as film spectators? By virtue of its eccentricity and surprising frequency as a filmic device, direct address enables us to ask some fundamental questions of film theory, history and criticism and tackle, head-on, assumptions about the cinema as a medium. Brown provides a broad... more...

  • Bringing History to Life through Filmby Kathryn Anne Morey

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2013; US$ 79.99

    This collection of essays addresses important questions about the relationship between fact and fiction: When does history become myth, and when does myth become legend? Does a romanticized view of history distort the reality it is trying to convey, or in capturing the ?spirit? of history, does it teach history in ways that mere fact cannot? What... more...

  • The British New Waveby B. F. Taylor

    Manchester University Press 1958; US$ 23.99

    This book offers an opportunity to reconsider the films of the British New Wave in the light of forty years of heated debate. By eschewing the usual tendency to view films like A Kind of Loving and The Entertainer collectively and include them in broader debates about class, gender, and ideology, this book presents a new and innovative look at this... more...