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  • Children, Cinema and Censorshipby Sarah Smith

    I.B.Tauris 2005; US$ 35.00

    Children have long been one of cinema's largest audiences yet, from its infancy, cinema has in the minds of moral watchdogs accompanied a succession of pastimes and new technologies as catalysts for juvenile delinquency. From 'penny dreadfuls' and comic books to television, 'video nasties' and computer games, and more recently, gangsta rap, mobile... more...

  • Black Narcissusby Sarah Street

    I.B.Tauris 2005; US$ 23.00

    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...

  • If....by Paul Sutton

    I.B.Tauris 2005; US$ 25.00

    Lindsay Anderson?s 1968 film, If...., which deals fundamentally - and controversially - with England and ?Englishness?, was the first film ever with a British setting and cast to win the Palme d?Or for Best Film at Cannes. The fruit of Anderson?s first-hand studies of the Czech, Polish and Indian New Waves led by Milos Forman, Andrzej Wajda and Satyajit... more...

  • Alexander Medvedkinby Emma Widdis

    I.B.Tauris 2004; US$ 32.00

    This first introduction to Medvedkin?s film-making career traces his process of developing a unique brand of cinematic satire throughout the period of the Soviet revolutionary experiment. Using original archival material and Medvedkin?s writings towards his unfinished autobiography, Widdis explores his films from the 1936 The Miracle Worker, through... more...

  • Cranes are Flyingby Josephine Woll

    I.B.Tauris 2003; US$ 27.00

    The first indisputable masterpiece of post-Stalin cinema, The Cranes Are Flying is a fascinating intersection of politics and art. A product of ?the thaw? promoted by Krushchev, it combines several trends apparent in other films, including the choice of WWII as a source for hero-images. more...

  • Religion and Filmby Melanie Wright

    I.B.Tauris 2006; US$ 32.00

    From silent films to contemporary blockbusters, religion has always proved a popular theme for the cinema. However, all too often religion and film are discussed from narrowly confessional perspectives, with the result that the field has long been dominated by the question of a film's fidelity to a religious text or worldview, or its value as a tool... 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...

  • 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...