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  • Spanish Labyrinth, Aby Mark Allinson

    I.B.Tauris 2001; US$ 32.00

    Almodóvar is Spain?s most successful and controversial director, a unique blend of art-house auteur and popular film-maker. His films, with their mix of Hollywood and European styles and of popular melodrama and comedy, have been attracting growing international audiences since the success of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. His most recent... 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...

  • Hollywood Genres and Postwar Americaby Mike Chopra-Gant

    I.B.Tauris 2005; US$ 33.00

    This is a clear and engrossing account of how popular films in America just after the close of the Second World War played out America's mood at that crucial time. It is also a revisionist challenge to received scholarly understanding of this mood, which has tended to be seen as characterized by an abiding pessimism most clearly manifested in the... more...

  • Outlaw Masters of Japanese Filmby D. Chris

    I.B.Tauris 2005; US$ 24.00

    Described by Takashi Miike as ?essential for understanding how filmmaking legends are made?, this book offers an extraordinary close-up of the hitherto overlooked golden age of Japanese cult, action and exploitation cinema from the early 1950s through to the late 1970s, and up to the present day. Having unique access to the top maverick filmmakers... more...

  • My Beautiful Laundretteby Christine Geraghty

    I.B.Tauris 2004; US$ 25.00

    Described by Stuart Hall as ?one of the most riveting and important films produced by a black writer in recent years?, My Beautiful Laundrette was a significant production for its director Stephen Frears and its writer Hanif Kureshi. Omar, member of a Pakistani family ?getting ahead? in 1980s Thatcher?s Britain is charged to make over a rundown launderette,... more...

  • 39 Stepsby Mark Glancy

    I.B.Tauris 2002; US$ 25.00

    Combining humour and thrills in equal measure, The 39 Steps (1935) established Alfred Hitchcock?s name as the ?master of suspense? and is the best remembered and most acclaimed of his British films. Included in this original companion to the film are the intriguing story of the film?s production, an examination of its influences, including John Buchan?s... more...

  • Bed and Sofaby Julian Graffy

    I.B.Tauris 2000; US$ 27.00

    Abram Room?s daring 1927 film is the story of a ménage ŕ 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...

  • Draculaby Peter Hutchings

    I.B.Tauris 2003; US$ 25.00

    Hammer Horror?s Dracula was released in 1958 to a mixture of shock, outrage and praise. Yet this version of the Dracula tale, directed by Terence Fisher, was a milestone both for British cinema and for the horror genre. It made an international star of Christopher Lee, and confirmed Hammer Films as one of the world?s leading purveyors of cinematic... more...

  • From Alien to the Matrixby Roz Kaveney

    I.B.Tauris 2005; US$ 20.00

    Written by a world expert in Science Fiction, From Alien to The Matrix is a hugely entertaining and enlightening read and a new critical approach to SF films that considers them as autonomous creations and contributions to the genre and to the broader culture. Kaveney looks at the movies of alien invasion and movie franchises, and offers a celebration... more...

  • End of St. Petersburg, Theby Vance Kepley

    I.B.Tauris 2003; US$ 27.00

    Pudovkin?s epic is the most complex work of his brilliant career. The film was made to commemorate the Bolshevik Revolution?s tenth anniversary and it is a gripping recreation of the events of 1917 as well as the conditions and events that led to revolution. It is a remarkable interweaving of sub-plots, motifs and historical references, realised through... more...