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  • 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...

  • C.R.A.Z.Y.: A Queer Film Classicby Robert Schwartzwald

    Arsenal Pulp Press 2015; US$ 14.95

    A Queer Film Classic on Jean-Marc Vallée?s 2005 film about the sexual self-discovery of a young French-Canadian man. more...

  • Chain Saw Confidentialby Gunnar Hansen

    Chronicle Books LLC 2013; US$ 10.99

    When The Texas Chain Saw Massacre first hit movie screens in 1974 it was both reviled and championed. To critics, it was either "a degrading, senseless misuse of film and time" or "an intelligent, absorbing and deeply disturbing horror film." However it was an immediate hit with audiences. Banned and celebrated, showcased at the Cannes film festival... more...

  • Children, Cinema and Censorshipby Sarah Smith

    I.B.Tauris 2005; US$ 14.95

    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...

  • 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...

  • A Cinema of Lonelinessby Robert Kolker

    Oxford University Press, USA 2011; US$ 21.99

    An updated and expanded version of this classic study of contemporary American film, the new edition of A Cinema of Loneliness reassesses the landscape of American cinema over the past decade, incorporating discussions of directors like Judd Apatow and David Fincher while offering assessments of the recent, and in some cases final, work from the filmmakers--Penn,... more...

  • The Cinema of Preston Sturgesby Alessandro Pirolini

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2010; US$ 38.00

    Most published works on writer-director Preston Sturges (1898-1959) have focused on the elements that made him a symbol of classic Hollywood comedy or his contributions to the genre via such 1940s classics as The Lady Eve, Sullivan's Travels and Miracle of Morgan's Creek. In contrast, this critical study asserts that there are enough unexplained... more...

  • The Cinema of Theo Angelopoulosby Angelos Koutsourakis; Mark Steven

    Edinburgh University Press Ltd 2015; Not Available

    The Cinema of Theo Angelopoulos is the first critical assessment of one of the leading figures of modernist European art cinema. Assessing his complete works, this groundbreaking collection brings together a team of internationally regarded experts and emerging scholars from multiple disciplines, to provide a definitive account of Angelopoulos’... more...

  • Close-up on Sunset Boulevardby Sam Staggs

    St. Martin's Press 2003; US$ 27.99

    Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard , a classic film noir and also a damning dissection of the Hollywood dream factory, evokes the glamour and ruin of the stars who subsist on that dream. It's also one long in-joke about the movie industry and those who made it great-and who were, in turn, destroyed by it. One of the most critically admired films of... more...