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  • Elia Kazanby Brian Neve

    I.B.Tauris 2008; US$ 14.95

    In 1999, Elia Kazan (1909-2003) received an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement; it was a controversial award, for in 1952 he had given testimony to the HUAC Committee, for which he was ostracized by many. That Oscar also acknowledged Kazan's remarkable contribution to American and world cinema, making such films as 'On the Waterfront' and 'A... more...

  • Night to Rememberby Jeffrey Richards

    I.B.Tauris 2002; US$ 14.95

    The Titanic was believed to be unsinkable. On the night of 14-15 April 1912, during her maiden voyage, she struck an iceberg and sank, losing 1,490 of her 2,201 passengers. Of the five epic films of this tragic event, the classic docu-drama, A Night to Remember (1958), scripted by Eric Ambler and directed by Roy Baker, is the definitive version.... more...

  • Iranian Cinemaby Reza Sadr Reza

    I.B.Tauris 2006; US$ 14.95

    Recent, post-revolutionary Iranian cinema has of course gained the attention of international audiences who have been struck by its powerful, poetic and often explicitly political explorations. Yet mainstream, pre-revolutionary Iranian cinema, with a history stretching back to the early twentieth century, has been perceived in the main as lacking... more...

  • Vsevolod Pudovkinby Amy Sargeant

    I.B.Tauris 2001; US$ 14.95

    Pudovkin is listed amongst the great and the good of twentieth century directors: his influence is acknowledged by such diverse figures as Hitchcock and Kubrick, Zavattini and Mamet, and Walter Benjamin usedhis work as a vital source forhis studies of the aesthetics and cultural politics of the period. This is the first book on Pudovkin for more than... 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...

  • 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...

  • If....by Paul Sutton

    I.B.Tauris 2005; US$ 14.95

    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$ 14.95

    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$ 14.95

    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$ 14.95

    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...