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  • My Beautiful Laundretteby Christine Geraghty

    I.B.Tauris 2004; US$ 14.95

    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$ 14.95

    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$ 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...

  • Draculaby Peter Hutchings

    I.B.Tauris 2003; US$ 14.95

    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$ 14.95

    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$ 14.95

    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...

  • Filming the Modern Middle Eastby Lina Khatib

    I.B.Tauris 2006; US$ 14.95

    Filming the Modern Middle East' is the first comparative investigation of how modern American cinema and the cinemas of the Arab world represent Middle Eastern politics to their audiences. Lina Khatib examines the cinematic depictions of major political issues, from the Arab-Israeli conflict to the Gulf War, to Islamic fundamentalism and covers films... more...

  • Lebanese Cinemaby Lina Khatib

    I.B.Tauris 2008; US$ 14.95

    Modern Lebanese cinema can best be explored in the context of the Civil War, in part because almost all the Lebanese films made since its outset in 1975 have been about this war. Lina Khatib takes 1975 Beirut as her starting point, and takes us right through to today for this, the first major book on Lebanese cinema and its links with politics and... 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...

  • Whisky Galore! & The Maggieby Colin McArthur

    I.B.Tauris 2002; US$ 14.95

    Colin McArthur covers two films, both made by Alexander Mackendrick. Whisky Galore! appeared in 1949 in post-war 'austerity Britain' and The Maggie in 1953 when Britain was emerging into relative affluence. Both films are Ealing Studios productions, providing the opportunity to explore this remarkable outfit, and both offer distinct and fascinating... more...