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  • Hairsprayby Dana Heller

    Wiley 2011; US$ 23.95 US$ 20.76

    By reconsidering assumptions about mainstream popular culture and its revolutionary possibilities, author Dana Heller reveals that John Waters' popular 1988 film Hairspray is the director's most subversive movie. Represents the first scholarly work on any of film director John Waters' films Incorporates original interview material with the... more...

  • Magnoliaby Christina Lane

    Wiley 2011; US$ 24.95 US$ 21.62

    There are certain films and shows that resonate with audiences everywhere—they generate discussion and debate about everything from gender, class, citizenship and race, to consumerism and social identity. This new 'teachable canon' of film and television introduces students to alternative classics that range from silent film to CSI. Magnolia... more...

  • French Animation Historyby Richard Neupert

    Wiley 2011; US$ 42.95 US$ 37.22

    French Animation History is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of animation, illuminating the exceptional place France holds within that history. Selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2011 The first book dedicated exclusively to this history Explores how French animators have forged their own visual... 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...

  • Ostrannenieby Annie van den Oever

    Amsterdam University Press 2010; US$ 29.95

    Leading international film scholars assess the impact and evolution of the concept of ostrannenie, or defamiliarisation, since its original appearance in literary debates in the 1920s. more...

  • The Faber Book of New South American Cinemaby Demetrios Matheou

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 21.87

    Walter Salles's film The Motorcycle Diaries follows the journey made by the young medical student Che Guevara across Argentina, through Chile, to Peru. At the climax, Guevara exhorts his audience to see beyond their borders and embrace a truly continental identity. This vision lives on today, in the work of a new generation of South American filmmakers.... more...

  • Zonaby Geoff Dyer

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 15.00

    From a writer whose mastery encompasses fiction, criticism, and the fertile realm between the two, comes a new book that confirms his reputation for the unexpected. In Zona, Geoff Dyer attempts to unlock the mysteries of a film that has haunted him ever since he first saw it thirty years ago: Andrei Tarkovsky?s Stalker, widely regarded as one... more...

  • The Politics of Loss and Trauma in Contemporary Israeli Cinemaby Raz Yosef

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 44.95

    The last decade has marked the growing visibility and worldwide interest in Israeli cinema. Films such as Walk on Water , Or , My Treasure , Beaufort and Waltz with Bashir have been commercially and critically successful both in Europe and the United States and have won a number of prestigious international awards. This book examines for the... more...

  • Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plusby Lucy Mazdon; Catherine Wheatley

    Berghahn Books 2010; US$ 120.00

    A series of limiting definitions have tended to delineate the Franco-British cinematic relationship. As this collection of essays reveals, there is much more to it than simple oppositions between British critical esteem for the films of France and French dismissal of 'le cinéma British', or the success of Ken Loach et al. at the French box office... more...

  • Avant-garde to New Waveby Jonathan L. Owen

    Berghahn Books 2011; US$ 34.95

    The cultural liberalization of communist Czechoslovakia in the 1960s produced many artistic accomplishments, not least the celebrated films of the Czech New Wave. This movement saw filmmakers use their new freedom to engage with traditions of the avant-garde, especially Surrealism. This book explores the avant-garde's influence over the New Wave and... more...