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  • 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...

  • 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...