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  • Breaking the Fourth Wallby Tom Brown

    Edinburgh University Press 2012; US$ 38.99

    What happens when fictional characters acknowledge our 'presence' as film spectators? By virtue of its eccentricity and surprising frequency as a filmic device, direct address enables us to ask some fundamental questions of film theory, history and criticism and tackle, head-on, assumptions about the cinema as a medium. Brown provides a broad... more...

  • The Place of Breath in Cinemaby Davina Quinlivan

    Edinburgh University Press 2012; US$ 38.99

    How can the cinema articulate the interstices between visibility and invisibility, and how are such notions of absence and the unseen implicated in the film experience? This study considers the locus of the breathing body in the film experience and its implications for the study of embodiment in film and sensuous spectatorship. Quinlivan puts forward... more...

  • Screening Differenceby Van Jaap Ginneken

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2007; US$ 31.99

    Did you know that Pocahontas probably never fell in love with John Smith, as film versions pretend? That the myth of the sexually eager Hula girls is based on misunderstandings by early explorers? Screening Difference is a fascinating voyage through recent movie blockbusters dealing with encounters between "us," based on white Hollywood, and "them,"... more...

  • Reconstructing Woodyby Mary P. Nichols

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2000; US$ 23.99

    In this pathbreaking new book, Mary P. Nichols challenges this, arguing that Allen's work, from Play It Again, Sam to Deconstructing Harry, is actually an attempt to explore and reconcile the tension between art and life. more...

  • Westerns Essential Collectionby Gary R. Edgerton

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 53.95

    For nearly two centuries, Americans have embraced the Western like no other artistic genre. Creators and consumers alike have utilized this story form in literature, painting, film, radio and television to explore questions of national identity and purpose. Westerns: The Essential Collection comprises the Journal of Popular Film and Television?s... more...

  • Desire Unlimitedby Paul Julian Smith

    Verso Books 2014; US$ 26.95

    In the last decade, Spanish auteur Pedro Almodóvar has grown from critical darling of the film circuit scene to mainstream success. Frequently comic, often deadly serious, always visually glorious, his recent films range from the Academy Award?winning drama Talk to Her to the 2011 horror film The Skin I Live In . Though they are ambitious and... more...

  • Schlock Valueby Richard Roeper

    Hachette Books 2005; Not Available

    A hilarious collection of essays, riffs, and lists that celebrate the insanity of Hollywood--for anyone who loves the movies. Richard Roeper, like the rest of us, adores the movies. In this uproarious, off-beat book, he gives us a whole new set of critical lenses for assessing the movies and the people and the industry that make them. With his... more...

  • Hatchet Jobby Mark Kermode

    Pan Macmillan 2013; US$ 8.65

    'The finest film critic in Britain at the absolute top of his form' Stephen Fry more...

  • The Immortal Marilynby De John Vito; Frank Tropea

    Scarecrow Press 2006; US$ 24.99

    From the late 1940s to the early '60s, Marilyn Monroe appeared in barely thirty movies, beginning with bit parts and moving on into supporting roles for such films as The Asphalt Jungle , All About Eve , and Clash by Night . She soon shot to international fame and gained prominent roles in a number of classics like The Seven Year Itch , Gentlemen... more...

  • King of Bollywoodby Anupama Chopra

    Grand Central Publishing 2007; US$ 20.34

    Here is the astonishing true story of Bollywood, a sweeping portrait about a country finding its identity, a movie industry that changed the face of India, and one man's struggle to become a star. Shah Rukh Khan's larger than life tale takes us through the colorful and idiosyncratic Bollywood movie industry, where fantastic dreams and outrageous obsessions... more...