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

    Berghahn Books 2010; US$ 95.00

    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...

  • Silent Cinemaby Brian J. Robb

    Oldcastle Books 2010; US$ 16.98

    Silent cinema was never truly silent. Performances were more often than not accompanied by live music -- whether from a solo pianist or a small orchestra -- and the noise of audiences more than made up for the lack of a soundtrack accompanying the film. It was from the origins of cinema onwards to the coming of sound in 1929 with The Jazz Singer that... more...

  • Horror Filmsby Colin Odell; Michelle LeBlanc

    Oldcastle Books 2010; US$ 16.98

    Horror is one of cinema's most disreputable genres. Frequently dismissed or reviled by critics, the horror film nevertheless provides a way of confronting our fears in a safe environment. Often subject to more cuts at the hands of the censor than a serial killer's razor, the horror film is also a benchmark, a sign of what's considered acceptable for... more...

  • Independent Cinemaby D.K. Holm

    Oldcastle Books 2010; US$ 16.98

    Just what is 'independent' cinema? D. K. Holm aims to define a term all too carelessly used both by media commentators and marketers, and distinguish it from categories such as avant-garde, underground, experimental or 'art' films, with which it is often confused. By contrasting studio-era Hollywood with changes in the business since the 1970s, and... more...

  • East Asian Cinemaby David Carter

    Oldcastle Books 2010; US$ 16.98

    Film directors from East Asia frequently win top prizes at international film festivals, and are proving a strong influence on Western filmmakers but few books have yet been published about them. China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and North and South Korea have been through periods of great political turmoil and the films of these countries reflect the... more...

  • Short Filmsby Nathan Parker

    Oldcastle Books 2010; US$ 16.98

    This book is for anyone who has ever wanted to make a short film. Focusing on the practicalities of filmmaking. It will guide you through all the stages of the process, examining every available possibility along the way. From the development of your initial idea, to screening your finished film in front of an audience. It will enable you to make... more...

  • A Cinema of Lonelinessby Robert Kolker

    Oxford University Press, USA 2011; US$ 20.99

    An updated and expanded version of this classic study of contemporary American film, the new edition of A Cinema of Loneliness reassesses the landscape of American cinema over the past decade, incorporating discussions of directors like Judd Apatow and David Fincher while offering assessments of the recent, and in some cases final, work from the filmmakers--Penn,... more...

  • Knockoutby Leger Grindon

    University Press of Mississippi 2011; US$ 55.00

    Knockout: The Boxer and Boxing in American Cinema is the first book-length study of the Hollywood boxing film, a popular movie entertainment since the 1930s, that includes such classics as Million Dollar Baby , Rocky , and Raging more...

  • Avant-Garde to New Waveby Jonathan L. Owen

    Berghahn Books 2011; US$ 29.95

    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... more...

  • Rebels on the Backlotby Sharon Waxman

    HarperCollins 2013; US$ 13.99

    The 1990s saw a shock wave of dynamic new directing talent that took the Hollywood studio system by storm. At the forefront of that movement were six innovative and daring directors whose films pushed the boundaries of moviemaking and announced to the world that something exciting was happening in Hollywood. Sharon Waxman, editor and chief of The... more...