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  • The West, The War, and The Wildernessby Kevin Brownlow

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013; US$ 27.50

    Here, from one of today?s leading authorities on film history, is the  story, told brilliantly and for the first time, of the pioneering movie makers who as early as 1905 traveled beyond the studio stages to make feature films on location?and in so doing recorded the real history and real life of their time. The War, the West, and the Wilderness ... more...

  • The $11 Billion Yearby Anne Thompson

    HarperCollins 2014; Not Available

    "This chronicle of 2012 is a slice of what happened during a watershed year for the Hollywood movie industry. It's not the whole story, but it's a mosaic of what went on, and why, and of where things are heading." What changed in one Hollywood year to produce a record-breaking box office after two years of decline? How can the Sundance Festival influence... more...

  • Looking at Moviesby Richard Barsam; Dave Monahan

    W. W. Norton & Company 2012; US$ 40.68

    Film analysis starts here. more...

  • The $11 Billion Yearby Anne Thompson

    HarperCollins 2014; Not Available

    "This chronicle of 2012 is a slice of what happened during a watershed year for the Hollywood movie industry. It's not the whole story, but it's a mosaic of what went on, and why, and of where things are heading." What changed in one Hollywood year to produce a record-breaking box office after two years of decline? How can the Sundance Festival influence... more...

  • A Year at the Moviesby Kevin Murphy

    HarperCollins 2013; Not Available

    For some of us, moviegoing is an occasional pleasure. Kevin Murphy made it his obsession, and he did it for you. Mr. Murphy, known to legions of fans as Tom Servo on the legendary TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000, went to the movies every day for a year. That's every single day, people. For a whole fricken' year. And not only did he endure,... more...

  • Film After Filmby J. Hoberman

    Verso Books 2012; US$ 19.95

    One of the world?s most erudite and entertaining film critics on the state of cinema in the post-digital?and post-9/11?age. This witty and allusive book, in the style of classic film theorists/critics like André Bazin and Siegfried Kracauer, includes considerations of global cinema?s most important figures and films, from Lars von Trier and Zia Jiangke... more...

  • In Broad Daylightby Gabriele Pedulla

    Verso Books 2012; US$ 23.95

    From plasma screens to smartphones, today moving images are everywhere. How have films adapted to this new environment? And how has the experience of the spectator changed because of this proliferation? In Broad Daylight investigates one of the decisive shifts in the history of Western aesthetics, exploring the metamorphosis of films in the age of... more...

  • Very Naughty Boys [EBK]by Robert Sellers

    Titan 2013; US$ 1.99

    The incredible, hilarious insider's story of Britain's favourite film company!  It all started when Beatle George Harrison stepped in to fund Life of Brian when Monty Python's original backers pulled out. His company, HandMade films, went on to make some of the best British films of the 80s ( Withnail and I ,  Time Bandits  and  Mona Lisa  among... 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...