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  • 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...

  • Czech and Slovak Cinemaby Peter Hames

    Edinburgh University Press 2009; US$ 38.99

    This book is the first study in English to examine some of the key themes and traditions of Czech and Slovak cinema, linking inter-war and post-war cinemas together with developments in the post-Communist period. It examines links between theme, genre, and visual style, and looks at the ways in which a range of styles and traditions has extended across... more...

  • Film Sequelsby Carolyn Jess-Cooke

    Edinburgh University Press 2009; US$ 28.99

    The film sequel has been much maligned in popular culture as a vampirish corporative exercise in profit-making and narrative regurgitation. Drawing upon a wide range of filmic examples from early cinema to the twenty-first century, this exciting new volume reveals the increasing popularity of, and experimentation with, film sequels as a central dynamic... more...

  • Italian Post-Neorealist Cinemaby Luca Barattoni

    Edinburgh University Press 2012; US$ 38.99

    Unlike countries like France, the Czech Republic or Brazil, Italy did not have a new wave properly understood as a movement. However, while new artistic schools were emerging in many other countries, Italy was undergoing its most dramatic social and economic transformations. Those violent changes, together with the perceived necessity of renewing the... more...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Hatchet Jobby Mark Kermode

    Pan Macmillan 2013; US$ 8.96

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