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  • The Immortal Marilynby De John Vito; Frank Tropea

    Scarecrow Press 2006; US$ 34.99

    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...

  • Reading the Silver Screenby Thomas C. Foster

    HarperCollins 2016; US$ 11.99

    From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor comes an indispensable analysis of our most celebrated medium, film. No art form is as instantly and continuously gratifying as film. When the house lights go down and the lion roars, we settle in to be shocked, frightened, elated, moved, and thrilled. We expect... more...

  • Five Came Backby Mark Harris

    Canongate Books 2014; US$ 19.13

    Before the Second World War the Hollywood box office was booming, but the business was accused of being too foreign, too Jewish, too 'un-American'. Then the war changed everything. With Pearl Harbor came the opportunity for Hollywood to prove its critics wrong.America's most legendary directors played a huge role in the war effort: John Ford,... more...

  • Bringing History to Life through Filmby Kathryn Anne Morey

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2013; US$ 84.99

    This collection of essays addresses important questions about the relationship between fact and fiction: When does history become myth, and when does myth become legend? Does a romanticized view of history distort the reality it is trying to convey, or in capturing the ?spirit? of history, does it teach history in ways that mere fact cannot? What... more...

  • Lady in the Darkby Robert Sitton

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 44.99

    Iris Barry (18951969) was one of the first critics to recognize film as an art form. The mother of film preservation internationally, she founded the film department at New York City's Museum of Modern Art and became its first curator, cementing film?s critical legitimacy. Drawing on letters, memorabilia, and other documentary sources, Robert Sitton... more...

  • It Doesn’t Suck: Showgirlsby Adam Nayman

    ECW Press 2014; US$ 9.99

    [tagline] The Worst. Movie. Ever. is a masterpiece. Seriously. Enough time has passed since Showgirls flopped spectacularly that it’s time for a good, hard look back at the sequined spectacle. A salvage operation on a very public, very expensive train wreck, It Doesn’t Suck argues that Showgirls is much smarter and deeper than it is given... more...

  • Watching Moviesby Rick Lyman

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 7.39

    An inside look at how some of the hottest figures in the film industry view their craft In this unique collection, New York Times film critic Rick Lyman sits down with notable directors, actors, screenwriters, cinematographers, and other film industry professionals to watch and discuss a movie that each person considers seminal or influential... more...

  • Truman Capoteby Tison Pugh

    University of Georgia Press 2014; US$ 28.95

    Truman Capote once remarked, "My primary thing is that I’m a prose writer. I don’t think film is the greatest living thing"; nonetheless, his legacy is in many ways defined by his complex relationship with cinema, Hollywood, and celebrity itself. In Truman Capote: A Literary Life at the Movies , Tison Pugh explores the author and... more...

  • Chain Saw Confidentialby Gunnar Hansen

    Chronicle Books LLC 2013; US$ 1.99

    When The Texas Chain Saw Massacre first hit movie screens in 1974 it was both reviled and championed. To critics, it was either "a degrading, senseless misuse of film and time" or "an intelligent, absorbing and deeply disturbing horror film." However it was an immediate hit with audiences. Banned and celebrated, showcased at the Cannes film festival... more...

  • Incorporating Imagesby Brigitte Peucker

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 21.99 US$ 18.91

    Film, a latecomer to the realm of artistic media, alludes to, absorbs, and undermines the discourses of the other arts--literature and painting especially--in order to carve out a position for itself among them. Exposing the anxiety in film's relation to its rival arts, Brigitte Peucker analyzes central issues involved in generic boundary crossing... more...