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  • 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$ 27.99

    Film analysis starts here. 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Czech and Slovak Cinemaby Peter Hames

    Edinburgh University Press 2009; US$ 35.00

    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$ 27.00

    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$ 40.00

    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$ 40.00

    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...