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History & Criticism

  • Poland Dailyby Ewa Mazierska

    Berghahn Books 2017; US$ 34.95

    Like many Eastern European countries, Poland has seen a succession of divergent economic and political regimes over the last century, from prewar "embedded liberalism," through the state socialism of the Soviet era, to the present neoliberal moment. Its cinema has  been inflected by these changing historical circumstances, both mirroring and resisting... more...

  • Ida Lupino, Directorby Therese Grisham; Julie Grossman

    Rutgers University Press 2017; US$ 27.95

    Ida Lupino, Director shines a long-awaited spotlight on one of our greatest filmmakers, one whose movies depicted the plights of postwar women and exposed the dark underside of American society. The authors show Lupino as a trailblazing feminist auteur who created a distinctive style in film and television that was both highly expressionistic and... more...

  • Fade In, Crossroadsby Robert Jackson

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 23.99

    Fade In, Crossroads is a history of the relations between black and white southerners and films from the silent era to midcentury. It illustrates how the rise and fall of the American film industry coincided with that of the South's most important modern product and export: Jim Crow segregation. more...

  • Ghettos, Tramps, and Welfare Queensby Stephen Pimpare

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 21.99

    Ghettos, Tramps, an Welfare Queens offers a never-before-seen perspective on Hollywood as it shows how American movies have portrayed poor and homeless people from the silent era to today. It simultaneously provides a novel kind of guide to social policy, exploring how ideas about poor and homeless people have been reflected in popular culture and... more...

  • The Flahertyby Patricia R. Zimmermann; Scott MacDonald

    Indiana University Press 2017; US$ 39.99

    This is the inspiring story of The Flaherty, one of the oldest continuously running nonprofit media arts institutions in the world, which has shaped the development of independent film, video, and emerging forms in the United States over the past 60 years. Combining the words of legendary independent filmmakers with a detailed history of The Flaherty,... more...

  • Music in Disney's Animated Featuresby James Bohn; Jeff Kurtti

    University Press of Mississippi 2017; US$ 30.00

    A composer?s brilliant study on how Walt Disney revolutionized the use of music in film more...

  • 100 Essential Silent Film Comediesby James Roots

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2017; US$ 45.00

    This book celebrates 100 significant silent film comedies from around the globe, including The Circus , The General , Safety Last , and Steamboat Bill Jr. Each entry contains information about the cast and crew, production details, DVD availability, and an explanation of why the film is essential viewing. more...

  • Pasolini Requiemby Barth David Schwartz; Barth David Schwartz

    University of Chicago Press 2017; US$ 32.00

    Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922?75) was one of the most important Italian intellectuals of the post?World War II era. An astonishing polymath?poet, novelist, literary critic, political polemicist, screenwriter, and film director?he exerted profound influence on Italian culture up to his untimely death at the age of fifty-three. This revised edition of what... more...

  • How the Essay Film Thinksby Laura Rascaroli

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 28.99

    Today, the essay film has become a key cultural reference point. This book shows how the essay film's disjunctive method comes to be realized at the level of medium, montage, genre, temporality, sound, narration, and framing. It situates the essayistic urge within processes of filmic thinking that thrive in gaps. more...

  • Last Man Standingby James Curtis

    University Press of Mississippi 2017; US$ 25.00

    The story of the comic who took the stage with nothing but a newspaper and gave America an entirely new way to laugh more...