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History & Criticism

  • Race in American Film: Voices and Visions that Shaped a Nation [3 volumes]by Daniel Bernardi; Michael Green

    ABC-CLIO 2017; US$ 294.00

    Hollywood has always reflected current American cultural norms and ideas. As such, film provides a window into attitudes about race and ethnicity over the last century. This comprehensive set provides information on hundreds of films chosen based on scholarly consensus of their importance regarding the subject, examining aspects of race and ethnicity... more...

  • Why theory?by Edward Tomarken

    Manchester University Press 2017; US$ 29.95

    Edward Tomarken's previous book, Filmspeak, was a study of literary theory in relation to contemporary mainstream films. Some of the abstruse ideas of early literary theorists (195070) had in fact permeated our thinking to such an extent that both films and theories enriched and shed light upon one another. One early response to Filmspeak was the question... more...

  • Imperial Affectsby Jonna Eagle

    Rutgers University Press 2017; US$ 29.95

    Imperial Affects  is the first sustained account of American action-based cinema as melodrama. From the earliest war films through the Hollywood Western and the late-century action cinema, imperialist violence and mobility have been produced as sites of both visceral pleasure and moral virtue. more...

  • The Bressoniansby Codruţ Morari; a

    Berghahn Books 2017; US$ 29.95

    How should we understand film authorship in an era when the idea of the solitary and sovereign auteur has come under attack, with critics proclaiming the death of the author and the end of cinema? The Bressonians provides an answer in the form of a strikingly original study of Bresson and his influence on the work of filmmakers Jean Eustache and... more...

  • Python beyond Pythonby Paul N. Reinsch; B. Lynn Whitfield; Robert G. Weiner

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 114.43

    This collection of original, interdisciplinary essays addresses the work of Monty Python members beyond the comedy show, films, and live performances. These men are prolific creators in a variety of artistic realms beyond the confines of the comedy troupe. Their work as individuals, before and after coming together as Monty Python, demonstrates a... more...

  • Cinematic Urban Geographiesby François Penz; Richard Koeck

    Palgrave Macmillan US 2017; US$ 104.97

    This book proposes new methodological tools and approaches in order to tease out and elicit the different facets of urban fragmentation through the medium of cinema and the moving image, as a contribution to our understanding of cities and their topographies. In doing so it makes a significant contribution to the literature in the growing field of... more...

  • Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and the Hermeneutic Spiralby Robert J. Belton

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 93.39

    This book offers a new approach to film studies by showing how our brains use our interpretations of various other films in order to understand Alfred Hitchcock’s  Vertigo . Borrowing from behavioral psychology, cognitive science and philosophy, author Robert J. Belton seeks to explain differences of critical opinion as inevitable. The book... more...

  • Revenge of the Nerdby Curtis Armstrong

    St. Martin's Press 2017; US$ 18.89

    Risky Business. Revenge of the Nerds. Better Off Dead. Moonlighting. Supernatural. American Dad. New Girl. What do all of these movies and television shows have in common? Curtis Armstrong. A legendary comedic second banana to a litany of major stars, Curtis is forever cemented in the public imagination as Booger from Revenge of the Nerds... more...

  • The Absent Mother in the Cultural Imaginationby Berit Åström

    Springer International Publishing 2017; US$ 94.48

    This anthology explores the recurring trope of the dead or absent mother in Western cultural productions. Across historical periods and genres, this dialogue has been employed to articulate and debate questions of politics and religion, social and cultural change as well as issues of power and authority within the family. Åström seeks to... more...

  • Making Believeby Lisa Bode

    Rutgers University Press 2017; US$ 27.95

    With the rise of digital effects in cinema the human performer is increasingly the only “real” element on screen. Making Believe sheds new light on screen performance by historicizing it within the context of visual and special effects cinema and technological change in filmmaking, through the silent, early sound, and current digital eras.     more...