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History & Criticism

  • Studying The Lord of the Ringsby Anna Dawson

    Columbia University Press 2014;

    Unquestionably the first cinematic phenomenon of the twenty-first century, Peter Jackson's trilogy was a project of enormous artistic vision and financial risk. It is also a rich text for those studying Film and Media, perhaps for the first time. Studying The Lord of the Rings is the first book to consider the films in these terms, looking in turn... more...

  • Carrieby Neil Mitchell

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 14.99

    Brian De Palma's adaptation of Stephen King's debut novel, Carrie (1976), is one of the defining films of 1970s "New Hollywood" style and a horror classic. The story of a teenage social outcast who discovers she possesses latent psychic powers that allow her to deliver retribution to her peers, teachers, and abusive mother, Carrie was an enormous... more...

  • The Thingby Jez Conolly

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 14.99

    Consigned to the deep freeze of critical and commercial reception upon its release in 1982, The Thing has bounced back spectacularly to become one of the most highly regarded productions from the 1980s 'Body Horror' cycle of films, experiencing a wholesale and detailed reappraisal that has secured its place in the pantheon of modern cinematic horror.... more...

  • Studying Fight Clubby Mark Ramey

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 14.99

    Fight Club is, on one level, pop-culture phenomena and on another, a deeply philosophical and satirical exploration of modern life. David Fincher?s 1999 film (and Chuck Palahniuk?s source novel) has had a huge impact on audiences worldwide leading to spoofs, homage, merchandising and numerous Internet fan sites. On initial release the film was met... more...

  • Halloweenby Murray Leeder

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 14.99

    The 1970s represented an unusually productive and innovative period for the horror film, and John Carpenter?s Halloween (1978) is the film that capped that golden age – and some say ruined it, by ushering in the era of the slasher film. Considered a paradigm of low-budget ingenuity, its story of a seemingly unremarkable middle-American town becoming... more...

  • Complicated Womenby Mick LaSalle

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 20.99

    Between 1929 and 1934, women in American cinema were modern! For five short years women in American cinema were modern! They took lovers, had babies out of wedlock, got rid of cheating husbands, enjoyed their sexuality, led unapologetic careers and, in general, acted the way many think women only acted after 1968. Before then, women on screen had... more...

  • Szenen der Gewaltby Reinhold Görling

    De Gruyter 2014; US$ 35.00

    Torture and other forms of extreme violence threaten the ascertainable intermediate spaces of media in which the subject negotiates the respective differences between sensation and community, autonomy and language, binding and trauma, and obsession and distance. Reinhold Görling shows that because the history of (the phantasms of) torture is a history... more...

  • Cremaster Anatomiesby Christiane Hille; Julia Stenzel

    De Gruyter 2014; US$ 49.00

    Der »Cremaster Cycle« von Matthew Barney erweist sich in der Ausstellungssituation als ein medial hybrides Konstrukt aus Filmen, Objekten, Fotos und Zeichnungen. Erst im Wandern des Blicks zwischen der Diachronie der Film-Narration und der Synchronie der Ausstellungssituation entsteht der Cycle - der Betrachter selbst vollendet das Werk mit seinem... more...

  • Fractal Narrativeby German A. Duarte

    De Gruyter 2014; US$ 63.00

    Fractals suggest recursivity, infinity and the repetition of a principle of order. They are digital pictures of the universe's continuous movement ignored by mankind during millennia. This book investigates the relationship existing between geometries and technology, and how it guided cognitive processes and thus the organization of narrative spaces.... more...

  • Plastic Realityby Julie A. Turnock

    Columbia University Press 2014;

    Julie A. Turnock tracks the use and evolution of special effects in 1970s filmmaking, a development as revolutionary to film as the form?s transition to sound in the 1920s. Beginning with the classical studio era?s early approaches to special effects, she follows the industry?s slow build toward the significant advances of the late 1960s and early... more...