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History & Criticism

  • Shirley Temple and the Performance of Girlhoodby Kristen Hatch

    Rutgers University Press 2015; US$ 27.95

    In the 1930s, Shirley Temple was heralded as ?America?s sweetheart,? and she remains the icon of wholesome American girlhood, but Temple?s films strike many modern viewers as perverse.  Shirley Temple and the Performance of Girlhood  examines her early career in the context of the history of girlhood and considers how Temple?s star image emerged out... more...

  • Seen and Not Seenby Jasun Horsley

    John Hunt Publishing 2015; US$ 9.99

    If movies and popular culture shape us from an early age, how do we separate the real from the imaginary? more...

  • Dreaming of Cinemaby Adam Lowenstein

    Columbia University Press 2015;

    Adam Lowenstein argues that Surrealism's encounter with film can help redefine the meaning of cinematic spectatorship in an era of popular digital entertainment. Video games, YouTube channels, Blu-ray discs, and other forms of “new? media have made theatrical cinema seem “old.? A sense of “cinema lost? has accompanied the ascent of digital media,... more...

  • From Self-Fulfilment to Survival of the Fittestby Ewa Mazierska

    Berghahn Books 2015; US$ 95.00

    Contrary to the assumption that Western and Eastern European economies and cinemas were very different from each other, they actually had much in common. After the Second World War both the East and the West adopted a mixed system, containing elements of both socialism and capitalism, and from the 1980s on the whole of Europe, albeit at an uneven... more...

  • The Cinema of Ang Leeby Whitney Crothers Dilley

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 29.99

    Through suggestive readings of gender and identity, this book explores the international appeal of an acclaimed contemporary director. The author has revised the book?s introduction to reflect Ang Lee?s new films and their global reception and adds to the text a consideration of new developments in Chinese film, recent critiques of Brokeback Mountain... more...

  • Film Studies For Dummiesby James Cateridge

    Wiley 2015; US$ 21.20

    Make sense of the world of cinema Want to pull back the curtain on film? This hands-on, friendly guide unravels the complexities of film and helps you put cinema into a cultural context. You'll get an easy-to-follow introduction to different film genres and styles, learn about the history of cinema, get to know who makes up a filmmaking team, explore... more...

  • You Do Not Talk About Fight Clubby Read Mercer Schuchardt; Chuck Palahniuk

    BenBella Books, Inc. 2015;

    Pervasive and multidisciplinary, this insightful exploration discusses how and why this seminal work developed, and continues to grow, such a cult following. When  Fight Club  punched its way onto the scene a decade ago, it provided an unprecedented glimpse into the American male?s psyche and rapidly turned into a euphemism for a variety of things... more...

  • The Sensuous Cinema of Wong Kar-waiby Gary Bettinson

    Hong Kong University Press, HKU 2015; US$ 59.00

    The widely acclaimed films of Wong Kar-wai are characterized by their sumptuous yet complex visual and sonic style. This study of Wong’s filmmaking techniques uses a poetics approach to examine how form, music, narration, characterization, genre, and other artistic elements work together to produce certain effects on audiences. Bettinson argues... more...

  • Transnational Representationsby James Wicks

    Hong Kong University Press, HKU 2015; US$ 64.00

    Transnational Representations focuses on a neglected period in Taiwan film scholarship: the golden age of the 1960s and 1970s, which saw innovations in plot, theme, and genre as directors highlighted the complexities of Taiwan’s position in the world. Combining a concise overview of Taiwan film history with analysis of representative Taiwan films,... more...

  • The Nazi Past in Contemporary German Filmby Axel Bangert

    Boydell & Brewer 2014; US$ 85.00

    From intimate portrayals of ordinary Germans and Nazi leaders to immersive spectacles of war and defeat, this study argues that, since 1990, German film has focused on portraying the Nazi past from within. more...