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History & Criticism

  • Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative Historiesby Tony Williams

    Hong Kong University Press, HKU 2015; US$ 59.00

    This volume offers the first comprehensive survey of the cinema of Evans Chan, a New York-based playwright, author, and filmmaker whose acclaimed films include To Liv(e), The Map of Sex and Love, and Datong. In this collection of essays on Chan’s documentary and feature films seven experts on cultural and film studies examine the unique blending... more...

  • Hide in Plain Sightby Paul Buhle; Dave Wagner

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 20.99

    Paul Buhle founded the Oral History of the American Left archive at NYU. David Wagner has co-authored a number of books with Paul Buhle, including the recent Radical Hollywood . more...

  • Orphans of the Eastby Constantin Parvulescu

    Indiana University Press 2015; US$ 27.99

    Unlike the benevolent orphan found in Charlie Chaplin's The Kid or the sentimentalized figure of Little Orphan Annie, the orphan in postwar Eastern European cinema takes on a more politically fraught role, embodying the tensions of individuals struggling to recover from war and grappling with an unknown future under Soviet rule. By exploring films... more...

  • The Cinema of George A. Romeroby Tony Williams

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 29.99

    In placing Romero's oeuvre in the context of literary naturalism, the book explores the relevance of the director's films within American cultural traditions and thus explains the potency of such work beyond 'splatter movie' models. The author explores the roots of naturalism in the work of Emile Zola and traces this through to the EC Comics of the... more...

  • The Use and Abuse of Cinemaby Eric Rentschler

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 34.99

    Eric Rentschler explores the screen fantasies and spectacles that derive from Germany?s fraught modern experience and follows the traces of these sights and sounds to the postmillenial present. Each chapters contains a stirring minidrama, discussing prominent critics and theorists such as Siegfried Kracauer and Rudolf Arnheim; key New German directors... more...

  • The Encyclopedia of Film Composersby Thomas S. Hischak

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015; US$ 94.99

    In addition to the handful of composers known to the general public, this book brings recognition to the many men and women who have written music for the movies over the past 100 years?those who have not been given their due in previous books and other sources. This volume features more than 250 famous and little-known movie composers from around... more...

  • Cuban Cinema After the Cold Warby Enrique García

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 40.00

    The changes Cuba experienced following the collapse of the Soviet Union compelled Cuban filmmakers to rethink the values developed after the 1959 Castro revolution. Long-forgotten genres re-emerged, established auteurs incorporated new aesthetics into their films and an influx of foreign capital led to the repackaging of revolutionary ideology into... more...

  • Cinema and Counter-Historyby Marcia Landy

    Indiana University Press 2015; US$ 34.99

    Despite claims about the end of history and the death of cinema, visual media continue to contribute to our understanding of history and history-making. In this book, Marcia Landy argues that rethinking history and memory must take into account shifting conceptions of visual and aural technologies. With the assistance of thinkers such as Gilles Deleuze... more...

  • The End of Cinema?by André Gaudreault; Philippe Marion; Timothy Barnard

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 29.99

    Is a film watched on a video screen still cinema? Have digital compositing, motion capture, and other advanced technologies remade or obliterated the craft? Rooted in their hypothesis of the “double birth of media,? André Gaudreault and Philippe Marion take a positive look at cinema?s ongoing digital revolution and reaffirm its central place in a... more...

  • Projecting Politicsby Elizabeth Haas; Terry Christensen; Peter J. Haas

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 49.95

    The new edition of this influential work updates and expands the scope of the original, including more sustained analyses of individual films, from The Birth of a Nation to The Wolf of Wall Street . An interdisciplinary exploration of the relationship between American politics and popular films of all kinds?including comedy, science fiction, melodrama,... more...