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  • The Must Listby The Editors of Entertainment Weekly

    Liberty Street 2015; Not Available

    Get ready to obsess over the last twenty-five years of pop culture hits, misses, and cult classics. THE MUST LIST is an elegantly packaged, gift-worthy compilation of 100 top 25 lists celebrating the best in TV, movies, music, and books from the editors of Entertainment Weekly. Beginning with an introduction highlighting the "25 Things We've... more...

  • How Star Wars Conquered the Universeby Chris Taylor

    Basic Books 2015; US$ 16.99

    In 1973, a young filmmaker named George Lucas scribbled some notes for a far-fetched space-fantasy epic. Some forty years and $37 billion later, Star Wars –related products outnumber human beings, a growing stormtrooper army spans the globe, and “Jediism? has become a religion in its own right. Lucas?s creation has grown into far more than a cinematic... more...

  • The First King of Hollywoodby Tracey Goessel

    Chicago Review Press 2015; US$ 31.99

    The complete, definitive biography of Hollywood?s first superstar   Douglas Fairbanks was the greatest leading man of his generation?the first and the best of the swashbucklers. He made some of the greatest films of the silent era, including The Thief of Bagdad , Robin Hood , and The Mark of Zorro . With Charlie Chaplin, D. W. Griffith, and... more...

  • Captivating Westernsby Susan Kollin

    UNP - Nebraska 2015; US$ 55.00

    Tracing the transnational influences of what has been known as a uniquely American genre, ?the Western,? Susan Kollin?s Captivating Westerns analyzes key moments in the history of multicultural encounters between the Middle East and the American West. In particular, the book examines how experiences of contact and conflict have played a role in... more...

  • Studio Ghibliby Colin Odell; Michelle Le Blanc

    Oldcastle Books 2015; US$ 11.99

    The first English language book about Studio Ghibli, now updated to include The Wind Rises The animations of Japan?s Studio Ghibli are among the highest regarded in the movie industry. Their delightful films rank alongside the most popular non-English language films ever made, with each new eagerly-anticipated release a guaranteed box-office smash.... more...

  • The Politics and Poetics of Black Filmby David C. Wall; Michael T. Martin

    Indiana University Press 2015; US$ 29.99

    Written and directed by two white men and performed by an all-black cast, Nothing But a Man (Michael Roemer, 1964) tells the story of a drifter turned family man who struggles with the pressures of small-town life and the limitations placed on him and his community in the Deep South, an area long fraught with racism. Though unmistakably about race... more...

  • The Maciste Films of Italian Silent Cinemaby Jacqueline Reich

    Indiana University Press 2015; US$ 34.99

    Italian film star Bartolomeo Pagano's "Maciste" played a key role in his nation?s narratives of identity during World War I and after. Jacqueline Reich traces the racial, class, and national transformations undergone by this Italian strongman from African slave in Cabiria (1914), his first film, to bourgeois gentleman, to Alpine soldier of the Great... more...

  • Auflehnung, Antriebslosigkeit, Antidepressiva und Apokalypseby Marina Küffner

    Mühlbeyer Filmbuchverlag 2015; Not Available

    Mit nur drei Filmen wurde James Dean nach seinem tragischen Tod 1955 zu einem Mythos, der bis heute anhält. Wodurch entstand dieser Hype um den jungen Mann, und wieso können sich Jugendliche bis heute mit seinen im Film dargestellten Ängsten und Aggressionen identifizieren? Marina Küffner untersucht in "Auflehnung, Antriebslosigkeit, Antidepressiva... more...

  • Fairy-Tale Films Beyond Disneyby Jack Zipes; Pauline Greenhill; Kendra Magnus-Johnston

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 49.95

    The fairy tale has become one of the dominant cultural forms and genres internationally, thanks in large part to its many manifestations on screen. Yet the history and relevance of the fairy-tale film have largely been neglected. In this follow-up to Jack Zipes?s award-winning book The Enchanted Screen (2011), Fairy-Tale Films Beyond Disney offers... more...

  • Armsby Andrew Somerset

    Biblioasis 2015; US$ 17.95

    Tender-yet-sharp, Arms is a hunter's loving epistle to the gunand a break-up letter to the gun culture he despises. more...