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History & Criticism

  • Showman of the Screenby A. T. McKenna

    The University Press of Kentucky 2016; US$ 45.00

    Short, immaculately dressed, and shockingly foul-mouthed, Joseph E. Levine (1905--1987) was larger than life. He rose from poverty in Boston's West End to become one of postwar Hollywood's most prolific independent promoters, distributors, and producers. Alternately respected and reviled, this master of movie promotion was responsible for bringing... more...

  • Hollywood Dividedby Kevin Brianton

    The University Press of Kentucky 2016; US$ 45.00

    On October 22, 1950, the Screen Directors Guild (SDG) gathered for a meeting at the opulent Beverly Hills Hotel. Among the group's leaders were some of the most powerful men in Hollywood -- John Ford, Cecil B. DeMille, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, John Huston, Frank Capra, William Wyler, and Rouben Mamoulian -- and the issue on the table was nothing less... more...

  • Reform Cinema in Iranby Blake Atwood

    Columbia University Press 2016; US$ 29.99

    It is nearly impossible to separate contemporary Iranian cinema from the Islamic revolution that transformed film production in the country in the late 1970s. As the aims of the revolution shifted and hardened once Khomeini took power and as an eight-year war with Iraq dragged on, Iranian filmmakers confronted new restrictions. In the 1990s, however,... more...

  • Petuliaby Tom Silvestri

    The Critical Press 2016; US$ 7.99

    An incisive and exciting study of Richard Lester's 1968 film classic Petulia . more...

  • The Man from the Third Rowby Fredrik Gustafsson

    Berghahn Books 2016; US$ 24.95

    Until his early retirement at age 50, Hasse Ekman was one of the leading lights of Swedish cinema, an actor, writer, and director of prodigious talents. Yet today his work is virtually unknown outside of Sweden, eclipsed by the filmography of his occasional collaborator (and frequent rival) Ingmar Bergman. This comprehensive introduction-the first... more...

  • Alfred Hitchcockby Peter Ackroyd

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2016; US$ 26.95

    A gripping short biography of the extraordinary Alfred Hitchock, the master of suspense. Alfred Hitchcock was a strange child. Fat, lonely, burning with fear and ambition, his childhood was an isolated one, scented with fish from his father's shop. Afraid to leave his bedroom, he would plan great voyages, using railway timetables to plot an exact... more...

  • The Alexander Medvedkin Readerby Alexander Medvedkin; Nikita Lary; Jay Leyda

    University of Chicago Press 2016; US$ 35.00

    Filmmaker Alexander Medvedkin (1900?89), a contemporary of Sergei Eisenstein and Alexander Dovzhenko, is celebrated today for his unique form of ?total? documentary cinema, which aimed to bridge the distance between film and life, as well as for his use of satire during a period when the Soviet authorities preferred that laughter be confined to narrowly... more...

  • Cinema's Bodily Illusionsby Scott C. Richmond

    University of Minnesota Press 2016; Not Available

    Do contemporary big-budget blockbuster films like Gravity move something in us that is fundamentally the same as what avant-garde and experimental films have done for more than a century? In a powerful challenge to mainstream film theory, Cinema?s Bodily Illusions demonstrates that this is the case.  Scott C. Richmond bridges genres and periods... more...

  • Descended from Herculesby Robert A. Rushing

    Indiana University Press 2016; US$ 25.99

    Muscles, six-pack abs, skin, and sweat fill the screen in the tawdry and tantalizing peplum films associated with epic Italian cinema of the 1950s and 1960s.Using techniques like slow motion and stopped time, these films instill the hero?s vitality with timeless admiration and immerse the hero?s body in a world that is lavishly eroticized but without... more...

  • Brat Pack Americaby Kevin Smokler

    Rare Bird Books 2016; US$ 9.99

    From the fictional towns of Hill Valley, CA, and Shermer, IL, to the beautiful landscapes of Astoria and Brownsville, OR, from the iconic suburbs of the San Fernando Valley to the seemingly scary inner cities of Chicago, '80s teen movies had one thing in common: locations mattered. Perhaps moreso than in any other decade, the locations of the '80s... more...