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  • Screen Actingby Peter Kramer; Alan Lovell

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 43.95

    While not everyone would agree with Alfred Hitchcock's notorious remark that 'actors are cattle', there is little understanding of the work film actors do. Yet audience enthusiasm for, or dislike of, actors and their style of performance is a crucial part of the film-going experience. Screen Acting discusses the development of film acting, from the... more...

  • Marxism and Film Activismby Ewa Mazierska; Lars Kristensen

    Berghahn Books 2015; US$ 95.00

    In  Theses on Feuerbach , Marx writes, "The philosophers have only interpreted the world differently; the point is to change it." This collection examines how filmmakers have tried to change the world by engaging in emancipatory politics through their work, and how audiences have received them. It presents a wide spectrum of case studies, covering... more...

  • How Star Wars Conquered the Universeby Chris Taylor

    Head of Zeus 2014; US$ 11.65

    Why do most people know what an Ewok is, even if they haven't seen Return of the Jedi? How have Star Wars action figures come to outnumber human beings? How did 'Jedi' become an officially recognised religion? When did the films' merchandising revenue manage to rival the GDP of a small country? Tracing the birth, death and rebirth of the epic universe... more...

  • Gay Directors, Gay Films?by Emanuel Levy

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 24.99

    Emanuel Levy is a professor of film and sociology, now teaching at New York University. He is the author of nine books, including Vincente Minnelli: Hollywood's Dark Dreamer; All About Oscar: The History and Politics of the Academy Awards; Cinema of Outsiders: The Rise of American Independent Film; George Cukor: Master of Elegance; John Wayne: Prophet... more...

  • The Middle Ages on Televisionby Meriem Pagès; Karolyn Kinane

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

    The 21st century has seen a resurgence of popular interest in the Middle Ages. Television in particular has presented a wide and diverse array of "medieval" offerings. Yet there exists little scholarship on television medievalism. This collection fills the gap with 10 new essays focusing on the depiction of the Middle Ages in popular culture... 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...

  • European Visionsby Janelle Blankenship; Tobias Nagl

    transcript 2015; US$ 40.90

    This volume examines the challenges cinemas in small European countries have faced since 1989. It explores how notions of scale and »small cinemas« relate to questions of territory, transnational media flows, and globalization. Employing a variety of approaches from industry analysis to Deleuze & Guattari's concept of the »minor«, contributions... more...

  • The Politics and Poetics of Cinematic Realismby Hermann Kappelhoff

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 29.99

    Hermann Kappelhoff casts the evolution of cinema as an ongoing struggle to relate audiences to their historical moment. Appreciating cinema?s unique ability to bind concrete living conditions to individual experience (which existing political institutions cannot), he reads films by Sergei Eisenstein and Pedro Almodóvar, by the New Objectivity and... more...

  • Images of Blood in American Cinemaby Dr Kjetil Rødje

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 104.95

    Through studying images of blood in film from the mid-1950s to the end of the 1960s, this path-breaking book explores how blood as an (audio)visual cinematic element went from predominately operating as a signifier, providing audiences with information about a film?s plot and characters, to increasingly operating in terms of affect, potentially evoking... more...

  • Dancing with Hollywoodby Lindsay Shelton

    Awa Press 2015; US$ 9.99

    In the not-so-distant past, hardly anyone had heard of New Zealand, let alone its films. But today there has been a seismic shift. New Zealand film-makers and their films are now winning acclaim in Hollywood and with audiences around the world. Some earn huge global box office returns. Others are chosen for the top film festivals. And American production... more...