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Motion pictures

  • Reframing the Subjectby Kelly Ritter

    University of Pittsburgh Press 2016; US$ 28.95

    ?Mental hygiene? films developed for classroom use touted vigilance, correct behavior, morality, and model citizenship. They also became powerful tools for teaching literacy skills and literacy-based behaviors to young people following the Second World War. In this study, Kelly Ritter offers an extensive theoretical analysis of the alliance of the... more...

  • The Maltese Falcon to Body of Liesby Robert von Hallberg

    University of New Mexico Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    Examining twenty-eight great noir films from the earliest examples of the genre, including The Maltese Falcon , The Big Sleep , and Out of the Past , to such twenty-first-century spy films as The Good Shepherd , Syriana , and The Bourne Ultimatum , this study explores the representations of trust and commitment that noir and spy films propose. more...

  • The Shape of Spectatorshipby Scott Curtis

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 34.99

    In this exceptionally wide-ranging study, Scott Curtis draws our eye to the role of scientific, medical, educational, and aesthetic observation in shaping modern conceptions of spectatorship. Focusing on the nontheatrical use of motion picture technology in Germany between the 1890s and World War I, he follows specialists across disciplines as they... 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...

  • Studios Before the Systemby Brian R. Jacobson

    Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 29.99

    By 1915, Hollywood had become the epicenter of American filmmaking, with studio dream factories? structuring its vast production. Filmmakers designed Hollywood studios with a distinct artistic and industrial mission in mind, which in turn influenced the form, content, and business of the films that were made and the impressions of the people who viewed... more...

  • Menus for Movielandby Richard Abel

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 34.95 US$ 27.96

    At the turn of the past century, the main function of a newspaper was to offer ?menus? by which readers could make sense of modern life and imagine how to order their daily lives. Among those menus in the mid-1910s were several that mediated the interests of movie manufacturers, distributors, exhibitors, and the rapidly expanding audience of fans.... more...

  • The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophyby Jason T. Eberl; Kevin S. Decker; William Irwin

    Wiley 2015; US$ 17.95 US$ 15.56

    Does it take faith to be a Jedi? Are droids capable of thought? Should Jar Jar Binks be held responsible for the rise of the Empire? Presenting entirely new essays, no aspect of the myth and magic of George Lucas’s creation is left philosophically unexamined in The Ultimate Star Wars and Philosophy . The editors of the original Star Wars... more...

  • Film, Form, and Cultureby Robert Kolker

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 49.95

    Film, Form, and Culture (4 th edition) offers a lively introduction to both the formal and cultural aspects of film. With extensive analysis of films past and present, this textbook explores film from part to whole; from the smallest unit of the shot to the way shots are edited together to create narrative. It then examines those narratives (both... more...

  • Spectacle in "Classical" Cinemasby Tom Brown

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 54.95

    Spectacle is not often considered to be a significant part of the style of ?classical? cinema. Indeed, some of the most influential accounts of cinematic classicism define it virtually by the supposed absence of spectacle. Spectacle in ?Classical? Cinemas: Musicality and Historicity in the 1930s brings a fresh perspective on the role of the spectacular... more...

  • The Women Who Knew Too Muchby Tania Modleski

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 38.95

    Originally published in 1988, The Women Who Knew Too Much remains a classic work in film theory and feminist criticism. The book consists of a theoretical introduction and analyses of seven important films by Alfred Hitchcock, each of which provides a basis for an analysis of the female spectator as well as of the male spectator. Modleski considers... more...