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  • Mystery Movie Series of 1940s Hollywoodby Ron Backer

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2010; US$ 45.00

    Many of the 20th century's most celebrated fictional sleuths appeared in Hollywood movie mystery series of the forties. This volume focuses on 19 series (146 films): The Saint, The Lone Wolf, Sherlock Holmes, The Shadow, Nick Carter, Michael Shayne, Ellery Queen, Boston Blackie, The Falcon, Mr. District Attorney, Wally Benton, Crime Doctor, The... more...

  • Self and Society in the Films of Robert Wiseby Justin E.A. Busch

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2010; US$ 65.00

    One of the most versatile Hollywood filmmmakers, Robert Wise had a number of renowned films under his directorial belt, including The Day The Earth Stood Still, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Nonetheless, Wise remains a rarely studied Hollywood figure--while many filmgoers know and love his films, few recognize... more...

  • Cinema, Emergence, and the Films of Satyajit Rayby Keya Ganguly

    University of California Press 2010; US$ 29.95

    Although revered as one of the world?s great filmmakers, the Indian director Satyajit Ray is described either in narrowly nationalistic terms or as an artist whose critique of modernity is largely derived from European ideas. Rarely is he seen as an influential modernist in his own right whose contributions to world cinema remain unsurpassed. In this... more...

  • The Faber Book of New South American Cinemaby Demetrios Matheou

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 21.86

    "The first decade of 21st century cinema has surely belonged to Latin America, to the films and film-makers of Mexico, Brasil and Argentina." Observer more...

  • Behind a Velvet Trapby Anthony Buckley

    Hardie Grant Books 2009; US$ 29.95

    Tony Buckley is well placed to take us behind the scenes to observe through his eyes the fascinating growth of Australian film-making. Covering a vast period of our modern history, he introduces us to the characters he has met: actors, stars, producers, technicians - sharing his entertaining stories and insights. more...

  • 101 Forgotten Filmsby Brian Mills

    Oldcastle Books 2010; US$ 16.98

    Somewhere in the labyrinth of our memories are films that we have seen and cannot forget but frustratingly may never see again because they have mysteriously vanished from the public domain. They may be hidden away in a film studio's vault, buried beneath the floorboards of a filmmaker's home, imprisoned by some ancient legality, refused release at... more...

  • The Westernby David Carter

    Oldcastle Books 2010; US$ 16.98

    From the very beginnings of cinema in America the Western has been a central genre. The hazardous lives of the settlers, their conflict with Native Americans (the Indians), the lawless frontier towns, outlaws and cattle rustlers, all found their way into the new medium of film. Folk heroes and heroines, such as Jesse and Frank James, Wild Bill Hickok,... more...

  • Samurai Filmsby Roland Thorne

    Oldcastle Books 2010; US$ 16.98

    Samurai films are a wonderful combination of frenetic action sequences, moving personal drama and philosophical observations on loyalty and violence, all set against the spectacular backdrop of pre-industrial Japan. Many mainstream directors, from Hollywood and elsewhere, have been inspired and influenced by the genre. Want to know where George Lucas... more...

  • Dario Argentoby James Gracey

    Oldcastle Books 2010; US$ 16.98

    The stylistic and bloody excesses of the films of Dario Argento are instantly recognisable. Vivid, baroque and nightmarish, his films lock violent deaths in a twisted embrace with an almost sexual beauty. Narrative and logic are often lost in a constant bombardment of atmosphere, technical mastery and provocative imagery. It's a body of work which... more...

  • Out at the Moviesby Steven Paul Davies; Simon Callow

    Oldcastle Books 2010; US$ 16.98

    Over the decades, gay cinema has reflected the community's journey from persecution to emancipation to acceptance. Politicised dramas like Victim in the 60s, The Naked Civil Servant in the 70s, and the AIDS cinema of the 80s have given way in recent years to films which celebrate a vast array of gay life-styles. Gay films have undergone a major shift,... more...