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  • The Evil Deadby Kate Egan

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 12.99

    Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead (1981) has been celebrated as a rollercoaster ride of terror and a classic horror hit, a defining example of the tongue-in-cheek, excessively gory horror films of the 1980s. It is also the film that introduced the now-iconic character of Ash (played by Bruce Campbell). This study considers the factors that have contributed... more...

  • Documentary Film: A Very Short Introductionby Patricia Aufderheide

    Oxford University Press 2007; US$ 7.99

    Beginning with an overview of the central issues of documentary filmmaking--its definitions and purposes, its forms and founders--Aufderheide focuses on several of its key subgenres, including public affairs films, government propaganda (particularly the works produced during World War II), historical documentaries, and nature films. Her thematic approach... more...

  • Movie-Made Americaby Robert Sklar

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 21.95

    Hailed as the definitive work upon its original publication in 1975 and now extensively revised and updated by the author, this vastly absorbing and richly illustrated book examines film as an art form, technological innovation, big business, and shaper of American values. Ever since Edison's peep shows first captivated urban audiences, film has had... more...

  • De mechanisering van het wereldbeeldby Eduard J. Dijksterhuis

    Amsterdam University Press 2006; US$ 78.50

    Het standaardwerk van Dijksterhuis over de ontwikkeling van het wetenschappelijk denken more...

  • Other Worldsby Gonzalo Aguilar

    Palgrave Macmillan 2008; US$ 120.00

    Respected film critic Gonzalo Aguilar offers a lucid and sophisticated analysis of Argentine films of the last decade. This is the most complete and up-to-date work in English to examine the 'new Argentine cinema' phenomenon. Aguilar looks at highly relevant films, including those by Lucrecia Martel and Sergio Rejtman. more...

  • From Grain to Pixelby Giovanna Fossati

    Amsterdam University Press 2011; US$ 39.95

    Film is in a state of rapid change: the transition from analog to digital is profoundly affecting not just filmmaking and film distribution but a number of other facets of the industry, including the ways in which films are archived. In From Grain to Pixel —the first volume in the new Framing Filmseries from Amsterdam University Press—Giovanna... more...

  • Photography, Cinema, Memoryby Damian Sutton

    University of Minnesota Press 2009; Not Available

    Cinema and photography are both intimately associated with time—cinema with time in passing, the photograph with the lost moment. In Photography, Cinema, Memory, Damian Peter Sutton explores time in both media to present a radical new understanding of the photographic image as always coming into being. Drawing on Gilles Deleuze’s concept of the... more...

  • They Thought it was a Marvelby Tjitte Vries de; Ati Mul

    Amsterdam University Press 2009; US$ 55.00

    In a world obsessed with 'firsts', this fascinating book with its accompanying DVD analyses the stop-motion films made by the British pioneer filmmaker Arthur Melbourne-Cooper, arguably the maker of the first ever animation. more...

  • Mapping the Moving Imageby Pasi Väliaho

    Amsterdam University Press 2010; US$ 83.00

    A compelling study of how the medium of film came to shape our experience and thinking of the world and ourselves. more...

  • The Cinema of Preston Sturgesby Alessandro Pirolini

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2010; US$ 38.00

    Most published works on writer-director Preston Sturges (1898-1959) have focused on the elements that made him a symbol of classic Hollywood comedy or his contributions to the genre via such 1940s classics as The Lady Eve, Sullivan's Travels and Miracle of Morgan's Creek. In contrast, this critical study asserts that there are enough unexplained... more...